From Segway tours to candlelight walking tours, there are plenty of options to choose from when you’d like a fun and informative guide to show you around and share Greater Raleigh with you. For those of you who would rather relax or be seated instead of walking, or who are looking to escape the chilly winter weather, motorized tours could be your perfect match.
Enjoy a narrated exploration of downtown Raleigh on a Historic Raleigh Trolley Tour. The trolley stops at Mordecai Historic Park, Bicentennial Plaza, Glenwood South, Joel Lane Museum House and City Market, where passengers can de-board and re-board at no additional fee.
Care to see Greater Raleigh from a different point of view? Why not take a guided pontoon boat tour of Jordan Lake in Cary. Perfect for large groups, the pontoons can seat 12 to 20 people and include a wonderful tour from wildlife expert Captain Dave.
If you’ve ever taken a Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour, then you know just how delicious this experience can be! Now, you can customize your own guided bus gourmet food tour for a group outing. It’s the same fun and tasty kind of tour via a different mode of transport.
If you’re looking for more motorized tour options in Greater Raleigh, check out these other options that are available to you.
A new addition to Greater Raleigh’s wonderful collection of fun and interesting tours, Art Gallery Tours NC engages you in your gallery sightseeing in a way that you wouldn’t be able to enjoy on your own. These gallery tours make it easy to find, appreciate and learn about the art that appeals to you most.
On each tour, a guide will meet you downtown in a small group to walk to several galleries, and owners will take the time to tell you about specific pieces of artwork and answer any questions. The tours involve lively discussion, learning about what interests you, and matching you with the type of art that fits you best.
On the Central Raleigh Art Gallery Tour, you will visit a gallery that includes a diverse array of traditional and contemporary work in a downtown historic 110-year-old building. Once you’ve gotten your fill, you’ll move on to a recently established art gallery that features abstract and representational art in all visual disciplines, and then you’ll finish with a visit to one of the largest open-studio environments in the country.
The Raleigh Warehouse District Art Gallery Tour takes you an adventure through a gallery that exhibits challenging, provocative and innovative contemporary art, a combination gallery and studio space for more than a dozen artists, the Contemporary Art Museum, and a non-profit gallery and association that supports emerging artists.
If you want to take your art gallery exploration to the next level, visit the Art Gallery Tours website to learn more.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the Triangle is bringing you a unique opportunity for the second year in a row, with the AIA Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture. This is an interesting, informative tour that isn’t just for architecture junkies, but for anyone who is curious about the vastly diverse living spaces in the area, from historically charming to cutting-edge modern.
On Oct. 1st, the Triangle will be transformed into a gallery, and residential living spaces will be the works of art. The homes that will be showcased were designed by local architects, reflecting a variety of housing options. The tour will feature urban infill and adaptive reuses, condominiums, historic preservations, new constructions, renovations and additions.
This is a great opportunity to see a part of the Triangle that you normally wouldn’t notice or even have access to during your travels. The tour reveals local architectural flavor and style, while also juxtaposing the history of a centuries-old residence with the futuristic inspiration of the latest design styles. For more information about the tour, visit the AIA Triangle website.
If you’ve got a passion for the past and would love learning more about Raleigh’s history, then the Raleigh Heritage Trail was designed for you. This self-guided trail of 10 historically significant locations is meant to promote understanding of Raleigh’s past.
Before you begin your journey, make sure to print out the Raleigh Heritage Trail Passport and take it with you. Get a stamp on each location and you’ll get a special prize through March 2011!
You’ll start out at the African-American Cultural Complex, where you’ll learn about the contributions African-Americans have made towards developing North Carolina. Then, venture through the gardens and home of politically and historically rich Haywood Hall, and explore the beauty of the Historic Oak View and Historic Yates Mill County Parks.
Next, wander over to the Joel Lane Museum House and the Mordecai Historic Park, followed by the obviously historic North Carolina State Capitol. Turn into a bookworm at the Olivia Raney History Library and the Richard B. Harrison Library, between which you’ll visit the Raleigh City Museum for an interesting look into the history of North Carolina’s capital.
This exciting trail is sure to leave your head spinning with fun facts and interesting history, so download your heritage trail passport today and see where it takes you!
Are you looking for an especially unique or romantic way to see downtown Raleigh? Are you visiting the area for a special event, for which you need special transportation? If so, then a horse-drawn carriage ride may be just the thing for you.
J&L Carriage has been serving North Carolina since 1998 and specializes in weddings, engagements, proms and any other celebration or party that needs a touch of romance or class. The company also offers carriage tours in downtown Raleigh on the weekends, during the hours of 6-10pm on Fridays, 12-10pm on Saturdays and 12-6pm on Sundays. Narrated and quiet romantic rides are offered, and you can also ask for other hours to be accommodated as well.
What better way to spend an evening touring downtown or adding character to your next event than with J&L’s carriage service? If you are interested in booking a carriage, you can visit this site for a customized rate quote tailored to your specific event or occasion. Be sure to make your reservation as far in advance as possible, as this is a popular attraction and can fill up quickly during some months.
Are you passionate about beer? Are you interested in local breweries? Beltline Brew Tours specializes in touring the capital city area one brewery at a time. The company offers private, three- to four-hour tours that travel throughout Greater Raleigh visiting local breweries and sampling local flavors.
On Fridays, you can enjoy the Power Hour tour. You’ll start out at Natty Greene’s on Glenwood Avenue and then venture on to Carolina Brewing Company and the Aviator Brewing Company. At Aviator’s tap house in downtown Fuquay-Varina, one special tour guest will get to tap a cask of one of the brews. The tour finishes up back at Natty Greene’s, where you’ll get to eat and continue drinking.
Kegs after Eggs is a Saturday tour that also begins at Natty Greene’s. From there, guests head on to LoneRider Brewing Company and Triangle Brewing Company and then reconvene at Natty Greene’s.
Purchase your tickets for these fun tours today and get ready to enjoy some excellent microbrews from Greater Raleigh!
Greater Raleigh is packed full of romantic places to woo your special someone, but there are some downtown Raleigh spots that are just so exceptionally dreamy we had to let you in on them for your next date. Choose a spot carefully, because your decision could be the determining factor in whether or not you get to steal that special kiss!
AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink: Bundle up and enjoy a lighthearted day of ice skating hand in hand in downtown Raleigh. Whether you’re busy tripping over each other or gliding gracefully around the rink, you’re sure to find a moment to warm yourselves up with a kiss.
The Mint: This elegant restaurant offers a fine dining experience that will please even the most romantically skeptical date. With beautiful high ceilings and a sophisticated big city atmosphere, this is a great spot to steal a smooch over a decadent dessert.
Raleigh’s Great Romances Segway Tour: Sweep your date off their wheels as you glide around downtown Raleigh learning about some of the most impactful romantic unions in the area’s history. The touching and sometimes tragic stories will make you realize how truly special your special someone is.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner and cupid on the prowl, these top spots for smooching are ideal for any date!
Looking for a fun, team-building activity that everyone in your group can enjoy? Triangle Segway’s newest program, Treasure Hunt, may be just what you’re looking for!
Adventure, innovation, and entertainment. Treasure Hunt has everything to satiate that craving for adventure you’ve been harboring! All you need to do is gather a group, make reservations with Triangle Segway, and prepare yourself for a day full of excitement and exploration.
You begin in downtown Raleigh. You and your group split into two teams and ascend your designated segways. But don’t worry, no previous segway experience is necessary. Trained segway guides give you a brief tutorial before your hunt to ensure a successful venture. Then, for two and a half hours, expect to be bombarded with riddles to solve, Raleigh history, and of course good-clean competition. Your team will be taken throughout the beautiful neighborhoods of downtown Raleigh on segways to gather clues, decipher riddles, and learn about Raleigh’s rich history. Later, the two teams join forces to combine the information they’ve obtained to solve the overall puzzle and win a prize!
So if you’re looking for a good team-building activity or just looking for something new to do this weekend, make a reservation with Triangle Segway and channel your inner pirate. Not everyone can say they’ve been on a treasure hunt!!
Beautiful Victorian architecture, history galore, holiday spirit, and quality time with friends and family. All of these things can only mean one thing: It’s finally time for the 38th annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour!
On Dec. 12 or 13, come indulge yourself in beautiful holiday sights as Historic Oakwood turns on its holiday shine for all of Raleigh and its surrounding areas to enjoy. Located in historic downtown Raleigh, spend quality time with friends or family by taking a tour of this beautifully decorated area. This year will feature 13 properties opening their doors to the general public to view and admire. Truly meant to warm the heart this holiday season, expect stunning Christmas decorations, Christmas carolers, free cookies to munch on, and holiday joviality.
So whether you’re curious about what’s inside those candlelit windows, want to learn about historic Raleigh architecture, or just love holiday house decorations, you’ll love this fun-filled tour. But don’t forget to bring your camera! You won’t want to miss the chance to share these aesthetically pleasing sights with everyone you know!