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.
For Dan Maples, golf was a birthright. For more than 100 years, Dan’s family have worked as golf professionals—some (such as Dan's grandfather, Frank) as superintendents and inventors of maintenance equipment, some (such as Dan’s father, Ellis) as course architects that have built more than 70 courses in the Southeast. Today, Dan—along with his son, Bradley—continues the Maples family tradition both by designing his own challenging golf courses with his own firm. Partnering with dozens of golf courses, condominiums, and hotels, the company lets guests set out on golf-themed vacations during which they can perfect their game during a full weekend on one course or tour multiple layouts to gain inspiration for their own executive course inside their living rooms.
Since 2005, the award-winning Cypress Bend Vineyards has harnessed the rich flavors and antioxidants found in the muscadine grape. The wonder fruit has resulted in the creation of wine varietals including 13 Muscadine, one Cabernet Franc, and one Malbec. Cypress Bend's winemaker leads tours through the vineyards to detail each step of this process, from grape plucking and fermentation to monitoring each grape's 401K as it ages. The flourishing soil also plays home to live events throughout the year, such as Friday-night jazz or beach music concerts.
Last year's mazes celebrated the bygone era of majestic railroads, whereas this year, the designers at Hubb's Corn Maze are reaching even farther back into the past for inspiration. Shaped like a pair of fearsome dinosaurs, the 2013 edition of the farm's four mazes sends guests roaming through paths spread throughout 10+ acres. Though the design is new, the fun remains the same as years past; after sharpening their navigational skills in a pair of shorter mazes, guests and adult-accompanied kids can search for 12 checkpoints in two mazes that stretch more than 2 miles. During each trek, roaming staff ensure that nobody gets lost or elopes with scarecrows. All paid participants can register for prizes.
Upon mastering the mazes, youngsters can ascend a tire mountain, explore a wooden play structure, race down slides, and craft sculptures in the sandbox. Concession stands energize guests with water, popcorn, candy, and Hubb's Hot Doughnuts, and, when scheduled, live acts such as magicians and bands entice crowds.