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“For those who enjoy sculpture, nature & the outdoors”
Review of Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens
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Owner description: A beautiful 9,170-acre green park located 16 miles south of Myrtle Beach.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 16, 2011

Brookgreen Gardens was recommended by our hotel's front desk clerk and it was one the highlights of our trip to S.C. The week we visited it was extremely hot and humid, so we were relieved to learn that our tickets were good for seven days. On our first visit we took a guided tour of the "Butterfly" sculpture garden. Our guide gave us an abbreviated tour that lasted about forty-five minutes because of the weather and the smallness of our group. Despite the brevity of the tour, we learned about the history of property from its days as a plantation; it's renovation by Archer and Anna Huntington into a sculptural garden, and some background into Huntington's legacy to the public. After the tour we had lunch at the Pavilion Restaurant, which was both reasonably priced and delicious. A few days later we took advantage of the week long pass and returned to visit the zoo and had lunch at the restaurant.

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Reviewed August 15, 2011

If you are like me and think that walls do talk, you will love visiting and touring the Calhoun Mansion. A bit pricey at $15 a person for a 30 min. tour, there was lots of history imparted in those minutes. This mansion houses antiques that are magnificent but not original to the current owner. However, one gets enough of a feel for what this house has gone through during the walk through of the his and her parlors, the dining room, a bedroom the grand hallway, and a room which is the current owners office.
The Calhoun Mansion has been, among other things, a private residence, a hotel, an acquisition of the US Navy, and a set for a couple of movies ("The Notebook" and "North and South.") I am sure that there was much more that we could have seen and could have been told but someone needs to make some money. (Tours are every hour on the half hour.) Because of the value of the collection, there are people that kinda trail behind the tour to make sure no one is left behind and tempted. The house is impressive and has played a role in the lives of many families. The present artifacts are over the top impressive!
Apparently, you can pay for a 90 minute tour of the entire house by appointment only for $50. Nope, not that interested in listening to more of what the walls have to say.

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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We found Brookgreen while looking at the reviews of Capt'n Rod's river tour. We were looking for a tour of plantations and we sure did thanks to another writer. For $15.00 each, we toured a plantation garden that contained over 6000 acres of garden beauty, lowland plantation, artwork, a zoo, a butterfly house, and a tour via boat on a waterway.

I was blown away that this isn't a premier vacation attraction for Myrtle Beach.

We are looking forward to going back next year!

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Reviewed August 11, 2011

During a family vacation to Surfside Beach, SC we visited a variety of attractions; some kid spots at Myrtle Beach, like Ripley's Believe it or Not, Magicquest and movies etc. We went to the beaches and numerous restaurants. Our final 2 days were spent exploring the gorgeous grounds and exhibits of Brookgreen Gardens. Situated on 9,000 acres with 4,000+ pieces of beautiful sculptures set into the grounds, this is an amazing place. There is a buttterfly house, a zoo with species from SC, riverboat excursions through the lowcountry rice plantations and ATV trekker excursions. There are craft projects for the kids and a wealth of knowledge about the history of the plantation life that was there before the property became Brookgreen Gardens. In 2 days we didn't see it all. The ticket is a bargain at $12 and is good for 7days. It is a truly unique place with some of the finest American sculptures you will see anywhere. The gardens are spectacular with an amazing oak allee and constantly changing scenes-both gardens and sculptures. There are also concerts and picnic grounds and even air-conditioned bathrooms. A must see if you love nature and/or art. It was -hands down- tied with the beach as the highlight of our 10 days.

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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We have seen botantical gardens before, but this is eye candy for nature lovers, gardeners and anyone who enjoys art. The mix of floral, flauna and sculptures is incredible. If we had known the admission ticket was good for all week, we certainly would have took advantage of it. What a wonderous garden of lush greenery. The trees with the moss, fountains, sculptures remind us of a movie setting. There's something around every bend or corner. It is the never ending garden. Allow yourself plenty of time to explore this unique garden and outdoor art museum. It is amazing.

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