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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Simcoe, Canada
"Nice Walk"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2019 NEW
We took my elderly mother here after reading they have adult strollers- strollers are located near the entrance at the welcome centre and are free to use. We grabbed one and took back to the car to get my mom. The stroller seemed pretty comfortable was easy to push.(few hills a challenge) There are several paved paths we could go on. I wish the paved paths more clearly marked as stroller/wheelchair accessible there are more paths that are gravel/sand we could not push her on. We went through the low country area and it was beautiful walk then on the boat tour that was very nice (an extra $8 each)- ramp to get on boat was okay...then we walked to the zoo area - we had to get there via the sidewalk along side the road/parking lot. You can take shuttle as well but we walked and it was a nice walk. Zoo area very nice....if you take shuttle you can get another adult stroller at zoo entrance. We had lunch at the Azalea Restaurant and it was excellent and reasonable price- get the chips not the fries- chips fresh and warm and seemed more homemade- fries were like frozen fries they cooked- not good- but sandwich very good.
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Brian S
"Beautiful venue"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 12, 2019 NEW
Stoppe here two days as your passes are good for 6 days. Lovely gardens with tons of history, boat ride to nowhere and a small but nice zoo and very small butteryfly exhibit that could easily be skipped as we did not find the boat ride or butterfly building to be worth the extra cost. The staff is excellent.
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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
"Awesome experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2019 NEW
Went while camping in the area and was an overall different experience with the variety of sculptures, huge live oaks, zoo and history! Taking the walking tours with Debbie and Millie gave so much more insight into all that is at Brookgreen. Will not be disappointed!
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Skip R
"Beautiful grounds and art galore"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2019 NEW
My wife and I have been to the Gardens twice and have found them to be exceptional. We brought friends as well who thoroughly enjoyed the flowers, foliage and art. Would recommend for couples, family or large groups.
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Nanci N
Bridgeton, Missouri
"Beauiful Sculpture Garden"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2019 NEW
The Sculpture Garden was exquisite! We probably would not take the marsh cruise again. Didn't see a bird or an alligator.
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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.