Brookgreen Gardens

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This botanical sculpture garden which includes a zoo is located near Murrell's Inlet about 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. These gardens sit on what were once old rice plantations and they are part of a larger 6000-acre (2428 hectares) nature preserve run under the guidance of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The gardens display more than 500 sculptured pieces of work interspersed throughout, whereas the zoo presents wildlife exhibits of South Carolinian animals as well as other creatures like birds of prey. However, the most noteworthy feature of the site is their History Adventure Tour, where guests can board a 48-foot (14.6 meters) pontoon boat up murky swamps to watch alligators in their elements, or a trek on a rugged four-wheeler through the back-country that houses the historic Antebellum Plantations.

Location:  1931 Brookgreen Drive, Highway 17

Business hours:  Mo-Su 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.