Brookgreen Gardens

      Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

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      Patty
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      Apr 25, 2024
      Group size: 30 - 45
      Brookgreen Gardens
      Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

      Patty
      • Email address verified
      • Facebook verified
      266 reviews

      Apr 25, 2024
      Group size: 30 - 45

      About this trip

      This day trip offers an enjoyable day for garden lovers, art lovers, history lovers and even those who love nature and wildlife.  Brookgreen Gardens is America’s first public sculpture garden,  established by wealthy Industrialist, Archer Huntington and his acclaimed sculptor wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington.  Located on the site of former rice plantations, Brookgreen melds the sculpture with a premier garden, a highly accredited zoo of native wildlife and a National Historic Landmark.  The day begins with a guided tour with narrative about the history, the sculpture and the horticulture.   Following the tour,  there is time to enjoy lunch on your own at either the full service Harvest Resturant (reservations recommended) or the casual dining choices of the Courtyard Cafe or Old Kitchen.  You won't want to miss the fabulous herb garden at the Old Kitchen!  Options after lunch are bountiful.  Visit the zoo for an education about native animals such as Bald Eagles, River Otters, Owls and Egrets.  Enjoy the daily  "Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience".   Become moved by the stories of the enslaved people who worked the rice plantations along the LowCountry Audio Tour Trail.  Cruise the rice field creeks in a pontoon boat tour for interpretation of the plantation life and perhaps sightings of wildlife OR simply return to the sculpture garden for more in depth viewing of the sculpture and blooms.  There is so much to see and enjoy during this day trip!  Don't forget your camera!  

      Activity Level

      This trip is best suited for people comfortable with walking and standing on flat surfaces for at least an hour.  

      Cancellation Policy

      Refunds are possible if the passenger or trip organizer is able to resell the trip.  

      Inclement Weather

      This is a rain or shine trip unless the weather is severe and Brookgreen Gardens cancels the trip.  Under that circumstance, the trip will be rescheduled.  

      Lunch

      There are 3 on site options for lunch:  Harvest Restaurant (reservations recommended by calling  843-235-6030) or casual dining of The Old Kitchen or Courtyard Cafe.  Box lunches can also be ordered if more that 20 are interested for $15.  The lunch includes choices of sandwich, a drink, chips and a homemade cookie.  Contact the trip organizer, Patty, if you are interested in a box lunch at 404-791-3166 or tripsbypatty@gmail.com

      What’s included

      • Transportation
        Transportation on a luxury coach
      • Admission
        Garden admission
      • Guided tour
      • Snacks
        Snacks & water on the bus
      • Trip Host
      • Creek Excursion
        2pm - Pontoon Boat tour - $10
      • Lunch
      • Driver Gratuity

      Available Packages

      Trip Price
      $93

      Available options

      Itinerary

      LowCountry Day Trip
      Day trip to Brookgreen Gardens

      8:00am - Depart from Porters Neck Country Club parking lot

      8:30am - Depart from Harris Teeter parking lot in Leland

      Approx. 10:15am- Arrive at Brookgreen Gardens and begin the day with a guided tour

      Following the tour, enjoy lunch on your own. 

      Spend the afternoon enjoying optional exploration and activities and browsing the wonderful Keepsakes Gift Shop.  

      2pm -Optional Creekside Excursion Pontoon Boat Tour

      3:45pm- Depart Brookgreen Gardens.   Enjoy a snack on the way home and BYOB your own afternoon wine or cocktail if you like.



      Your Organizer


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      Patty
      266 reviews
      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!

      Reviews

      First of many trips with Patty. Loved the entire Biltmore day. Starting with a nice breakfast, Biltmore, fantastic dinner and the Gingerbread entrees!!! Patty knew her stuff and was very personable! Travel days were just that - how could you improve upon that? Thanks Patty
      By Jean Anne S for Christmas at Biltmore on Dec 23, 2023
      This was my husband’s first bus trip stateside and I believed he really loved it! Being 6’3” I was worried he’d not be comfortable, but he was fine! The weather cooperated and we truly enjoyed ourselves the whole trip! We made a few friends as well. Patty was a very knowledgeable and generous host, and we look forward to seeing Biltmore again in the spring when it will be nicer to enjoy the gardens!
      By Polly D for Christmas at Biltmore on Dec 22, 2023
      We had an awesome adventure. Patty had researched items that we would encounter at each and every stop, including rest stops. Absolutely awesome tour guide and our Driver Donnie was AWESOME as well. Went onboard to a bus that I didn't know anyone, and came home with a bus load of new friends. I am looking forward to my next adventure with Patty. The sooner the better. T James
      By Teresa J for Christmas at Biltmore on Dec 16, 2023
      I had a great time on this trip. Everything was so well planned. you are the most gracious hostess!! Can't wait to see what future trips you have planned! Thanks so much!! Margie
      By Margaret S for Christmas at Biltmore on Dec 15, 2023
      Thanks for a great time! Lights and food were fantastic!
      By Margaret S for Night of A Thousand Candles on Dec 15, 2023
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