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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!

Brookgreen Gardens will host 12 larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculpture installations in its Native Wildlife Zoo from April 8 – September 5, 2016. Created by Sean Kenney, renowned artist and children's author, "Nature Connects" is an award-winning exhibit currently touring the country. Made from almost 400,000 LEGO® bricks, the sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot tall hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long giant dragonfly, and more. The exhibit will be open daily and is included in garden admission.

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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Sherry M
Palos Verdes Estates, CA, United States
"Best place to see near Myrtle Beach, SC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2016 NEW
We just happened to discover this absolutely beautiful place- acres of lush gardens, a thousand sculptures, small zoo, butterflies, etc. on our last day in Myrtle Beach. I wish we had had more time. This was by far the best place/thing we experienced in Myrtle Beach. If we lived close by, I would go to Brookgreen Gardens over and over.
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rita2822016
Ringgold, Georgia
"Amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2016 NEW
My second trip to this garden. I absolutely love Brookgreen Gardens. It is a lovely place to spend an entire day walking and enjoying all it has to share with it's history. Grabbed a light lunch in the restaurant which was excellent. Enjoyed watching the squirrels while we ate. I highly recommend Brookgreen Gardens.
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Marla A
New Salisbury, Indiana
"Beautiful and relaxing place to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2016 NEW
While visiting North Myrtle Beach, we took a side trip to Brookgreen Gardens. We enjoyed viewing the many statues but very much enjoyed the historical aspects, the archeological finds, the rice fields, and the animal life. Sitting by Jessamin Pond was very relaxing. Lunch at the Pavilion Cafe was delicious. I recommend the pimento cheese sandwich.
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twocrazycats
Cleveland, Ohio
"Stunning"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2016 NEW
We absolutely loved it. It was like a paradise. The grounds were well maintained. Wear some bug repellent, though. Be careful near some ponds, since we saw an alligator in one. This will take at least 4 hours to get through. You will be taking hundreds of photos!
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Jsscjsm
Stafford, Virginia
"Great for kids!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2016 NEW
My son loved this. He love the butterfly house! We went in the summer so it was a little hot. This is a great trip for the fall or spring.

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.