We saw alligators!

Yesterday, on our visit to Magnolia Plantation we also visited the swamp garden – it’s named after Audubon who visited the house where they have some of his prints. We had already noticed an alligator in one of the ponds at the main garden, but it was swimming too far out to get a good look. In the swamp garden, we suddenly heard a lot of splashing and noticed a bird struggling then disappear beneath the water. The people in front called out that they had seen an alligator take it and that we could see one up closer where they were standing. We then saw this guy:


He was almost camouflaged by duckweed but his eye was clearly visible as he watched us. Eventually, he decided we were of no interest, turned and swam languidly away.


I have a video of him swimming but I can’t seem to attach it with the WordPress app, so that will have to wait till we get home.

6/8/11 If I’m lucky, and after many attempts, this should be the video:



  1. Alligator Adventures is always on our list, but even Myrtle Beach has a lot of nature areas around it. The best thing is, places like the Santee Coastal Reserve and the Yawkey-South Island reserve are just a few minutes away from the Myrtle Beach family resorts! I doubt you’ll see any gators actually in the wild as far north as Myrtle but trust me, I am happy to not see one turn around and look at me!