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Audubon Swamp Garden

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Charleston, SC
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Amazing spot for wildlife

The boardwalk and paths through this unique swamp of cypress and tupelo trees offer a very special... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Larchmont, New York
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Better visits here in the past

We have been here before and had a great experience but it was over 15 years ago. Before, we saw a... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
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A 60-acre preserve where visitors observe many wildlife habitats.
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

The boardwalk and paths through this unique swamp of cypress and tupelo trees offer a very special look at this watery world. It's magical! If you visit in the spring, this is a very active rookery for herons and egrets. They are everywhere, and in...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

We have been here before and had a great experience but it was over 15 years ago. Before, we saw a Lucy swamp filled with wildlife but this visit, just two birds and a baby turtle were found in waters that were overgrown and in...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We went here our second day in Charleston. When we arrived at Magnolia Plantation at 8 a.m., I asked which we should see first, the Audubon Swamp Garden or the plantation. The manager said the plantation, and she was right. We came back our last...More

1  Thank Angeles
Reviewed 24 February 2017

As a birder I was in heaven to see multitudes of warblers, wading birds, and a heron rookery! Early morning was an ideal time to explore quietly and take it all in!

2  Thank vtbiker
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 19 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
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19 June 2015|
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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18 February 2015|
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