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Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC

1931 Brookgreen DriveMurrells Inlet, SC 29576
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Overview

A registered National Historic Landmark located off Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet, Brookgreen Gardens offers 9,000 lush acres of natural and artistic beauty, ideal for the whole family to tour and enjoy. Guests can learn about rice plantations from the 1800s, while exploring the open, green spaces lined with fountains, reflection ponds, hidden pathways, outdoor figurative sculptures, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Murrells Inlet Travel Experts
  • Your ticket is good for seven days from the day you first use it.
  • There is a boat tour and bus tour.
  • National Historic Landmark.
  • Located near Huntington Beach State Park.
  • One of the Top Ten Public Gardens in the United States.
  • Fun interactive storybook area for kids.
  • Over 500 acres of sculpture gardens.
  • On-site cafe.
  • Gorgeous landscaping.

Description

from Brookgreen Gardens
Named One of the Top Ten Public Gardens in the United States by TripAdvisor! Young visitors love the Enchanted Storybook Forest, a collection of storybook playhouses based on a classic children’s story or nursery rhyme. It has fun interactive elements such as swings, climbing walls, monkey bars and more. Just for kids is the Children’s Discovery Room and the Brookgreen Detectives booklet that gives kids an adventure by following clues, making observations, sketching drawings, and even playing word games. When completed, they turn in the booklet and receive a Brookgreen Detectives sticker and prize!

Kids' also love the daily animal programs Mother Nature's Cafe, where they observe the animals as an interpreter feeds the animals a snack and the interactive Meet the Animals program. We have 'A Garden Room for Children' that stirs young imaginations with displays of plants and sculpture. There are wooded nooks to hide in, things to climb on, and sculptural animals to marvel at. There is even an elevated place for parents to sit and watch the magic of children learning as they play.

Seasonal favorite is the Butterfly House open daily April - October where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Tickets are $3 - adults and $2 - children in addition to garden admission for a 30-minute timed visit.

From its beginning in 1931, this non-profit outdoor museum with its majestic oaks and world-renowned sculpture it has been a place to restore your soul and renew your spirit but that’s not all. Everyday, Brookgreen offers a tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. Relive history as you walk the Lowcountry Trail or take cruise on the pontoon boat. Then, it’s on to the only accredited zoo on the Carolina coast where you will see native animals in their natural habitats. Beautiful gardens, rich historical sites and gracious southern hospitality tempt you to return again and again which is one of the reasons the admission is good for 7 consecutive days!

Admission not valid during holiday festival, Nights of a Thousand Candles, or other special ticketed events. Tickets are not valid during the month of December.

Reserve Myrtle Beach Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Ray Brown
West Portsmouth , OH
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful!!!!"
June, 2016
I was amazed with all the beauty that it offered!! Enjoyed the boat ride.. Very educational and mostly RELAXING!!! You will get your money's worth and plus more... Plan on returning next trip back to Myrtle beach....

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Candice P.
Gainesville, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"wonderful day"
March, 2015
Really informative. Started with a brief video about the gardens. We received a map and a little information from the welcome center. We chose to do a self guided tour but they offer guided tours for no additional fees. With the one day paid admission you can come back within 7 days for free. The boat tour is fun it's about 45 minutes. The "zoo" as animals of the time period. Lots to learn about slavery times. You will enjoy yourself. Sculptures were amazing.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Pamela S
Florence, South Carolina
"Night of 1000 Candles was fantastic."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2016 NEW
Night of 1000 Candles was fantastic. It was beautiful with all the lights and candles...nothing like I had ever seen. Loved all the different singers too.
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tripper123
Summerville, South Carolina
"Holiday Spectacular! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2016 NEW
Wow. This is one of the best holiday lighting displays I've ever seen. Acres and acres of lights decorating the different garden "rooms." Many, many candles are hand lit every evening by volunteers. The tree lighting ceremony was startling, going from pitch black to oh so bright (130,000 led lights), on a very tall Japanese Spruce. Carolers, bagpipes, shopping and very good food in the dinner tent. Some nice Christmas displays in the inside galleries. Miniature trains are both inside and out. It was cold so dress warmly and wear good walking shoes. Plan to spend several hours. Absolutely worth the drive.
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DCSC001
Greenville, South Carolina
"Worth another visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2016 NEW
Nights of a Thousand Candles, on until December 18. Recommend a visit to see all of the "real" wax candles; best part is to arrive early and watch all the volunteers light the candles, just before they begin flipping the switch to turn on the lights on many of the trees. It was a discovery process, as each designated volunteer makes their own choices about which candle to light first, and where she/he will end their lighting assignment. An amazing amount of work and effort by staff and volunteers. It makes for a special holiday feel.
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gemcityer
Jellico, TN
"NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CANDLES"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 06, 2016 NEW
This event now in its 13th year is spectacular and just when you think it can't get any better it does. New to the event this year was a blown glass display from Conway Glass. There are candles and lights everywhere. The event this year was increased to 9 nights and was by advance ticket only. The event begins at 3:00 pm and my suggestion would be to be there at that time to enjoy the toy, tree and train displays, the special programs and music and watch the volunteers light the candles. It gets dark quite early this time of year and the changing of views as the sky darkens is one of the highlights of the evening. Be sure and take in the lighting of the huge Christmas tree at 5:45. Dress in layers as it is usually quite cool by dark, bring a flashlight to help make your way back to the parking areas and be sure and wear good walking shoes.
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1961Cynthia
Fairfield, Ohio
"WOW!!! Thousands of Lights and A Thousand Candles"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 04, 2016 NEW
This was much better that I ever expected. There were lights everywhere. A train display both inside and out. I don’t think my pictures will do this justice. Just know that you will have to do a lot of walking. They have “strollers” for those who have an issues with walking (they are easy to use). This is definitely worth seeing. My favorite is the spread of trees with hundreds of white light strands hanging down. Food and beverages are also available during the event, including hot apple cider.

Frequently Asked Questions about Brookgreen Gardens

What are the hours of operation?
Brookgreen Gardens is open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Can I bring my pet to Brookgreen Gardens?
No. Pets may not be left in cars as well. The only animals allowed inside Brookgreen Gardens are service animals.

Is Brookgreen Gardens wheelchair and handicap accessible? 

Yes. We offer child and adult strollers on a first come, first serve basis for customers who require them.

Can I take pictures at the garden?
Yes. However, commercial photography and video is prohibited at Brookgreen Gardens.

Is food available onsite?
Yes. We offer guests an onsite cafe to purchase food and beverages from.