A thirty mile drive from downtown Charleston, Cypress gardens is living evidence that swamps don't deserve the negative reputation they've somehow acquired in books and folklore. Far from dark and slimy, Cypress Gardens is a respite for the urban soul. Admission to the gardens is $5 and it is never too busy. Bring a picnic. You can eat it on your boat. Bring a bottle of wine. Bring a hat and maybe a book. Look for alligators. Watch the turtles. Having been lucky enough to visit in both summer and winter, I can confidently say that although what grows changes, the swamp retains its magic year round.
01. Nikaela Marie