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Area Parks, Gardens & Natural Attractions

Airlie Gardens

300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 |

910.798.7700 | 9am-5pm

Admission: $3-9

Expansive gardens filled with azaleas, walking trails and 10 acres of freshwater lakes. Features a glass bottle house, signature events, concerts and special exhibitions.


Halyburton Park

4099 S 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28412 |

910.341.0075 | 9am-5pm


Public park featuring picnic areas, playgrounds, wildlife, and a 1.3 mile walking/biking trail and nature programs.


Hugh Macrae Park

314 Grove Drive, Wilmington, NC 28409 |


Wooded park filled with lighted fields and tennis courts, ample picnic shelters, playgrounds, splash pads, dog park, pond and a 1.5 mile trail.


Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 |


State park covering 761 acres on Pleasure Island. The park features six miles of hiking trails, a marina, campsites, cabins, picnic area and a visitors center featuring natural history exhibits. Various carnivorous plant species can be found on site.


Greenfield Park

1739 Burnett Boulvard, Wilmington, NC 28401 |


Features boat launch, canoeing and kayaking, fishing and paddle boat rentals.


Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

4845, 1000 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449 |


287-acre state park including Fort Fisher, the site of a major naval engagement during the American Civil War and a museum. The area also features an oceanfront beach pavilion, large lagoon popular for windsurfers and a long stretch of beach accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles only. The beach is a nesting ground for sea turtles.


NHC Arboretum

6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403 |

910.798.7660 | 8am-8pm

Family-friendly seasonal flower gardens, koi pond and a kid’s play area. Features education programs and special events.


Smith Creek Park

633 Shenandoah Street, Wilmington, NC 28411 |


Lake boating and fishing draw visitors to this preserve with a walking path, playground and picnic area.


Ogden Park

615 ogden Park Drive, Wilmington, NC 28411 |


Public park featuring lighted tennis courts and fields, youth stadium, a skate park, dog parks, off-leash park, restrooms, playground, picnic shelters, workout equipment, event space, pond and walking trails.


Northern Regional Park at Castle Hayne

4700 Old Avenue, Castle Hayne, NC 28429 |

8am – 10pm

Public park featuring baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf course, picnic shelters, playgrounds and restrooms.


Northeast Creek Park

910 Corbin Road, Jacksonville, NC |


Beautifully maintained ball fields, a regulation frisbee golf course, grills, covered tables, restrooms, playgrounds and a boat launch that can serve 2 boats at a time.


Jacksonville Commons Recreation Complex

100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville, NC 28546 |


Largest green space of all the parks within the city limits. Home to award winning ball fields, a skate park, BMX park, tennis courts, meditation labyrinth, gardens of the states, an amphitheater, play area and an indoor basketball court.

Jacksonville Landing

Marine Boulevard at Buddy Phillips Bridge |

Public launch on the New River featuring a green space and walkway along the water as well as a welcome center. Includes a kayak launch and boat slips that service up to 3 boats at a time.

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