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Swan Lake Iris Gardens

822 W Liberty St, Sumter, SC 29150-4729
+1 803-436-2640
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Charming and unique

Everyone that visits Sumter should see swan lake. The irises are unique and beautiful. Definitely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Vicki V
Sumter, South Carolina
via mobile
Afternoon Stroll

This was a beautiful park. The stroll around the lake was beautiful, full of interesting birds... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Patricia S
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822 W Liberty St, Sumter, SC 29150-4729
+1 803-436-2640

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone that visits Sumter should see swan lake. The irises are unique and beautiful. Definitely a must do!

Thank Vicki V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a beautiful park. The stroll around the lake was beautiful, full of interesting birds, swans, geese, ducks, etc. The trees were gorgeous and had a talking tour, which was a post to press the button and a narrative told you about the tree....More

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Sumter for the eclipse and had one day to wander. Swan Lake was on top off our list of places to go. We went to spend a wee bit of time. Hours later we dragged ourselves away. And resolved to return to...More

Thank Tootsielala55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is where I saw the Eclipse of 8-21-17. The park is a local park and is very pretty with the landscaping and ponds. It does not have a children's play area that I could find and not a lot of open space for games....More

Thank globaltrekster
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We came for the eclipse (amazing) and thoroughly enjoyed this park! An easy walk around the lake to see gorgeous plantings and birds and dragonflies! You can stay much longer though to geocache and picnic and just sit and enjoy the space.

Thank GretaMatthews
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

I have been to the gardens several times and I love to take a bench and just watch the swans, ducks and geese on the water, to see the blooming irises and magnolias and to redirect stress from the bustle of life. There is a...More

Thank LadiesUsedToVamp
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Nice quite walk, just have to get used to the smell in some areas from the Swans. Take time to listen to some of the recordings that are around the park as well.

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This is a great place to spend a few hours or even a whole day. Beautiful wildlife and gardens. No entry fee. The staff are so welcoming and helpful. We walked the entire place and it was a hot day. Bring water and something to...More

Thank N3924PIcindys
Reviewed 14 June 2017

The Swan Lake Iris Gardens is a lovely walk, with a variety of blooming flowers. The lake is well maintained and there are turtles everywhere as cross the bridges. Great place to take the kids for a walk or a romantic stroll with your significant...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 5 June 2017

A good place to just walk and enjoy the lake and it's wildlife. The lake takes about an hour to walk round at a leisurely pace. If you cross the road bridge you can also visit the swamp. The lake has a collection of swans...More

Thank StuartRon
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28 March 2017|
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Response from Dawnella66 | Reviewed this property |
Hi you dont have to walk the entire park to be able to enjoy some of it. As you go in the entrance there is a nice pond and places to sit and enjoy the scenery through out the park..you could stay as long or as short as you... More
Madelyn J
3 October 2016|
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Response from Mariln A | Reviewed this property |
Memorial Day wknd is our Iris Festival. Beautiful florets and swans are very visible.
Christine W
18 June 2016|
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Response from cityofsumter | Property representative |
Pets are only allowed in the green space between the Visitors Center and Iris Market, however, they are not allowed anywhere inside the walk-in gates in the gardens or children's area. Thanks and hope to see you at Swan Lake... More