Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of America’s premier gardens and one of a few select places in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Every day, Brookgreen offers a selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. You may stroll through the gardens on a guided tour or explore these beautiful spaces on your own. Each season, new exhibitions and special events make Brookgreen Gardens...Ever Changing. Simply Amazing.
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  • David F
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEYOND WHAT YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE
    One of the greatest art experiences you will ever have plus a little zoo and amazing play area for the kids. The largest sculpture gardens you will ever experience exhibited magnificently. Your admission is good for the week, so you do not have to do it in one day. Am not sure it is possible to see everything in one day. An absolute must.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Rxwally
    North Parkersburg, West Virginia70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing walk through beautiful gardens
    What a beautiful setting! We arrived and parking was very convenient. We spent hours following the meandering trails in awe of the beauty of the gardens. We had beautiful backgrounds for some family photos. We rode the trolley up to the zoo. The butterfly exhibit was open only from 10-2. We spent about 3-4 hours enjoying this peaceful area. I would visit again for sure.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Cathy T
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for nature or history lovers
    Take one of the tours because the guides have a wealth of knowledge to impart. We took the tour to the cemetery. You don’t see a lot on the way there but you do learn a lot of the history. You should be sure to make enough time to walk the grounds/ gardens to see the various plants and statues and to read some of the signage that tells of the history of the people that o ced lived on the 4 rice plantations that made up what is now Brook green gardens. Your general admission ticket is good for several days so if you are staying close you may want to visit a couple of days and take advantage of cooler morning temps if you are visiting during hotter summer months. However if you cannot do so, there was a slight breeze blowing when we were there that helped and it was 93 on the day we visited. There are also a lot of shaded areas you walk through. It is a must see if you like nature or history. You should be aware though that the only original remaining building is the old kitchen which is now a snack shop. The chicken salad wrap sold there is quite tasty.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 2, 2023
  • TR26
    Dayton, Ohio858 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique and superb attraction
    I was first at Brookgreen Gardens over 40 years ago. My, how it has grown. Back then I could take in the entire grounds in an afternoon--today I'd recommend a couple of days.Whereas a younger me could walk the entire site, now there thankfully is a shuttle to carry you to various centers. The primary attraction at this former plantation is the art work. The grounds are full of monumental statues, most by former owner and wildlife sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. Many other painters and sculptors are included in the gardens and galleries. We'd scheduled only a few hours for the visit, so we started at their gallery. Then we hopped the shuttle and rtode to their zoo, a place mostly of species native to the area and aren't quite fit for release into the wild. Our first stop was their butterfly house, where not only can you get up close with several species but also can watch them emerging from cocoons. Then we walked the mile through the large animal exhibits, where I got to see an otter getting his mid-day fish snack. We finished out stay with a light lunch from their hot dog stand (they have two other restaurants on site) and a quick look at their Gullah Geechee garden. It was a good morning, needed more of it.
    Thanks for you kind review!
    Written August 17, 2023
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    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Jason K
    Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    25th Anniversary and Vacation trip
    My wife and I visited the garden while on a trip to Myrtle Beach for a 25th wedding anniversary and vacation. We found the garden to be absolutely beautiful. The cost is cheap and you can go I believe for seven days with the same ticket to completely see the garden and enjoy all of it. It would take quite a few days to see it all. My wife and I did it in two days but we both said there’s definitely stuff we missed.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Amy C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing trees and gardens mixed the sculptures!
    So beautiful!!! Definitely worth a visit!! We were able to eat a very yummy lunch there too. Great way to spend a day or 1/2 day and tickets are good for the week to return to finish the rest of the gardens if short on time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Victor V
    Mijas, Spain3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful and Joyous Experience
    This place is just wonderful. A botical garden and a sculture garden, with good food (light but good). Educational and delightful, and the ticket is good for SEVEN days. If you're in the Myrtle Beach/Georgetown area for a week, plan a visit on Day One. It's too big to experience in a single day. With the ticket good for a week, return two and three times. And if you're local, absolutely become a member!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • David G
    Bluffton, South Carolina536 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art in the park.
    We have wanted to visit for some time and it was worth the wait. 9000 acres of beautiful gardens with sculptures spread through the grounds and viewing areas. Many sculptures by Anna Hyatt Huntington, a vert well established and admired sculptor. We came in for the summer evening art exhibition with beautiful lit settings. Early on there was music, bring chairs! Also food trucks serving grilled cheese, another with different takes on fried shrimp, Kona ice, lastly the Sabrett hot dog showed up late. Worth the visit. Wear bug spray!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Linda B
    Fredericksburg, Virginia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful place to visit.
    It has it all, zoo, flowers, and sculptures. I went with my family. My grandchildren loved the small zoo as much as I did. We made a two day tour of the gardens, zoo, Sculptures, and Butterflies. We took our time and still missed things. A great place to visit and very enjoyable.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • trevaj2
    Salem, Virginia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brookgreen Gardens Is Worth the Drive from the Mountains!
    We were delighted with the courtyards of trees, the number of blooming flowers, the large butterflies everywhere, and the lovely statues. The Harvest had delicious she-crab soup and salad. The Low Country Zoo had great natural habitats and the boat tour through the rice fields was fun. It was worth waiting years to see. We may return some December for the Nights of a Thousand Candles.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
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Angierobrts
Albany, GA308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
As members of Brookgreen Gardens we spent an additional $50 for passes to the Bruce Monroe Light Exhibit. Though the opening was postponed several times due to Covid-19 we continued to anticipate seeing it. Boy, were we disappointed! Comprised of only 7 areas of special lighting, the exhibit was underwhelming, and frankly, boring!
We are big fans of the gardens and go at least twice a month to enjoy the ever-changing blooming flowers. The petting zoo is nice and we have seen several types of water birds and alligators.
Written June 10, 2020
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bolla1
Saint Louis, MO81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
this is a "garden" to visit again and again as it is a botanical garden, sculpture garden and zoo all rolled into one. The zoo for the most part has animals in natural habitats. A trolley is available (at a cost) to help get around. Available also is a boat cruise through an old rice plantation where wildlife abounds. Admission is good for several days use making this a very inexpensive way to enjoy several days outside the hustle and bustle of the area
Written March 13, 2020
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judym12017
Biloxi, MS22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
These gardens are rated one of the top 10 in the US, but Brookgreen Gardens in so much more than a garden. It includes beautiful sculptures throughout the gardens, a zoo, play area for kids, and a boat ride. The gardens are enormous over 9,000 acres of beauty. As you walk or ride through you find a few quaint places to sit and have a coffee. When you purchase your entry pass you will be surprised that the pass is good for a week. The gardens also has a very interesting gift shop with unique items.
Written February 4, 2020
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Virginia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Brookgreen Gardens is one of our favorite destinations in Myrtle Beach and is the best bargain on the beach. Whether we are attending a Night of a Thousand Candles, viewing the fresh blooms in the spring, or my personal favorite visiting your otters at the zoo, we are never disappointed. Brookgreen is a unique experience in any season.
Written January 1, 2020
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Mara V
Fort Myers, FL41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Gardens are fanciful, with many walkways and sculptural elements. Tickets are good for several days, and that is good as it is best to visit more than once to explore all their is to see. The zoo is really a captive habitat for local wildlife. Our children loved watching the river otters. My only criticism is that although we are told that masks were required, this was in no way enforced. I can understand leaving them off when in the open air in a large garden area with very few others around. However, there was a Harvest Event that day, with hundreds of visitors. Families of 5 and 6 walked in the doors, past workers. The workers wore masks, but said nothing to visitors who were maskless. We felt unsafe attending the event, so spent time in the Children's Garden and at the zoo where everyone had a mask. I believe the other families at the zoo had also made the choice not to attend the festival. I wish they had followed the guidelines that they posted on their website!
Written October 14, 2020
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Hi Mara, we also wish that all our guests would follow our mask guidelines. As many retailers and attractions can attest to, masks are a "hot" issue. We encourage people to wear them, and even give them out at our interior galleries if someone doesn't have one, but we don't want to put our staff or volunteers into a confrontational position.
Written November 30, 2020
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JessHays
Taylors, SC140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
We took the Coastal Excursion boat tour along the Intercostal Waterway. Tours leave at 11:00.12:00.2:00 & 3:00. They only cost $10 too. You need to buy tickets in the museum closest to the boat dock ahead of time if you want to get a seat! It’s a popular tour for good reason. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable, and we enjoyed his talk a lot. You get to see a side of the plantation that you can’t see from the trails, and you learn a lot of history along the way. If you’re lucky, you might see some wildlife as you pass the banks. We saw a largish alligator and many birds. Tours last about 45 minutes and the time passes very quickly. I highly recommend this experience for lovers of history and the water!
Written September 29, 2021
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StigJim
Alliance, OH683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
With its unsurpassed outdoor sculpture collection and diverse and well-maintained gardens this is one of the main gems of the entire Grand Strand area. I highly recommend purchasing tickets for the boat excursion, too, as it’s an enjoyable 45-minute trip filled with historical information and great wildlife viewing. We were very pleased that the entrance tickets are good for a week. This gave us a chance to come back a second day to focus on the indoor sculpture galleries.
Written May 13, 2022
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aubonpain
Colorado Springs, CO8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This is a hard post to write because Brookgreen Gardens is so beautiful that I bought an annual pass online so that I could walk and enjoy it year round. I ordered a pass online that never arrived...just an email saying that the pass and extra visitor passes would arrive soon. After a month of not receiving it, I called and they said they would send out another one right away. After weeks, nothing arrived still. I called and they told me that I could pick it up at the gate office. I went there and it wasn't there. It's incredibly frustrating after spending $70ish dollars to get nothing in return.
I don't know if the office is staffed with volunteers or paid workers, but this diminishes my enjoyment of the park. Called and left ANOTHER message.
Written April 12, 2021
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Karen, I am so sorry you have had this experience. Please send an email to marketing@brookgreen.org and I will get this taken care of if it has not been already. Lauren Joseph
Written May 5, 2021
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William P
Charlotte, North Carolina36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
You'll need to prepay & present your online receipt at the entrance. Plenty of parking. The light show really doesn't start until ~9 (has to be dark) although they allow admission @ 8 & suggest you do a repeat walk-thru as it gets dark=at least 2 miles of walking. You will need a heavy duty mosquito spray which will only ameliorate some of the bites.

They prohibit tripods, eliminating long exposures, so your camera will need to be set up accordingly. The displays are impressive & worth the price. Once it gets dark, navigating the 7 different displays is difficult. They have guides at each display area, but they really need some sort of illuminated arrows for the myriad walkways to guide you from point to point & to the exit.
Written July 11, 2020
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Ldubb
Denver, CO14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We came here while on vacation, specifically for the Sculpture Garden and Botanic Gardens and were not disappointed. We spent a half a day here and started with the zoo. It's small but so peaceful and lovely to walk through. It wasn't very busy and we enjoyed not being rushed or too close to too many people. They had goats you could pet through the fence and we took advantage of helping them reach the grass to eat on the other side of the fence.

The sculptures were amazing and the staff who was there to explain some of the items in certain areas were very friendly and knowledgeable. For $20 you get admission for 7 days and well worth the cost.
Written September 2, 2021
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