Airlie Gardens, Wilmington

4.7
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Embark on a self-guided walking tour of the sculpted formal gardens at Airlie Gardens. More than 100,000 azaleas and numerous camellias bloom along the walking trails that weave throughout this garden by the sea. Along the way, you'll get glimpses of Bradley Creek and many freshwater lakes. Look for the ancient, 467-year-old Airlie oak tree. At the butterfly house, watch 11 species of native butterflies as you learn about their life cycle and which plants allow them to thrive. Other features include the Bottle Chapel, Lebanon Chapel, and Mystery Grave, which supposedly belongs to one of Napoleon's marshals. Put Airlie Gardens and other Wilmington attractions into our Wilmington route builder tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Many flowers had already bloomed and shed. Pleasant walk throughout the gardens. We found an hour walk was adequate to see all.  more »
  • Have to admit I liked the nearby New Hanover Arboretum better (my wife disagreed) but both were lovely and this site is much larger to explore. The bottle house was gorgeous and the old trees were lov...  more »
  • On Sunday, April 7, my husband & I toured this gorgeous paradise in Wilmington, NC. About a dozen types of flowers & trees were in bloom and their aroma was out of this world. What an amazing 400-year...  more »
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  • Its is beautiful. Very well kept and looks amazing right now. The grounds are always well maintained never any sign of trash. I would suggest going right now while all the tulips are in full bloom. We were surprised to see they have a lovely cherry blossom tree near the spring gardens.
  • A perfect place for a daytime date. Absolutely loved the gardens, beautifully kept grounds and gorgeous tulips are in bloom currently. We loved it and spent just over an hour & a half walking about, sitting by the fountains, and going out to the water. The military rate for tickets is great and much appreciated. Will definitely visit again!
  • We had a great early spring day wandering around the gardens. There was a breeze that helped us stay cool. The azaleas were in bloom and we were able easily navigate the paved pathways and sidewalks.
  • Worth a stroll any time of year. Such a lovely place! Take a picnic - sit on the dock and enjoy the view. Walk to the gazebo by the lagoon - towards evening in the summer we've seen a hundred egrets come to roost for the night there. There even an extended golf cart "trolley" to pick you up if your legs get tired of walking on a hot day.
  • This is a great park with nice winding trails. Spotting the many flowers and trees was fun. Had a blast with the lovely gnomes stationed thru out the gardens. They even have a butterfly room. Staff was very pleasant.
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