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Things to Do in Charlotte

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Charlotte and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Charlotte activities? We have 25 tour ideas.


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Adrenaline & Extreme

Ride-Along Dragster Experience At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 149.00


Experience the ultimate thrill of drag racing without having to drive yourself! Ride along in a dragster at unbelievable speeds on one or two runs at Charlotte Motor Speedway!

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Adrenaline & Extreme

Dragster Drive Experience At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 349.00


If you've ever wanted to drive a dragster, this is your chance to experience the unbelievable adrenaline rush! Drive at speeds up to 130 mph on your choice of 2, 3, or 4 runs on the speedway.

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Adrenaline & Extreme

Side-by-Side Camaro Race At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 249.00


If you're competitive and want to challenge your friends and family to a race, now you can! Drag race a Camaro against your pals for the ultimate bragging rights at Charlotte Motor Speedway!

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Attraction Tickets

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden General Daytime Admission Pass

Charlotte, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 12.95


Create lifelong memories and reconnect with nature at this spectacular botanical garden. Known as the Carolinas' 'garden for all seasons,' this garden is set on 380 acres on the banks of shimmering Lake Wylie, and boasts fountains, trails, a visitor pavilion, and North Carolina's only... Read More

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Attraction Tickets

Granny’s House Escape Room in Charlotte

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 25.00


Discover clues, unlock secret codes, and solve challenging puzzles in this 1-hour escape room challenge. Together with friends and family, see if your group can escape before time is up.

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Attraction Tickets

SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium Admission

Charlotte, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 18.99


Take a fascinating journey from the rivers of North Carolina to the depths of the ocean at SEA LIFE Charlotte–Concord. You'll see more than 5,000 marine mammals, tropical fish and other sea creatures such as the giant Pacific octopus. Learn about all the creatures under the surface of the ocean, observe a feeding frenzy and gaze at sharks overhead through a 180-degree tunnel. <span... Read More

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Beer & Brewery Tours

Public Brews Cruise of Charlotte

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 49.00


Charlotte Brews Cruise aims to connect both residents and visitors to the city's burgeoning craft beer community. Our brewery tours offer guests the opportunity to safely and easily visit multiple breweries, taste plenty of samples, learn the brewing process, see behind-the-scenes where the beer is made and talk to the people who make it. Without question, taking a tour is the best, safest, most fun way to dive into the... Read More

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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Charlotte Bike Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 45.00


Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city, is a great place to explore by bike. On this morning or evening tour, pedal through sprawling parks and down beautiful tree-lined streets while learning about Charlotte's history, culture, architecture, art and entertainment from your guide. Highlights on this Charlotte bike tour include Levine Avenue of the Arts, the Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Gantt Center,... Read More

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City Tours

Charlotte Comedy City Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 25.00


Explore Charlotte's most interesting neighborhoods on this 90-minute bus tour with a comedic spin. As you cruise through town, a guide provides humorous commentary on the sights, sounds, and history of the Queen City.  The jokes you hear on the comedy bus are like the ones you hear in a comedy club. They can get pretty 'raw,' so bring your own beer or wine. Sit back and enjoy this hilarious, adult-oriented tour and... Read More

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Comedy

Charlotte Comedy City PG-13 Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 25.00


This <strong>60-Minutes</strong> PG-13 comedy bus tour is fun and interactive for all alike.  No need to worry, the language is a little more tame with a little more comedy. You will travel through streets of Charlotte NC and the surrounding historical neighborhoods. Guests are permitted to bring their own beer and wine on the bus, but there is No hard liquor or food allowed. The bus is for loud and... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Biltmore Estate Tour with Transportation from Charlotte

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
Priced From: USD 375.00


From Charlotte, take an full-day journey with an 11th generation North Carolinian to visit America's largest privately owned home. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, NC, Biltmore Estate is unlike any other in the country. You will surely find your imagination... Read More

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Distillery Tours

Doc Porter’s Owner Guided Distillery Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 45 minutes
Priced From: USD 15.00


Experience Doc Porter's Distillery on this 45-minute tour with a tasting. See where every product is made from start to finish, from milling and mashing to fermentation and bottling. Enjoy a taste of North Carolina on this comprehensive tour of the facility and tasting.

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Distillery Tours

Southern Grace Distillery After Dark Prison Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 16.00


See what is like to be behind bars and tour former NC prison that is now Southern Grace Distilleries and learn about the history of the prison and how award winning whiskey is crafted. A tasting is part of this tour for those 21 and older. Participants 20 years old and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and tickets are required for visitors 2 years of age and older. Tours are handicapped accessible. No... Read More

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Escape Games

The Detective’s Office Escape Room in Charlotte

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 25.00


The Detective's office escape room in Charlotte is a real life escape experience where you will be locked in a room with friends, family <br />or co-workers, and will be challenged to work together to escape. Your mission will be to discover hidden clues, unlock secret codes, and solve<br... Read More

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Escape Games

The Doll House Escape Room in Charlotte

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 25.00


The Doll House escape room in Charlotte is a real life escape experience where you will be locked in a room with friends, family <br />or co-workers, and will be challenged to work together to escape. Your mission will be to discover hidden clues, unlock secret codes, and solve challenging puzzles in order to escape within an hour.

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Food Tours

Charlotte’s Historic South End Food Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 58.00


Explore the dynamic culinary scene as we travel through Charlotte's Historic South End. We start at the Atherton Market and walk our way through the beautiful Historic South End. Meet the artisans who create these incredible culinary dishes and find out what motivates them. Learn about the rich history and view the architectural beauty in Historic South End only one mile from the center of the city. Eat, Drink, Walk with us... Read More

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Ghost & Vampire Tours

Beyond the Grave Haunted History Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 15.00


On this historic, ghostly walking tour in uptown Charlotte you'll be guided by lantern light, listening to the stories and haunts of local history. Explore the sites where some of Uptown's departed inhabitants are said to still linger. See some of Charlotte's famous and sometimes infamous landmarks, and learn how the ghostly past has shaped the city of Charlotte today.

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Segway Tours

Greenville Segway Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 1.5 or 2 hours
Priced From: USD 54.99


Soak up the bustling energy of Greenville on this sightseeing Segway tour. As one of South Carolina`s fastest-growing urban areas located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Greenville is a wonderful city to explore by Segway. Glide through downtown Greenville to the historic West End and then cruise along the scenic Swamp Rabbit trail. Choose from several departure times, including a sunset tour.

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Segway Tours

Charlotte Segway Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 1.5hrs - 2hrs
Priced From: USD 60.00


Buzz through Charlotte's hopping Uptown neighborhood on this Segway tour of North Carolina's biggest city! Follow your local guide as you glide along the Levine Avenue of the Arts and check out the Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Gantt Center and the historic Fourth Ward. Choose either a 1.5- or 2-hour ride – the longer ride includes two historic cemeteries and the Carolina Panthers football stadium.

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Self-Guided Charlotte Scavenger Hunt

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
Priced From: USD 11.00


Fifteen clues, two hours, one city - this is a self-led scavenger race that sends groups capering around town to solve clues. Unlike other city-wide excursions, this one unshackles racers from the tyranny of official start times and concrete dates. Players simply click on a launch code, head to the starting line, and begin the scavenger hunt whenever they've got a spare two hours. During the process, players will hear fun... Read More

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

Lake Norman Sunset Paddleboard Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 35.00


As the sun sets over the lake, colors come alive and the tranquility of the water brings peace to the day. A local favorite, join us on a stand-up paddleboard cruise around exploring the waters of Lake Norman as the sun sets to the west. The Sunset Paddle Tour is an easy paddle for paddlers of all abilities who want to watch a stunning sunset and leaves from our waterfront dock before sunset. Located only... Read More

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Tours in Charlotte

Southern Food - Small Group Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 4 hours (starts at 14:00)
Priced From: USD 78.00


The south is known for its delicious indulgent life-shorteningfood.On this Charlotte day tour we eat!!! Cornbread! Fried pickles! Fried chicken! And much much more! Bring your appetite Lipitor and antacids.

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Tours in Charlotte

Taste and Cycle Charlotte - Small Group Tour

Charlotte, USA
Duration: 3 hours (starts at 10:00)
Priced From: USD 67.00


The south is known for its delicious indulgent life shorteningfood.On this Charlotte tour we are going to eat!!! Cornbread! Fried pickles! Fried chicken! Calamari with a southern flare... and much much more! Many of the locations that we will visit have been highlighted on the Food Network. Bring your appetite Lipitor and antacids!

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Arrival Transfer: Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Hotel

Charlotte, USA
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 17.29


Skip the stress and confusion of finding a taxi upon arrival at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Instead, book this private airport transfer service and enjoy convenient, reliable, comfortable private transportation from the airport to your hotel in Charlotte, Ballantyne or Huntersville... Read More

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte, USA
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 17.29


Avoid the stress of waiting for taxis or shuttle transfers and instead ensure peace of mind with this convenient private transfer from your hotel to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. This airport transportation service operates from your Charlotte, Ballantyne or Huntersville... Read More

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