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New Hanover County
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    Join us Saturday, July 15th from 5PM-8PM at Airlie Gardens for a celebration of Families, Friends and everybody’s Favorite Goose Dog Reilly! Family Fun Night is a special after-
hours event where both young and young at heart will enjoy an evening filled with:

  • Games & Crafts

  • Live Musical Entertainment by The Broccoli Brothers

  • Food and drinks for sale

  • Educational Booths...and much more!

  Guests are welcome to bring chairs and blankets for picnicking on the lawn! Wagons and strollers are permitted.  Admission Rates:  $15/Carload (includes on-site parking and admission for everyone in one vehicle.)    This event is a fundraiser with all benefits going towards the care of our goose dog, Reilly.   Limited tickets available. We expect this event to sell out. Click here to purchase a carload pass.


Aqua Stretch Classes!

Echo Farms Park has several aqua stretch classes scheduled during the month of July. Cost is $3/class and all levels of fitness are welcome.  Pre-registration is required as classes are likely to fill up. Click here to register

July Aqua Stretching Schedule
Monday:  10-10:45am
Wednesday:  10-10:45am
Thursday: 6-6:45pm
Friday: 10-10:45am


Butterfly Wonders

   Join New Hanover County Parks and Gardens staff at the Pleasure Island Branch of the library for a butterfly adventure. Get an up-close look at some of our butterfly species native to SE North Carolina! An educator and butterfly house curator from Airlie Gardens will be bringing living specimens and talking about butterfly life cycles and adaptations. We will also discuss the importance of butterflies in the environment and how to support butterflies and other pollinators in your own yard!
   This FREE event will take place on July 13th from 2-3pm at the Pleasure Island Library. No pre-registration required.

Pickle Ball

Parks Updates

Northern Regional Park 
Construction has been completed for several months now on the new walking trail. Additional amenities at the park are pickle ball courts as well as a disc golf course.

River Road Pier
The pier is scheduled to open in late July.  

Hanover Pines Nature Park
Work is progressing on this new park in the southern end of the county. We expect the park to open in mid October. 

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New Hanover County Parks & Gardens strives to maintain and operate parks and facilities that enrich the lives of the community and promote an overall healthier lifestyle.

July Events

Advance Tickets/Pre-Registration Required  for ALL Events. 

July 1
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens

July 2: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
*Last admission is 4:30pm

July 5: 9:30-11am
Tree Walk
Airlie Gardens

July 6: 8-9:30am
Accessible Birding
Airlie Gardens

July 7: 6-8pm
Concert-Motel Soap
Airlie Gardens

July 11, 15, 25: 10-10:30am
Butterfly Release
Airlie Gardens

July 12: 8-10am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens

July 15
Family Fun Night
Airlie Gardens

July 19
Hops & Talks
Airlie Gardens

July 21: 6-8pm
Concert-Jim Quick & Coastline
Airlie Gardens


Turtley Awesome Art Exhibit 

Our 11th annual art exhibit opens on Friday, July 14th at Airlie Gardens. The exhibit will be in the gardens from July-December. Come check out 10 Turtley Awesome sculptures! (Included with garden admission.)

Try Tennis

Try Tennis!

Interested in learning how to play tennis? Try Tennis clinic will be held at Echo Farms Park on Mondays from July 24-Aug 14th. Clinics are held from 6-7:30pm at a cost of $40/person.  Players must be at least 18 years of age before the start of the first clinic in order to participate Register Here.

Airlie Gardens

Open Daily: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.


Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone