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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.

The Creek Excursion
March - November 

The Creek Excursion runs daily at 11 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
There will be no Creek Excursion on Thursday, August 13, 2020 due to our annual Coast Guard inspection.

Beginning the first weekend in March, and running through the weekend before Thanksgiving, our Creek Excursion will allow you to cruise the creeks on a 48-foot pontoon boat.  You will pass historic rice fields, 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., 12:00 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

The Trekker Excursion
March - November 

Due to issues with social distancing amid COVID-19, the Trekker Excursion is cancelled until further notice.

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. 

(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 Excursion
March - November 

Due to issues with social distancing amid COVID-19, the Oaks Excursion is cancelled until further notice.

Ride in our mini-bus to the site of the Oaks Plantation. Learn the history of the prominent Alston family during the colonial and antebellum eras. Visit the Alston family cemetery and grounds of the slave village. Along the way, see the natural beauty of a protected Long Leaf Pine forest. 

Daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 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 Keepsakes gift shop at least 10 minutes before tour time. Excursions last approximately 1.3 hours.

Silent Cities Cemetery Tour 
January - March

The popular excursion ‘Silent Cities’ offers a rare opportunity to travel on back roads to explore cemeteries at Brookgreen and learn about the historical burial customs of European and African origin. Tickets are $15 in addition to garden admission for this two-hour excursion.  Based on availability, tickets may be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Guests for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. (Important Note: The Trekker travels over old Plantation-era dirt roads, which are quite rough and bumpy in many places. If you have a physical condition that may be affected by riding over rough terrain, we suggest you consider an alternate excursion.)

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

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 Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

Tickets

Daily General Admission Tickets for 7 consecutive days
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