Airlie Gardens, located on Airlie Road near Wrightsville Beach, is 67 acres of quintessential Southern gardens with access to Bradley Creek and 10 acres of freshwater lakes. Over 100,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias, statuary, and the Historic Airlie Oak, adorn the landscape. This once privately owned garden was purchased for the public by New Hanover County in 1999. Sunday hours of operation are 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Cape Fear Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington. The Museum collects, preserves and interprets objects relating to the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. Current exhibitions include Attack of the Bloodsuckers!. Explore the science of what’s eating you by discovering the biological wonders of sanguinivores – creatures that eat blood – through hands-on activities and vibrant graphics. Sunday hours of operation are 1:00 to 5:00pm.
New Hanover County Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, is a special 7 acres in the heart of New Hanover County where homeowners can see the variety of plants that grow in our coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material. Cooperative Extension’s “horticulture laboratory”, the Arboretum has a very knowledgeable staff and many volunteers working to make the gardens beautiful and educational. Hours of operation are sunup to sundown.
Three branches of the New Hanover County Public Library are open on Sundays from 1 – 5 p.m.: Main Library located at 201 Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington; Northeast Regional at 1241 Military Cutoff Road; and Myrtle Grove at 5155 South College Road.