Explore the Gardens

The Grounds

Airlie’s historic property encompasses more than 67 acres of spectacular gardens, seasonal blooms, mighty live oaks, walking trails and historic structures. The self-guided walking experience allows visitors to explore more than a dozen gardens; including, a seasonal Butterfly House, Pergola & Bottle Chapel.

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Tram Service


Tram Service is temporarily suspended in accordance with New Hanover County’s State of Emergency.


We offer a 7-passenger tram service that is included with general admission. The tram is operated by volunteers and does not run every day. Please call prior to your visit to verify schedule. Visitors are encouraged to walk the grounds in addition to riding the tram. Trams cannot be reserved and are operated on a first come, first served basis.

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Birding

Recognized on the North Carolina Birding Trail as a Coastal Region site, Airlie offers some of the best birding in New Hanover County. Over 200-bird species have been observed in the garden, attesting to Airlie’s honor of being named a part of the North Carolina Birding Trail. To see what has been spotted, check out Airlie’s HotSpot on eBird.com, a free, easy-to-use, citizen science observation database.

Monthly Bird Hikes

Pollinator Garden

Take walk behind the model Airlie House to our Pollinator Garden! This garden was planted with flowering blooms that will specifically attract pollinator species year round; such as, butterflies, bees, moths, hummingbirds and more!

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Art Collection

The Garden features dozens of permanent pieces of art; including, sculptures and water features.

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