Drawing from the more frightening pages of the area's history, Carolina History & Haunts’ guides lead lantern-lit tours of eerie and haunted locales. The “Nightmares Around Elm Street” tour sends groups through the specter-laden streets of Greensboro, while the Beyond the Grave tour braves uptown Charlotte’s paranormal avenues to learn the fates of the less fortunate and possibly even witness a prankster ghost grabbing a dog's tail as it's chased.
Carolina History & Haunts partners with local businesses to give tour goers discounts on accommodations and food, and large groups are eligible for discounted pricing and private tours.
Queen City Segway Tours offers two-hour tours of downtown Charlotte aboard easy-to-maneuver Segways. Each Segway is equipped with high-speed microprocessors, solid-state gyroscopes, and powerful electric motors that keep riders of all ages balanced as they discover their Seg-legs. Cruise past sights such as the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus, Bank of America Stadium, Frazier Park, the Irwin Creek Greenway, and the historic Fourth Ward District, or customize your own route through the city's lesser-known lava pits and leopard-infested labyrinths. Tours are led by a knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide, and with group sizes limited to a maximum of six, you'll never have to worry about lagging behind. Whether you're visiting the Queen City for a day, or you've lived in its trees all your life, an expedition from Queen City Segway Tours is an exciting way to see Charlotte.
Created by Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson in 1927, Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary has since spawned into three acres of Southern vistas, formal gardens, and woodland areas. The Gardener's Garden Tour sends green thumbs on a self-guided sightsee of eight efflorescent gardens sprawled across two estates. Navigate perennial plots during the entire weekend, leisurely exploring manicured gardens while spotting rare birds and even rarer birds chirping mellifluous Streisand serenades. Two days provides guests with ample time to absorb the arboretum ardor of Japanese maples, banana trees, cherry laurels, compliment-dishing Ents, and plenty of additional flora. With no limit to today's Groupon, you can purchase enough to invite friends, family, and the jealous flock of plastic pink flamingos loitering on your front lawn.
The eclectic organizers at Red Frog Events take a lighthearted and fun-focused approach to building their adventurous events, such as obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, and themed bar crawls, to connect city dwellers with local neighborhoods. Their creative, interactive offerings include regularly occurring competitions such as the Warrior Dash, Great Urban Race, and Beach Dash, the proceeds from which usually benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Like the idea of having a pet rock, their events have grown more popular annually, and frequently spring up in cities across the United States.
The Charlotte Museum Mile pits speed demons against stamina studs in a 5,280-foot foot race to be crowned the fastest man and woman in Charlotte. After being divided into applicable heats based on age, gender, and hair-growth velocity, racers will set off on their 1 mile of sweat-stained glory, passing local sights that include the McColl Center for Visual Art, Discovery Place, and Spirit Square. The foot-friendly racecourse rewards runners with a high-five and hamstring-heavy finish at the Levine Avenue of the Arts. Speedsters can then replenish spent fuel reserves by nibbling on one of Icehouse's eclectic array of appetizers ($4–$10).