Field Trip Review: Brookgreen Gardens

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Before I even tell you about this place, I must say I have never gone on a more “Classy” Field Trip. Brookgreen Gardens is at the top of my list!

Brookgreen Gardens: A place of class, relaxation, and education!

The family and I went to Myrtle Beach, SC for vacation and we stopped by Brookgreen Gardens while we were there. Brookgreen Gardens in settled in the midst of old plantations which used to grow rice. History is found all over the place by wandering the gardens, visiting the museum, riding the boat through the rice fields, and walking the trails of the zoo.

Basic Information for Brookgreen Gardens:

Tickets – {Buy online and receive a dollar off each ticket!}
Children 3 and under are FREE when accompanied by an adult.
Adults 13-64: $14
Seniors 65 and over: $12
Children 4 -12: $7

**Tickets are good for 7 consecutive days!**

Brookgreen Gardens is open daily from 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

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What We Did at Brookgreen Gardens:

When we arrived at the park, we were greeted with a friendly and clean Welcome Center. The volunteers helped us know where to begin and what activities would be age appropriate for the children. We were just in time to join a volunteer who would be feeding the animals in the zoo. {I highly recommend this tour!!} Each child received an age-appropriate “scavenger hunt” book to fill out as we roamed the gardens. And if they brought them back at the end of the day, they received a prize!

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The Zoo: After seeing some farm animals, we walked into an aviary and what fun!! Water fowl surrounded us! The volunteer taught us about the birds as she threw fish out to them. It was so neat! We also got to watch her feed the otters, we spotted an alligator, and saw bald eagles. Most of the animals we saw were indigenous to the region. Some of the animals had been hurt and could not be placed back into the wild, such as the case with the bald eagles. We learned how just 5 feet makes a difference in ecosystems and that swamps are important.

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Butterfly House: Who wouldn’t want to have a butterfly land on them? For a few extra dollars {$3 for a 30-minute timed visit}, we entered into the Butterfly House. With soft music playing in the background and benches to sit on, the garden is a photographer’s dream…and fun for the kids! We had to be careful where we stepped because we could have stepped on a butterfly!

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Sculpture: The gardens have sculptures scattered all throughout the walking trails. The land is well maintained and cultivated. The lady by the lake was my favorite! We had lunch under a huge tree and watched the dragonflies play.

Hands-On Activities: There is a Children’s Discovery Room for the children when they need a break from walking. Beside the Butterfly House is the Enchanted Storybook Forest which is filled with “play ground” type activities, but each station has a different type of gross motor skill. The teepees could be built and manipulated, the dwarfs’ house was a place to play with sand. Near the Storybook Forest is the Children’s Sensory and Nature Trail.

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Boat Ride: {$8 for adults and $4 for children} In the afternoon we went on the pontoon boat through the old rice fields. We heard a guide tell us about life on the plantation and the type of work the slaves had to endure. While the ride was nice, I’m not sure it is worth the amount we paid. This was really the only negative I found on this trip.

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Gift Shop: There is a sweet gift shop near the Welcome area that has unusual items one can buy. And I will take this opportunity to apologize publicly for my daughter knocking over an item and breaking it. The manager did not ask us to pay for the item, but we did buy something to give them some business. Thank you for being understanding and forgiving.

There are other activities to do as well. We only had one day, but what a blessing to be offered tickets that last for 7 days!!!


Overall, I recommend that you take the time to visit Brookgreen Gardens if you are ever in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. And with the tickets being good for 7 consecutive days, there is plenty of time to get lost amongst the trees and sculptures. Every activity exudes excellence and it is evident that the volunteers love what they do and want their guests to love the Gardens as well. They even have FREE wheel chairs and strollers for those who might not be able to walk for an extended amount of time. I love that!!

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Brookgreen Gardens is receiving 5 Aliens out of 5 Aliens for Homeschool and Family Field Trip Friendliness!!!

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Field Trip Review: Brookgreen Gardens — 4 Comments

  1. Oh Flying, this is my favorite garden in the entire world and I’ve lived in Europe for 6 years! It contains some of the most beautiful sculptures in the world! (Looks like it has grown since we’ve been there)

    We owned a home in the south Myrtle Beach area for nearly 14 years. One was a small vacation home and the other was a gorgeous “permanent” new home. I do miss the Beach and all that was in that area. (I would love to reside in Conway, SC someday with its small town feel, just outside of MB but who knows?) Loved all of SC except the humidity. Are you ever planning on visiting Arizona? Good to read this! Enjoy your trip! Blessings,

    • Actually, we will be going out west next year, so I’m on the lookout for great places to visit!

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