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“Beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
910-798-7700
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Ranked #5 of 113 things to do in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I had an amazing time here. It's a beautiful place to walk, and just relax while enjoying the gardens and the birds and butterflies. Very peaceful! One of the most beautiful Pergola i've ever seen is here. The Oak tree is also very beautiful and big. I was actually very surprise with the size. The gardens are very well maintained, nice staff and easy to walk. A must see!!!

Visited September 2013
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“very nice place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The staff was very helpful when I visited. Nice day to stroll through the gardens. There were not a lot of plants in bloom but seeing some different birds, turtles and other scenery was great. The Airlie Oak is cool so big. The tram is a nice bonus. The Butterfly house was nice one of the better ones I have seen. Quiet place

Visited September 2013
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Wilmington, N.C.
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“A beautiful garden with an interesting history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you like to tour gardens, you will really enjoy this one. It was a privately owned estate in the late 1800's to the early 1900's. The town, Wilmington, bought the gardens are they are now one of the main attractions in town. You can easily walk the entire garden .. and I'd allocate approximately an hour (+/-, especially if you like photography) to tour the entire garden. The Airlie Oak is a central point. It is a monster three that is estimated to be over 400 years old.

In December, approximately three weeks before Christmas, they light up the gardens. That is always a treat, w/Santa being there nightly to visit with children, hot cider & coffee available, etc. This is something to see if you've not enjoyed this event in previous years.

Visited April 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Beautiful Blooms”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Visited the gardens during the Azalea Festival. Beautiful blooms in all directions and easy to navigate the garden area with easy walkways and a self-describing brochure. The gardens were alive during the Festival with characterized "southern belles" who make a beautiful sight for pictures with the gardens and attentive staff and volunteers to show you the way. An amazing butterfly house on the property must be seen to be enjoyed; as well as a house made out of bottles and glassware. Large scale property with views of Bradley Creek; formal garden areas and lakes; historic structures; walking trails; and wildlife abound in the area. Plan on taking a nice leisurely walk and to spend a few hours.

Visited April 2013
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Seattle, WA
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“A great place to spend the afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Airlie Gardens is our favorite garden attraction in North Carolina so far. Originally a gardening extravaganza and playground for the wealthy Jones family (purportedly the "keeping up with the Jones's" Jones family), Airlie is now a lovely oasis of green lawns spreading among pathways to various garden destinations such as the Camellia garden, the butterfly house, the grand 467 year old Airlie live oak, and the lovely Bottle Chapel and sculpture garden. There is a comfortable paved path through the garden upon which a 7-seat tram runs from one end to the other, making regular stops along the way to pick up or let off visitors with limited mobility or tired tootsies. There are also sand or mulch pathways along other parts of the garden if you like to get off the beaten track and of course, the beautiful lawns of short bermuda (?) grass are great for little ones to run on. Even this late in the season there were plenty of blooming flowers and butterflies to enjoy, along with a scavenger hunt for cheeky green frog sculptures hidden around the garden, and beautiful vistas to take in along the lake. A great place to spend an afternoon!

Visited September 2013
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