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“Must see”
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 young children, Activities for older children
Reading, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Go early in the week a your ticket is good for 7 days. Explore the zoo area in the evening for a better opportunity to see the animals.

Visited July 2013
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Niceville, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“amazing”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Absolutely beautiful gardens and sculptures!! Very historical and a reminder of the Old South when rice plantations were in their heyday. Wear comfortable shoes to walk the entire grounds. Nice to see some of the rehabilitation areas for birds of prey as well.

Visited July 2013
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Perfect Family Attraction”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We visited Brookgreen Gardens twice. First visit, on 7/2/14 - three seniors and three grandchildren ages 10, 13, & 14. Ticket prices $12 seniors (65), $14 adults (13-64), and $7 children (4-12) are good for 7 consecutive days; open daily 9:30 AM - 5 PM. After parking and getting a map @ the Welcome Center, we immediately went to the Lowcountry (free shuttle is avialable) and purchased tickets for 11:00 AM (first) pontoon boat ride ($7 adults & $4 children). Grandkids and I walked to Labyrinth; they had fun racing around it; other seniors waited @ boat dock. Boat ride was a very pleasant & very informative (regarding rice plantations) 45 minutes; we saw aligators & waterfowl. Then we walked back to the Lowcountry center and took the free shuttle back to the parking lot, drove a bit to the picnic area, and ate our packed lunch. After lunch, we drove to the Lowcountry, parked our car, and purchased tickets for the Butterfly House ($3 adults, $2 children). Visits are timed - 1/2 hour each small group so there are no crowds; the best thing about this exhibit is that you are NOT discouraged from trying to get the butterflies to land on you - our grandchildren were able to walk around with butterflies on their fingers (tip: wet your fingers to encourage them to light on you). Then we walked over to see the Domestic Animals of the Plantation - horses, sheep, goats. Next, we followed the trail to the Cyress Swamp Aviary, otters, alligators, foxes, and birds of prey; interesting animal sculputures were seen along the way. The grandkids told me several times how happy they were to be there; we left about 2:30 PM. The extra fees for the pontoon boat ride and butterfly house were well worth it, especially considering that the entrance fee (you can find $2 off coupons in the book around Myrtle Beach) is not exhorbitant and is good for a week.
Second visit which was free 7/11/14 was for our seniors only - we arrived about 10:30 AM, went to the Welcome Center, signed up for a tour of the gardens and sculptures, walked to the Diana sculpture where the tour began, and walked with about 20 others and a tour guide throughout the gardens. Plantings were identified as were sculputres. There were many awesome photo opts. These fantastic gardens are meticulously kept, and the sculptures are beautiful. The tour lasted a little over an hour; then we walked along the Brown Sculputre Court on our own for about another 1/2 hour. We returned to the parking lot, drove to the picnic area, and ate our packed lunch before driving back to our resort.
We had two absolutely wonderful days here! Do not miss this; it is perfect for all ages.

Visited July 2013
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Jellico, TN
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“A Low Country Must See”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

We have lived in Myrtle Beach part time for the last four years. We visit Brookgreen Gardens often but had never seen the zoo and butterfly house. A trip to see these was what I asked for as a birthday gift. Both exhibits contain only species native to the area. The zoo is cool and spread out over a large area so you never feel as if you are crowded or need to hurry. The water bird sanctuary built over an existing swamp was my favorite part of our trip this time. Do remember to bring something to discourage the insects if you are allergic.

Visited June 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Another vote for a must see place. A very nice place to spend an afternoon. The grounds are very well cared for, the zoo is very cool, all the sculptures and plants are just lovely. The high points for us were the huge trees and the walk down by the water, we seen a three legged baby alligator! The plantation history was very interesting, as were all the pieces of sculpture. I recommend this place to anyone I know going to myrtle. Most people having been going to myrtle for years and have never heard of it. A hidden gem!

Visited August 2012
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