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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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hulasuz
"Spectacular"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2017 NEW
A must see if you are in the area. The gardens and sculptures are beautifully sprinkled around a huge area from old plantations. The tour is nice to learn about the history. The café had a nice selection of entrees.
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J F
Cumbria, United Kingdom
"Great if you love sculpture"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2017 NEW
I visited with my husband during the week, we are both in our 50's and not great gardeners. We "quite" enjoyed the day. I would say you would really need to enjoy sculpture to get the most out of your time there. I think I expected to see more flowers and plants, whereas the gardens are mostly grass, trees and water. We also visited the zoo, but didn't do the boat trip or butterfly house. It is a really pretty place, maybe it just wasn't for us.
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MontereyFoodie
North Palm Beach, Florida
"Great Sculpture, needs curation"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2017 NEW
It is perfectly understandable that the work of the Foundress, Anna Huntington, should be the star here. Nevertheless, we visited to see the Paul Manship and Saint-Gaudens. We did not receive a map of sculptures that listed the artists, which we found an inconceivable oversight. Most of the sculptures don't appear at all on the map! Mid April is NOT the time to visit, as the only flower in bloom was foxglove. It is remarkable that gardens, museums, and other cultural institutions don't survey their guests to find out how to better serve them (and get their donations). In any case, art lovers should go to Visitors Center and go left! Don't bother with the right side of the complex, where the story book place is and the zoo.
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CathyP1953
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Fun Afternoon!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2017 NEW
We took our 3 year old granddaughter to visit the "Ribbit the Exhibit" sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens Sunday afternoon. What a fabulous show of talent!!! The metal sculptures were adorable!! The volunteers were so anxious for visitors to enjoy their visit!!! We also toured the Animal exhibits which included: native birds, otters, alligators, foxes, owls, eagles, turkeys, goats, and cows. There was an informative "snake" demonstration conducted by one of the staff members. My granddaughter enjoyed the children's play area with assorted castles, playhouses, and swings. Beautiful day and fun had by everyone!!
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tdammen
Kewaunee
"Sculptures Delight"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2017 NEW
My wife, another couple, and myself visited Brookgreen Gardens this past March. It's a fascinating place; flowers and sculptures, all amazing. Our guide was very good. Kept a reasonable pace for all. What was also very nice is that a ticket was good for more than just a day.

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.