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My family and I traveled to Myrtle Beach last month, and we all survived! I say this is jest, mostly because trip planning became more tedious than it needed to be. It wasn’t just my family of 5 that went, we also traveled with my mother in law and two nieces. My sister in law also met us there for a few days. I hadn’t been to Myrtle since before kiddos, so of course I wanted to research things to do. My MIL just wanted to sit at the beach all day with a book and relax. As lovely as that sounds, it’s just not uber practical for an 18 month old. My research turned up plenty for teens, top spots for couples, even best ice cream for littles. What it didn’t highlight was my need to humor 5 kids from 13 to 18 months. So I dug a little deeper. Then, I found it, my place for all… Brookgreen Gardens!
Brookgreen Gardens is located in Murrells Inlet, SC and is equal parts zoo, museum and lush gardens. A cool fact is that Brookgreen Gardens is one of the few institutions in the United States to earn accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Literally each one of us found something fantastic that we loved. My youngest had the most fun at the zoo and in the Enchanted Storybook Forest, where there were fantastic playhouses based on nursery ryhmes and children’s stories. My 6 year old loved the Children’s Discovery Room where he dug for fossils, met a turtle nose to nose and created recycled artwork. My 8 year oldloved they had a Brookgreen Detectives Booklet with clues for her to answer throughout our journey. My 12 year old niece squealed when she read there were mythological statues and took the map to lead us to the golden Dionysis. The 13 year old was blown away when she realized the grounds were a former plantation and enjoyed finding all the history of the original family she could find. My mother in law said she enjoyed the history lesson on the pontoon boat ride. I have always been a fan of butterfly gardens and Brookgreen Gardens has a beautiful house. Also, seeing so many lush gardens had me jealous! I’m also a huge fan of mossy oak trees and they had a huge walkway of them. Hubby enjoyed the temporary installment of Ribbit art, with all things metal frogs that were fun and whimsical.
And that my friends is how you make a party of 8 extremely happy in one visit. Since Brookgreen Gardens is about 9,000 acres, it’s pretty tough to see it all and do it all (we sure tried though!). With your admission ticket, you are able to leave and return for seven consecutive days, how awesome is that? Make sure if you’re headed to South Carolina, to add Brookgreen Gardens to your MUST SEE list!