Things To Do in North Carolina

75% Off Fitness Classes

Brier Creek

$99.99 $25

Classes include high-intensity interval training, boot camps, kickboxing, boxing, indoor rowing, and TRX training

Tony Bennett — Up to 48% Off Concert

Greensboro Coliseum Complex

$102.28 $53.50

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The golden croon, eternal smile, and boyish spirit of a living legend brings joy to fans in concert full of greatest hits

50% Carriage Ride for Two

At Old 4th St. Filling Station Restaurant

$30 $15

Driver ferries up to eight passengers settled inside a covered carriage through the city center, relaying historical anecdotes

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 63% Off at North Carolina Golf Academy

Jack Britt

$75 $35

Private golf lessons teach new players the rules and help develop experienced players' swings

Up to 46% Off Bowling for Two at Buffaloe Lanes

Multiple Locations

$24 $12.99

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Classic lanes host bowling duos and provide rental shoes for two rounds each of pin-toppling revelry

Up to 52% Off Sunset Kayaking Trip for Two or Four

Wilmington

$150 $75

During an approximately three-hour jaunt, kayakers paddle through gentle waters at sunset toward picturesque island, where they eat dinner

"Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus" – Up to 50% Off

High Point Theatre

$44 $22

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story's live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

71% Off Intro to CrossFit Classes

Multiple Locations

$135 $39

Expert trainers lead small groups through beginner-level classes designed to safely introduce them to the high-intensity CrossFit regimen

25% Off Package for Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway

$2,000 $1,499

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Have your name plastered to a race car with sponsorship packages that include complimentary pit and garage passes

Up to 57% Off Mini Golf and Arcade Games

Gastonia

$18.50 $8

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The facility has three 18-hole courses with tunnels and waterfalls and 33 arcade games

$12 for Movie and Popcorn

Downtown Chapel Hill

$23 $12

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Vintage marquee glows in front of the theatre, beckoning crowds to enjoy popcorn as they watch blockbusters, indie flicks, and classic films

Up to 51% Off a Membership at The Rush Fitness

Multiple Locations

$59 $29

Membership includes access to indoor pool and rows of cardio equipment, as well as group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and spinning

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

Wilson

$10 $5

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

Up to 62% Off a Standup-Paddleboarding Adventure

Multiple Locations

$99 $45

Guides impart paddling and water-safety tips before students glide solo along North Carolina's scenic shorelines

Half Off High-Speed Ferrari or Lamborghini Drive

CMC Northeast Stadium

$249 $125

A closed-course drive in an exotic car with a 500 hp. engine is captured on film

Up to 84% Off Dance Lessons

Hickory

$160 $29

Instructors lead one or two students of all experience levels through private lessons in a variety of styles

Up to 41% Off Bounce Visit or Bounce + Lego Kids' Party

Apex

$8 $4.75

Inflatable bounce playground, endorsed by Carolina Parent readers, lets kids leap, tumble, and expend energy under watchful eyes

50% Off Wine Tasting at 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

Up to 91% Off Gym Membership

Indian Trail

$316 $29

24/7 access to free weights, fitness machines, and cardio equipment; membership package kicks off with fitness assessment

Cold Blooded Encounters Science Center – Up to 71% Off

Monroe

$100 $29

Science center features interactive science exhibits and fossil displays alongside 150+ species of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates

Up to 54% Off Shooting-Range Outing

Mooresville

$41 $19

NRA-certified instructors teach range safety rules before visitors fire in 15 indoor lanes, with an option to add extra private instruction

47% Off Intro Kids' Ice Hockey Course

Multiple Locations

$49 $26

Hockey course teaches kids aged 4–10 the ins and outs of hockey during four-week sessions that include all gear

Up to 56% Off Jordan Lake Boat Tour

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 59% Off Kickboxing Classes

Matthews

$69 $29

Clients burn up to 500 calories during 30-minute kickboxing workouts divided into 3-minute intervals

Half Off Children's Music Lessons

Thomasville

$52 $26

An expert instructor leads babies and toddlers through brain-developing music lessons that take place once a week

Up to 69% Off at Body Sculpting by Gary

Garner

$160 $55

Body builder and trainer Gary Glossop works one-on-one with clients in order to help them achieve their ideal weight and fitness level

Up to 51% Off a Half- or Full-Day Kayak Rental

Lake Norman of Catawba

$50 $25

Water lovers spend hours kayaking on Lake Norman

Up to 84% Off CrossFit Classes

Holly Springs

$150 $29

Holistic health and fitness center helps trainees of all levels tobuild core strength and improve conditioning through variable workouts

Up to 52% Off a Horseback-Riding Membership

Lake Norman

$158 $79

Equestrian-club membership with monthly English and Western rides on 13 acres of pasture or inside a lighted arena

Up to 53% Off Flight Simulation

Kernersville

$20 $10

On four flight simulators, groups pilot civilian aircraft or fighter planes and participate in optional dogfights

Off Golf Package

Red Bridge Golf Club

$1,435 $189

VIP members enjoy ten group golf lessons that help improve their game, as well as ten 18-hole rounds of golf at a challenging course

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

Dublin

$26 $12

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

Up to 62% Off Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Lexington

$150 $59

Highly-trained and experienced coaches help clients learn self-defense and improve their physical fitness

"The Lost Colony" – Up to 50% Off Historical Play

The Waterside Theater

$60 $30

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Play by Pulitzer winner Paul Green tells of the vanished colony of Roanoke through drama, song, and dance

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Clemmons

$49 $27

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 87% Off at K.S. Lee's Best Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$173 $25

Age- and skill-specific classes are led by Grandmaster Kang Seok Lee and his team of handpicked instructors

50% Off Tandem Hang-Gliding

Kings Creek

$230 $119

Take in bird’s-eye views soaring high above the earth during tandem hang-gliding flight

Up to 41% Off Race Entry and Perks at Mud and Music Mayhem

Willow Oaks Plantation

$168 $99

Live bands provide the soundtrack as you propel yourself through muddy waters, climbing nets, and wide jumps in the name of personal glory

Sky Valley Zip Tours – Up to 56% Off Ziplining

Blowing Rock

$158 $69

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Ten zip lines soar through one-mile course at elevations of up to 300 ft. for panoramic views on mountain zipline tour

Up to 57% Off Zipline Tour for Two in Morganton

Morganton

$138 $59

Course with multiple ziplines, rope bridges & tunnels; 32-foot climbing tower; & 50-foot-high educational treehouses

Up to 52% Off Jazz Concert and Wine

Wagram

$44 $22

Guests enjoy a bottle of muscadine wine of their choice while listening to live jazz or beach music at the vineyards depending on schedule

Up to 51% Off Wine Tasting

Endy

$28.50 $14

Guests enjoy a complimentary tasting with six wines in souvenir glasses, two glasses of wine and a take home bottle of wine

50% Off Exotic-Car Driving Adventure

NCCAR Racetrack

$199 $99

Customers experience driving a Ferrari or Lambo themselves around the 2-mile-long, 16 turn track

Up to 54% Off Weekend Shooting-Range Practice

Warrenton

$150 $69

Veteran-owned outdoor shooting range hosts nonmembers on weekends, where they fire at a 100-yard rifle area or a 25-yard gun & pistol bay

65% Off Mat Pilates

Hope Mills

$60 $21

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to Half Off at Plantation Golf Club

Reidsville

$54 $27

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18-hole course opened in 1986 stretches for 6,194 yards from the back tees

Half Off Winery Tour and Tasting in Graham

Saxapahaw

$10 $5

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

Up to 77% Off Month of Boot Camp at Body by Buck

Stallings

$150 $39

Indoor boot-camp classes blend interval and CrossFit-style training, including exercises with kettlebells, dumbbells, and jump ropes

Up to 50% Off Historic Hendersonville Trolley Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

Tour guide fascinates guests with little know facts about city landmarks, locations, and odd occurrences throughout history

Up to 70% Off Group Fitness or Personal Training

Pfafftown

$140 $59

Instructors lead groups through Strength training, Endurance training, Olympic lifting technique and coaching, and Power lifting workouts.

Up to 64% Off Tumbling Classes or Party

Cameron

$150 $54

Kids aged 6 months and older learn developmental skills or enjoy party at play space specializing in therapy for kids on the autism spectrum

Up to missing id b007f64e-6c9e-11e2-9cec-00259060b644 Off Zumba Fitness Classes

Multiple Locations

$35 $18.75

Instructors demonstrate easy-to-follow dance steps during 60-minute dance-fitness classes, which sync cardio moves with catchy music

$44 Off at Kersey Valley Zip Line

Archdale

$89 $45

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Aviation-themed zipline offers heights of up to 100 ft. and lengths between 200 and 600 feet

Sylvan Heights Bird Park – Up to 53% Off

Scotland Neck

$18 $9

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

89% Off Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$349 $39

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

Up to 70% Off Martial-Arts Classes or Party

Multiple Locations

$169.99 $52

Learn the basics of or celebrate a birthday with martial arts including Taekwondo and Hapkido

56% Off Kids' Five-Day Beach-Based Summer Camp

Banner

$450 $199

When not taking wakeboarding lessons, kids play volleyball, paddleboard, and rocket down water slides at Tucker Lake

Half Off from Ghost Walk of Davidson

Davidson

$20 $10

Local history buff spins ghost stories and guide tour-goers along Davidson’s quaint, brick-lined sidewalks

Up to 57% Off a 5K Mud Run

Rocky Mount

$80 $35

Runners plunge through mud and surmount obstacles to win a donation for their youth group; racers try to avoid obstructive gladiators

Up to 61% Off Mini Golf

Belmont

$30 $13

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Access to billiards and a 3-D black-light mini-golf course

Dierks Bentley Riser Tour 2014 — Up to 56% Off

PNC Music Pavilion

$68 $30

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Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, and Chase Rice sing from the heart and get crowds dancing with pop-tinged country

Up to 51% Off at Barre Up

Raleigh

$70 $35

Experienced instructors lead students in barre fitness classes, helping them carve lean, dancer-like physiques

"Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries" – Up to 41% Off

Greensboro

$22.16 $13

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With its mystery-solving dog in tow, the Mystery Inc. gang confronts a theater-haunting ghost amid original song-and-dance numbers

Up to 50% Off Segway Tours

Winston Salem

$49 $29

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Segway i2s transport up to five tourists as they take in information on the history and culture of Winston-Salem

48% Off Fun-Park Activities at Wheels Fun Park

Durham

$21 $11

Expansive fun park entertains families with 25,000 sq. ft. roller rink, 18-hole mini-golf course, and five batting cages

49% Off at Black River Paintball

Multiple Locations

$44.95 $23

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All-day admission for games of speedball, woods play, and simulated urban warfare on more than 85 acres of wooded terrain

Up to 49% Off Summer Football Camp

Multiple Locations

$325 $175

Each participant receives a free T-shirt and trophy

Up to 82% Off Parties at the City Club

Downtown Wilmington

$1,550 $299

Membership to private club at early 19th-century home offers fine dining and access to a luxurious venue for weddings and parties

45% Off

Laurel Oak Ranch

$60 $33

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 76% Off Martial-Arts Classes or Karate Party

Multiple Locations

$49 $24

Classes teach self-confidence and self-defense to toddlers through adults in karate, tae kwon do, and Krav Maga styles

50% Off Five-Day Kids' Robotics Camp

Multiple Locations

$199.95 $99

Instructors teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with challenging robot kits

76% Off One-Month Full-Access Gym Membership

Multiple Locations

$99 $29

Well-stocked gym with name-brand gear, childcare house, personal-training sessions, and group classes such as BodyPump, Zumba, and spin

Up to 66% Off Group Yoga Hike for One or Two

Crowders Mountain State Park

$95 $35

During a three- to six-hour group hike through a beautiful national park, certified yoga instructors make trailside stops for yoga practice

Up to 62% Off Two Weeks of Bouldering with Class

Chapel Hill

$65 $29

At this indoor rock climbing gym, students learn how to boulder without ropes or a harness; gym visits include rental shoes and chalk bags

Half Off Flight Lesson with Video

Burlington

$250 $125

Students assume full control of an airplane during their supervised flight; a camera records a POV video for them to take home

50% Off North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival Ticket

Huntersville

$44 $22

Music by Greensky Bluegrass, Sol Driven Train, and Big Daddy Love fills the night as guests scoop up tasty eats and drink craft beers

Up to 51% Off Classic Muscle Car Driving Experiences

CMC-NorthEast Stadium

$199 $99

Driver & friend cruise in a classic muscle car, such as '69 Chevy Camaro or a '66 Mustang Fastback, without the cost & hassle of owning one

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Many dance companies approach ballet from a modern angle. Caroline Calouche prefers a more perpendicular one. When the stage is not enough space for her visions of macabre masquerade balls or surreal dreamscapes, she takes to the air above it, outfitted with a cirque's worth of aerial harnesses and accouterments. Her dancers are just as likely to pirouette down a 20-foot skein of golden silk as across a hardwood floor. Pairs of lovers might hang precariously from the frame of a hollow cube or perform a gravity-defying pas de deux on the double lyra—their suspension above the earth either an expression of freedom or a prison of their own making. Like identifying an elderly smoker's gender over the phone, the airborne element leaves plenty of room for interpretation.

By marrying the storytelling ability of floor-bound choreography with the gravity-defying tricks of circus arts, Caroline Calouche & Co. unleashes the full potential of aerial dance. The company's productions are free to venture to strange new places. For example, in past shows, women have risen from their graves to haunt their murderous husbands. Likewise, the sounds of Moby and Blue Man Group are more likely to be heard than Debussy.

Audience members who want to plqy the ropes and silks for themselves can learn to do so during the dance company's aerial-dance classes, along with a tight curriculum of ballet, contemporary, and stretching and strengthening courses. For all its global influences and aerial showmanship, Caroline Calouche & Co. keeps its feet rooted in the local community with outreach programs for all ages, ethnicities, and social groups.

9535 Monroe Road
Charlotte,
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From the very first tee shot over a lake to the pond protecting the left side of the 18th green, the course at River Ridge Golf Club pits players against the physical and psychological challenges brought by omnipresent water hazards, including the Neuse River that intersects the course on several holes.

Architect Chuck Smith’s 1997 design weaves course play through a 6,740-yard gauntlet furnished with a plush carpet of bermuda-grass fairways and rough that gives way to fast-moving G-6 bent-grass greens. The course's signature 5th hole rewards golfers who keep their tee shots on the fairway with a short-iron approach that must clear a large pond and any caddies sunbathing in the large greenside bunker.

As a semiprivate club, membership at River Ridge unlocks a slew of benefits not available to the general public. Though the practice area—composed of a driving range and putting and chipping greens—is open to everyone, only members may make use of the locker rooms, club storage, and handicap program provided at the clubhouse. Additionally, members are granted access to special events, tournaments, and PGA pro Tim Cockrell’s lessons, which help players calibrate putting strokes and find their swing after a long time away from the game to search for their favorite golf ball that got lost in the Neuse River.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-72 course
  • Total length of 6,740 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 72.2 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 138 from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard

Auburn Knightdale Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US

BounceU transports kids to an inflatable, climate-controlled playground, in which they can bounce from side to side in a safe, secure environment. During open-bounce sessions, kids can imagine they're synchronized leapers in Michael Flatley's Riverbounce as they carom around the inflatable stadium, expending energy with every leap. Cosmic Bounce sessions give jouncing juniors a much-deserved break from earthly leaping, allowing them to play under the violet glow of black lights and special-effect lights moving in coordination with fun music. Each cosmic bouncer receives a complimentary glow necklace upon entrance, which can be used to light the way in a dark tunnel or light half the face to recreate Colonel Kurtz's monologue from Apocalypse Now. When a cause for celebration arises, parents snag party rooms and private bouncing rooms for their buoyant revelers. During Kids' Night Out events, kids pair their bounce-based brand of performance arts with imaginative crafts while parents leave them under supervised care and enjoy their own night out.

The attentive BounceU staff monitor the rebounding facilities at all times, ensuring the inflatable playground is kept safe, clean, and free of spiky objects such as mohawks and sea urchins. Call ahead or check the calendar for available open-bounce times. Frolicking children must be supervised by a parent and must wear socks to play. Though not included in this Groupon, parents of children older than 4 years are welcome to join the vivacious youngsters in the playground.

615 Dolley Madison Rd
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

Erica Dixon recognizes that not everyone is a professional dancer, including herself. During her Zumba classes, she motivates students to break a sweat with aerobic choreography that dancers of all levels can catch on to quickly, leaving the pro moves to the tiny ballerinas trapped in jewelry boxes. In addition to Latin styles such as salsa, merengue, and samba, she infuses routines with moves from some of her favorite styles, including hip-hop, African dance, and belly dance.

Erica's passion for helping others get a handle on their health is inspired by her own life. Though she'd always been active, when she started working at a fast-food joint before her senior year of high school, she packed on 25 pounds. Despite knowing that if she didn't get fit she was at risk for developing type 2 diabetes—like her father did—, she continued to gain weight until she saw him injecting insulin into his stomach. Terrified by the thought of having to use needles, she became dedicated to new habits: eating fruits and vegetables, walking laps around the track, and counting calories. She left college 10 sizes smaller than when she enrolled.

To continue pursuing fitness, Erica convinced a local gym manager to give her a membership in exchange for cleaning treadmills for three hours a week. She reveled in the fit-centric atmosphere and realized she wanted to make helping others get into shape her career, so she signed up to be a Military Recreation intern in Sicily. When she returned home, she earned six gold medals at the USA Jump Rope Nationals and helmed her own fitness center for two years. She's now the director of campus recreation and wellness at her alma mater, North Carolina Central University, and inspires students to shimmy off pounds in her Zumba classes in addition to training other instructors as a Zumba choreography specialist.

2003 South Miami Boulevard
Durham,
NC
US

For a few centuries, Carver’s Falls was closed to the public, and it's easy to see how much the area benefited from that solitude. The natural beauty of its forests and the waterfall at its heart have flourished. But today, the tree canopy has been transformed into an aerial playground. Wires cross the sky, connecting tree to tree. Every day, ZipQuest's guides lead birds-eye tours of the pristine landscape on their expansive zipline network or via the Swing Shot that pendulums vertiginously above Carver's Creek.

Whether the lighting comes from the sun or helmet-mounted lamps, no fewer than two experienced guides lead guests through Carver's Falls' 2.5-hour course. Adventurers fly down eight ziplines—each designed for a long, leisurely glide or an adrenaline-pumping plunge—while pointing out local flora and fauna. Groups pause only to disembark on high platforms anchored to centuries-old trees. Floating spiral staircases and sky bridges, the longest of which stretches 210 feet, interconnect the platforms. A suspension bridge carries explorers over the falls to a penultimate zipline that runs parallel to its creek. At the end of the run, guests catch their breath while looking through the pictures their camera-wielding guide took.

533 Carver Falls Rd
Fayetteville,
NC
US

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