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New Hanover County Arboretum

New Hanover County Arboretum is a dog-friendly attraction in Wilmington, NC. The Arboretum features a variety of plants that grow in coastal areas as well as emerging trends in plant material. Leashed pets are welcome to visit the grounds. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

New Hanover County Arboretum has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 8 canine critics on BringFido.

Visitors find the New Hanover County Arboretum to be a beautiful, free, and pet-friendly garden with plenty of shade and quiet areas to explore. They note the gardens are well-kept, offer whimsical sculptures, and provide enjoyment for both humans and their dogs.

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  • Susie
    Jun 7, 2024
    Beautiful gardens, lots of shade

    Free admission - shade areas - quiet and peaceful - good on a hot day - shaded areas

  • Lee
    Apr 26, 2024
    Great time!

    My border collie and I had a great time. The gardens were quiet and had many different sections to explore. There was plenty of shade to rest in and plenty of things to see and sniff. Great exposure to new sights and smells for my dog.

  • Kate
    Apr 17, 2024
    Good Alternative to Airlie Gardens

    Our first stop was Airlie Gardens where we discovered No Pets. The Aboretum is nearby, free and dog friendly. It’s a small area but very well kept with signs naming the plants and whimsical sculptures.

  • Amy
    Jul 14, 2022
    Small but nice little Garden

    Free Arboretum that allows dogs. Good for a respite from the heat. Our dog enjoyed watching the carp.

  • Melissa
    Mar 31, 2021
    Beautiful in early Spring!

    4.5 bones: Azaleas, cherries, and more were blooming gorgeously. Gift shop closed due to COVID19. Found the cleanup bags on our way out. Nice walk around the grounds.

  • Emily
    Oct 19, 2020

    We loved it here! Free admission to the gardens and you can bring dogs as long as they’re leashed and you pick up after them. Lots of space to walk around as well as various places to sit down and relax while enjoying the scenery. The (human) kids enjoyed feeding the koi fish and we all got a kick out of watching the dogs’ reactions.

  • Lexi
    More than a year ago

    The gardens were beautiful and my dog had fun playing peekaboo with koi fish!

  • Lorraine Corso
    More than a year ago
    Pet friendly

    I only called this morning and found out you can bring your dog there as long as you pick up after them.

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