Surprisingly, Cypress Gardens has more to offer than just a serene swamp and weeping Spanish moss. The grounds include a butterfly garden, reptile room, alligator swamp, and bird watching area, among other attractions. I especially loved the butterfly room, which made me nostalgic for "Butterfly World", a childhood favorite of mine in Florida.
While I would have loved to taken a solo canoe ride, I decided on a guided tour to make sure I got the full Cypress experience. Our tour guide was wonderful, he made sure to include lots of facts about the history of the grounds, with a lot of emphasis on The Notebook and The Patriot, which was also filmed at the garden. Little known fact about the filming of The Notebook: it was actually winter when they filmed that scene so they had to bring in the geese to give the effect of warm weather. Not to mention both actors were freezing (so said our guide).
Cypress Gardens is a unique Charleston attraction, mostly because it is very off the beaten path. Like 45 minutes off the beaten path in Monks Corner. I have lived in Charleston for nearly five years and I just got around to visiting the grounds this year. Nonetheless, Cypress is so enchanting and dreamy, its unlike anything else that exists in the Lowcountry area. Next time you are looking for a mini weekend adventure, I would definitely recommend making the trip out here.