Stroll Along Original Dikes From A Centuries Old Rice Plantation At Cypress Gardens In South Carolina
Movie lovers who are smitten with the delightfully romantic major motion picture, “The Notebook,” will swoon during a visit to Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Not only can you stroll along original dikes from a centuries-old rice plantation here, but you’ll also get an up close view of the very spot where the most romantic scene in the movie was filmed in that rowboat on a lake.
For those very few people who aren't fans of "The Notebook," other major motion pictures, too, have made use of the gorgeous swamp and gardens found in this 160-acre preserve on the outskirts of Charleston.
Movies like "Swamp Thing," "The Patriot," and "Cold Mountain" were also filmed at Cypress Gardens — as was the mini-series "North and South."
The land that now makes up Cypress Gardens was originally part of the 1750 Dean Hall rice plantation that made use of water from the nearby Cooper River. Visitors to Cypress Gardens can actually stroll along some original dikes from that centuries-old plantation.
In 2015, the gardens were closed indefinitely, thanks to a major storm that both flooded and destroyed much of the infrastructure and landscaping. However, in the spring of 2019, the facility opened once again to the public and we couldn't be more thrilled.
For a mere $10 admission ($5 for children), you can wander at your leisure. Visitors here can spend an hour, or fill an entire day.
Bring a picnic and plan to stay a while. Visitors here rate the new experience at Cypress Gardens an impressive 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google. It truly is a delightfully fun adventure.
You can even take a self-guided tour of that lake from the movie, "The Notebook." We're going to guess that more than one marriage proposal has taken place in a rowboat at Cypress Gardens since the movie was released.
The facility also features a bird exhibit and an aquarium, called the Swamparium.
Be sure to also check out the largest butterfly house in South Carolina!
Cypress Gardens is open year-round seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The last admission is granted at 4 p.m. each day. It's also closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.)
Tickets are $10 for ages 18-64, $5 for ages 6-17, $6.50 for ages 65 and over, 911, and military. For a limited time through February 2021, leashed dogs are allowed in the gardens! Learn more from the official website for
While you’re in Moncks Corner, head over to
this hidden monastery on the river!
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Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd, Moncks Corner, SC 29461, USA