Magnolia Plantation & Charleston City Tour

Magnolia Plantation & Charleston City Tour

Make the high point of your visit to Charleston a look at the past with this tour of Magnolia Plantation combined with a tour of the City of Charleston.

Take the City Tour to see the French Quarter, the Rainbow Row of incredible homes in pastel colors, the Market, Old Citadel, and stop at the famed Battery overlooking Fort Sumter (where the first shot of the Civil War was fired).

Also in enjoy a tour of the Magnolia Plantation. Take the Plantation Nature Tram, visit the house, and peaceful and inspiring Biblical Garden.

There will be a stop in the historic market for shopping and lunch (on your own). Enjoy the added benefit our shuttle service...a great alternative to locating an all day parking space!

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Tour/Activity Details


approximately 7 hours


City Tour: 9:30 am & Magnolia Tour: 12:15 pm (Monday through Saturday)
City Tour: 10:30 am & Magnolia Tour: 12:15 pm (Monday through Saturday)

through May 20, 2016

Tour includes free hotel pick-up and drop-off from most Charleston hotels. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


Held by the Drayton family for more than 300 years, this estate maintains over 50 acres of landscaped gardens. Magnolia Plantation offers the oldest major public garden in America and is also America's oldest man-made attraction, having been open to the public annually since the late 1860s. Considered by many experts to be "the most beautiful garden in the world" for over one hundred years, its reputation today is maintained by the plantings today which offer the maximum color possible during every season. There is beauty everywhere!

Magnolia Plantation is home to a herd of miniature horses who graze the lawn behind a split-rail fence, ducks and geese that glide through the lovely waters, peacocks who strut the walks, and other fowl that move among the shrubs in the garden.

Some of Magnolia Plantation's other areas of interest are:

  • a Biblical garden which was pictured in Time Magazine
  • a street of antebellum cabins
  • a petting zoo of plantation animals
  • a restored pre-Revolutionary War rice barge
  • an enclosed Barbados tropical garden
  • a topiary garden
  • a large Indian burial mound
  • an extensive gift shop and art gallery
  • a plantation workers' graveyard
  • a wildflower garden

The curtain rises on the Story of Charleston. Sometimes a drama... Sometimes a comedy... Always an adventure.

Introducing Your Cast of Tour Guides:

Jane: "A true southern lady" - "If you want to know Charleston, you need introductions, and Jane, who came to seem like an old friend, knows everyone and everything," so said the late Charles Kuralt, renowned CBS journalist, author and travel writer.

Bill: "A true southern gentleman" - A tour guide with a dash of devilishness to delight you with his insight into the heart of Charleston. He knows how to show that real "southern hospitality".

Bonnie: "A Charleston Original" - Graduate of the College of Charleston, degree in history (Southern, of course) a professional tour guide for 14 years and an abiding love for all things Charleston. Be prepared to fall in love with her tour.

Leroy: "Mr. Southern Hospitality" - Charlestonian by birth, Leroy "rolls out the red carpet" for our guests when he picks them up at their hotels. Shuttle driver for many years and comedian too.

Randy Lee: "Paints Pictures with his Words" - Be prepared to be dazzled. A South Carolinian, one of Charleston's finest artists. He presents his tours with that artist's interpretation of our sophisticated, sultry and sometimes sinful heritage. A proud southern gentleman, his tours are factual, eye-opening & pure entertainment of the highest quality.

Robert: "Be prepared to be blessed on this tour" - Robert is a cheerful soul. Great tour guide with vast knowledge and an episcopal priest too. Our guests depart his tour with a smile on their faces.

What Our Guests Say:

"We took your tour and just wanted you to know how much everyone enjoyed it. You kept us in stitches the whole time and were very informative." - Lynda and Mike G.

"You extended such "Southern Hospitality and Welcome" that even the coldest one of us Yankees went away with a warm and fuzzy feeling and we want to come again to Charleston!" - USS Haddo

"This is a tour I would recommend to anyone. Great!" - Holly S.

Tour includes free hotel pick-up and drop-off from most Charleston hotels. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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