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!
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 10am-5pm for tastings, closed January. Come taste the South!
Hampton Plantation State Historic SiteGrounds open daily from 9am-6pm. Tours available of the 18th century mansion Saturday through Tuesday at 1, 2 and 3pm. If you are driving between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, stop and see a picturesque plantation containing former rice fields, gardens, mansion, kitchen house, picnic area, graveyards and hiking trails. Call 843.546.9361 for further details.
Irvin-House VineyardsCharleston’s only winery. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm. Visitors can taste authentic wine, visit the vineyards and stroll through the property, tastings every 30 min. 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 GardensGuided tours – 11:30am and 3pm Tu – Sat. & 3pm on Sun. Since 1949 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.