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Low Country History

Lowcountry History

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 rice plantations of the 1800's. 

Explore these places through the programs at the Wall Lowcountry Center, by walking the Lowcountry Trail, and by taking an excursion on our boat or overland vehicle deep into the Preserve.

All excursion tickets should be purchased at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time. Tickets are purchased in the Wall Lowcountry Center, which is a 7-10 minute walk from the Welcome Center. The Courtesy Shuttle runs from the Welcome Center to the Wall Lowcountry Center every 15 - 20 minutes.

The Creek Excursion
March 3 - November 25

Cruise the creeks on 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 and the shaping of the history of the lowcountry. Boat rides last approximately 45 minutes.

Tickets are $8 adults and $4 children, in addition to 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 and must be purchased at least 10 minutes before the tour time. Boat tickets are not sold online or by telephone. 
Daily at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

The Trekker Excursion/ Laurel Hill and Springfield Plantations
March 3 - November 25

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. Since this excursion goes over rough terrain it is not recommended for children under six years of age. For their safety, children age 3 and under will not be allowed on this trip.  All children are required to be secured in their own seat.

Daily at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon. 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.

(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.) 

The Oaks Plantation Excursion

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 archeological 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 to the site. Once at the site, the tour is a half mile-long walking tour that may not be appropriate for visitors with mobility issues. Gravel trails are not conducive to walkers or strollers.  

Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children, in addition to garden admission. Children age 3 and under are not allowed. All children are required to be secured in their own seat.  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.

 

Hours

Open Mon - Wed from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
During Nights of a Thousand Candles, we open at 3:00 p.m. for the event.

For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen.

Service animals that have received special training to assist disabled persons are welcome.

Tickets

Daily General Admission Tickets
Children 3 and under
Free
Children 4-12
$10
Adults 13-64
$18
Seniors 65 & Over
$16

Location

1931 Brookgreen Drive

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island

843-235-6000