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1931 Brookgreen Drive
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(Source: Wikipedia) Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. The 9,100-acre (37 km2) property includes several themed gardens with American figurative sculptures placed in them, the Lowcountry Zoo, and trails through several ecosystems in nature reserves on the property.
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Wonderful gardens, OK zoo
It's a beautiful and vast garden, with varied areas evoking different moods. We only had two hours; I would recommend much more. We saw the whole Lowcountry Zoo but I feel like we just barely scratched the surface on the garden. The sculpture is very much a product of its time (the 1930s) - figurative (much of it based on mythology), sometimes aimed at being uplifting. OK, I have to confess that my husband and I privately made fun of some of it. It's very well done, though, and the garden is very enjoyable whether or not you're into the sculpture. I actually wish we'd spent less time on the zoo (like that was an option with a 4-year-old) - a lot of the animals were hard to see, and unlike the gardens, are mostly things you can see elsewhere. My favorite part was definitely the aviaries, as the birds were not shy. We started with the butterfly exhibit, but it had just opened and it was cold and late in the day, so not much to see there - I expect it will get better as the season progresses (we were there on April 6).
Overall, accessibility was good. The paths were easy (there were a couple of short paths in the garden that were blocked off for wheelchairs) and the one bathroom we used (in the zoo portion) had a very spacious accessible stall. I am not sure whether you can get a wheelchair on the tram (it looked as though there *might* be a ramp and a space for it), and we didn't go in the gift shop or any of the museum bits (although years ago BK [Before Kids], my husband and I visited and went into the sculpture pavilions, and from what I can remember the aisles were quite wide). FWIW, the website just states that the garden is accessible, no caveats. My biggest beef about accessibility was at the zoo because, like so many zoos we've visited, the rails were all at my daughter's eye level - another reason I liked the aviaries best, because she was able to see the most in them.
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