The thousands of acres in Brookgreen's Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve are rich with evidence of the native plants and animals of the South Carolina Lowcountry as well as the great rice plantations of the 1800's. Explore these places through the programs at the Lowcountry Center, by walking the Lowcountry Trail, and by taking an excursion on our boat or overland vehicle deep into the Preserve.
Pontoon Boat Rides March 5- November
Cruise on the creeks a 48-foot pontoon boat along historic ricefields now home to alligators, waterfowl, and osprey as an interpreter helps you see the distinctive landscape of the rice plantations and understand the role of enslaved Africans in the cultivation of the rice crop. Boat rides last approximately 45- minutes.
Tickets are $8- adults and $4 - children in addition to the garden admission. Boat rides often sell out and we strongly recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible when you arrive at the gardens. Tickets are only available at the Lowcountry Center ticket center for same-day purchase. Boat tickets are not sold online or by telephone.
Daily at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. In April, the gardens are open late until 8 p.m. and additional boat rides are offered at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Overland Excursions March 5 - November
(Important Note: the Trekker travels over dirt roads which are quite bumpy in places. If you have a physical condition that may be affected by riding over rough terrain, we suggest you consider an alternate excursion such as the pontoon boat cruise.)
Northern Trek: Laurel Hill Families and Fortunes
Ride with an interpreter along an avenue of historic Live Oaks to a plantation cemetery, a Civil War earthen fort site, and a historic rice mill chimney. From the top of one of the area's highest bluffs, see a panoramic view of the Waccamaw River. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children in addition to the garden admission and must be purchased at the Wall Lowcountry Center at least 10 minutes before tour time. Excursions last approximately 50 minutes. Not recommended for children under six years of age. Daily at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Tour
Walk with an interpreter and hear about the history of the prominent Alston family here in colonial and antebellum eras. Visit the location of the plantation house, the Alston family cemetery, grounds of the slave village, and other archaeological sites. Along the trail, you will also see the natural beauty of a protected Long Leaf Pine forest. Due to its remote location transportation is by mini-bus. Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children, in addition to garden admission. Purchase tickets at the Wall Lowcountry Center at least 10 minutes before tour time. Excursions last approximately 1.5 hours.
Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is part of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and the Eastern South Carolina Heritage Region.