• Monday, August 6, 2012

Cypress Gardens’ Summer Swamp Safari – set for 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 – is the perfect outdoor event for the entire family.  
Guests can explore the swamp in a vintage swamp boat. Kids and adults alike enjoy the challenge of swamp netting. And, attendees can look forward to spotting the lively and scenic flora and wildlife along the bird and butterfly walk.  
“The blackwater swamp is one of nature’s most magnificent and alluring creations,” Cypress Gardens Director Dwight Williams said. “We literally have guests from all over the world visit, many of whom claim they’ve never seen anything so beautiful and unique. We are very blessed to have such an incredible natural beauty right in our own backyard. ”
The Swamp Safari features live entertainment and interesting guests, including:
??Drs. Merle Shepard and Edward Farnworth, authors of “Common Insects and Spiders of the South Carolina Lowcountry.”
??Steve Bennett, a herpetologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
??Charleston Turtle and Tortoise Society.
??Keeper of the Wild, wildlife rehabilitators.
??Live music by the Charleston Hot Shots
Kids favorite Blackwater Willy is also scheduled to make an appearance. Guests who remain until the end can watch as Frankenturtle, Cypress Gardens’ giant snapping turtle, is weighed.
The Summer Swamp Safari is free with regular paid admission to Cypress Gardens ($10 adult, $9 Senior, $5 children 6 to 12 years of age).  
Berkeley County residents and Berkeley County Government employees will be admitted free from 9 a.m. until 12 noon with a photo ID.
Local Edge is sponsoring the event. Call (843) 553-0515; go to www.cypressgardens.info; or visit Cypress Gardens on Facebook for more information.


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