A photo of a dog at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. Credit: @eastcoastshihtzu
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
My family in front of the plantation house
Oreo relaxing some flowers in the garden
Picture of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, a dog friendly attraction in Charleston, SC.
Picture of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, a dog friendly attraction in Charleston, SC.
Picture of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, a dog friendly attraction in Charleston, SC.
Beautiful, lazy river
Rocco enjoyed his visit to Magnolia Plantation and even got to tour inside the house.
A photo of a dog at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. Credit: @eastcoastshihtzu
A photo of a dog at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. Credit: @eastcoastshihtzu
A photo of a dog at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. Credit: @eastcoastshihtzu
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens


Magnolia Plantation has beautiful gardens you can explore with Fido, but the real treat here is that dogs are also allowed on the tram tours. Dogs that can be carried are even allowed inside the plantation house. In addition to the garden, there are many nature trails on the property.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has received a rating of 4.8 out of 5 bones by 18 canine critics on BringFido.

  • May. 31, 2019
    Very dog friendly!

    Our pup was a welcomed visitor to Magnolia Gardens. He was allowed everywhere except the mansion and petting zoo. He sat in on the 30m orientation video, was welcomed on the nature tram, toured the conservatory and the gardens. The nature tram was his favorite and we had two other pups on the tram with us. Great day for all.

  • Apr. 18, 2019
    A Highlight Of Our Vacay

    We were really debating bringing out 6 pound Morkie because of alligators but so glad we did. This place is gorgeous and I didn’t feel worried at all once there. We walked through the gardens, took the tram and brought a picnic (there’s a snack bar too). There were plenty of places that were far from swampy waters and on the tram when we did see gators our pup was perfectly safe watching from our laps. Other areas walking I felt safe too but to be extra sure we just picked him up for a couple minutes when passing the water or kept him on a short leash. Beautiful place!

  • More than a year ago
    Magnolia Plantation

    Our baby had a great time as they are very dog friendly. My only warning is to keep them on a short leash as there are alligators in the swamps. Extra caution.

  • More than a year ago
    Nice excursion

    We brought our two children (3 and 8) and 2 small dogs with us. It was a nice day but very hot. There is sufficient shade throughout the park. Found water dish by cafe and gift shop and saw 1-2 doggie stations so I’d be prepared with bags. JWe passed on house tour as our 3 year old son likes to be held too and dogs need to be carried. Nature tram tour was very nice. The kids enjoyed the petting zoo, note dogs not permitted inside enclosure. The peacocks do freely roam the park so be vigilant with your more active dogs. They do have a cafe with a decent selection of food but I wish we would have brought a cooler lunch for picnic. Overall very nice day and everyone was pretty exhausted after. Only reason not 5, is I thought things were a bit expensive for a family.

  • More than a year ago
    pet friendly

    We had a wonderful time with our two dogs and 2 kids at the magnolia plantation garden. It was so beautiful and the dogs and the kids all had a great time!

  • More than a year ago
    Magnolia is the best!

    Great place, friendly folks, Nellie (our dog) was welcome, even in the gift shop! Lots of trails and paths to explore.

  • More than a year ago
    Lots of walking paths, friendly staff

    It was a very HUMID day when we visited and staff pointed out water bowls in several places. We ended up cutting our visit short but ended it with a stop at the gift shop. We stopped right at the inside of the door and waited on the mat. I asked if dogs were allowed in and the ladies said that they were indeed. I'm glad because it helped us both cool off. When I was leaving (had made a purchase), the cashier asked if he could have a treat. How nice!

  • More than a year ago
    Perfect place for your dog!

    This place was so dog friendly, and everyone was very nice about us having our dog. We loved it so much we went twice, which your ticket has free admission for your next admission if you come within a week. Limited trashcans and make sure you bring your poop bags but otherwise perfect for dogs!

  • More than a year ago
    Fun excursion

    Spent an afternoon walking the trails and our mid-sized dogs even got to go on the 45-minute Nature Tram with us. If water bowls are ever set out here, it would truly become a five bone experience.

  • More than a year ago
    A great place to spend the day

    We just walked the gardens and skipped all the side tours, especially since my dogs are too big to fit into the tram. Be very careful near the water because we did have a small gator that seemed to be paying way too much attention to us and looked like it was trying to swim closer. Even in early March, it gets muggy so be prepared for the heat and humidity, especially if you're from snowy areas. I would definitely go back again.

  • More than a year ago
    Awesome wildlife!

    Don't miss the tram tour! The wildlife was stunning!

  • More than a year ago
    Beautiful, but pass on the swamp

    We didn't do the house because my Eskie is too large to carry and we didn't do the boat tour because it wasn't offered, The garden paths were plentiful and I gave up on trying to follow the map. Meandering around worked fine. The nature tour (tram) was interesting but bumpy. Keep your pup close as it is easy to jump out. Bumpy ride aside, I wouldn't hesitate to do the nature tour again--our guide was informative and entertaining. However, I CANNOT RECOMMEND THE SWAMP TOUR BECAUSE THEY DON'T ALLOW YOU TO TAKE ANY BEVERAGES, INCLUDING WATER, AND NONE IS AVAILABLE FOR THE PUPS. So on a warm sunny day, your pouch may get thirsty; on a hot day you and the pooch will suffer. If it weren't for the ban on beverages on the swamp tour, I would have given 5 stars.

  • More than a year ago
    Beautiful dog friendly plantation!

    We took our daughter and two dogs here for our first morning in Charleston. The grounds are very expansive and we were able to walk around with our dogs for 2 hours (could have gone for longer but they were pooped!) We took them up to an observation deck overlooking the marshes and around their bridges and gardens. It does cost $15 a person but it was a lovely outing and good example of a southern plantation. My dogs are too big to carry but I hear they're allowed in the plantation house if you carry them! Relaxed on the porch swing after with them panting at our feet. Awesome :)

  • More than a year ago

    Some of the house tour got a little boring, but the grounds were beautiful and the boat tour was relaxing and informative. Our tour guide Sy was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun for everyone, including the dog. It was a good time.

  • More than a year ago
    Awesome Place

    This a beautiful place and so dog friendly. We spent the day there with our two schnauzers. So many things to do and see and our dogs love it. They had a wonderful adventure

  • More than a year ago
    Beautiful walk

    This place is beautiful. They have a long winding path amongst all the blossoming trees. Benches are tucked into shaded areas. It was a nice way to walk the dogs before a long car ride home and people along the trail were very friendly towards my dogs.

  • More than a year ago


  • More than a year ago
    dog friendly and dog-fun

    Magnolia is a great place to take your dog, you can stroll all the gardens and go on the trams. the dog loved it there. everyone is so friendly. agreat dog friendly place

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Traveler Photos

We've dug up 11 pictures of dogs at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for you below. Enjoy!

Nature Tram
Walking the garden
Sniffing out Magnolia Plantation
No squirrels here
Nellie @ Manolia
Melissa and Rocco at Magnolia Plantation
Little Gator
Beautiful Pathways
Petting Zoo
White Bridge

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