Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Walk on Wednesday: FREE!

If there's one thing we don't do around here, it's boredom. The "B" word is not one we use... life is too short and too full to ever feel bored, especially when you live in one of the coolest places on earth! One of the main reasons we started this site was to share some of our favorite discoveries and the icing on the cake is that much of what we share is free and accessible to everyone, even if at just certain times of the year. This is one of those ideas I couldn't wait to share because a free day or two has been set aside on the calendar for enjoying the Audubon Swamp at Magnolia Plantation in honor of John James Audubon who used these grounds for inspiration for several of his paintings. This is the first in a series over the coming weeks regarding boredom breaks for kids!

We have long loved this swamp garden at any time of year and in any kind of weather, so if it rains on these upcoming free days, go anyway because the drizzle will only add to the atmosphere (full details at bottom of post).

Here are some quick facts about this incredible swamp:

  • Upon entering Magnolia Plantation, the Swamp Garden is located at the first turning on your left. *For FREE admission to the swamp on these open days, you must first drive to the Plantation entrance and pay for general admission to the Plantation. You will be given a code for the wooden gate that proceeds to the swamp boardwalks (pictured above).
  • Did you know this plantation was founded in 1676? This is the oldest public garden in America.
The boardwalks permit you to wander along and view the waterfowl currently nesting here, including egrets and herons. You will also see alligators and turtles...

Nestled here among the tupelo trees and cypress knees, your kids can easily spy turtles and other wildlife - allow about an hour to walk the boardwalk and take in the swamp before the site closes at 5:30 pm each day.

I guarantee there is absolutely no way your child (of any age!) will be bored in the swamp. Click the info listed below before you go to enrich the experience. 

Audubon Swamp Garden
3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

FREE DAYS: June 14 and 15, 2015 (*free admission to swamp with the purchase of Plantation admission).
PMK tip: take a picnic lunch and eat on the grounds of the plantation. Be sure to wear bug spray and take bottles of water and a camera. To further banish boredom, give your child a camera to wander with and see what they capture! Print some of the photos to put in a summer scrap book or make a collage to help recall this adventure at the end of the summer.

  • Study the work of John James Audubon linked here before you go!
  • More on the history here regarding Audubon's life by PBS.
  • More here on Magnolia Plantation's history.
This post compiled to Call Me - St. Paul and The Broken Bones, featured this coming Sunday at the  Spoleto Finale.

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