You Paid For It: Cypress Gardens

Updated: Jul. 11, 2019 at 6:34 PM EDT
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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - After devastating flooding, Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner was closed for more than three years.

Now, the Berkeley County destination is boasting record visitor numbers, and even more improvements are on the way.

Attractions include gardens, swamp boat adventures, alligators and sometimes movie shoots.

The website says it’s been a family destination since 1932.

In 2015 the facility closed because of disastrous flood damage.

Even while closed, county taxpayers continued funding Cypress Gardens to the tune of roughly a million dollars a year.

According to the Berkeley County Enterprise Fund breakdown online, the following amounts were budgeted for Cypress Gardens in recent years:

  • 2015: $1.258 million (page 302)
  • 2016: $1.235 million (page 182)
  • 2017: $1.237 million (page 184)
  • 2018: $914,000 (page 38)
  • 2019: $1.037 million (page 38)

Post-flooding renovations and improvements totaled about $2.1 million. That was funded mostly by federal tax dollars through FEMA and by insurance payouts.

It seems that investment is already paying off. From the re-opening in April to the end of June, 50,294 visitors enjoyed Cypress Gardens.

Berkeley County spokesperson Hannah Moldenhauer said that is more than Cypress Gardens’ average visitor count all year – usually about 50,000 people annually .

Admission was free for Berkeley County residents through June 30th.

Current admission prices are:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • 65+, 911, Military: $6.50
  • Children (ages 6-17): $5.00
  • Children (ages 5 and under): Free

Event spaces at the Gardens also bring in money. Work is underway right now on Dean Hall. The county estimates completion on that project by the end of this year.

Swamp boat adventures are $5.00.

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