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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. 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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  • This is a walking tour that takes 1-1 1/2 hours. The trail is .9 of a mile. Highlights are the Lebanon Chapel built in 1835 and the cemetery behind it, the great Airlie Oak (over 450 years old), the b...  more »
  • One of the greatest attractions in Wilmington. Birders paradise with water views all around. Perfectly landscaped with beautiful trails, about 1.2 miles total. A Destination Wedding Venue! Beautiful g...  more »
  • I have lived in Wilmington for almost 30 years and never set foot in Airlie gardens until this past weekend. I attended the azalea festival garden party and let me tell you that Airlie is absolutlely ...  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.