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Airlie Gardens, Wilmington
(4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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. Before you head to Wilmington, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Wilmington vacation generator, to make sure you see all that Wilmington has to offer, including Airlie Gardens.
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  • We were there early spring. Not much was in bloom, but it was still a beautiful and relaxing day. I'd bring a picnic lunch, and enjoy several hours there. I'd be curious when the best time for the mos...  more »
  • We always bring our summer company here, and they are always blown away by the pictures they go home with. It's a substantial hike to walk the place, but it's worth it. My 7 year old hates going here,...  more »
  • A wonderful place to visit with great walkways! A must see is the bottle chapel. I saw many butterflies on the bushes and beautiful flowers in bloom. The place is well taken care of and offers special...  more »
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  • Very nice gardens; great place for a walk and photography. A nice time for the whole family or whatever. It was just a little strange with Christmas decorations out in the beginning of November…
  • This is such a neat place to walk around and pretty cheap at that! I gave it four stars though because you'll definitely want a map if you aren't good at directions haha!
  • So beautiful! My girls (6 yo &9 yo) loved it! We did the Ribbit Exhibit which is like a scavenger hunt throughout the whole grounds and recieved a prize at the end for finding all the sculptures.
  • Nice gardens with plenty to see. It was quite hot and humid which made the trip a little tough. The butterfly house wasn't quite as good as others that I've seen but overall the location is well maintained and was quite a relaxing stroll. Lots of wedding setup going on as well.
  • A truly beautiful site year-round. I absolutely loved Airlie Gardens for a tranquil day away from the rest of the world. It is not just historical, it is also a great place for pictures, weddings, art, etc.