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Swan Lake Iris Gardens

822 W Liberty St, Sumter, SC 29150-4729
+1 803-436-2640
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Peaceful Setting in a Struggling City

I have been to the gardens several times and I love to take a bench and just watch the swans, ducks... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
South Carolina
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Outing with the family

Nice quite walk, just have to get used to the smell in some areas from the Swans. Take time to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Michelle S
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822 W Liberty St, Sumter, SC 29150-4729
+1 803-436-2640

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to the gardens several times and I love to take a bench and just watch the swans, ducks and geese on the water, to see the blooming irises and magnolias and to redirect stress from the bustle of life. There is a...More

Thank LadiesUsedToVamp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice quite walk, just have to get used to the smell in some areas from the Swans. Take time to listen to some of the recordings that are around the park as well.

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This is a great place to spend a few hours or even a whole day. Beautiful wildlife and gardens. No entry fee. The staff are so welcoming and helpful. We walked the entire place and it was a hot day. Bring water and something to...More

Thank N3924PIcindys
Reviewed 14 June 2017

The Swan Lake Iris Gardens is a lovely walk, with a variety of blooming flowers. The lake is well maintained and there are turtles everywhere as cross the bridges. Great place to take the kids for a walk or a romantic stroll with your significant...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 5 June 2017

A good place to just walk and enjoy the lake and it's wildlife. The lake takes about an hour to walk round at a leisurely pace. If you cross the road bridge you can also visit the swamp. The lake has a collection of swans...More

Thank StuartRon
Reviewed 28 May 2017

This is a beautiful place in the middle of a neighborhood, that feels almost magical. Beautiful swans, lovely gardens, serene water, lovely fountains. I wish the Irises were in bloom, but just another reason to visit again!

Thank 13Kathy13
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is a very beautiful lake, with many varieties of swans, as well as ducks and geese. There is no fee, and staff in the visitor center very helpfully pointed out great things to see around the lake. The only drawback is it's about a...More

Thank wingsofjoy77
Reviewed 24 May 2017

We really enjoyed our visit. We walked the whole park and saw tons of wild life. The swan, ducks, geese all were very active and everwhere. We saw lots of baby ducks and swan along with many turtles. The park is well maintained and really...More

Thank davidpf
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We have stopped and visited the gardens twice on our return trip from Florida. This is a wonderful place to visit and walk. The flowers were just coming out and the swans are beautiful. Be sure to walk across the bridge over the road to...More

1  Thank Darnold43
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

My husband made a trip to this spot my Mother's Day present. We made a day of it, a motorcycle ride to Sumter, walking around the gardens, and lunch at the cafe there, then a ride back home. The weather was perfect, the lake and...More

Thank Becky H
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28 March 2017|
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Response from Dawnella66 | Reviewed this property |
Hi you dont have to walk the entire park to be able to enjoy some of it. As you go in the entrance there is a nice pond and places to sit and enjoy the scenery through out the park..you could stay as long or as short as you... More
Madelyn J
3 October 2016|
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Response from Mariln A | Reviewed this property |
Memorial Day wknd is our Iris Festival. Beautiful florets and swans are very visible.
Christine W
18 June 2016|
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Response from cityofsumter | Property representative |
Pets are only allowed in the green space between the Visitors Center and Iris Market, however, they are not allowed anywhere inside the walk-in gates in the gardens or children's area. Thanks and hope to see you at Swan Lake... More