Our Second Charleston Adventure: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Last week we took a trip to Charleston, SC and brought Kylo Ren, adventure cat extraordinaire, with us! Charleston is an extremely pet-friendly city, so we were able to find quite a few fun things to do with Kylo. One of our favorite activities of the entire trip was our visit to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Our Second Charleston Adventure: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens,” according to Travel + Leisure Magazine.  It was founded in 1676, making it the oldest public gardens in America. We can attest to it’s beauty and had a wonderful time exploring the different garden areas.

In addition to the gardens, Magnolia Plantation also offers several other activities, such as a plantation house tour, a nature tram tour, and a swamp boat tour – all of which are pet friendly! We didn’t do any of those things though because they cost extra money. We just stuck to meandering along the garden paths, which kept us busy for a couple of hours.

Our Second Charleston Adventure: Kylo Ren at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Our Second Charleston Adventure: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Kylo and Me in the bamboo garden

Kylo Ren did amazingly well walking around on his leash. He really loves to follow paths, so we just let him lead the way and followed along behind him.

Our Second Charleston Adventure: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Behind the scenes shot of me videoing Kylo Ren

There was so much to see, from swampy waters, to hedge mazes, to azalea gardens, to alligators, birds, and snakes! Yes, we really saw an alligator and a snake! I don’t think Kylo noticed either one though, thankfully.

Our Second Charleston Adventure: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Our Second Charleston Adventure: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Kylo Ren eventually led us to an observation tower, so we climbed up the stairs to see what kind of bird’s eye view we would have from on high. Spoiler alert – it was an awesome one!

Our Second Charleston Adventure: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

After a little while, we had to stop and take a break. Walking around the gardens is awe-inspiring and fun, but it can be exhausting too!

Our Second Charleston Adventure: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

After an exciting afternoon of exploration, we eventually headed back to our Airbnb rental. We had to rest up and refuel for our next adventure… (check back on Monday for more on that!)

We put together a little movie of our Magnolia Plantation and Gardens trip. You can see how well Kylo walks on his leash, as well as a clip of him and Bobby climbing a tree together. Don’t miss it!

Click here to view video on YouTube

By Emily