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How to Spend 1 Day in Charlotte

How to Spend 1 Day in Charlotte

With world-class museums, a rich history, and myriad green spaces, Charlotte offers plenty of things to do and see, even in 24 hours. Here’s how to make the most of your time in the Queen City if you have just one day.

 

Morning: City Highlights

Get your bearings on a tour that takes in the top highlights of Charlotte. Step on a Segway or hop on a bike and cruise past historic Fourth Ward, Old Settlers' Cemetery, and central Uptown district, home to the Mint Museum Uptown, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and NASCAR Hall of Fame. To leave the driving to someone else, opt for an open-top bus, trolley, or golf-cart tour, some of which include comedic commentary or allow for BYOB adult beverages.

 

Afternoon: Charlotte Outdoors

See why Charlotte is also known as a city of trees. Explore the centrally located Romare Bearden Park or The Green; smell the flowers at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens; look for wildlife at McDowell Nature Center and Preserve; or explore Freedom Park, with trails, a lake, demonstrations gardens, and the family-friendly Discovery Place Nature (formerly Charlotte Nature Museum). For a look at the past, take a tour of Historic Rosedale Plantation or Historic Latta Plantation. More active visitors gravitate to the US National Whitewater Center, which offers more than 30 land- and water-based activities.

 

Night: Live Events for All Tastes

Catch a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway or a ball game at BB&T Ballpark or Spectrum Center. If the arts are more your style, take an art gallery crawl or book tickets for a show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center or Neighborhood Theatre. Music fans can discover up-and-coming artists in the NoDa neighborhood or see concerts by more established artists at AvidXchange Music Factory (formerly NC Music Factory) and Bojangles' Coliseum. Or join a food tour and sample North Carolina’s vinegar-based barbecue sauce, or opt for a brewery or distillery tour. For a spooky alternative, join a haunted history tour.

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Charlotte's Historical City Tour

Charlotte's Historical City Tour

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Explore Charlotte aboard a 7-person golf cart, on this small-group tour of the area. With a local guide at the wheel, visit popular landmarks like the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Discovery Place, the Mint Museum, the Imaginon and Levine Museum of the New South, and more. Visit all of Charlotte's historical sites, as well some of the more modern, popular areas in the city. The tour concludes at a local restaurant where you can sample a popular dish (included with your tour).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
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$38.00
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3-Hour Charlotte Brewery Crawl Tour

3-Hour Charlotte Brewery Crawl Tour

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Ride around the city in a king-sized golf cart en route to three of Charlotte's best microbreweries. Tour some of Charlotte's lesser-known enclaves along with your guide, and stop to enjoy creative craft beers and live music along the way. This tour includes one drink and the opportunity to learn about Charlotte's brewery culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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$54.00

Charlotte Comedy City Tour

Charlotte Comedy City Tour

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Board the funny bus to explore Charlotte’s most interesting neighborhoods, historic places, and landmarks on an adults-only comedy tour with hilarious live commentary. Enjoy BYO beer and wine as you ride through town, and get a funny, local perspective on life in the city. Kick off your evening in Charlotte by laughing along with a friendly crowd of visitors and locals. Take in the sights at night and experience a one-of-a-kind mashup of history and comedy with tickets to Charlotte’s funniest tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Beyond the Grave Haunted History Tour

Beyond the Grave Haunted History Tour

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See Charlotte’s most historic and haunted places with a 1.5-hour walking tour through the Fourth Ward. Follow your experienced guide to the city’s most infamous landmarks, where locals have spotted ghosts for centuries. Hear about Charlotte’s ancient Indian trading path and revolutionary battles, and learn the secrets behind uptown’s spookiest mansions. Watch for theatrical ghosts, medical ghosts, famous ghosts and unknown ghosts as you explore Charlotte’s best preserved historical neighborhood.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$16.22
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$16.22
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Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte

Historic Uptown Neighborhood Segway Tour of Charlotte

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A Segway tour of Charlotte is fun, safe and informative! Follow your knowledgeable local guide as you glide through the upbeat Uptown neighborhood. Sights on this tour include the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Mint Museum, and the Gantt Center. Choose a 1.5-hour ride, or add an extra 30 minutes to see a couple of additional sights: two historic cemeteries and the stadium home of the Carolina Panthers.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

Charlotte Comedy City PG-13 Tour

Charlotte Comedy City PG-13 Tour

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Explore Charlotte's neighborhoods on an open-air bus while having a few laughs along the way. A jovial tour guide leads this excursion, which winds through some of the city's best-known neighborhoods including Uptown, Southend, Plaza Midwood, NoDa, and the Fourth Ward. Learn about the local history, architecture, sports and entrainment scenes, and more. Midway through there's a short break and you're welcome to bring your own beer or wine on board.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Trolley Pub Tour of Charlotte

Trolley Pub Tour of Charlotte

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Trolley Pub is a BYOB, pedal-powered, eco-friendly, pub-crawling pedal bar for up to 14 people at a time. The Trolley Pub is powered by YOU and your fellow pedalers, with an electric assist motor for the hills. It’s hard not to smile on the Trolley Pub! If you don’t have enough people for a full beer bike tour, or you prefer to socialize with other people, you can purchase Mixer Tickets (individual seats).  All Charlotte Mixer Tours are in Uptown and make two to three stops (15-20 minute each) along the way. Your driver will customize the route each time based on the riders and requests. Although rare, if a mixer tour does not meet the five-passenger minimum for the tour, we will have to cancel the tour. 
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  • 2 hours
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$41.03
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$41.03