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Charleston Tea Plantation

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Address: 6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29401
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+1 843-559-0383
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Charleston Tea Plantation is the home of American Classic Tea, tea...

The Charleston Tea Plantation is the home of American Classic Tea, tea grown in America. It is located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working Tea Factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe. Also available to guests is an adventurous and educational Trolley Tour that explores the scenic grounds that produce American Classic Tea. Complimentary tea is served to visitors throughout the day

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Great way to learn about tea!

We took a tour on a rainy Saturday. Fortunately we stayed warm and dry on the shuttle and learned a lot of fascinating facts about the tea industry! They have a great short... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a tour on a rainy Saturday. Fortunately we stayed warm and dry on the shuttle and learned a lot of fascinating facts about the tea industry! They have a great short video too. The gift shop is fun with lots of great things with tea as the main ingredient.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I knew nothing about tea, now I feel like an expert. Visiting the Charleston Tea Plantation is quite the education in tea. (Think you know the real difference between green tea and black tea? Yeah, I thought I did, but I did not.) In addition, the Plantation itself is lovely, so quiet and peaceful. I was impressed with the information... More 

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is very informative and beautiful. There is a factory tour about how tea came to be planted here, how it's just a few hours from bush to packing, and how black, green and oolong all come from the same bush, but are oxidized differently. Several types to try. Tea and tea accessories galore. Trolley tour around the garden. Delightful... More 

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Ivanhoe, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tour was very enjoyable. There is a walk-through tour of the factory with screens at various stations that describe the preparation of the tea leaves. The grounds tour takes you out onto the plantation and describes how the tea is grown and harvested. There is a stop in the propagation shed to see the young tea plants. The gift... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Plantation is an actual working facility. See how they grow and dry/ process tea. Taste teas. Factory tour is less than 15 minutes, however very informative and it's free. The Factory tour is self guided. Machinery was not working, but video displays explain how each machine works and its purpose in the manufacturing process. Trolley tour is nice and only... More 

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Management response:

Hi there! Thank you so much for your review! We're glad to hear you found your visit with us interesting and informative. Unfortunately our harvest season does not begin until May, so our factory machines are not currently running. We wish all of our guests could see them in action! We appreciate you taking the time to come see us.... More 

Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very educational. I learned a lot about teas and tea plants. Sampled many different kinds. Learned about Earl Gray tea. We were too early in the year so they had not harvested any tea leaves, so we watched and excellent video tour.

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Hi Chuck! Thank you so much for your review. We are so glad that you found your visit with us educational. We love sharing our passion for the fascinating tea production process. Thank you for coming to see us, we hope you'll visit again sometime! More 

South Bend, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in here after hearing it is the only Tea Plantation in America! The gift shop is full of cool stuff. I easily could have spent a fortune. Everything from gift cards, kitchen towels, shirts, to tea! There is a free tour of the tea plant that you can go through. Then you pay to go on the trolley... More 

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Thank Molly M
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Thank you for your kind review, Molly! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to the plantation, from your tour to our gift shop. We often find ourselves having to resist a lot of the products in there as well! We appreciate you taking the time to come see us, and hope you'll come again sometime! More 

Orange County, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

In a remote location of the low country lies America's only tea plantation. This lovely attraction offers tours of the growing fields as well as an informational video of the tea manufacturing process. Well worth the trip out. To boot, you can sample as much of their tea varieties as you'd like!

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Thank scphil21
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Thank you so much for your kind review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and found it was worth the drive out to see us! As North America's only tea plantation, we are eager to share the fascinating process of tea production with our visitors. We appreciate you making the trip out to see us and... More 

Appleton, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the only place tea is grown in the United States. Everything you buy in the grocery stores (including Bigelow teas) are imported from China, Africa, etc. The tea grown at the Charleston Tea Plantation is EXCELLENT tea. They have free iced tea samples and then ready mixed tea, tea bags, etc. to buy. The little walk through the... More 

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Hi there, thank you so much for your review! We are proud to be the only tea plantation in North America and provide our visitors with American grown and made tea. We're so glad you found your visit with us interesting. We hope you'll come back to see us sometime! More 

Stockbridge, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was very excited to find that this is the only tea plantation in the US. I learned about about how the teas are grown and the differences between teas. The trolley tour guide provided lots of information. The gift shop had some of the teas available to taste. It had lots of nice gifts for purchase. If you love... More 

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Hi there! Thank you for your kind review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to CTP, and we hope you enjoyed your tea samples as well. As North America's only tea plantation, we are happy and eager to inform our visitors about the fascinating tea production process. Thank you for coming to see us, we hope... More 

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