Brookgreen Gardens staff is inviting visitors to enjoy the outdoors in the cool of the evening while the center offers extended summer hours and hosts outside concerts, evening boat rides, and special programs for children.
The garden will remain open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays next week until Aug. 7, and a variety of entertainment will be offered, most of which will be included in admission, according to a press release.
Country group, The Brandy Smith Band, who is quickly gaining a following in the Southeast, is set to perform Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“Evening Bed Check with the Animals” and “Enchanted Storybook Forest” children’s programs will be held on the garden’s family night on Thursday.
Families are invited to join zoo staff with the “Evening Bed Check with the Animals” program, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. This end-of-day special tour will reveal how the animals are cared for, and some may get a special treat.
Story time will commence with the “Enchanted Storybook Forest” program at 6 p.m. Thursday as storyteller, Donna Catton-Johnson will enchant young audiences with both classic and new tales. She may also arrive as a character from one of her own stories and interact with children, according to the release.
Jazz notes will float on the evening breeze as the Mike Frost Band performs at 7 p.m. Friday. The group’s sound offers something for everyone as it intertwines elements of danceable funk, classic rock, and R&B in their jazz standards and modern ballads.
Adventure awaits those going abroad the “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” pontoon boat tour, scheduled at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Take a trip back in time to the days when pirates traveled through the Carolina waterways and discover how to be a pirate and learn more about famous Carolina pirates like Blackbeard and Anne Bonny.
Boat riders will also travel down the Brookgreen Garden creeks as they follow a map to hidden treasure. Regular boat ride tickets are required, and cost $8 for adults and $4 for children.
The Pavilion Restaurant will serve dinner until 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday evenings, with desserts and beverages available for purchase on the Pavilion Patio during concerts. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to events.
The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo, Butterfly House and Enchanted Storybook Forest in the center will be open until 7 p.m.
Brookgreen Gardens is a national historic landmark and nonprofit organization on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. It is open daily to the public. For more information, visit the center’s website at www.brookgreen.org or call 235-6000.
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