Things to do in Charlotte

Our most recommended things to do in Charlotte

Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

1. Charlotte: 90-Minute Electric Cart City Sightseeing Tour

Get ready for a whirlwind 90-minute tour of Charlotte's best sights. Meet your tour guide and get ready to learn and explore. Once you’re all checked in it's time to board your electric cart for the day and hit the city streets. Set out on a discovery of Uptown Charlotte’s 4 wards as you learn about the city’s history, as well as its visions for the future. Along the way, see some of Charlotte’s most popular museums, luscious parks, and a number of churches from a variety of denominations. Next, a treat for die-hard sports fans with a visit to each of the sports stadiums in Uptown Charlotte, as well as a stop to take photos outside the Carolina Panthers Stadium. Head into the historic 4th ward next, one of the most popular highlights of the tour. Admire the architecture of 19th-century homes and learn about the rich history of this vibrant district. Throughout the tour, your guide will also make recommendations, enhancing your stay in Queen City.

Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

2. Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour

Charlotte has interesting sights and attractions befitting its status as one of the 20 largest U.S. cities, but you might not know it. Our 1.5-hour tour will get you started. We give you 15-20 minutes of practice and orientation before heading out on our adventure. The southern part of the city hosts new museums and cultural spaces, so it’s a good place to open your eyes to current development. But Charlotte was already well established during the Revolutionary War, when residents drove out British General Cornwallis. The best place to learn about its history is in the center of town, where we will ride through the Fourth Ward neighborhood. It has Charlotte's oldest homes and cemetery. Of course you also get to see our high-rises and skyscrapers up close, as well as numerous outdoor fountains and public works of art.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium General Admission

3. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium General Admission

Discover the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord where you get to explore 10 different zones. Encounter 5,000 undersea creatures including sharks, rays, seahorses, and much more. Journey through the freshwater lakes of North Carolina all the way to the depths of the ocean and meet these amazing creatures. Enjoy the Freshwater Exhibit so you can visit a small part of the Catawba River. The species in this exhibit are residents of the local streams, rivers, and lakes. Make your way to the Harbor Exhibit and make friends with the tropical underwater creatures who live in harbors around the world. Watch as hundreds of schooling fish surround you at the Shoaling Exhibit or see the Seahorse Mangrove Exhibit where you’ll get to witness these mythical creatures. Watch the seahorses grip at seagrass with their curly tails and suck up tiny shrimp with their straw-like snouts. Step inside Stingray Bay and be mesmerized by the happy and smiley rays. Step right into a sunken ship full of mysterious creatures that like to live in the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean. Explore the Tropical Ocean Exhibit where you can stroll under the sea as you pass through the awe-inspiring underwater Ocean Tunnel. Shoals of glittering fish flutter along beside you while sharks, rays, and Neptune, the rescued green sea turtle, glide slowly over your head. Be enchanted by the Jellies Exhibit and watch as these captivating creatures dance through the water. Then enter a kaleidoscope of color at the Coral Reef Exhibit where you’ll witness underwater cities teeming with fish that come in every shape, color, and pattern you can imagine. Last but certainly not least, make sure to check out Conservation Cove where you can learn more about how you can help protect the ocean and all its magnificent creatures.

Charlotte: Guided City History Tour by Van

4. Charlotte: Guided City History Tour by Van

Discover the best of the Queen City on a guided tour of the city of Charlotte. See some of the most important cultural landmarks in the city, such as the Mint Museum, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and the Spectrum center. Explore trendy districts such as Plaza Midwood, NODA, and South End. Start the tour by boarding the van in Uptown Charlotte. Star by passing the Spectrum Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Mint Museum, and other cultural and historic landmarks. See some of the oldest homes in the city in the 4th Ward. Your knowledgeable tour guide will provide plenty of insight and fun facts about what makes Charlotte special. After discovering the highlights of the city center, explore the surrounding neighborhoods of NODA, Plaza Midwood, and South End. These trendy districts are full of boutique stores, art galleries, and buzzing nightlife. The tour concludes at Optimist Hall, which is a local food favorite for Charlotte cuisine.

Charlotte: Queen City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

5. Charlotte: Queen City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Join this family-friendly ghost tour to discover the most haunted places in Charlotte, Queen City. Expect to be spooked as your local guide takes you to 8 ghostly locations around the city. Or upgrade to an extended tour to visit 12 creepy city sites. As you explore the city, you'll hear the story of how the Tar Heel State got its nickname and the tales of the spirits who journeyed from Ireland, attached to a bar that was imported from the Emerald Isle. Visit spots of historical importance such as the site of the Battle of Charlotte, where men lost their lives in the struggle for independence. Your guide will recount thoroughly researched and spooky stories that, although creepy, won’t leave you lying awake at night.

Charlotte: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

6. Charlotte: Self-Guided City Highlights Audio Tour

Step into the shoes of the Queen City’s earliest residents on a walking tour departing from Independence Square, the highest point in Uptown Charlotte, and the rumored cradle of American liberty. Just download the smartphone app and begin your self-guided journey whenever you wish. Visit the Old Settlers Cemetery, where you’ll find the graves of American Revolutionary War heroes, and the predecessors of US Presidents. See where the original Branch Mint was and where it was later moved, brick by painstaking brick. Discover several churches, including both St. Peter’s Catholic Church and St Peter’s Episcopal Church, and the former First Baptist Church, which is now the McGlohon Theater. Along the way, pass the building where a dozen businessmen leaped to their deaths, the Dunhill Hotel. Learn about the North Carolina drink of Cheerwine and which Hunger Games scenes were filmed in the Green Park, among other interesting facts. By the time you reach Romare Bearden Park, where the tour ends, you’ll have a much greater appreciation for the city, its history, and its cultural corners.

From Charlotte: Food and Wine Tour of 3 Vineyards

7. From Charlotte: Food and Wine Tour of 3 Vineyards

Visit 3 of the best vineyards that North Carolina has to offer on this wine tasting tour with roundtrip transportation from Charlotte included. Taste the flavors of the region and enjoy some snacks as you learn more about local wines. Begin your morning with a breakfast and wine pairing curated by your tour guide. Then, head to 3 local vineyards, each with its own distinctive style of wine. The best vineyards are 60+ minutes from the uptown Charlotte area. Travel in a van that is equipped with plenty of water and snacks for you to enjoy throughout the day. Your first vineyard visit will introduce you to a delicious local rosé. This wine is typically dry and is paired with charcuterie (meat and cheese box) from a local Charlotte company. Spend about an hour here where you are also welcome to enjoy more wine or take part in a tasting. North Carolina red wines tend to lend themselves perfectly to food. The second vineyard is the red wine stop for this tour and is where you can enjoy a dish that matches the intensity of the wine selected. Try a range of wines from Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot to a Petit Verdot. Enjoy a full wine tasting at the final vineyard. This tasting typically consists of 6-10 wines (depending on the vineyard) and will present you with the full spectrum of North Carolina wines.

North Carolina: GetOutPass Including 50+ Attractions

8. North Carolina: GetOutPass Including 50+ Attractions

The GetOutPass works as an app on your smartphone and gives you access to 50+ attractions. Once signed up, you and anyone on your membership can gain free admission to some of the best attractions in your area including roller coasters, arcades, and more. Access venues in North Carolina through the member portal found in the app and on any web browser. All venues create an 'offer' specifically for members. This offer can include free admission, free products, special deals, and other perks. Select an offer from a list of attractions, go to the attraction, present your app, and get free admission. Attractions Included: B & B Bowling Lanes - Fayetteville Jumpmasters & OBX throwing - Manteo Putt-Putt Fun Center - Burlington BounceU: Matthews - Charlotte Breakout Games - Charlotte Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway - Indian Beach Lumberton Bowling Center - Lumberton Arcade of Thrones - Raleigh Augmentality Labs LLC | Virtual Reality Arcade - Durham FearLess Adventure Park - Mooresville Sandhills Bowling Center - Aberdeen The Bowling Center - Rocky Mount Tropical Gardens Mini Golf - Asheville Safari Nation - High Point Galaxy Lanes and Games - Sylva Bungalow Bounce - Clayton Victory Lanes Entertainment and Events Center - Mooresville Triad Lanes - Greensboro Buffaloe Lanes South Family Bowling Center - Raleigh Black River Paintball Park - Angier 6th Dimension VR - Jacksonville Black Ops Paintball & Airsoft - Fayetteville Safari Nation - Greensboro Timber Axe Throwing - Hendersonville GROUND ZERO TACTICAL LASER TAG - Burlington Hematoma Paintball Park - Chocowinity D-BAT - Huntersville Battle Works Tactical Laser Tag & Battle Axe - Axe Throwing - Atlantic Beach Lazer X - The Family Zone - Burlington Safari Nation - Winston Salem Barefoot Archery - Charlotte Ironclad Axe Throwing Co. - Kinston New Vision Training Center - Franklin Breakout Games - Greensboro We Rock the Spectrum - Asheville Pedego Electric Bikes: Lake Norman - Cornelius Pedego - Emerald Isle Eastern North Carolina Indoor Shooting Range - Rocky Mount Animal Edventures Earth-Speak Park - Coats Premier Martial Arts - Asheville Patriot Axe Throwing - Hickory Pedego Piedmont Triad - Winston-Salem Rock Solid Warrior - Fuquay-Varina Patriot Axe Throwing - Statesville Stidham's Axe Throwing & Lounge - Morganton Crystal Coast Axe Throwing & Rage Room - Morehead City The Climbing Place - Fayetteville The Flying Bike - Authorized Pedego Dealer - Asheville 3Quest Challenge - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Crazy Dash - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Operation City Quest - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Puzzling Adventures - Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington Wacky Walks - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Zombie Scavengers - Asheville, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Highpoint, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston Salem Buffaloe Lanes Mebane Family Bowling Center - Mebane FirstHand Climbing - Winston-Salem Lafayette Bowling Lanes - Fayetteville Premier Martial Arts - Arden

Charlotte: 3-Hour Brewery Crawl

9. Charlotte: 3-Hour Brewery Crawl

One of the many great features of Charlotte is the fantastic selection of microbreweries. Each brewery has a unique take on pairing the great aspects of Charlotte with the wonderful taste of a cold brew. Sit back and relax with your friends while you're taken on an exciting tour of local-favorite breweries. Get a unique perspective of the city from an electric cart. Enjoy a variety of local beers and live music in three unique neighborhoods. The three-hour tour includes three stops and your first beer on the house!

Charlotte: 4-Hour Private Party Tour

10. Charlotte: 4-Hour Private Party Tour

What better way to explore Charlotte than on this 4-hour VIP party cruise? Bachelor or bachelorette groups, wedding parties, friends’ nights out — this is the tour for you.   If you have a large group, sit back and relax as your driver takes you around by 13 passenger van to the activities of your choosing. This tour is great for weddings, birthdays, or team building groups who want flexibility and more time to enjoy the city center.   Want to explore Charlotte from a local’s perspective? Your guide can show you the real Charlotte, taking you to areas like NoDa, Plaza Midwood, and South END, which each have their own distinct entertainment districts. Or tell the driver where you'd like to go, and he'll gladly be your chauffeur for the evening.

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What people are saying about Charlotte

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 108 reviews

It was an awesome tour!! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Charlotte. We greatly enjoyed seeing the highlights of Charlotte via golf cart. Great for those who want to see more of the city. Nice break after hours of walking.

Our guide was very enjoyable and fun to be with. She seemed very knowledgeable about the uptown area. It was a little chilly because of the time of the year, but overall, it was a really good tour. Thank you for making this tour available.

Very knowledgeable and informative. Our friends who sat in the back of the cart had difficulty hearing though and did not have the same great experience as they were on the seat facing the street.

Guide was well educated in the history of Charlotte and gave a very good overview of all 4 wards. It was nice to have a small group. A tour definitely worth the time

The tour was great. Brian was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. I would highly recommend!