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“Idyll time - Brookgreen Gardens”
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
Southern California
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71 reviews
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“Idyll time - Brookgreen Gardens”
Reviewed 27 April 2012

This is the best spot in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina coast area, except of course for the beach itself. Give yourself at least a half-day to explore this beautiful 300-acre sculpture garden with a wildlife sanctuary, the first of its kind in the U.S.,opened in 1931. Comprised of four former rice plantations, the gardens (plural) are actually several different environments, from formal outdoor sculpture rooms to various formal garden spaces to a preserved rice paddy area, showing you what the region looked like before the Civil War. The rice paddy was my favorite area, but the alligator environment was a close second. There's a small animal zoo, and seasonal exhibits like a butterfly house.
This garden is the legacy of Archer and his wife, the sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. Her works and those of other prominent American sculptors, including many women sculptors, form a collection of over 1,200 figurative works are a major feature of Brookgreen, displayed in 10 separate garden "rooms," with accent pools and fountains. Take time for a creek excursions or back road tour, if possible. They also have seasonal special events.
Brookgreen Gardens has something for everyone, from wheelchair-users (very accessible) to artists to families with kids. (OK, maybe not for edgy teenagers.) As for me, I can't wait to go back.

Visited May 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“beautiful area, and sculpture garden was exceptional.”
Reviewed 27 April 2012

did not find the creek cruise worth the money, although was good. If you go plan to return again as the ticket is good for 7 days. AAA and seniors discount to be sure to ask for.

Visited April 2012
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Whitney, Texas
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“Wonderful walk or ride through nature”
Reviewed 26 April 2012

If you're going to Myrtle Beach you won't be disapointed if you stop in and take a tour of this beautiful nature wonderland.

Visited April 2012
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Wilmington, NC
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“Spend a few hours in the garden”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Brookgreen Gardens - a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve is located approximately 18 miles south of Myrtle Beach, SC on Hwy 17S (close to Murrells Inlet, SC). The Gardens and Lowcountry Zoo encompass 9,200-acres with American figurative sculptures.There are trails through several ecosystems in nature reserves on the property. We visited the Gardens in April 2012 on our way to Hilton Head. The property is a wonderful way to spend the day. Have lunch at the Old Kitchen Cafe, located on the grounds, then walk it off in the gardens.
We enjoyed the gardens, sculptures, birds and peaceful atmosphere.
The Gardens are well maintained and strikingly beautiful. Hint: Allow four or five hours for your visit and wear comfortable shoes !!

Visited April 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Wished We Had Discovered it Sooner!”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

Brookgreen Gardens is a beautiful destination for those that don't golf (and even for those that do!). We purchased our tickets and to our surprise they last a whole week. A week is about what you need to discover the entire Gardens, as we spent two days there and there was still so much more to do. We took a tour of the Sculpture Gardens, a tour feeding the zoo animals, and visited the Butterfly exhibit (a little extra money but worth it). Brookgreen Gardens was a completely refreshing find among the commercialism of the Myrtle Beach area. It's definitely worth a trip, and if you're vacationing, be sure to visit at the beginning of your vacation so that you make the most of the ticket.

Visited April 2012
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