Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation

General Garden Admission | Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m | Last admittance at 4:30 p.m. All guests must exit by 5:00 p.m.

Gift Shop | Open Daily 9:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m.

Winter Hours | Jan. & Feb., CLOSED MONDAY


ALL admission tickets must be pre-purchased online. No tickets will be available for sale onsite. Admission tickets are valid for any date and time, within our regular hours of operation. Airlie Members, and reciprocal members, may show their membership card or ID upon arrival for entry.  Garden Admission includes parking, access to the grounds all day and featured exhibits*.

General Admission | $9
New Hanover Resident, with ID | $5
Military (Active & Retired), with ID | $5
Children 4-12 | $3
3 & Under | FREE
Airlie Members | FREE

*Special events, such as: Enchanted Airlie, Summer Concert Series & Family Fun Night not included. Butterfly House is seasonal.

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Visitor Information

The self-guided walking experience typically takes visitors an hour and a half to complete. Explore the links below, including our Visitor Tips, to maximize your visit to the gardens and ensure a memorable experience.

Visitor Tips Garden Map Calendar

Garden Closures

The gardens will be CLOSED to the public:

  • Thanksgiving Day (11/26)
  • Christmas Eve (12/24)
  • Christmas Day (12/25)
  • New Years Day (1/1)
  • Winter Hours | January & February closed Mondays.

The gardens close early at 4:00p.m., with last entry at 3:30p.m., in preparation for the following special events: Summer Concert Series, Family Fun NightEnchanted Airlie.



Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), buildings, restrooms and most garden pathways are wheelchair and stroller accessible. A wheelchair is available on a first come, first served basis. There is no additional fee for this service, however an ID is required for wheelchair checkout.

Wheelchair checkout is currently unavailable. 

Tram Service

Tram Service has been temporarily suspended. 

We offer a 7-passenger tram service that is included with general admission. Trams cannot be reserved and are operated on a first come, first served basis.


Guided Tours

Guided Tours have been temporarily suspended. 

Discover the rich history, horticulture and ecology with a docent-led tour. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks in advance to coordinate your reservation. All tours require a reservation and are only offered on weekdays.


Photography in the Gardens

We are happy to provide a unique backdrop for both amateur and professional photographers. Cellphone, nature photography, and casual picture taking is permitted on the grounds. All portrait photography and commercial shoots require a reservation and fee.  Drones are not permitted to fly.

Photography Policy

Directions To Airlie

Airlie Gardens is located right off of US-17/Oleander Drive and is convenient to Interstate 40. Located at 300 Airlie Road in Wilmington, NC, the Garden is just minutes northeast of downtown Wilmington and is close to Wrightsville Beach and many other area attractions, accommodations and dining.

Driving Directions to Airlie Gardens

300 Airlie Road Wilmington, NC 28403