Yes, the cost is $9 for adults, $5 for NHC Residents and Military and $3 for children age 4-12 years. Admission is free for NHC Residents the first Sunday of every month. (proof of ID is needed for NHC Residents and Military)
Due to the unpredictable nature of animals, Airlie does not allow pets in the Gardens. Pets are not conducive towards our focus on water quality, wildlife, visitor comfort and manicured horticulture.
Fishing and kayaking are not daily experiences offered at the gardens. We do offer kayaking and fishing programs through the Environmental Education Program. Please check the events calendar to view a list of our scheduled programs.
Airlie Gardens does not offer food service. The gift shop does carry small snacks and there is a drink vending machine located outside the gift shop. Please visit the Garden Services Center to view a collection of menus from area restaurants. Within one mile of the Gardens there are 15 restaurants. We are glad to call any restaurant to see if they offer call ahead seating and make a reservation for you.
Airlie is predominantly a walking experience, but many of our paths and gardens are easily accessible by wheelchair. Thanks to funding from two local foundations, we also offer an Accessibility Tram. On scheduled days, the tram drives a route around the gardens. You can get on and off the tram at your leisure. There are six tram stops in the gardens. Click here for the Tram Schedule
Yes, we hold many special events every year. Click here to go to our Weddings & Events page
Yes, we have basketball courts at Arrowhead, Kings Grant, Parkwood and Veterans Parks.
Requests to fly model airplanes must be approved by the Parks Assistant Director. Requestor must provide proof of General Liability insurance with at least $1 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate.
No, hitting golf balls is not allowed on any parks facilities.
Yes! The splashpad is accessible to anyone using a mobility device. We also have a water wheelchair that can be used by those whose mobility devices cannot tolerate moisture. Contact the parks and gardens office at (910) 798-7620 to use the water wheelchair.
No, parking is only allowed for those who are actively fishing.
The Liberty Wheelchair Swing requires a key to unlock the swing for use. Keys are provided free of charge at the parks and gardens office. There is also a key in the lockbox attached to the gated area. To request your own key or to obtain the lockbox code, contact the parks and gardens office during regular business hours (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) at (910) 798-7620. Click here for a printable key request form
We do not allow anyone to rake pine straw in the parks. The pine straw is used throughout the parks.
No, you must abide by the county leash law. Dogs are only allowed off leash in designated areas at Hugh MacRae Park and Ogden Park.
Beer and wine in non-glass containers are allowed with a picnic shelter reservation – No liquor is allowed. Alcohol must be kept underneath or within 50 feet of the shelter and is not permitted on or near a playground. Beer and wine are permitted with an Executive Development Center or Airlie Gardens event reservation with the proper permit.
No, overnight parking is not allowed in any New Hanover County owned park.
No, yard sales are not allowed.
Yes, you may use a metal detector, however, digging is not allowed in any park.
You can use shelters on a first come, first served basis if they are not reserved by another group.
Yes, we do charge a fee to reserve a shelter, however, unreserved shelters may be used on a first come, first served basis
Reservations may be made one year in advance.
Shelter #6 at Hugh MacRae Park is the largest shelter. It has enough seating for 125 adults.
No, inflatables and tents are only allowed if you have a park reservation. Since these parks are first come first served, reservations can’t be issued.
Swimming is not allowed at any of the county parks.
Yes, we have launch sites at River Road, Smith Creek and Trails End Parks.
Small motorized boats may be launched at River Road and Trails End Parks. Kayaks and non-motorized watercraft may be launched at River Road, Smith Creek and Trails End Parks.