Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC

1931 Brookgreen DriveMurrells Inlet, SC 29576
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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.


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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Ray Brown
West Portsmouth , OH
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
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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Chicago, Illinois
"Spend the day walking the gardens."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
Fun way to spend a few hours. As soon as we arrived we booked two tours. The first one was a tour ride. The older gentleman who gave us the tour was filled with facts and information. He was such a sweetheart! Really loved his job. We enjoyed learning the history of the gardens. Next, we took the boat tour. That was fun too. Enjoyed walking the gardens and looking at all the sculptures. Nice kids area and fun to see butterfly section.
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Ellicott City, Maryland
"Pretty Gardens"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
We visited Brookgreen Gardens while driving from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. Although we had a limited amount of time and did not visit the zoo at all, we did get to explore most of the gardens. The gardens are pretty and very nicely maintained. There are a variety of vegetation surrounding the sculptures and artwork. They are extensive and cover a large area. You could easily spend an entire day exploring the area. Note that tickets are good for the week purchased, so you can go back and visit again on a later day. We did not have time to do this, but it would have been nice to explore the entire gardens. Overall, if you have an interest in botanical and zoological gardens, Brookgreen is an excellent choice.
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Mary C
Potomac Falls, Virginia, United States
"Stunning sculptures and garden"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
Brookgreen Garden is marvelous. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to fully see and enjoy it and we will need to return. We took the tour with a docent (excellent) and then toured the galleries on our own when the tour ended. It is hard to say what we enjoyed most! The galleries (especially the last one) contain sculptures you will not see anywhere else. The feathers on the birds, hand carved from wood, are so realistic that we first thought the birds were stuffed. We did not have time to tour the plantation portion or the zoo and would have loved more time in the gardens. Also, the gardens need to be seen in various seasons in order to truly appreciate them. We visited in Oct. and most of the plants and shrubs were no longer blooming. Purchase of a ticket allows visits on multiple days. Visit- you will not be disappointed.
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"Captivating Property!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2019 NEW
Brookgreen Gardens is a remarkable place to experience and offers a wealth of interesting sights for their visitors. The numerous (over 2000) sculptures and water features in the expansive garden are beautiful in the lush surroundings. Wildlife sightings are common and the Creek and Trekker excursions provide insight and background to this amazing place. Even without the added beauty of seasonal blooms, it is a gorgeous area. The Christmas light display should be phenomenal!! Staff is very helpful and knowledgeable! Wonderful place to spend the day!
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Yuba City, California
"Beautiful garden"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2019 NEW
This place is amazing. It is set up so you can take a tram to the zoo side of the garden, then walk back to the welcome center which is .75 mile. There are lots of statues, gorgeous trees and gardens. Well worth the trip. We enjoyed a light snack in the park. They were setting up for a million lights Christmas while we were there. The trees looked amazing with all the lights. I highly recommend this place and most of the walks are paved only exception was the zoo animals area.
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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.