Brookgreen Gardens, located south of Murrells Inlet on US 17, isn’t exactly your average garden.
This National Historic Landmark showcases stunning sculpture, native blooms, entrancing animals and engaging cultural classes year-round (closed only on Christmas) throughout its 9,100-acre spread. A journey to Brookgreen Gardens, accredited by both the American Association of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is perfect for a family trip, an adventure with friends or a special date night.
Pack your camera (no commercial photography, though, please) when you visit and prepare to be stunned by the 1,400+ sculptures throughout the gardens. The collection stretches back to the early 19th century and rolls forward into the 21st century, thanks in large part to the establishment of he Elliot and Rosemary Offner Sculpture Learning and Research Center. If you’re an avid artist, check the Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. Center for American Sculpture calendar for monthly sculptural workshops with renowned sculptors. Not an artist but still love to learn? Check in on the Master Sculpture Program, which connects visitors with Sculptors-in-Residence as they give a closer look at the sculpting process.
Learn something new at the Lowcountry Zoo, as you glimpse native Lowcountry animals like alligators, bald eagles, grey and red foxes, white-tailed deer, river otters and wild turkeys. Take a walk through history as you visit the Dalton and Linda Floyd Domestic Animals of the Plantation Exhibit, where you’ll find “historic rare breeds” of Dominique chickens, Marsh Tacky horses, Red Devon cows, Tunis sheep and Spanish goats much more like those found in the 19th century than modern descendants.
Your seaside education doesn’t stop there, though: Come explore the Lowcountry Center and Trail, the Oaks Plantation History & Nature Trail and the Gullah Cultural Programs.
Brookgreen Gardens is handicapped accessible and offers child and adult strollers on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under 3 get in for free, and tickets for other children and adults range from $7 to $14, with discounts prices available for groups of 15 or more. Each purchase helps support Brookgreen Gardens, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
For more information, visit brookgreen.org.