Sightseeing in Apex

Up to 54% Off Smartphone Urban Adventure

Motiva Events

On Location

$100 $50

Smartphone urban-adventure scavenger teams explore every nook & cranny of a city while meeting new people & building relationships

Up to 59% Off at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

$29 $12

Tour a 1,300-square-foot facility that makes krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian spiced-honey liqueur

Up to 42% Off Tours at Duke Lemur Center 

Duke Lemur Center

Durham

$24 $15

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Get up close and personal with exotic lemurs at one of the world’s largest sanctuaries for rare and endangered prosimian primates

Up to 47% Off a Tour at Gregory Vineyards

Gregory Vineyards

McGee's Crossroad

$34 $18

Outings illuminate winemaking with tours and tastings of wines produced from 12 acres of muscadine grapes

Up to 56% Off Jordan Lake Boat Tour

Jordan Lake Tours

Moncure

$335 $149

Pontoon boats take groups across scenic waters as guide points out wildlife such as bald eagles and finches and provides drinks and snacks

Up to 56% Off Colonial Faire Admission

Camp Flintlock

Colonial Faire

$20 $10

A one-day fair celebrates the colonial era by inviting visitors to throw tomahawks, write with a quill pen, and eat early American food

Up to 51% Off Wine-Tasting Packages

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

$51.47 $25

In 40 years, vineyard has had time to grow 87 acres of muscadine grapes that have been turned into wines, some as old as the vineyard itself

Ava Gardner Museum – Up to 55% Off Visit

Ava Gardner Museum

Smithfield

$14 $7

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Museum with more than 20,000 artifacts from the actress's career and personal life

50% Off Winery Tour and Tasting in Graham

Benjamin Vineyards & Winery

Saxapahaw

$10 $5

Tour winds through scenic vineyards and ends with samples of six varietals and festive souvenir glasses

46% Off First-Time Flight with Lesson

Centerline Aviation

Fayetteville

$185 $99

After ground and pre-flight training, Gold Seal–certified instructors let passengers take control during the 30- to 40-minute flight

Imagination Station Science and History Museum – Up to 60% Off

Imagination Station Science and History Museum

Wilson

$10 $5

Visitors browse more than 20 permanent and temporary science exhibits, including Nano!, which explores the microscopic world

Up to 58% Off Wine-Tasting Package at Lu Mil Vineyard

Lu Mil Vineyard

Dublin

$26 $12

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Tasters sample vineyard's wares before exploring the 58-acre grounds by pedal-kart

50% Off Tour of Stony Mountain Vineyards

Stony Mountain Vineyards

North Albemarle

$32 $16

Drink in breathtaking views of the Uwharrie Mountains as you sample barrel-aged craft wines

Up to 43% Off Children's Museum Visits

Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

South Marshall

$14 $8

A nonprofit museum where kids can climb a beanstalk, build forts with oversized blocks, and shop in a pretend-supermarket

Virginia Museum of Natural History – 50% Off a Visit

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Martinsville

$20 $10

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Natural-history museum's new Living on the Water exhibit opens July 26; other exhibits include Wild Watersheds and Fossil Overlook

50% Off Wine Tasting at Old Stone Winery

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

$32 $16

Each session includes one glass of wine per person, one take-home wine glass per person, and a sampling of handcrafted local cheese

Select Local Merchants

Part of the North Carolina Railway Museum, the New Hope Valley Railway shepherds passengers through pine forest aboard vintage diesel and steam-engine trains. Covered cars protect riders from the elements, while a historic open-air caboose allows them to recline in locomotive fashion as they enjoy the shade of the woods, the breeze of the wind, and the harmonious serenade of local wildlife choirs. Trains depart from and return to Bonsal Depot, where a gift shop awaits filled with keepsake merchandise and a display track showcases vintage railroad equipment.

Free to the public, the North Carolina Railway Museum houses historic railway artifacts including vintage trains from builders such as Vulcan Iron Works and General Electric. On select Saturdays and Sundays, the Railway lets passengers take control of diesel-electric or steam-engine trains to experience firsthand life as a conductor.

5121 Daisey St
New Hill,
NC
US

Bob Meyer, who has spent many a tour alongside bands such as Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Phish, and The Allman Brothers, helms Give To Live Guitar Studios, which provides music lessons with a focus on community outreach. He and his staff of experienced, enthusiastic instructors welcome students for lessons in stringed instruments such as guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, or bass as well as drums, vocals, and keyboards. They teach in all styles, from Bach to rock and roll, and help their students move from basics to live performance, hosting benefit concerts for local charities.

302 S West St
Raleigh,
NC
US

The Raleigh City Museum is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated solely to the history of North Carolina's capital city through collecting, preserving, and interpreting Raleigh documents, photos, memorabilia, and more. Though time travel is still the officially endorsed method of learning, chrono-grounded members can absorb the city's history into their cranial knowledge receivers with unlimited admission to the museum's exhibits, such as Let Us March On: Raleigh's Journey Towards Civil Rights and The Revolution of Media, the history of newspaper, radio and television media in Raleigh through the years. Other membership benefits include special invites to exhibit previews, a 10% discount in the museum store, a subscription to the Bailiwick quarterly newsletter, and discounts at historic sties throughout the U.S. through enrollment in the Time Travelers program.

220 Fayetteville St
Raleigh,
NC
US

ArtSource is a fine art and framing gallery located in the heart of Raleigh's midtown area. ArtSource features local, regional and national artists working in all media including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, jewelry and fine craft. Art Consultants are available to meet with you to assist your selection of art.

4351 The Cir
Raleigh,
NC
US

The North Carolina Opera's debut concert encompasses classic selections of arias, duets, and instrumentals from Puccini, Verdi, and Tchaikovsky, as well as other composers, along with a splash of contemporary sound-seasonings: well-known zarzuela hits and some rousing numbers from Broadway's Great White Way. Operatic numbers feature Sandra Lopez, soprano; Nelson Martinez, baritone; and Todd Robinson, bass. The full orchestra is conducted by artistic director and conductor Timothy Myers, who leads the starlit aural frolicking with grace, style, and Teddy Roosevelt's proverbial big stick. Broadway fans and opera aficionados will be surprised at how recognizable many of their alter egos' favorites are, and all-genre music junkies can get three kinds of fix at the same time. The program is dynamic, with all three styles of orchestral expression mixed together, eliminating auditory ruts and avoiding the unpleasantness of groove recalibration.

2110 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US

All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 70 stores nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.”

Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisan groups in 37 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, stationery, and home decor. Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money earned from sales goes directly to the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—for financial help with education, food, housing, and healthcare.

The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.

435 Woodburn Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US