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Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

1. Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

Charlotte has interesting sights and attractions befitting its status as one of the 20 largest U.S. cities, but you might not know it. Our 1.5-hour tour will get you started. We give you 15-20 minutes of practice and orientation before heading out on our adventure. The southern part of the city hosts new museums and cultural spaces, so it’s a good place to open your eyes to current development. But Charlotte was already well established during the Revolutionary War, when residents drove out British General Cornwallis. The best place to learn about its history is in the center of town, where we will ride through the Fourth Ward neighborhood. It has Charlotte's oldest homes and cemetery. Of course you also get to see our high-rises and skyscrapers up close, as well as numerous outdoor fountains and public works of art.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium General Admission

2. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium General Admission

Discover the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord where you get to explore 10 different zones. Encounter 5,000 undersea creatures including sharks, rays, seahorses, and much more. Journey through the freshwater lakes of North Carolina all the way to the depths of the ocean and meet these amazing creatures. Enjoy the Freshwater Exhibit so you can visit a small part of the Catawba River. The species in this exhibit are residents of the local streams, rivers, and lakes. Make your way to the Harbor Exhibit and make friends with the tropical underwater creatures who live in harbors around the world. Watch as hundreds of schooling fish surround you at the Shoaling Exhibit or see the Seahorse Mangrove Exhibit where you’ll get to witness these mythical creatures. Watch the seahorses grip at seagrass with their curly tails and suck up tiny shrimp with their straw-like snouts. Step inside Stingray Bay and be mesmerized by the happy and smiley rays. Step right into a sunken ship full of mysterious creatures that like to live in the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean. Explore the Tropical Ocean Exhibit where you can stroll under the sea as you pass through the awe-inspiring underwater Ocean Tunnel. Shoals of glittering fish flutter along beside you while sharks, rays, and Neptune, the rescued green sea turtle, glide slowly over your head. Be enchanted by the Jellies Exhibit and watch as these captivating creatures dance through the water. Then enter a kaleidoscope of color at the Coral Reef Exhibit where you’ll witness underwater cities teeming with fish that come in every shape, color, and pattern you can imagine. Last but certainly not least, make sure to check out Conservation Cove where you can learn more about how you can help protect the ocean and all its magnificent creatures.

Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

3. Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

Get ready for a whirlwind 90-minute tour of Charlotte's best sights! Meet your tour guide and fellow explorers at Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, famous for their dangerously delicious fried pickles. Once you’re all checked-in it's time to board your electric cart for the day and hit the city streets! Set out on a discovery of Uptown Charlotte’s 4 wards as you learn about the city’s history, as well as its visions for the future. Along the way, see some of Charlotte’s most popular museums, luscious parks, and a number of churches from a variety of denominations. Next, a treat for die-hard sports fans with a visit to each of the sports stadiums in Uptown Charlotte, as well as a stop to take photos outside the Carolina Panthers Stadium. Head into the historic 4th ward next, one of the most popular highlights of the tour. Admire the architecture of the 19th century homes and learn about the rich-history of this vibrant district. Throughout the tour, your guide will also offer commentary and recommendations to enhance your stay in the Queen City.

Charlotte: Queen City Ghost Tour

4. Charlotte: Queen City Ghost Tour

Join this family-friendly ghost tour to discover the most haunted places in Charlotte, Queen City. Expect to be spooked as your local guide takes you to 8 ghostly locations around the city. Or upgrade to an extended tour to visit 12 creepy city sites. As you explore the city, you'll hear the story of how the Tar Heel State got its nickname and the tales of the spirits who journeyed from Ireland, attached to a bar that was imported from the Emerald Isle. Visit spots of historical importance such as the site of the Battle of Charlotte, where men lost their lives in the struggle for independence. Your guide will recount thoroughly researched and spooky stories that, although creepy, won’t leave you lying awake at night.

Charlotte: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

5. Charlotte: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

Step into the shoes of the Queen City’s earliest residents on a walking tour departing from Independence Square, the highest point in Uptown Charlotte, and the rumored cradle of American liberty. Just download the smartphone app and begin your self-guided journey whenever you wish. Visit the Old Settlers Cemetery, where you’ll find the graves of American Revolutionary War heroes, and the predecessors of US Presidents. See where the original Branch Mint was and where it was later moved, brick by painstaking brick. Discover several churches, including both St. Peter’s Catholic Church and St Peter’s Episcopal Church, and the former First Baptist Church, which is now the McGlohon Theater. Along the way, pass the building where a dozen businessmen leaped to their deaths, the Dunhill Hotel. Learn about the North Carolina drink of Cheerwine and which Hunger Games scenes were filmed in the Green Park, among other interesting facts. By the time you reach Romare Bearden Park, where the tour ends, you’ll have a much greater appreciation for the city, its history, and its cultural corners.

North Carolina: GetOutPass Including 50+ Attractions

6. North Carolina: GetOutPass Including 50+ Attractions

The GetOutPass works as an app on your smartphone and gives you access to 50+ attractions. Once signed up, you and anyone on your membership can gain free admission to some of the best attractions in your area including roller coasters, arcades, and more. Access venues in North Carolina through the member portal found in the app and on any web browser. All venues create an 'offer' specifically for members. This offer can include free admission, free products, special deals, and other perks. Select an offer from a list of attractions, go to the attraction, present your app, and get free admission. Attractions Included: B & B Bowling Lanes - Fayetteville Jumpmasters & OBX throwing - Manteo Putt-Putt Fun Center - Burlington BounceU: Matthews - Charlotte Breakout Games - Charlotte Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway - Indian Beach Lumberton Bowling Center - Lumberton Arcade of Thrones - Raleigh Augmentality Labs LLC | Virtual Reality Arcade - Durham FearLess Adventure Park - Mooresville Sandhills Bowling Center - Aberdeen The Bowling Center - Rocky Mount Tropical Gardens Mini Golf - Asheville Safari Nation - High Point Galaxy Lanes and Games - Sylva Bungalow Bounce - Clayton Victory Lanes Entertainment and Events Center - Mooresville Triad Lanes - Greensboro Buffaloe Lanes South Family Bowling Center - Raleigh Black River Paintball Park - Angier 6th Dimension VR - Jacksonville Black Ops Paintball & Airsoft - Fayetteville Safari Nation - Greensboro Timber Axe Throwing - Hendersonville GROUND ZERO TACTICAL LASER TAG - Burlington Hematoma Paintball Park - Chocowinity D-BAT - Huntersville Battle Works Tactical Laser Tag & Battle Axe - Axe Throwing - Atlantic Beach Lazer X - The Family Zone - Burlington Safari Nation - Winston Salem Barefoot Archery - Charlotte Ironclad Axe Throwing Co. - Kinston New Vision Training Center - Franklin Breakout Games - Greensboro We Rock the Spectrum - Asheville Pedego Electric Bikes: Lake Norman - Cornelius Pedego - Emerald Isle Eastern North Carolina Indoor Shooting Range - Rocky Mount Animal Edventures Earth-Speak Park - Coats Premier Martial Arts - Asheville Patriot Axe Throwing - Hickory Pedego Piedmont Triad - Winston-Salem Rock Solid Warrior - Fuquay-Varina Patriot Axe Throwing - Statesville Stidham's Axe Throwing & Lounge - Morganton Crystal Coast Axe Throwing & Rage Room - Morehead City The Climbing Place - Fayetteville The Flying Bike - Authorized Pedego Dealer - Asheville 3Quest Challenge - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Crazy Dash - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Operation City Quest - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Puzzling Adventures - Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington Wacky Walks - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Zombie Scavengers - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Buffaloe Lanes Mebane Family Bowling Center - Mebane FirstHand Climbing - Winston-Salem Lafayette Bowling Lanes - Fayetteville Premier Martial Arts - Arden

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What people are saying about Charlotte

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4.6 / 5

based on 84 reviews

Was able to see all the wards of Charlotte, visiting parks in each of them. Seeing all over the city while having fun on a Segway. Can’t get any better than that. Everyone that worked there was very friendly and had an amazing time with our guide. This was my third time using this company, and will 100% be back in the future.

First time for us riding a Segway and it was a blast!! Our guide James was awesome and we learned quite a bit about the city. Best way to get around and get the lay of the land!!

Thanks David !!! The experience was incredible and you are so good in history and Charlotte info Also we love your art thanks so much for making our moment magic

Very fun, educational, and enjoyable Rod is a wonderful and knowledgeable guide!!

Sandy was a wonderful guide. Knowledgeable and fun to be with.