Sightseeing in North Carolina

Crawl-O-Ween Halloween Bar Crawl for Two or Four on October 31 from CarolinaNightlife.com (40% Off)

CarolinaNightlife.com

Raleigh

No waiting in lines or cover charges for bar crawlers, enjoying select beer and shot specials

$20 $12

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$12 for a Saturday Tour Package with Tasting at The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company ($29 Value)

The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company

Durham

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

$29 $12

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Halloween Bar Crawl for One, Two, or Four on Friday, October 24, from Carolina Nightlife (Up to 47% Off)

Carolina Nightlife

City Limits

Drinkers outfit themselves in Halloween costumes and enjoy entrance to bars and clubs

$15 $8

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Haunted Attraction Visit for Two or Four at Kersey Valley Spookywoods (Up to 40% Off)

Kersey Valley Spookywoods

Archdale

Spookywoods visitors wend through the haunted house, asylum, and corn maze

$50 $30

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Family-Friendly Haunted Adventure for 2, 4, or 6 Including Werewolf Photo-Op at The Haunted Trail (Up to 50% Off)

The Haunted Trail

Asheville

Witches, werewolves, masked fiends, and fearsome clowns wander the family-friendly haunted trail

$28 $14

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Visit for 2 or 4 or One-Year Family Plus Membership to Imagination Station Science and History Museum (Up to 60% Off)

Imagination Station Science and History Museum

Wilson

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

$10 $5

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One-Year Couples or Individual Membership to Rural Hill (Up to 49% Off)

Rural Hill

Huntersville

Membership to historical site, working farm, and nature preserve; includes admission to one event, such as the NC Brewers & Music Festival

$65 $35

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four with Hand-Crafted NC Cheese at Old Stone Winery (50% Off)

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury

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

$32 $16

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Winery Tour with Tastings, Souvenir Glasses, and Bottles for Two or Four at Treehouse Vineyards (Up to 61% Off)

Treehouse Vineyards

Monroe

Guides lead tour of winery’s inner workings and ply guests with wine bottles made from local grapes; souvenir glasses to take home

$41 $18

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$149 for Two-Hour Boat Tour for Up to 10 from Jordan Lake Tours (Up to $335 Value)

Jordan Lake Tours

Moncure

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

$335 $149

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Haunted Attractions for One, Two, or Four at Camp Fear (Up to 51% Off)

Camp Fear

Taylorsville

Haunted trail with insane asylum, living-dead dollhouse, and rock maze filled with half-dead guides

$36 $18

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Wine Tasting with Souvenir Glass for Two or Four with Pedal-Kart Rentals at Lu Mil Vineyard (Up to 58% Off)

Lu Mil Vineyard

Dublin

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

$26 $12

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Wine Tasting and Tour with Bottle of Wine for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company Co. (Up to 54% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company Co.

Pittsboro

Guests tour the winery and distillery, sampling drinks made from local ingredients; each visit includes glasses and a select bottle of wine

$52 $25

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Hillside Horror Haunted-Farm Visit for Two or Four on a Friday or Saturday (Up to 50% Off)

Hillside Horror

Lewis Fork

Find your way past live actors dressed as zombies and other monsters through eight acres of fields and farm structures to one Last Ride

$24 $12

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Trail of Fears for Two or Four with Option for Farm Pass at Hubb's Corn Maze (Up to 53% Off)

Hubb's Corn Maze

Clinton

Brave souls confront their phobias in the haunted forest

$26 $13

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$33 for $60 Worth of Pets — Peaceful Paca Plantation, LLC

Peaceful Paca Plantation, Llc

Locust

Therapeutic alpaca farm geared to help individuals with disabilities and emotional issues

$60 $33

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Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour for Two, Four, or Eight at Barrier Island Excursions, LLC (Up to 63% Off)

Barrier Island Excursions, LLC

Southport

Guides lead groups through the peaceful waters of estuaries around Southport and Oak Island atop stand-up paddleboards

$100 $49

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$65 for a 30-Minute Airplane Discovery Flight from WNC Aviation in Fletcher ($129 Value)

WNC Aviation

Asheville

Guided by experienced instructors, students perform a takeoff and do most of the flying in a Cessna 172

$129 $65

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Sylvan Heights Bird Park Visit for Two or Four (Up to 53% Off)

Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Scotland Neck

Educational attractions showcase peacocks, flamingos, ducks, and toucans from around the world

$18 $9

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Tasting for Two or Four with Snacks and Take-Home Glasses at Hinnant Family Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level

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

$47.49 $23

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Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Stony Knoll Vineyards (Up to 50% Off)

Stony Knoll Vineyards

Dobson

Winery nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills with a tasting room that overlooks more than 48 acres of crops

$29 $15

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Admission or Membership to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (Up to 48% Off). Four Options Available.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Belmont

Visitors explore display gardens, orchid conservatory, and elaborate fountains; member benefits include free admission and special events

$24 $14

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Admission for One, Two, or Four to Carolinas Aviation Museum (Up to42% Off)

Carolinas Aviation Museum

Charlotte

See historic war, commercial, and private planes, including the salvaged aircraft from the 2009 Miracle on the Hudson

$12 $7

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$30 for a 90-Minute Segway Tour from Triangle Glides ($55 Value)

Triangle Glides

Downtown Raleigh

Roll effortlessly on self-balancing Segways as guides lead trips focusing on local history, landmarks, and specialty themes

$55 $30

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Visit for Two or Four to The Children's Museum of Wilmington (Up to 58% Off)

The Children's Museum of Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington

Kids learn while they play at hands-on exhibits, including a pirate ship, an indoor treehouse and a play grocery store with a diner upstairs

$18 $8

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One Annual Family or Patron Membership to Colburn Earth Science Museum (Half Off)

Colburn Earth Science Museum

Downtown Asheville

Members receive free admission and discounts at a science museum with more than 4,500 mineral specimens, including more than 1,000 gemstones

$50 $25

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Tour for Up to Five or or $19 for $100 Toward Outreach Programs or Birthdays at Cold Blooded Encounters Science Center

Cold Blooded Encounters Science Center

Monroe

More than 100 species of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and small mammals thrive in multi-species habitats with other science exhibits

$89 $44

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30- or 60-Minute Private Reptile Encounter for Up to Five People at North Carolina Reptile Center (Up to 54% Off)

North Carolina Reptile Center

Troutman

Meet reptiles such as crocodiles and great pythons with up to five of your friends inside an interactive center filled with scaly creatures

$250 $125

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Distillery Tour and Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Fair Game Beverage Company (Up to 63% Off)

Fair Game Beverage Company

Pittsboro

Guests tour distillery that uses fruits and other crops to form the base of spirits and fortified wines stored in oak barrels

$20 $10

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Winery tasting with Cheese Plate and Take-Home Wine for Two or Four at Gregory Vineyards (Up to 47% Off)

Gregory Vineyards

McGee's Crossroad

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

$34 $18

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Aquarium Visit for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for One or Four at ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium (Up to 55% Off)

Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium

Hendersonville

Aquarium housing sharks and blue-spotted stingrays features entertaining and educational interactive activities

$6 $3

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Ava Gardner Museum Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 55% Off)

Ava Gardner Museum

Smithfield

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

$14 $7

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Distillery Tour for 2, 4, or 15, Including Rum Tasting and Shot Glasses at Muddy River Distillery (Up to 73% Off)

Muddy River Distillery

Belmont

Tours led by head distiller Robbie Delaney introduce visitors to the distillery's award-winning Carolina Rum and Queen Charlotte's Reserve

$30 $17

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Walking-Adventure Tour for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures - Charlotte (60% Off)

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures - Charlotte

Charlotte

Sprint through the city on a scavenger-hunt-like adventure

$40 $16

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Sunset Cruise, Blackwater Adventure, or Autumn Escape Tour for 2 or 4 from Wilmington Water Tours (Up to 55% Off)

Wilmington Water Tours

Downtown Wilmington

Explore the history and waters of the Cape Fear River, with scenery such as vibrant sunsets, wildlife, and autumn foliage

$66 $33

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One-Hour Safari Encounter with Baby Animals for One, Two, or Four at Zootastic Park (Up to 50% Off)

Zootastic Park

Barringer

For one hour, guests can interact with baby animals such as a tiger, camel, kangaroo, and lemurs; guests may take pictures throughout

$112.50 $59

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Visit for Two or Four to The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture (Up to 50% Off)

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture

Second Ward

Paintings, sculptures, films, music, and performance art pay tribute to the Africans and African Americans who impacted American culture

$18 $9

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

First Ward

A two-hour walking tour covers Charlotte's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$50 $25

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90-Minute Walking Ghost Tour for Two or Four from The HauntedDistrict (Up to 58% Off)

The HauntedDistrict

First Ward

Tours investigate paranormal side of Charlotte by visiting historical crime sites and learning about area’s beginnings

$78 $35

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90-Minute Walking Tour of Uptown for Two, Four, or Six at Tour Charlotte (Up to 58% Off)

Tour Charlotte

7th Street Public Market

Guides share tidbits from Charlotte’s present and past on tours that with stops for skyscrapers, museums, and historic churches

$28 $14

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Founded in 1974 as the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture stands as an evolving tribute to the Africans and African Americans who have contributed to American culture. Among this group is prolific architect and museum namesake Harvey B. Gantt, who has worked tirelessly to create an equal-opportunity "New South City."

  • Size: 46,500 square feet of paintings, sculptures, films, performance art, and music
  • Eye Catcher: the central glass atrium, where stairs and escalators at both ends form an allusion to Jacob's Ladder and the ideal of advancement through education
  • Permanent Mainstay: The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which includes 58 works from 20 artists, on display through January 19, 2015, then removed for temporary rest
  • The Building: the exterior design was inspired by the quilts of the Underground Railroad era as well as woven textile patterns from West Africa
  • Pro Tip: photography is only allowed in the Grand Lobby, the Performance Suite, and the Rooftop Terrace
  • While You're in the Neighborhood: check out the other attractions that make up the greater Levine Center for the Arts
551 S Tryon St.
Charlotte,
NC
US

The mobile historians at Triangle Glides lead tours through the most exciting locations in Raleigh's past and present. They spin tales as groups glide past modern and historic landmarks on the Downtown Discovery tour or learn of riots, duels, and public hangings during the more macabre Raleigh's Darkest Secrets tour. In other tours, groups travel into the 19th-century neighborhood of Oakwood and enjoy the lush grounds of Oakwood Cemetery, the final resting place of nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers.

This sort of exploration is the foundation of Triangle Glides, but its Segways are only part of the adventure. To explore the area's waters, the company sells standup paddleboards. Resident instructors can help newbies master these watercraft during seasonal paddleboard lessons on nearby Lake Wheeler, where paddlers find calm waters surrounded by leafy forests. Triangle Glides also sells electric bikes, fitness Trikkes, and bootless skates, and leads photography workshops.

321 S Blount St.
Raleigh,
NC
US

The guides from New Bern Segway Tours & Fun Center showcase their city's best sights. Perched atop segways, they lead groups down scenic streets and to historic locations. They tailor each excursion to their guests. Depending on what groups want to see, they might deliver interesting commentary about the city's history or simply point out the best spots for a photo op.

238 Grayson St
New Bruns,
NC
US

Elsewhere goes by many names, including "living museum" and "thinking playground." However, it's easier to grasp what the erstwhile thrift store is all about via a video tour. The space brims with artistically curated clutter—from animal knicknacks to a floor-to-ceiling, cyclone-shaped statue made of dolls. Members receive special discounts on tickets and other surprises at Elsewhere's 6th Annual Fundraising Extravaganza, The Last Great Winter, on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

  • Mission: To creatively repurpose objects from the past through storytelling, visual art, and other disciplines. The curators host an array of resident artists who help them do just that.

  • Size: In stories? Three. In objects? Innumerable. The building's contents were amassed by the thrift store's original owner, Sylvia Gray, who shopped at Salvation Army and Goodwill twice a day.

  • Eye Catcher: Before you even get inside, you'll probably notice the three rope-and-wood swings hanging from the eaves.

  • Permanent Fixture: The fabric workshop. It's stocked with bolts of fabric in myriad colors and patterns, just like the inside of any quality rainbow.

  • Don't Miss: The resident artists share a huge dinner with the public at 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Let them know you're coming 24 hours in advance, pitch in $5-$10, and they'll save you a seat.

606 S Elm St
Greensboro,
NC
US

Old Salem Museums & Gardens whisks visitors to the cozy streets of a reconstructed 18th-century Moravian town that encompasses 100 restored and reclaimed buildings and expansive, pristine gardens. As they stroll through the 90-acre homage to early Americana, visitors can interact with hands-on activities, such as the German paper-cutting art of Scherenschnitte or the colonial tradition of libeling a governor with accusations of actually governing. Old Salem's horticultural marvels include the Miksch Garden—a living illustration of Moravian subsistence farming—and the Family Gardens of Salt Street, which demonstrate the innovative practice of seed saving. In addition to year-round attractions, special exhibits rotate through town, celebrating momentous occasions, notable people, and game-changing presidential pets. After traversing the grounds, visitors can peruse souvenirs at a number of gift shops or sidle into Winkler’s Bakery for a piece of renowned Moravian sugar cake.

900 Old Salem Rd.
Winston-Salem,
NC
US

Though Scott Faber might see examples of his work on magazine stands, book jackets, and the Internet?where he's contributed snapshots to U.S. News & World Report?he feels a deeper connection to the pictures that encapsulate relationships. From wedding-themed shoots to records of maternity and childhood growth, his largely candid sessions adapt to preserve each family's rapport in scenic outdoor locales, such as Duke Gardens, or inside the studio.

Scott doesn't shy from photographic challenges; he brings the same ingenuity and college-mascot costume heads to corporate group poses as he does to high-school senior portraits. He encourages his clients to push their aesthetic boundaries as well, whether through his in-depth photography classes or before-and-after pictures for those who donate their hair to Locks of Love.

706 9th St
Durham,
NC
US