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
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"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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Megrensmith
Charleston, South Carolina
"Love this place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2019 NEW
We’ve been here a few times and every time we come back we love it even more. We saw the animal program and got to see an owl and touch an alligator which was fun. We love the zoo part of Brookgreen gardens. A lot of the flowers were blooming so it was extra pretty!
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Poolboy314
Osceola, Indiana
"Had a great time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2019 NEW
Had a great time. And had a nice long walk. If you go to the zoo make sure you take the tram because it’s a long walk. It was a nice day so that was all right but had to stop and rest on the way there. Took tram on the way back!!
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okieOKC1
Oklahoma City
"Extraordinary gardens"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2019 NEW
Huge gardens with abundant sculptures throughout the area. It’s so large and can be overwhelming but there are numerous volunteers who are eager to help. Admission charge allows for return visits, I believe, up to 7 days. There are also daily guided tours and they are excellent. This is a “Must see” place.
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PatMaine50
Waterville, Maine
"Art museum plus botanical garden plus historic site"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2019 NEW
So much to see and do at Brookgreen Garden. We took an informative docent led tour which introduced us to the history of the founders and the site, highlighted the seasonal flowers, and gave us a sampling of the sculptures. With that as our basis, we could then wander as we pleased. Be aware that the sculptures are all by American artists and tend to be more traditional- no abstracts here. We ate lunch in the Azalea Cafe and found it to be delicious and quite reasonably priced. (There are also two other food options)The gift shop contains a good selection of items for adults and kids. We did not go to the part of the gardens for children but saw many families head off to the zoo. Even the restrooms with their fresh flowers were a delight. About the only negative is the fast moving traffic on Route 17 which makes entering and exiting the park challenging.
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culaugh2012
Ironwood, Michigan
"Wow what a place of beauty everywhere you turn"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2019 NEW
This is a exceptional place. The sculptures, the flowers and the trees are so gorgeous. The walking paths are great and with the map easy to get to and access. We unfortunately hit the day the Butterfly House was closed for children to enjoy...but there was enough to see anyway. Many of the sculptures were by a woman Anna Hyatt Huntington . If you have a chance...stop here...you will love it
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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.