The Oldest Public Garden In America Is In South Carolina And You’ll Want To Visit

You may be surprised to learn the age of the oldest garden in the country. How does three hundred and twenty five years sound? Actually, that number falls a little short of how long the oldest parts of the garden at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens have been around. Equally impressive is the fact that America’s oldest public garden has been in the same family for just as long – 15 generations.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is open 365 days a year, even major holidays. Hours of operation vary by season: March through October: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., November through February 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

General admission is $20 adults, $10 children 6-12, children under 6 are free. General admission tickets do not include the Historic House ($8), Nature Train ($8), Nature Boat ($8), Slavery to Freedom Tour ($8), or the Audobon Swamp ($8). For the full experience, consider the all-inclusive pass: $52 adults, $42 children 6-12, children under 6 are free.

You’ll find the entrance to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens at 3550 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414. Get more information on their official website.

While you’re in town, visit another of Charleston’s historic can’t-miss attractions. Check it out here.