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BOONE HALL PLAN­TA­TION & GAR  DENS The sun glis­tens through Span­ish moss, which drapes a three-quar­ter­mile cor­ri­dor of 265-year-old oak trees as you en­ter the prop­erty. Stroll down the Av­enue, ex­plore the Gul­lah cul­ture, let a tram ride take you through the plan­ta­tion, tour the man­sion and more. Ad­mis­sion: $12-24; free to kids un­der age 6. Open M-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su noon5 pm. www.boone­hallplan­ta­tion.com. 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleas­ant, 843.884.4371.

DRAY­TON HALL Circa 1738, Dray­ton Hall is the old­est un­re­stored plan­ta­tion house in Amer­ica still open to the pub­lic, and it’s the na­tion’s ear­li­est ex­am­ple of fully ex­e­cuted Pal­la­dian ar­chi­tec­ture. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes a guided house tour, the in­ter­ac­tive “Con­nec­tions: From Africa to Amer­ica” pro­gram, the 18th-cen­tury African-Amer­i­can ceme­tery, self-paced na­ture walks and a mu­seum shop. Open M-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $6-22; free to kids un­der age 6. www.dray­ton­hall.org. 3380 Ash­ley River Road, West Ash­ley, 843.769.2600. MAG­NO­LIA PLAN­TA­TION & GAR­DENS  Tour a pre-Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War Plan­ta­tion House and ex­pe­ri­ence 10 rooms filled with antiques, quilts and fam­ily heir­looms from the 19th cen­tury. There are also na­ture train and boat tours as well as Audubon Swamp tours. And one of the largest col­lec­tions of aza­leas and camel­lias in the U.S. re­sides at the home’s beau­ti­ful gar­dens. Open 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $8-15; free to kids un­der age 6. www.mag­no­li­a­plan­ta­tion.com. 3550 Ash­ley River Road, West Ash­ley, 843.571.1266

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