Large estates with grounds covered in beautiful flowers and unique natural features, plantations in Charleston, SC, are one of the top attractions for both locals and visitors. While each of these destinations has long histories, they are also stunning displays of the Lowcountry’s gorgeous landscape. At each location, you can embark on guided tours or lead yourself through the grounds to learn more about the families that have inhabited the properties and the history behind them. To get inspiration for more things to do in Charleston, be sure to request access to our complimentary Destination Guide. Inside, you’ll find tons of great suggestions on activities, restaurants, and other attractions.
Top 3 Plantations in Charleston, SC
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Known as America’s Oldest Gardens, Magnolia Plantation has been open to the public for more than 325 years. Exploring the grounds is the main attraction as this plantation in Charleston, SC, with 464 acres of sectioned gardens. Marvel at the many azaleas, spend some time relaxing near the pond with unique heron statues, wander through the bamboo garden, or choose to venture into the Swamp Garden. After walking through the property, you can enter the plantation house to learn even more about the attraction.
Boone Hall Plantation
A popular wedding destination, Boone Hall Plantation continues to operate as a farm with a farmers market and indoor market as well as tours and seasonal attractions. People travel from across the country, even celebrities Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, to celebrate their weddings here and capture an awe-inspiring photo beneath the famed Avenue of Oaks.
Named the number one plantation in Charleston by USA TODAY’s 10BEST, Boone Hall offers a variety of interesting tours. Explore the property’s home in the House Tour, roam the grounds on the Plantation Tractor Tour, let the kids enjoy the Butterfly Pavillion, or learn more about the property’s history during the “Exploring Gullah Culture” tour and Black History in America exhibit.
It’s easy to spend an entire day when visiting Middleton Place. Start your day off strolling through the 65 acres of gardens with two beautiful lakes and floral allees. Then, you can roam the stableyard where livestock was kept or enter the House Museum formerly known as the South Flanker. One section of a three-part residence that included a library, music conservatory, and an art gallery, the South Flanker features a gentleman’s guest quarters, original family furniture, and unique artifacts dating back to the 1740s.
Stay at Hotel Bella Grace
While most plantations in Charleston, SC, are located outside of the downtown area, Hotel Bella Grace’s location in the middle of the historic district allows for easy access to each of these destinations, though some form of transportation is necessary. During your stay, take advantage of the hotel’s proximity to other downtown attractions and restaurants. You can also utilize our unique Tick Tock personal concierge service to make reservations or request special items.
With two queen-size beds, our Queen Rooms are perfect for business travelers or families also featuring a large living area, complimentary breakfast, and an optional nightly turndown service.
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