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Brookgreen Gardens, A Caravelle Guest Must-See
What is probably one of the most peaceful and scenic places on the beach, Brookgreen Gardens is a must-visit as a Caravelle Resort guest. During the holidays, they will be hosting “Nights of 1000 Candles” where from 3-10 p.m. the gardens will rest under the soft glow of over 5,500 hand-lit candles while the sounds of ringing bells and beautiful carolers fill the air. The dates for this annual event are December 7th-8th, 14th-15th, and 20th-22nd this 2012 Christmas season.
Founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931, Brookgreen is a National Landmark that stretches over 9,000 acres. It has three main features: The Hunnington Sculpture Garden, The Center for American Sculpture, and The Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve.
In 1932 The Huntington Sculpture Garden became the first public sculpture garden in America. It contains over 1400 works from the early 1800’s to today, and has continuously grown over the years.
The Center for American Sculpture was opened almost ten years ago in 2003, and is available for private tours only. If you are interested in going somewhere where research, teaching, and creating figurative sculpture is the main focus, this center is the place for you.
You and your Caravelle Resort group or family can also walk the trails of Brookgreen’s Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve. Here is where you can see the evidence of the abundant rice plantations of the 1800’s, along with exploring the Gullah culture of the African slaves that upheld them.
With your VMB Card from The Caravelle you receive discounted admission to Brookgreen Gardens for up to four adults (excludes Night of a Thousand Candles). The normal business hours are 9-5 pm, and they give out the last admission tickets for the day around 4:30.