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.


Tripster 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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MJWarwick
"Was there NYE for Light Up The Night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2020 NEW
Beautiful, fun thing to do. Loved walking through the gardens at night with all the lights and candles. Our first time here during the holiday season. Want to go back during the day but in the spring or summer when more flowers are in bloom.
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kathiegoodwin
"Mrs."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2020 NEW
Christmas lights. This is MUST visit. An experience of a lifetime. We went a little before 3 and saw all art then the lights came on little by little. Awesome!
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Messiah's H
"Air of concept "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 05, 2020 NEW
We strolled the gardens and admired the beautiful sculptures assembled there. There are very high quality animal sculptures and a garden of the Greco-Roman deities that would be pleasing to some but is not quite our speed. The scenery is magnificent! They have a Isle of oak trees over 300 years old. We missed the Thousand lights display by one day sorry to say. That 1000 lights display is most of December and reservations are likely needed as people come from all over to see them. There's no way to see the entirety of the property in one day - it's over 9,000 acres. I'd encourage you do go early on in your vacation as the pass lasts 7 days for your purchase price. (Which is very reasonable)
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DebnJody
Hendersonville, NC
"Lots to look at!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 04, 2020 NEW
Wear your walking shoes! There are bunches of trails through garden/park type settings with flowers but mostly statues. They also have a kids play area, a small "zoo" with local wildlife, and some farm animals. We spent about 6 hours and still missed a couple of the longer, more peaceful looking, walking paths (across the entry drive). A couple of places to eat on site, we had a delicious piece of cheese quiche the day we visited. Tickets are good for several consecutive days but we only had one more day and it rained that day so we didn't end up going back to do what we had missed.
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Brenda Donselma... T
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
"A Night of a Thousand Candles"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2020 NEW
We had planned to get away for a few days to our timeshare and I came upon Brookgreen Gardens which we had visited in the warmer months. I saw this event they were having and ordered tickets. It was an absolutely magical experience!!!! I can't say enough good about this place especially during the night we visited! They had tents set up with entertainment, roaming musicians, Xmas carols over loud speakers throughout the park,hot chocolate, wine, and beer at tents but the best was the beautifully decorated gardens. Santa Claus had an area in the children's garden where he read "Twas the night before Xmas". Each area seemed to be more beautiful than the previous and we were like starry eyed children seeing a winter wonderland for the first time! We have decided that it may become a yearly visit because we enjoyed it so much!
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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.