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New Hanover County
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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

County Parks:
Open regular hours

Airlie Gardens & Echo Farms Park:
Closed November 23

Parks & Gardens Offices:
Closed November 23 & 24


Enchanted Airlie 

A tradition since 2005, Enchanted Airlie allows guests to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the holiday season at Airlie Gardens.  Event dates for this year's Enchanted Airlie include November 24 & 25, and December 1-21.  There will be four reservation times per evening:  5:30-6:30pm, 6:30-7:30pm, 7:30-8:30pm and 8:30-9:30pm.  A carload ticket (which includes parking and admission for all passengers in one standard-size vehicle) is $30. Tickets go on sale to the public at 9am on November 1.  Tickets will sell out quickly, and may be purchased onsite or online at AirlieGardens.org.  


Park Updates

Skate Park Repairs

There will be some repairs done to the concrete area around the skate park. Although it will remain open, some areas will be closed for use. We expect the repairs to be completed by Friday, November 3rd.

New Playground at Ogden Park

The Ogden Park playground area will be closed for several weeks beginning Tuesday, November 14th. This will allow for the old playground to be removed and the installation of the new playground. It is anticipated the playground will reopen in mid-December. 

Echo Farms Tennis Courts 

There will be an additional 4-5 clay tennis courts added at Echo Farms. Design is currently underway.

Pickleball Lights

Pickleball Court Lighting

Things will be brighter soon at the Northern Regional Park pickleball courts. Lights will be installed this fall! 

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.

November Events

Nov 4: 10am-11:30am
Guided History Tour
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov 4: 10am-12pm
Seed Saving & Rubber Stamping
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov 5: 9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Nov 8: 8-9:30am
Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov 9: 8-9:30
Accessible Birding
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov. 18: 9-20:30am
Beginner Bird Walk
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only


Pages Creek Naturalist Walk

Join our environmental educator on a walk at Pages Creek. You will learn all about local flora and fauna while walking approximately 1 mile on uneven terrain. The walk will take place on Monday, November 20th from 9-10am.  This is a free program. Register here.

Airlie Gardens

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

*The gardens will close at 4pm to prepare for Enchanted Airlie Nov 24-25 & Dec 1-21

Purchase tickets in advance at AirlieGardens.org.


Click here for Online Picnic Shelter Reservations


New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone