How to Spend the Ultimate Day at Brookgreen Gardens

There are some fantastic nearby activities and attractions if you need to take a break from the sun and sand during your beach vacation. But, if you want to truly soak in the local culture and history of our coastal oasis, you need to head to Brookgreen Gardens. This old plantation is full of history, local flora and fauna, and mesmerizing sculpture work. Trust us; you won’t want to miss this incredible place! 

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Your Guide to Exploring Brookgreen Gardens 

Botanical Gardens 

Brookgreen Gardens is home to one of the most stunning botanical showcases in the Palmetto State. With over 9,000 manicured acres full of coastal beauty, you can stroll around and feast your eyes on an array of local flora. Live Oak Allée, a row of 250-year-old oak trees planted in the 1700s is a can’t miss during your visit, and the butterfly garden is a highlight of the highly touted Huntington Sculpture Garden. You can also explore the Kitchen Garden, Brenda W. Rosen Carolina Terrace Garden, and the Palmetto Garden, among others. View their plant collections and seasonal blooms before your visit to discover what will be on display during your trip! 

American Sculpture 

With a collection of over 2,000 works from 430 artistsBrookgreen Gardens features the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculptures in the U.S. There are three galleries situated throughout the stunning garden grounds. You can also check out the visible storage and research facilities for a closer look at how they maintain and preserve their one-of-a-kind sculpture collection! 

Lowcountry History 

There are several fun and interactive ways to discover the unique Lowcountry history surrounding Brookgreen Gardens. From tram rides to historical cemeteries to long walks under shady oak-lined pathways, these fascinating tours unpack tons of Lowcountry history and heritage on the property. These tours are a must if you want to take a trip back in time while soaking in the gorgeous scenery. 

Lowcountry Zoo 

Discover the animals that call the Lowcountry home at the Brookgreen Gardens zoo! While touring the beautiful grounds, you can spot a variety of unique native animals like alligators, Bald Eagles, red foxes, grey foxes, white-tailed deer, and more! 

Brookgreen Gardens Information 


The hours of Brookgreen Gardens are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (hours vary during holidays). You can purchase your tickets online, and general admission is good for seven days from the purchase date, meaning you can come back and enjoy the grounds as many times as you want during your trip! Be sure to check out their calendar to see their list of upcoming events and activities. 

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