Murrells Inlet holds one of the area’s best preserved sections of land along the Grand Strand. Sitting on 10,000 acres, Brookgreen Gardens features the largest outdoor museum of American figurative sculpture, huge botanical gardens, and a native wildlife zoo. This site is host to rich heritage that embodies the history of the area. Visitors to the garden can spend hours upon hours strolling along the paths where they can view more than 1,000 pieces of sculpture on display in a natural setting. The gardens are divided up into areas such as the "Children's Garden" and the “Fountain of the Muses Garden.” Don't forget to visit the otters, bald eagles, and alligators whch are housed in a natural setting at the shaded zoo. Brookgreen Gardens also features a picnic area, two restaurants, many free tours, and several boat and bus tours for an additional fee.