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Group Itinerary: Senior Retreat

Senior travelers will love Charlotte's historic neighborhoods, diverse museums and rich culture.
Streams of water arch overhead in the Tunnel Fountain Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. DSBG covers 380 acres of rolling meadows, woodlands and lakefront property in Belmont, NC.
Streams of water arch overhead in the Tunnel Fountain Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. DSBG covers 380 acres of rolling meadows, woodlands and lakefront property in Belmont, NC.

Day 1: Art in Bloom

Get acquainted with the Queen City on an engaging guided tour of Charlotte and its neighborhoods. Charlotte NC Tours will fill your group in on the colorful history of the area on a comfortable step-on bus tour, or clip clop your way through Fourth Ward on a leisurely ride with Charlotte Center City Carriage Tours

Take advantage of the inviting North Carolina climate at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, a garden store and nature trails await the visitor. For special events, groups can rent out various garden spaces, and picnics and coolers are welcome anywhere on site. 

Take in the history of the beloved evangelist Billy Graham at the innovative and family-friendly Billy Graham Library. The facility combines multimedia technology and fascinating memorabilia to transport visitors into the life and faith of this Charlotte native. A gift shop, café and Graham’s childhood home complete this not-to-be-missed experience. Groups of 15 or more require a reservation to tour this free attraction. 

In the heart of Charlotte’s uptown, the new Levine Center for the Arts brings art, music and history to the already diverse cultural offerings of the city. Behold impressive works of art at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Mint Museum Uptown, learn about African American art and history at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, or catch a dance performance at the Knight Theater, all within a city block.  All facilities can be rented out for special occasions and most offer group ticketing discounts and tours.

Day 2: A Taste of History

Visit the Levine Museum of the New South for a look at Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont from the Civil War to today with their permanent exhibit, “From Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers.” Groups of 10 or more receive discounted admission with advance registration. Then, get up close and personal with history at Historic Brattonsville, where history comes alive at this 775-acre Revolutionary War site. 

Unwind with the sounds of the Charlotte Symphony for a harmonious end to the evening. Founded in 1932, the symphony is the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas, offering up the musical mastery of Beethoven to Swedish band ABBA. Pops and Classics performances take place at the acoustically acclaimed Belk Theater operated by Blumenthal Performing Arts, where groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at up to 20% off.