• Charleston Tea Plantation - Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina

      Roadtrip Attraction
      There is only one place in North America where tea is grown: The Charleston Tea Plantation. What was once a research station for Lipton Tea was purchased in 1987 by tea taster William Barclay Hall, who later partnered with the Bigelow Co. Now, this 127-acre plantation is a thriving and growing tea producer. (Its brand, American Classic, is currently available only in the state, but its territory is expanding.) And it's open year-round to visitors, who may take a trolley ride through the tea fields and a free tour of the factory where the tea is processed. And of course, buy some fine tea and related merchandise in the gift shop.

      Photo by Kimberly Goza

      If you go:
      The best time to visit is during harvest season, May through September, when you can watch harvesters and processors at work. There is also a big festival to celebrate the first flush (harvest) in May.


      6617 Maybank Highway
      Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina 29487 USA

      Mailing address:
      6617 Maybank Highway
      Wadmalaw Island SC 29487 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (843) 559-0383