Impeccable Landscapes. Exceptional Architecture. Memories For A Lifetime.It's easy to forget that these preserved plantations and gardens are just minutes from the hustle and crowds of downtown Charleston. As you lose yourself amongst the moss-covered oak trees and blooming azaleas, you can't help but find yourself being transported on a journey back in time.
Charleston Tea PlantationVisit Charleston Tea Plantation for a fun and educational one-of-a-kind experience. See and hear how tea is grown and made into the world's 2nd most consumed beverage. Free Factory Tour, unique Gift Shop, spectacular views and all the tea you can drink!
Cypress GardensStroll 4 miles of beautiful garden trails, paddle through cypress swamp, relax in a greenhouse with butterflies and flowers or discover native and exotic reptile exhibits and the freshwater aquarium. It’s a great site for field trips, receptions and meetings.
Firefly DistillerySouth Carolina's first and largest distillery. Firefly Distillery is home to Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, the original sweet tea vodka, and many more southern specialties. Guests are welcome Tue-Sat 11am-5pm for tastings, closed January. Come taste the South!
Hampton Plantation State Historic SiteDaily from 9am-6pm. Mansion tours: school year (Labor Day to Memorial Day) Th-M 1pm-4pm; summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) daily 11am-4pm. Hwy 17 between Charleston and Myrtle Beach stop and see a picturesque plantation. Grounds contain former rice fields, gardens, and mansion.
Irvin-House VineyardsCharleston’s only winery. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Visitors can taste authentic southern wine, visit the vineyards and stroll through the property, tastings every 30 min. Children and pets welcome, feel free to bring a picnic. Closed January.
Magnolia CemeteryThe oldest cemetery in Charleston, founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River, is inhabited by generations of southern leaders. On the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcome. 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Free.
Mepkin Abbey and Gardens1949 Catholic Trappist monks have lived and worked on this 3,000 acre 18th century Cooper River rice plantation. Visitors tour a working monastery and adjacent gardens and shop in Mepkin Abbey Store featuring monastic products and unique handcrafted items.