Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Private Tour

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Activity Level



First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. There is a Petting Zoo & Nature Center, Playground, etc. especially for children, as well as other outdoor activities. House Tour probably not that much fun for younger children.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), Spanish (basic)

Custom Tour of Magnolia Plantation and Romantic Gardens

Drive out to Magnolia on the Ashley, which has been owned by the same family for over 300 years! We will customize your experience based on providing something for everyone in our group. General admission includes access to the historic gardens, the petting zoo, the conservatory, the 30 minute film in the Orientation Theater, the Peacock Cafe, the Gilliard Garden Center, and the Gift Shop. The Nature Train tour, Nature Boat tour, an award winning Slavery to Freedom Tour (which I highly recommend), or a stroll through the Audubon Swamp Garden are also available at a nominal additional cost. All of these are unique to this area, and are a wonderful way to experience the tapestry of history, culture, and people which are Charleston.


I will pick you up at your hotel or other agreed upon location.
Drive out to Magnolia Plantation, approximately 30 minutes.
Enjoy Historic Gardens, approximately 45 minutes (at your leisure). Visit Petting Zoo, Conservatory, Orientation Theater, Gilliard Garden Center, Gift Shop and Peacock Cafe for snack or light lunch.
Optional Experiences:
House Tour 30 minutes
Nature Train 45 minutes
Nature Boat 45 minutes (10 min. walk from House to Ashley River)
Slavery to Freedom Tour 45 minutes (at site of slave cabins)
Audubon Swamp Garden 45 minute self-guided walk
Drive back to drop off at agreed upon location

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 4 hours

This time is based on a 30 minute drive to and from the plantation, and may vary slightly depending on weather and traffic.


I will drive my air conditioned 2015 luxury model Camry sedan

What’s Included

Other: This tour includes transportation for up to four people, but can be for more passengers. There will be an additional cost for a larger vehicle.
I will provide history and stories of the plantations and families along the Ashley River, as well as Charleston in general. Please let me know what your interests are!
I worked as a paid docent in the House Museum at Magnolia for two years, and know it very well. It is one of my favorite places in the area.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 USD - General Admission is $20.00/adult, $10.00/children 6-12 yrs., Free/children under 6yrs.
includes Historic Gardens, Petting Zoo, The Conservatory, Orientation Theater, The Peacock Cafe, Gilliard
Garden Center, and Gift Shop.
Historic House, Nature Train, Nature Boat, Slavery to Freedom Tour, and Audubon Swamp are $8.00/person,
Free/children under 6 yrs.

What’s Extra

Other: Price of general admission
$10/Children 6-12 yrs old
0/Children under 6 yrs old
Price of additional guided tours at Magnolia $8/each
Cost of food and drink at Peacock Cafe


I do not generally guide within the museums.

Private tour guide Carolyn S.

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