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Cypress Gardens - South Carolina area

CHARLESTON EXPLORER

Spring is the perfect season for a visit to beautiful Cypress Gardens, just 25 minutes from downtown Charleston off U.S. Highway 52. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2007, the serene swamp gardens feature canopies of towering bald cypress trees under which visitors can paddle through lush wetlands or wander along azalea-filled trails.  Once a rice plantation during colonial times, the historic area now boasts some of the most impressive nature and wildlife displays in the state, with an aquarium and reptile center, a butterfly house, and a lively crocodile exhibit, where live specimens in outdoor habitats represent five continents.  Cypress Gardens was backdrop in a number of scenes from the movie "The Patriot", and shimmering fresh-water forest basin is still a visual wonder. Protruding from a water system that flourishes with catfish, great blue herons, egrets, crawfish, turtles and alligators are seemingly sculpted sections of wood known as cypress "knees".  Overhead, pileated woodpeckers and prothonotary warblers call their cheerful sound as anhingas dry their wings on limbs rising along 150-foot cypress trunks.

 
 

Scenic Imagery courtesy of Dana Elliot
 

 

Jane Dowd - Charleston Real Estate
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