Three Places to Get Face-to-Face with Critters 

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We get it, Khaki Scout boy, coonskin caps look cool, but you're wearing an animal pelt and that just isn't nice. Animals are our friends, our confidantes, our fall-down-the-well saviors — well, except the ones that look good on a perfectly composed plate. If you're interested in seeing our fellow animal pals in action, hit up one of these places.

Brookgreen Gardens
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This botanical and sculpture garden, located just north of Pawley's Island, is best-known for being the first public sculpture garden in the U.S., but Brookgreen Gardens also offers a nature trail and a small native animal zoo. You'll find Lowcountry animals like alligators, gray and red foxes, and river otters, as well as domestic animals like marsh tacky horses and Red Devon cows.

Cypress Gardens
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If you're itchin' to see some gators, then look no further than Cypress Gardens. You're almost guaranteed a sighting — or several — while you paddle one of the garden's rentable canoes through this cypress swamp. Take your sweetie, and you can enjoy all the romance of a quiet boat ride with the adrenaline rush of being just feet away from one of Mother Nature's most deadly children.

Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center
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The Sewee Center is one of the few — very, very few — places in the U.S. where you can see the endangered red wolf, a species that has only recently been brought back from the brink of extinction by captive breeding at refuges like Sewee. The center offers regular children's and adults' conservation education programs too, not to mention guided wildflower walks and kayak expeditions.


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