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“Overall Brookgreen Gardens is a 5 star sculpture garden, the negative part is the sculpture is spread over a large area”
Review of Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Historic Site contains the country's largest and most extensive sculpture collection of American Figurative Sculpture, much of it places in beautiful gardens. Also a site for Lowcountry History and our Lowcountry Zoo, featuring animals native to our area.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 18 April 2018

We visited Brookgreen Gardens on April 6 and 7th (the admission ticket is good for 7 days so we took advantage of a second day visit. First the bad, we stopped at the gardens on April 5th in our RV (motor home) and waited in line at the ticket kiosk for at least 20 minutes before getting to the kiosk (you buy your tickets from your vehicle). The ticketing process is very slow since many if not most visitors pay by credit card and it takes time to compete the transaction. When it was our turn at the kiosk we paid for our tickets and was about to proceed into the park when our dog (a small Havanese) barked. That caught the attention of an attentent that happened to be crossing in front of our RV. She hustled over and said "they have a dog" to the ticket agent. She then said to us "no pets allowed on the property". Befuddled we said the dog is in an RV and won't be taken out. She then raised her voice and announced quite belligerently "NO PETS ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY" and told us to turn around and exit. There were no signs anywhere that I saw announcing this policy except one line of small print on the sign with the ticket prices which you can't see until you are right at the kiosk. In my opinion if this is such a "big deal" they should have a sign at the entrance to the park and not wait until you are at least a 1/4 mile down the drive at the kiosk to tell you.

All that negative said, my wife is a sculptor who has wanted to visit Brookgreen for several years so we went back the following day without our dog to visit. Brookgreen is an amazing place and was the creation of Anne Hyatt Huntington and her husband. The property consisted of four plantations covering some 4000 acres. It has dozens if not hundreds of sculptures to see. It is not a place you can see in just a couple of hours as the scultures are spread over several hundred acres with no trams or other transportation to aid those who have mobility issues. In fact I saw a sign inside the park that prohibited strollers in the gardens. (It seems they view children on strollers the same way they view pets on the property).

Thank John S
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Such a peaceful, tranquil, beautiful place to visit. A garden with works of art mostly sculptures as well as animals and imaginative dinosaur place for young children. One day is never enough, well maybe for "some" husbands : )

Thank Janice S
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful gardens and sculptures. So glad we visited. Well worth the entry fee. We had a sandwich at the cafe which was also very good.

Thank Jean S
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

What a surprise finding this gem in the woods
Most beautiful gardens and sculptures
Endless and well planned layout, new surprises in every corner
Skip the zoo, a little run down, spend more time in the gardens
Can’t wait to go back

Thank Bill K
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We drove down about 45 minutes from our Myrtle Beach hotel to visit the garden. It's nice that parking is included with admission and your ticket is valid for a week, if you'd like to return another day. We did quite a bit of walking, since it covers a lot of land, so be sure to wear comfy shoes. They also offer a bus/shuttle and pontoon boat tour, which could help cut down the time on your feet. We stopped by the kids room early on, where we spent more time than we thought we would, playing with clay and engaging in other kids activities. The zoo is smaller by way of animal diversity (not layout) but still has some interesting creatures, which I believe are all rescues. We happened upon the eagles when they were being fed and got to hear more about them. There's also a historic aspect with it's roots as a slave plantation, and you can learn more about that with audio stops in one area that also contains building remnants and commemorative statues/art. The labyrinth, which we had been looking forward to, was a disappointment since it's just built into the ground as an outline and not an actual one you can work your way through. Also, we did breeze through some of the garden sections due to the nudity in the statues and having a little one with us. For me, it was a nice way to do something different than the usual tourist activities, but I could see it not being for everyone.

Thank Valerie R
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