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Audubon Swamp Garden

#59 of 240 things to do in Charleston Features Animals
Charleston, SC
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Beautiful

Far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Charleston is this magical, still place that allows you... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
suezquez
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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Something different than your average garden

This is an extra tour cost to the gardens, but it's a really small fee. If you want to see... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Melissa H
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A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Charleston is this magical, still place that allows you to walk through an enchanted cypress swamp on an elevated boardwalk. Depending on the time of year you visit, the creatures you spot will change, but we saw...More

1  Thank suezquez
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is an extra tour cost to the gardens, but it's a really small fee. If you want to see something different than a load of gardens, this is really cool. You get to see wildlife in it's natural habitat, turtles, alligators, herrin, egrets, etc....More

1  Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Boardwalk not well maintained. Lots of algae. Nothing there in the winter. Boardwalk at Francis Beidler Forest much nicer (still little to see in the winter).

1  Thank ShortStack12
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Worth the time to visit anytime of year. This is the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens property with Audobon Swamp Garden tours by a property 'train' or boat (fees for each in addition to admission - that have been kept quite reasonable through the years). This...More

1  Thank babbettandcaptbill
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I had never been to a swamp before. I was surprised that it was beautiful in a different way than the Magnolia Plantation Gardens! Many birds, some turtles, and yes, GATORS! Much walking, and worth seeing. We also found an African American burial area, where...More

2  Thank SingingGourmet
Reviewed 11 November 2016

We chose the Magnolia plantation and gardens over the other plantations on offer in this area on the basis of wanting to see a swamp garden! As Brits, we can visit stately homes with manicured formal gardens any day of the year at home, so...More

7  Thank JJ-Whippet53
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We really enjoyed our time at Audubon Swamp Garden which we visited in July 2015. The raised walkways were great as you were able to keep really clean although there were some areas that 'off road' but a bit of mud never hurt anyone. We...More

2  Thank Alanas411
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Beautiful, peaceful swamp-with raised pathways for great viewing of the swampland and the wildlife. We watched alligators sleeping peacefully, all sorts of herons, hawks, gulls and sea birds while listening to the sounds of the wild things. A wonderful experience-with we had hours to spend...More

1  Thank DonS246
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Loved this swamp garden. My husband and I walked through it alone. It was eerily beautiful! Parts of it reminded me of walking into the video game "Myst." We saw several birds, turtles and alligators. The only disappointing part was that we drove about a...More

Thank sharkach8
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Definitely worth the price of admission. Was able to see 6-8 alligators in their natural habitat, and tons of other cool creatures. Very relaxing walk too, no one around in the evening.

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Sunnysidm
20 June 2015|
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Response from thrillaryclinton |
When I was there, the sucker got my toe! But it was my fault because I was gnawing on some jerky and a little piece fell onto my foot! Don't make the same mistake that I did!!!
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c c
19 February 2015|
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Response from Larry W | Reviewed this property |
I think the 'swamp' owner should answer but I will pipe in and say that while most of the paths are raised boardwalk I do recall some stretches of trail that may not have been that friendly to a wheelchair. However, they... More
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