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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

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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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peterandjuliabai2016
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"What an amazing place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW
Visited Brookgreen Gardens after looking it up on Tripadvisor, We have enjoyed two days in the park. There is so much to do and see, you simply cannot do it all in one day. Giving you seven days to return to the gardens is genius and had we had the time we could have visited again. It is the most stunning surroundings and so tastefully presented. The volunteers who did the walks/talks were without fail very knowledgeable and extremely welcoming. I would recommend these gardens to anyone visiting the area, it's a gem.
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Jackie W
Lake Ozark, Missouri
"Beautiful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW
While visiting North Myrtle Beach we decided we would drive to Brookgreen Gardens which was an hour away and check it out. It was well worth the drive. The landscaping was beautiful and there were about 1200 sculptures throughout the grounds. There is also a zoo, a butterfly house, playhouses for kids, and several absolutely beautiful Lego sculptures. The grounds were very peaceful with several benches available to just sit and enjoy! We spent 3 hours there. The tickets you purchase when you go in are good for 6 straight days so if you want to go back that's no problem. Nice place to visit.
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jackandtara
Fredericksburg, VA
"Mixed feelings"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW
First we feel like the price for admission is too high. It's basically like walking around in a park. For that reason we don't understand why dogs aren't allowed. The zoo is skipable unless maybe you live in NYC. The cruise (additional charge) was very interesting and the interpreter, Don, very knowledgeable. The Pavilion restaurant was reasonable and had good food. Overall our trip here was a one and done.
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Gregory S
"Lovely day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW
This place is beautiful. It is filled with beautiful gardens, history, wildlife and art. It is a great time.
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brad560
Cary, North Carolina
"Highlight of beach week"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2016 NEW
An amazing collection of sculpture in beautiful gardens. Taking the tour is really worth it to learn the history and get the layout. After getting hot, head for the indoor exhibit of small sculptures because it is AIR CONDITIONED! The zoo is a short walk through huge aviaries of huge birds and exhibits of local animals from cute otters to dangerous alligators. Buy the ticket early in the week and keep going back.

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.