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“Beautiful and Peaceful”
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
Reviewed 20 February 2012

We went in May, when things were just really starting to bloom & come into shape. We spent at least two hours roaming around the grounds. It was truly beautiful and I would absolutely go back. We did not do the canoe ride or any of the "special events," but I don't feel like I missed out on much. I told my boyfriend that next time we go back it would be a perfect place to get down on one knee... ;)

Thank Amanda C
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

My friend and I went here while in MB for a long weekend. I have driven by Brookgreen many times over the past 10 years and gave never gone. Since the weather to be nice, we decided to give it a try. We were both so pleasantly surprised! We had no idea how large the facility was well the fact that there were so many different areas. We really enjoyed the sculpture garden tour! All if the volunteers that worked there were so friendly and helpful! The have a nice restaurant with outdoor seating. We also took the Oak Trail tour which was very interesting. We did make it to the other half if the gardens, which included the zoo. It is great that your ticket is valid for 6 more days after your visit. We decided to get memberships and they applied our admission fee from that day to the cost - which was a great bonus! I can't wait to go back at different times of year.

Thank RAKfromMD
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Enjoyed fall festival with the family.
Zoo is always fun as well.
Don't miss night of 1000 candles

Thank RiverWife
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

We visited Brookgreen Gardens in February. Even though there were not a lot of flowers it is still an absolutely beautiful place to visit. You can take your time and walk the gardens to view all the beautiful sculptures. We will definitely be going back when it is warmer. If you have more than 1 day to spend there take advantage of it! The ticket cost was $14/person which we found VERY reasonable. (We heard a few complaints BUT when people realized they could back for 7 days they were thrilled) The volunteers are very knowledgeable and helpful.

1  Thank Kmu530
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Days at Brookgreen
Two days of bliss at Brookgreen gardens.... we took the Oaks Plantation Cemetery tour (see below) and the following day rode our bikes from our home to the gardens for lunch at the museum restaurant and a walk down towards the rice fields and meditation maze. It is so nice to have such a beautiful garden in our backyard.


This tour is available from 12 noon - 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
From March 3 - November 25, daily tours will be offered.

Winner of the South Carolina Heritage Tourism Award, The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail brings to life an important historical element of the South Carolina Lowcountry. On a self-guided walking trail through the woods, visitors will see the archeological site of the former plantation house, the foundation of the spring house, Alston family cemetery, and the slave village. Through interpretive panels along the path, visitors will learn about the history of the individuals who lived at The Oaks Plantation during the rice-producing years. The area was the leading rice producer in the Nation (even greater than Mississippi and Louisiana). Some of the wealthiest American's (Southerners) were rice plantation owners. This changed drastically after the Am. Civil War and the emancipation of slaves (which were the workforce behind these huge plantations).

The Oaks Plantation was owned by the Allston/Alston family from the 1730s through the early 1900s and was home to South Carolina Governor Joseph Alston and his wife Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of Aaron Burr, Vice-President of the United States. Her marriage in 1801 was followed by a series of tragedies that ended with Theodosia's disappearance at sea in January of 1813 possibly due to shipwreck or piracy off the Outerbanks of NC just months after the death of their only child from malaria.

Due to it's remote location, access to The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail is only available on Brookgreen Gardens' vehicle. Tickets for the trail are $3 per person. Well worth the extra fee for a very quiet walk in the woods steeped in history.

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