This world-famous plantation has been associated with the Drayton family since its founding in 1676. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it includes the country's oldest garden (c.1680), and a Reconstruction-era plantation manor with a famous collection of antiques. The garden features the Conservatory, filled with plants native to Barbados, a nature train tour, a petting zoo, wildlife observation tower, nature trails, an 18th-century herb garden, a Biblical garden, horticultural maze and antebellum cabin and an African-American history tour, "From Slavery to Freedom." The Audubon Swamp Garden offers 60 acres of the primeval beauty of blackwater cypress and tupelo swamp, traversed by bridges, boardwalks and dikes. A nature boat tour takes visitors through ancient rice fields.
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Coastal & Islands
3550 Ashley River RD,
Charleston, SC 29414
Info & Amenities
On Hwy 61,(Ashley River Road Scenic Hwy.), 10 mi from downtown Charleston.
Adults $20; ages 6-12 $10; ages 5 and under free
Days and Hours of Operation
Nov- Feb 8:30am-4:30pm, with ticket sales ending at 4pm. March-Oct 8am-5:30pm.; Open year round
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