Airlie Gardens, Wilmington

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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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  • Airlie Gardens a beautiful, nearly 70 acre garden located on the shores of Bradley Creek, off the Intracoastal Waterway. The visit is primarily a self-guided, walking tour experience. The entire walki...  more »
  • We've been to the Holiday light show, in the summer. It's just a beautiful place, they often have events here.  more »
  • My family loved it! Get your tickets early because they get sold out. Cant wait to go next year and bring friends and more family to experience this awesome display.  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens and trees. Just a nice place to go to get up and walking while enjoying plants, trees, and water (Bradley Creek). Id avoid it in the dead heat of late July/ August if you get overheated easy. There is plenty of shade, to make it doable, but I know some people cannot do the heat. Pictures are from Enchanted Airlie a Christmas tradition for us now. If you're in for Christmas you have you to do it. They also have a beer stand there (WilmBrewingComp).
  • Beautiful! You have to pay a small fee. But these gardens are a must see. Bring your whole family and pack a lunch. Theres enough grounds for you to spend the day there! Bonus: great spot for engagement pictures or to even host a wedding!
  • Literally the best place ever. Bring your kids and run and play on the grass. Bring your girlfriend and check out the lights! It's great all year round but my favorite was the fall.
  • A beautiful garden, spring is the best time to visit but the gorgeous trees and butterfly gardens and the bottle sculpture is amazing. Also when live music is available it is quite wonderful.
  • Absolutely breath-taking views! Great place for walking, picnicking or just relaxing at the park. Totally worth the visit! They have free days for New Hanover residents the first Sunday of every month. The Enchanted Airlie Light Show at Christmas time is amazing!

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