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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. “An ab­so­lute must-see stop on any trip to Charleston,” says NBC Day­time. Ad­mis­sion: $12-24; free to kids un­der age 6. Open M-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.boone­hallplan­ta­ 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleas­ant, 843.884.4371. Map 4: E-1

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. Map 2: B-2


DENS Tour a pre-Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War Plan­ta­tion House and ex­pe­ri­ence ten 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 here at the home’s beau­ti­ful gar­dens. Open 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $8-15; free to kids un­der age 6. www.mag­no­li­a­plan­ta­ 3550 Ash­ley River Road, West Ash­ley, 843.571.1266 Map 2: B-2

MID­DLE­TON PLACE  This care­fully pre­served, 18th-cen­tury plan­ta­tion and Na­tional His­toric Land­mark fea­tures 65 acres of Amer­ica’s old­est land­scaped gar­dens. Tours of the House Mu­seum in­ter­pret the Mid­dle­tons fam­ily’s vi­tal

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