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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Wilmington route builder tool.
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  • Thought it would be just another garden with random plants. It started off that way, until you get past the first rabbit (follow the rabbits on the map). Then the wow factor kicked in. Waterside... 
    Thought it would be just another garden with random plants. It started off that way, until you get past the first rabbit (follow the rabbits on the map). Then the wow factor kicked in. Waterside...  more »
  • We loved our visit! I’m a fan of One tree hill and Dawsons creek and both shows filmed at this location so I wanted to visit. I loved how peaceful and beautiful it was! I would definitely recommend.....  more
    We loved our visit! I’m a fan of One tree hill and Dawsons creek and both shows filmed at this location so I wanted to visit. I loved how peaceful and beautiful it was! I would definitely recommend.....  more »
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  • Very enjoyable and reasonably priced. I was surprised that bikes and runners were not allowed, neither are pets but after seeing people leave their trash it is understandable that they can only assume they would have to have staff to clean up after them too. The staff was very organized and you are left alone to enjoy your tour unless you ask for a guide. After parking you go inside to scan your prepaid ticket(s) and are given a map, restrooms are clean and at the entry/exit, the walk is enjoyable and there are several.benches in the shade to rest if you need to, the entire walk was well under 10k steps. Beautiful and very photogenic place to visit.
  • This was my first visit here and I was blown away by the sights and sounds. From the initial entry way, to the butterfly house and so much more in between. From time to time they feature select artists and display their art throughout the garden. Lots to see and explore. I saw several different picnic areas and this place is very quiet and tranquil. It's definitely a must see and do, if you're looking for an escape and/or in need of some personal peace. Absolutely loved my time there and would highly recommend it.

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