History Lives: Visit Charleston's Antebellum Plantations With the Family to Picnic, Explore, and Learn
When visiting Charleston, it is often a great idea to explore outside of the city peninsula to the many area parks, beaches, and plantations. Making a visit to the quiet, shady plantation grounds in the surrounding lowcountry can be the perfect day trip for anyone, especially families traveling with children. Variety abounds in the historical features, facilities, and types of tours available at each plantation. Come January, visit Boone Hall Plantation alongside Charleston locals at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, or admire the Azaleas in bloom at the oldest unrestored gardens in the U.S. at Magnolia Plantation.
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Local Expert Tip: "If you are visiting Charleston in January, be sure to attend the Lowcountry Oyster Festival at Boone Hall Plantation each year!"
Local Expert Tip: "Eat at the Middleton Place Restaurant while visiting the plantation - proceeds go towards the Middleton Place Foundation preservation efforts!"
Local Expert Tip: "No need to pack a lunch, just visit the Peacock Cafe, located on the Magnolia Plantation property!"
Local Expert Tip: "There's no major zoo in the Charleston area, so be sure to bring the kids out to Charles Towne Landing's 22 acre Natural Habitat!"
Local Expert Tip: "Make today a plantation day - save $5 when purchasing joint admission to visit Drayton Hall and Magnolia Plantation in the same day!"
Local Expert Tip: "The Charleston Tea Plantation shares Wadmalaw Island with the Irving House Vineyards and Angel Oak Tree, making an easy island day trip itinerary for the family or any couple!"
Local Expert Tip: "Although Mansfield Plantation is located in the town of Georgetown, it makes a great day trip for any plantation lover or history buff!"
Local Expert Tip: "Pay admission at the Hampton Plantation State Park and enjoy free same day admission to Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site through their reciprocal admission program!"
Local Expert Tip: "Check Pickpocketplantation.com for seasonal Apple Butter and Cane Syrup making demonstrations by the estate owner himself!"
Local Expert Tip: "Visit the Hopsewee River Oak Cottage Tea Room midday Tuesday through Saturday for afternoon tea and sweets!"
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