Welcome to the Charleston Tea Garden®! For tea lovers, we promise a once in a lifetime experience. We're the only tea garden in North America where you can see hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching out acre after acre for almost as far as the eye can see. There is no admission charge. The only charge you will incur is one for the trolley tour.
The Bigelow family, William Barclay Hall and the staff of the garden stand ready to bring you the tea experience of your life. We're located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the lowcountry just a few miles south of the historic city of Charleston.
In addition to our many acres of tea plants, we offer a very educational tour of our tea factory. You get to walk the entire length of our tea production building where you can see all the equipment it takes to make tea. Large TV screens along the glassed in gallery describe the entire process. As mentioned, we also offer a 45 minute trolley ride, which makes a stop at our state of the art greenhouse. Last but not least is our gift shop, stocked with more tea related items than you can possibly imagine. Last year some seventy five thousand people from all over the world came to visit us. We'd love to have you be one of them this coming year.
The Trolley Tour
One of the great highlights of a visit to the garden is our Trolley Tour. There is a $15 per person charge for ages 12 and up, $7.50 for children between ages 4-11, and children 3 and under are complementary. It's the only charge you will incur during your visit. The trolley ride takes about 35-40 minutes and you'll get to see our many acres and acres of tea bushes. You'll learn more about tea both from our trolley guide as well as our founder, Bill Hall, who narrates a portion of the tour over the bus sound system. The trolley also makes a stop at the greenhouse where everyone departs the trolley and gets to see up close and personal just what it takes to bring new tea bushes into the world. This trip is a once in a lifetime experience. Don't miss it!
Here's your chance to tour America's only tea factory. You'll learn all about how tea is made. We designed our tea production building with a glassed in, air conditioned gallery that runs down virtually the entire length of the facility. As you walk along the gallery, you will be looking out onto our factory floor at all the equipment it takes to make tea. Three large TV screens will introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow as well as explain in great detail each and every teamaking process. there is no charge for the tour. It's absolutely free. Please come and enjoy the rare opportunity to learn how tea is made.
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