When people visit Charleston, SC, their trip reports are usually filled with stories of strolling the streets of downtown, visiting trendy and delicious restaurants, or staying at a local beach. While many people stick to the most popular areas of the city, there are many hidden gems in and around Charleston that are worth a visit if you have the time or are looking for something new.
One such place is Cypress Gardens. Cypress Gardens is located in Moncks Corner. It is about 40 minutes from downtown Charleston and approximately an hour’s drive from both Isle of Palms and Folly Beach.
What is Cypress Gardens?
Cypress Gardens is a 170 acre nature preserve and garden that features an 80 acre blackwater bald cypress and tupelo swamp.
Things To Do in Cypress Gardens
So now that you know “what it is” you may be asking what you can do here? Cypress Gardens has provided ample ways to fully take in and appreciate the surroundings of this beautiful land. Check it out below!
One of the best parts about Cypress Gardens is that you do not have to stick to boardwalk or walking around trails in order to experience the swamp. You can actually rent a small boat for free or pay $5 for a guided tour . This is a fun way to experience the view from the water!
Enjoy a nature stroll on 3.5 miles of walking paths.
You can see local animals up close in the Cypress Garden Swamparium. Animals on site include fish, amphibians, and snakes. They also have a South American anaconda and African crocodiles.
Additionally, there are multiple opportunities for viewing local wildlife in their natural habitats, like this American alligator!
If snakes and large teeth are not your thing, then a peaceful walk through the butterfly house might be more your speed. The greenhouse includes butterflies, birds, and fish ponds.
Interesting Facts about Cypress Gardens
Did you know that many famous movies were filmed here? Some popular titles include The Notebook, Cold Mountain, and The Patriot!
The garden was originally part of the rice fields of Dean Hall Plantation. Then the gardens were created by Benjamin Rufus Kitteredge back in 1909 and became open to the public in 1932.
How much does it cost?
The cost for adults is $10, children (6-11) are $5, and kids 5 and under are free. Certain visitors (65+, 911, and military) are $6.50. Also, guided boat tours are an additional $5, but self-guided boat tours are free
What are the hours?
Cypress Gardens is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm. Surprisingly, they are only closed 4 days a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
Can I bring my dog?
Leashed pets are allowed in outdoor areas November through February; however, they are never allowed in buildings.
You can find more pet friendly ideas for your Charleston vacation here.
It’s so pretty! Can I get married there?
If you visit Cypress Gardens and fall in love with the surroundings, you will be happy to know that there are 5 locations on site for your happy day. Check out this link for more details.
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