New Hanover County Arboretum, Wilmington

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A family-friendly attraction, New Hanover County Arboretum includes a kids play area, koi pond, and flower gardens. A peaceful retreat on the outskirts of downtown, this green place features foliage and greenery that changes with every season, so each visit is a brand new experience of native plants. You'll find over 30 distinct gardens there, with many sculptures scattered around, works by noted local artists. Plan to visit New Hanover County Arboretum during your Wilmington vacation using our convenient Wilmington visit planner.
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  • The Arboretum encompasses seven acres of gardens and plantings dedicated to demonstrating the best plant species for southeastern North Carolina landscapes. We were there when they were holding a... 
    The Arboretum encompasses seven acres of gardens and plantings dedicated to demonstrating the best plant species for southeastern North Carolina landscapes. We were there when they were holding a...  more »
  • Wow! What a lovely free adventure, right off a busy roadway. Gorgeous grounds with several different "areas" of landscaping and plantings. Lots of seating and table options throughout, but no... 
    Wow! What a lovely free adventure, right off a busy roadway. Gorgeous grounds with several different "areas" of landscaping and plantings. Lots of seating and table options throughout, but no...  more »
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  • What a FANTASTIC day we had. Our family of three was surprised to find that we hadn’t visited the New Hanover Arboretum in the five years we’ve lived in Wilmington, NC & even more shocked when we heard it was free!!! We will certainly be spending some time outdoors looking at all the beautiful flowers!! They have a Japanese Garden & two little zen sand gardens!! A lovely little tea house & a path that’s great for strollers. We’re looking forward to all the lovely critters & birds we will see there. They also have a ton of happy, hungry fish you can feed in their koi pond!
  • I would love to come back to this community gem. It’s the perfect size if you want to enjoy beautiful, well-maintained and completely charming scenery rather than walking long trails. The fairytale cottage, koi pond, bridges, and Japanese garden make it a great spot for kids (plus there’s a fence around the property so it feels safe). If I lived locally, I’d be here all the time.

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