On our last day in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina we decided to forgo the beach at DoubleTree Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort and head to dry land. In my two decades of visiting this city, I am ashamed to say, I had never done that before!
We had been given a book by Visit Myrtle Beach that listed everything to do and see in the area and Brookgreen Gardens caught our attention. Our son adores being outside, so we knew that he would enjoy himself there. Plus, Bookgreen Gardens is not “just a garden” — it is part botanical garden, part zoo, and part outdoor art museum. The expansive botanical gardens, which are 9,100-acre, have beautiful sculptures around every corner. You will see many different types of sculptures ranging from nymphs to animals. It also has a zoo with animals that are native to the Lowcountry like owls, alligators, river otters, and turkeys. There is a new butterfly house where you can see many different butterflies.
The second we arrived, we knew that this place was special beyond words. We were immeidately sad that we had not scheduled more time there. In the future, we will definitely bring a picnic basket with us.
It is no secret that Joaquín loves Princesses. I find it really endearing and have zero problems with it, so when we wandered into “Fairytale Land” by chance, it was as if he had won the lottery. And as a parent when your child is happy, you are even more happy!
We swear Joaquín is going to be an actor when he grows up. He loves permorning for us. In the photos below, he was pretending to be the witch that gives Snow White the poisoned apple.
Then it was time to check out their Dinosaur Exhibit. Since the Butterly Garden was closed due to migration, Brookgreen Gardens opened up an amazing Dinosaur Exhibit. There were replicas of all of the major dinosaurs and they moved and roared, as if they were real.
We finally made our way over to the zoo, but we did not have a lot of time left, as we all needed lunch. This is the part of Brookgreeen Gardens that I wish we could have explored more, as you can see from the photos it is breathtakingly beautiful. I am a sucker for Spanish Moss.
Brookgreen Gardens is having a dazzling Summer Lights exhibition. If you happen to be in Myrtle Beach this summer I implore you to take a break from the beach and visit. I have no doubt it will be worth missing some rays of sunshine for! I love leaving destinations on a high note, as well as with things to do and see whenever we return and we will be returning to Myrtle Beach.