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Aquarium, Magnolia Gardens offer admission discounts

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014

The South Carolina Aquarium and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens are offering families an opportunity to visit both attractions at a specially reduced price in September.

A $5 discount off the admission price to the Aquarium and Magnolia is available beginning Labor Day through Sept. 30. Discount coupons are available from the Aquarium’s and Magnolia’s websites and ticket booths. The coupons can’t be combined with other discounts to the Aquarium and Magnolia. A printed coupon is required to receive the discount.

The South Carolina Aquarium, founded in 2000, features thousands of aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead sea turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the state’s rich biodiversity from the mountains to the sea.

The Aquarium, located at 100 Aquarium Wharf, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and conservation. The Aquarium also offers guests the opportunity to tour the states only hospital for sick and injured sea turtles. Discover the extraordinary care that is provided to these endangered creatures. Behind-the-scenes tours are offered daily at noon and 2 p.m. The Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.

For the Aquarium’s detailed pricing information, go to scaquarium.org or call 843-720-1990. Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of America from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. Magnolia is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public garden in America.

With more than 100 acres of flowering plants year round, Magnolia has been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Magnolia is the only garden honored with this distinction in South Carolina.

Magnolia offers guided tours of the main house that was once the Drayton family’s home, nature boat and nature train rides and the award-winning “Slavery to Freedom” cabin project. Magnolia also features an un-guided walking tour through the 60-acre Audubon Swamp Garden named for naturalist John James Audubon.

Located at 3550 Ashley River Road on the Ashley River, Magnolia is open 365 days a year. Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. For more details, call 843-571-1266 or go to magnoliaplantation.com.

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