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Airlie Gardens, Wilmington

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Visited Arlie while in the Wilmington area. Pleasant peaceful place to visit if you love plants, flowers, nature and nice views. You'll find it all at Arlie. Take some time and enjoy what Arlie has to...  read more »
  • I had a few hours off and just wanted to walk. So I search for trails in Google and found this wonderful little gem. I was surprised that no mosquitoes were around (well until I got into the section f...  read more »
  • We visited once during the Christmas season and have been back often enough we bought a family pass. 
  • 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.
  • My mom, sister and I went in July 2015. The place was really big, there was a lot of area to cover and a lot of walking involved. It was really hot when we went, so I wouldn't advise going over the summer. When it's too hot you can't enjoy it because there aren't enough places that offer cover from the sun so you're just getting baked as you walk. We were told there was a golf cart that came around every so often that would offer a ride and we could get off wherever we wanted, but we only saw it once. We were on our way to a certain spot and she was coming the opposite direction with guests so we didn't get on. Once we were done we stopped and waited upwards of twenty minutes and never saw her. She never came back that way so we eventually just had to get up and walk all the way back, and my mom has asthma so we didn't appreciate it at all. Near the entrance we find her sitting in the golf cart talking to people. Don't offer services if you can't provide them and your employees are going to stop their duties to chit chat with guests. Unprofessional and we won't be coming back here for that reason and simply because it was really boring. The statues were way too modern, some of gargoyles which were out of place and grisly, and others just of way too modern art that didn't belong in a garden at all. We liked the butterfly house and the pond area with the steps leading into the water--it was a very beautiful spot and we saw different species of birds which was cool. The tickets were too expensive for what they offered--it was a very boring place with not enough places to sit and the golf cart lady needs to be on a schedule so guests can depend on her to give them a ride instead of leaving them at the mercy of the heat and a long walk back on their own.
  • We went to Airlie Gardens in mid March. The trees and flowers were not fully blossomed yet. The gardens were beautiful and decently kept. We loved seeing the fish little, ones and big ones, turtles, and a couple of falcons. It took us about 2 hours walking around including a couple of short breaks.
  • Airlie Gardens significantly exceeded my expectations. This place is much larger and more beautiful than I expected.
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