Brookgreen Gardens: Day 1, Part 1 – The Gardens
While in Myrtle Beach, we stop in at Brookgreen Gardens, a fantastic collection of art and history located in nearby Murrells Inlet. Up first: we walk through the Sculpture Gardens on Day 1 of our multi-day visit.
As it turns out, I actually missed a couple of places we visited in Myrtle Beach during our November 2016 Road Trip. When I first started working on editing pictures for the website, the sheer number of pictures for Brookgreen Gardens was a bit daunting, and I skipped over them in favor of working on attractions with fewer pictures to edit. Unfortunately for me (and for your continuity with our trip), that meant I started publishing posts of where we traveled after we left Myrtle Beach, without publishing Brookgreen Gardens or a few other places in Myrtle Beach. These posts, then, are a visit back to our time in Myrtle Beach. While they will show up in their correct spot on the road map of our trip (based on the date we actually visited them), the post timeline will be a bit off, so bear with me as we try to play a little catch-up.
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During the week of Thanksgiving, lots of places in even a tourist attraction town like Myrtle Beach had limited their hours (or closed entirely). Thankfully, there was one place that was still open: Brookgreen Gardens. We didn’t know much about the place, but thanks to a half-price deal we received from our hotel, the Ocean Reef Resort, we figured we’d give it a shot.
When we first arrived, we were told that our ticket was good for an entire week’s worth of visits. We laughed a bit at this (why would we want to come back so many times all at once?) but shrugged, and stored that tidbit away. It’s a good thing we remembered. This place is HUGE! After one day, we hadn’t even visited a third of Brookgreen Gardens, and we suddenly realized we were going to need that week’s worth of visits after all.
Built on the site of an old plantation, Brookgreen Gardens is adorned with sculptures of all kinds throughout it’s sprawling landscape. While the flowering plants (it isn’t named Brookgreen Gardens for nothing) must be spectacular in the spring, the area is still nice during the fall months as well.
We were there as they set up for the Festival of Lights, an evening light show that the Gardens does during the holiday season. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to see the lights all lit up due to prior commitments. Instead, we saw more light strings being added to the outdoor areas every time we went. While that looked a bit tacky in the daytime, the sheer amount of lights must have been pretty spectacular at night, and we were bummed we couldn’t get a chance to see them in all their glory.
Still, we had a spectacular time at Brookgreen Gardens. While we did get a bit worn out with all the walking (this place, as I mentioned, is BIG), it was nice we were able to split up our time, and not try to cram everything into one day. We could take our time, and really enjoy the surroundings.
The sheer amount of statues at Brookgreen Gardens is kind of hard to comprehend. With such a sprawling area, the sculptures are spread out enough that they don’t overwhelm the area, and are really only concentrated in a few spots. But, each section has many statues interspersed within the area, so as you wander, you will easily come across several you didn’t even know were there.
Now, on to the pictures!