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.
In a city known for its Hollywood ties, it’s no surprise that many of Wilmington's residents moonlight as actors. Such is the case with Cape Fear Segway Tours' guides, who tap into their flair for theatrical performances and excellent autograph penmanship, as well as their intimate knowledge of Wilmington’s famous filming sites. Cape Fear Segway Tours also offers advanced tours for seasoned segway riders and Two hour Historic tours that glide past museums and historic landmarks.
With snowy manes aflutter in the wind and tawny haunches trotting leisurely along paved streets, Bo and Doc—the horsepower behind Camel City Carriage Company—dutifully ferry passengers around Winston-Salem’s city center. Piloting Bo and Doc on public and private tours, sisters and company founders Toni Phillips and Gina McClamrock, along with their father, Ron, happily regale passengers with interesting and invented area history as well as recommend restaurants for post-ride feasting. The old-timey carriage’s striped cover shields riders from inclement weather, keeping precipitation and rainbows’ ends from infiltrating tours.
To navigate Regal Corn Maze’s 7-acre labyrinth, families must work together to answer trivia questions whose answers unlock the route to freedom. Farm owner Brian Bell and his wife Catherine hope the questions not only add a strategy component to the maze but also encourage families to collaborate. “We want people to make this an annual event," Catherine says. "Our maze isn’t just about the maze—it’s about the whole experience."
The collaboration of the Bell family on the farm is evident: Their 7-year-old daughter, Reagan, helps sell ducks for the duck races each year, and Allison, 13, helps out at the concession booth, selling homemade s’more brownies, apple cider caramel cookies, and mini pumpkin cakes.
The Bell family strives to create an atmosphere that’s safe and welcoming for visitors and their little ones. For instance, corn cops rove the maze to ensure participants’ safety, and there are a dozen games for young kids. They can clamber up a mountain of hay, shoot corn out of a cannon to a distance of 500 feet, and hop aboard the tractor-driven cow train. “The cow train rocks,” Catherine says. “I don’t care how old you are. Everybody rides in it at some point or another.”
During a customized or classic tour, you and up to two other city-curious tour-takers will cruise around town in a luxurious 2010 Lexus sedan while getting a cultural, educational, or nightlifeical perspective of the city. Prospective students or long-graduated parents can take the college tour to see major area institutions, plaque lovers can groove on the museum circuit, and those looking for a dose of the past can zoom out to the Mendenhall Plantation; 10 different tour options mean that there are sights to interest a jaded Greensboroian who thinks he's seen everything and the supercilious guest who needs but one tour to be wooed by the sights of the South. Each tour is fully narrated, and Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese translators are available for the foreign dignitary you may have met over a game of hopscotch.
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