Charleston Tea Garden, Wadmalaw Island

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#46 of 1,950 in Things to do in South Carolina
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Tours the factory and grounds of Charleston Tea Garden, the only working tea plantation in the United States. Learn about the production of the Camellia Sinensis plant, originally brought to America in the 18th century by French botanist Francois Michaux. Visit the factory to find out about the history and production of the tea via audio-visual material. Take a trolley tour to see the 51 hectare (127 acre) plantation and learn about the harvesting and processing methods. Alternatively, explore the grounds yourself and check out the Propagation Hut to see how cloning methods are used on site. The gift shop offers teapots and tea-related products. Before you head to Wadmalaw Island, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Wadmalaw Island online trip itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Wadmalaw Island has to offer, including Charleston Tea Garden.
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  • A really enjoyable morning excursion. I received a gift of tea from here for Christmas and after tasting the tea and reading the packaging was surprised that the tea was actually grown here in SC and....  more »
  • This is the only Tea leaf growing facility in the United States, the tour was short but it was awesome, learned about how tea leaves grow and how they actually cut it into tea leaf and bags. It is...  more »
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  • I was very excited when I found out that tea was actually grown in North America and I could visit a real tea plantation. The staff were very friendly and helpful while we were there. From the ladies in the gift shop to our informative trolley guide, we were treated like welcome guests. If you are interested in how tea is produced and want to learn more than this is for you.
  • Beautiful, spacious plantation. We paid around 24 bucks for two tickets on the trolley tour that lasted about 45 minutes. You get to see the entire property and are taught about the tea growing process. Inside the building is a free tea factory tour and unlimited iced and hot tea. The gift shop offers a lot of tea related gifts as well as local offerings. Definitely recommend stopping in as it's very unique and a very interesting spot.
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