Experiential Tours: More Than Just Sightseeing More than a travel trend these days, experiential tourism encourages visitors to engage the senses with memorable, hands-on experiences. Whether it’s riding in a NASCAR stock car or getting an intimate cooking demonstration in a chef’s kitchen, groups visiting Charlotte can jump in the middle of the action, ultimately participating in customized activities that connect them to the region’s heritage, culture and character. Here’s just a sampling of full-immersion tour experiences in Charlotte perfect for groups.
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Step into a world where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs. Connect with the past and visit the future with groundbreaking exhibitions, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and hands on activities that let you explore more.
The Bechtler is a jewel of a museum, only the second in this country designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. It is intimate in scale, delightfully arresting in its spaces and vistas and simple and elegant in its materials.
The collection presented includes works by the most important and influential artists of the mid 20th century including Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Chillida and many others. Only a handful of these wonderful artworks have been on public view in the United States. Until now, the collection was privately held by the Bechtler family of Switzerland.
You can get all the best of the performing arts without buying a plane ticket to the Big Apple! Blumenthal Performing Arts is your source for all the best performing arts events in Charlotte and the Carolinas.
Blumenthal Performing Arts is home to outstanding arts organizations including Charlotte Symphony, Community School of the Arts, North Carolina Dance Theatre, NCDT2 (Apprentice Company of North Carolina Dance Theatre), On Q Productions, Opera Carolina, Queen City Theatre Company, and The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film.
Live Theatre & Dinner: Hilarious comedy and chilling drama in fun-filled, interactive performances, are NarroWay's trademarks. With epic productions, spectacular holiday shows, delicious dinners mystery theatre, tours and field trips.
The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film is one of only four museums for photography and film in the United States. We have served as a haven for artists to express new ideas through photography and filmmaking, and to support cutting edge art since 1972.
The Light Factory's mission is to promote the power of image, in Charlotte and beyond, by informing, challenging, and stimulating audiences through photography, film, and other light-based media to see their world through a different lens.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons. Spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, gift shop and nature walk await guests.
Whether exploring southern fare on the Soul of the South Tour or getting a personal cooking demonstration with an executive chef on the Uptown Chic Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Feast Food Tour participants will sample and sip their way through Charlotte and its culinary artisans. The carefree foodie will enjoy a look at the NoDa Arts District that’s bursting with local flavor and historical character on the Flavors of NoDa Arts District Tour. For a more energetic, beverage-focused venture, the Charlotte Brew & Chew Tour takes participants on an exploration of Charlotte’s local craft breweries via the Party Pedaler, an eco-friendly party bike. Beyond tours that are a good fit for up to 14 people, Feast specializes in culinary events and personalized tasting adventures perfect for teambuilding or group outings of any size.
Who needs the Tour de France when you’ve got Tour De Food? From food connoisseurs to foodie newbies, Tour De Food takes participants on a sensory journey through Charlotte. Tour goers have the option to take an edible exploration through Center City, the NoDa Arts District, Davidson or Midtown. From fine dining to hidden dives, each stop offers different tastes and unique stories from local independently owned establishments.
Participants discover the origins of the dish and the food-making process while learning the history of the area as well as the architectural influences of the buildings. Great for groups of varying sizes, Tour De Food offers private tours, tapas crawls and teambuilding activities tailored to each group’s needs.
Harper’s Restaurant Group has been committed to providing excellent food in outstanding settings since 1987. Our award-winning restaurants are staffed with the best associates in the industry and it shows in the genuine hospitality you will experience each time you walk through the door. All seven of our restaurants are located in the Carolinas and each one offers its own unique ambience, style, décor and cuisine. Yet, they all share one important quality – a comfortable, casually elegant dining experience that is second to none. Let us present you with the "joy in dining".
A classic vineyard with the twist of two treehouses on the property! Treehouse Vineyards is Monroe's only vineyard in North Carolina's growing wine industry. We offer both Viniferous and Muscadine wines. Since muscadines are native to the area they can be grown organically. There is a very distinct taste difference in wines that have been organically fertilized.
We offer the unique "flavor" of treehouses. "Papa's Dream" is available for overnight rentals while "Date Night" is a more rustic retreat for an afternoon or evening. Our tasting room also features work by local craftsman. So stop by for a tasting and a tour!
You don't have to fly five hours and spend thousands of dollars to experience fine wines and scenic vineyards...
The Yadkin Valley lies in the piedmont and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Experts in the disciplines of Viticulture and Enology have compared this area to France’s Burgundy and Italy’s Piedmont.
Yadkin Valley Wine Tours was created out of love and desire. The love of good wine, and the desire to share this love. John W. Byrd, a financial investment consultant located in Lewisville NC, started Yadkin Valley Wine Tours in Sept 2005. John is a long time corporate member of the American Wine Society currently serving on their Strategic Planning committee. He also helped charter the Lewisville Wine Society. John is currently serving as the President of the Lewisville Historical Society, Past Chairman of the Lewisville Clemmons Chamber of Commerce and a Tourism Partner with Visit Charlotte.
Yadkin Valley Wine Tours wants you to have a pleasurable, meaningful, educational, fun filled day. Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.
The Raffaldini family dates back to the year 1348 in the town of Mantua, located in the Northern Province of Lombardy, Italy. To this day, the family owns and lives on the land that is their ancestral home. The romantic town of Verona, home to Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet, lies just to the North.
The fusion of family, food and wine is an integral part of our daily life. For more than six hundred and fifty years, the Raffaldini family has witnessed many historic events and has often marked such occasions with special family dinners and homemade Italian wine.
As you enter our Tuscan-style Villa tasting room, let the spirit of the Raffaldini family history, importance of family and celebration of life transport you to our ancestral home. The wine, food and artwork within hold deep meaning for the Raffaldini family and we are delighted to share them with you. Close your eyes as you taste our wine and be transported to Italy...
Savory Spice Shop offers more than 400 fresh ground herbs and spices, 140 hand-blended seasonings, organic selections and gift sets. The product is ground and blended to order weekly and is hand packaged in the store. We provide a fun, inspiring, and educational environment for customers and groups. Customers are encouraged to taste and smell the spices and have packaged only the amounts that they need, starting at as little as a half-ounce. Savory Spice Shop resides in Atherton Mill and Market in historic South End. Owner/Operators are local Charlotte residents Amy and Scott MacCabe.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB), located in the heart of south Charlotte, produces premium, all natural beer and delivers it fresh weekly to bars, restaurants and retailers in the region. OMB uses only the finest ingredients available worldwide and employs traditional, intensive brewing methods to transform them into world class beer that’s full-flavored yet amazingly refreshing. Although our methods are more costly, we think you’ll agree the results are worth it.
NoDa Brewing Company opened its doors to the world on October 29, 2011 and is one of Charlotte’s newest home-grown microbreweries for beer lovers in the Carolinas! This unique production brewery in the Queen City’s NoDa neighborhood crafts small-batch premium beers, offering something for nearly every beer drinker.
NoDa’s name comes from the street, North Davidson, which ignited a community to convert an age old mill town into an arts district. The NoDa neighborhood is known as the creative center of Charlotte: as a natural extension of NoDa’s artistic spirit, there isn’t a better place for a brewery to call home!
Using our 15 barrel brew house, we create the highest quality beers for local restaurants and pubs, as well as our tap room. Our beer styles have a Northwestern feel, showcasing American Pale Ales, India Pale Ales, and Porters. Our small size gives us the flexibility to introduce many unique and artistic recipes as well as our renditions of classic varieties such as Stouts, Witbiers, and Winter Warmers.
Discover modern luxury accommodations enhanced by our gracious Southern hospitality, historic setting and ideal location in the heart of Charlotte's Uptown. An oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of the city, the Dunhill Hotel is steeped in history and surrounded by modern significance. Our Uptown Charlotte location puts guests within walking distance of area art galleries, museums, corporate headquarters, nightlife, shopping and much more. Our iconic luxury hotel is Charlotte's premier venue for upscale events – including elegant weddings, fun filled family reunions, corporate meetings and upscale executive retreats.
Get a taste of racing’s roots by sampling 2010 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moonshine, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. This experience includes a tasting of 3 flavors of the spirit and an interactive tour of the Hall, honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. Midnight Moonshine is handcrafted and authentically infused with real fruit. The way moonshine was meant to be made!
Approximate Length of Experience: 30 mins for the tasting, 2-3 hours for self-guided tour
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 20 +
Availability: Make your reservation at least two weeks in advance by calling 704.654.4400
Cost: $32/person. $42/person for guided tour (subject to availability).
Executive Chef Gene Briggs has created a multi-cultural menu that features dishes from Spain, France, Greece, Sicily, Italy, and Morocco. With more than 25 years of experience working in a variety of restaurants, the upstate New York native’s cooking mantra is simple: fresh. Chef Briggs incorporates fresh ingredients with fresh hand-selected cuts of meat creating exceptional food and a phenomenal dining experience. Cooking Demonstrations from “farm to table”. Learn the simple steps on how to prepare Chef Gene’s delicious recipes.
Approximate Length of Experience: 2 hours
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: Private Class: 30 Min, 60 Max.
Scheduled Class: 1 Min / 60 Max
Availability: Private classes can be scheduled on Saturday’s. The theme corresponds with the month’s scheduled cooking class. Scheduled classes based on availability.
Journey through history with one of the most influential voices of the 20th century. Millions have been impacted by Billy Graham. Now, many more can learn about him and be inspired by his message of God’s love. Through state-of-the-art multimedia exhibits, films, and memorabilia, you’ll relive the historic moments of his life. Tour the restored Graham family home. Shop in Ruth’s Attic, filled with unique gifts and books. Enjoy lunch in the Dairy Bar, featuring sandwiches, salads, ice cream and cookies. No matter your age, the Billy Graham Library will leave you inspired by this amazing man and his message of hope.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro- American Cultural Center) celebrates the contributions of Africans and African- Americans to American culture and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach.
The New South means people, places and a period of time — from 1865 to today. Levine Museum of the New South is an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.
Shortly after taking off from New York’s La Guardia Airport on January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese and lost power on both engines. Losing altitude fast and with no certainty of reaching a runway, the captain chose to make an emergency landing in the freezing Hudson River. Everyone on board survived. Many called it a miracle. The skills of the captain and first officer, good decisions, immediate rescue and a dose of luck, certainly, but behind this success story also lie years of improvements in aviation technology and safety.
Approximate Length of Experience: 1 hour
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 30 max, can accommodate multiple groups
Availability: Reservations 1 month in advance
Cost: $7 per person
Click here for more information: http://www.carolinasaviation.org/tour-options/miracle-on-the-hudson
The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit outdoor recreation and adventure sports facility. Alongside mountain biking and running trails, a climbing center, zip-lines, flatwater kayaking, high ropes courses and a canopy tour, the facility’s most unique feature is a multiple-channel, customized whitewater river for rafting and paddling enthusiasts of all abilities. The USNWC is just minutes away from Downtown Charlotte and is situated on over 400 acres of woodlands along the scenic Catawba River. The USNWC is proud to be a U.S. Olympic Training Site that provides outdoor recreation to families, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, casual observers and Olympic-caliber athletes.
AIM Tours/Adventures in Motorsports has been serving the Charlotte and surrounding area for over 14 years! We specialized in behind-the-scenes experiences and offer a full line of motorsports products.
Our years of experience and extensive contacts ensure you can count on a memorable experience each and every time.
Come and see us, and remember, this is NASCAR Country!
The NASCAR Hall of Fame wasn’t only built to honor the sport’s history, its moments and its best drivers… it was built as a tribute to its passionate fans and offer a full-throttle experience for newcomers.
Carolina Raptor Center is a living museum, dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. Located in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve on 57 acres, our 3/4 mile Raptor Trail is home to over 25 species of native and exotic raptors -- hawks, falcons, eagles, merlins, kites and vultures.
Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey, through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.
Victory Lane Indoor Karting is an indoor conference center, race facility, and entertainment venue located in the heart of Charlotte, NC. Our 1/3 mile road course is the fastest in the Carolinas and one of the fastest in the nation. Sodi Honda top-of-the-line racing karts challenge any driver with top speeds of 45 mph at 2” off of the ground. Doesn't sound fast? Come experience it for yourself! Victory Lane Karting can host any type of event you are looking for, from a small group of 8 to a large group of 1000. If it's a teambuilding exercise for your company, a children’s birthday party, a product launch or just some friends looking for something exciting and different to do, VLK is YOUR PLACE TO RACE as well as a top-notch facility for any kind of event.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only place in the world where fans in town for a race at the premier 1.5-mile superspeedway can visit race team shops and check out the sport’s history at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
For more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard for motorsports entertainment for fans of all ages.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the heart of NASCAR country. Visitors can attend one-of-a-kind race spectacles such as the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Bank of America 500; take behind-the-scenes speedway and race shop tours; explore the new NASCAR Hall of Fame; and drive an 800-horsepower stock car.
Richard Petty Driving Experience puts you in a NASCAR race car for an adrenaline pumping thrill of a lifetime that gets you as close to being in The Race as you will ever get!
The fastest form of entertainment in Charlotte is behind the wheel of a 600HP NASCAR race car with Richard Petty Driving Experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Come out and challenge your friends and family on the track at speeds of up to 160 MPH during your next visit to the “heart of NASCAR country”.
Dana Rader has assembled an award-winning team of certified LPGA and PGA instructors at The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge located in Charlotte, NC. We offer extensive programs and highly personalized instruction for men, women, juniors, corporate and private groups designed to enhance the skills of all levels, from beginner to tournament players.
Fish On! Guide Service provides fun, intimate charter fishing trips, or guided nature and sightseeing tours on our region's freshwater impoundments and rivers. Based in Denver, NC on Lake Norman, Fish On! Guide Service is owned and operated by Capt. Craig Price, a local native with a lifetime of experience on these waters. Let Capt. Craig guide you on a safe, fun excursion while imparting his knowledge of our resources and history. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Group or corporate charters are available, including team building or competition activities. FOGS can arrange transportation, food & beverages, mementos, licenses - basically turn key service for your outing! Contact Capt. Craig today for more information, or to book your charter.
Mario Andretti Racing Experience is as real as it gets! Love speed, but don't want to drive? Sit back and hold on tight as you ride shotgun in an Indy Style race car. Get the ride of your life in a 3 lap ride along with a professional racing instructor driving at top speeds!
Approximate Length of Experience: 10 mins
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 1 – 1000
Availability: Make your reservation at www.NASCARRacingExperience.com or call their toll free number, 1.877.RACELAP (1.877.722.3527)
Click here for more information:http://www.andrettiracing.com/nascarridealong.html
Mario Andretti Racing Experience offers real Indy Style race cars you drive by yourself! Get a taste of what it's like to drive an Indy Style race car for a 5 minute timed racing session in the Practice Drive 5. There are no pace cars to follow. Get in car racing electronics radio communications, personal racing instructors and passing is allowed! When you're done, get a Graduate Certificate and souvenir racing license for bragging rights. Mario Andretti Racing Experience is as real as it gets!
Approximate Length of Experience: 3 hours (includes drivers meeting, training and instruction)
Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 1 – 1000
Availability: Make your reservation at www.NASCARRacingExperience.com or call their toll free number, 1.877.RACELAP (1.877.722.3527)
Cost: Starting at $399.99
Click here for more information: http://www.andrettiracing.com/drive.html
Charlotte NC Tours is Charlotte's only locally owned and operated full-service tour company, providing our customers with a variety of fun ways to see Uptown Charlotte and the surrounding neighborhoods. Our guides will treat you like you're family and will leave you feeling like a local!
Charlotte NC Tours services include city van tours, group tours with step-on guide services, walking tours (historic walking tours and weekend Ghost tours), Segway tours, and bike tours and bike rentals. All our tours are by reservation only unless otherwise noted. We also provide customized tour services for all-sized groups and for family reunions.
We are passionate historians with a party spirit! Our staff is dedicated to making sure you or your in-town guests enjoy your time while seeing and learning about what makes Charlotte great. Please take the time to explore our site and discover all that we offer to enhance your visit to the Queen City!
As a top destination management company and event planner, Charlotte Arrangements is fully prepared to help your organization make best use of your time at the convention. We will manage all of your events, freeing you to spend time in more appropriate areas.
Charlotte Arrangements is the area's only full-service event planning, destination management company, and experiential design firm. We employ a complete staff of talented and professional event planners and every single one is dedicated to the success of your event. Our job is to make your job easier and more manageable. You have one contact, your account executive, who manages and double-checks all of the arrangements, timetables, confirmations, personnel, and miscellaneous details.
When you provide us with an objective, we do the research, design, planning and coordination to ensure that your event meets that objective. Once it's all over, we go back and evaluate how well we met your goals, because we believe you deserve the best possible return on your investment. After all, events are great marketing tools.