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Airlie Gardens

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Address: 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403-3706
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+1 910-798-7700

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Lovely gardens on the edge of the estuary. Beautiful planting, lots of birds. A joy to walk through.

Reviewed May 21, 2016
South Wales
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South Wales
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Reviewed May 21, 2016

Lovely gardens on the edge of the estuary. Beautiful planting, lots of birds. A joy to walk through.

Thank CastellNeddWales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Although the azaleas were no longer in bloom, the gardens had other flowers. On your walk you will encounter a small church, an anonymous grave, a butterfly house, a pergola, views of Bradley Creek, a bottle house and the magnificent Airlie Oak. The real highlight of our morning in Airlie was the artwork on display in the Ribbit Exhibit, metal... More 

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Garner, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2016

If you're looking for a peaceful walk in a beautiful historical setting, this is for you. Stroll down well maintained walkways and paths and see trees and gardens centuries old. Scattered about are an old chapel, graveyard, and places to stop and enjoy a number ofpeaceful settings. We were a week early to enjoy the Butterfly Garden. That will be... More 

1 Thank Sally D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

The gardens are simply beautiful. This is a really peaceful environment where you can enjoy the wildlife, flowers, and trees. While visiting the gardens, my husband and I were fortunate enough to see a fear different species of birds and enjoyed watching small fish swim near the shoreline. The gardens are also riddled with frog themed sculptures that were handcrafted... More 

Thank Angela M
Raleigh, NC
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Wonderfully planted gardens. If you like plants spread over a large wooded area, adjacent to the water, this is for you.

Thank motohonda
Dover, Delaware
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2016

We got lucky...the weather was great, the gardens were uncrowded, the spring blooms were beautiful. We walked the gardens, loving the plantings and the art and the turtles, frogs and lizards. This is a place where I would love to visit several times each year to see the foliage by season. We were too early for the butterflies...but next time... More 

1 Thank PappyBob
Garner, North Carolina
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2016

We attended a wedding in the chapel. Very difficult to find but lovely setting. GPS directions took us to main entrance where there are no signs to guide you to the chapel. The chapel is another mile past the main entrance where you finally do see a sign.

Thank nonnie2tn
Long Island NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2016

couldn't spend the time we would have liked, but saw enough to know this a place you can return to again and again. And the 450 year old oak was simply magnificent!

Thank eews
Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2016

Airlie Gardens is "A Garden for All Seasons". It has walking paths, history, nature, and some of the better photo-taking spots in the region. Everywhere you look there is something magical and beautiful to see. Naturalists will appreciate the splendor and history buffs will enjoy historic buildings and sculptures. For butterfly lovers, make sure to stop by the butterfly house.... More 

1 Thank Seth R
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

This garden was so magical and beautiful. I cant believe we haven't been here before. The oak trees are spectacular. Bring your good camera. So many photo opportunities.

Thank Jackie M

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