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See Winston-Salem through a different lens! Whether you are visiting Winston-Salem, showing it off to friends, or just getting to know the city, these guided tours offer many of Winston-Salem’s hidden gems. From downtown to historical tours and even ghost tours, even longtime residents are bound to learn something new.
Meet at 871 W 4th Street (in front of Bernardin’s)
Reservation recommended: 336-518-6149
For a horse drawn carriage ride through downtown, call or walk-up to Camel City Carriage Company. Carriage rides are available Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30-10PM from Fourth Street in the Historic West End (in front of Bernardin’s Restaurant) to Trade Street in the Arts District of Downtown. Carriage rides last approximately 25 minutes. The carriage accommodates up to eight people. Rates are $15 for adults, $7 for children 3 to 12 years, ages two and under, FREE. Walk-up service offered. Pick up at 871 W 4th Street or call 336-624-6946 to ensure your ride time. Private tours are available. www.camelcitycarriage.com
Add a feel of authenticity as you experience Old Salem by horse and carriage. Heritage Carriage Company offers walk-up carriage service (no reservation required) on Saturdays from 1-4PM at Salem Square in Old Salem. Carriage rides last approximately 20 minutes. The carriage can accommodate four adults and two small children. The rate is $30 plus gratuity.
Cover a lot of ground in a fun, innovative and eco-friendly way with segway tours by Triad Eco Adventures. Choose from a mini orientation with a glide on the Greenway to Old Salem and along the Strollway (minimum of 3 participants), a two-hour tour of Downtown, a two-hour tour of UNCSA and Washington Park, a two-hour tour of Old Salem and Salem college (Mondays only) or the Mayhem & Mystery Tour of horrid historical true stories about town, and several specialty tours including African American History, a Night Lights Tour (experienced segway riders only) and more. Mini-tour and orientation is $39, while the two-hour tours are $64.
Eat drink and walk your way through Winston-Salem with food tours that guide participants on a walking tour of downtown Winston-Salem, stopping to taste the delights of independently-owned establishments from fine dining restaurants to favorite local dives.
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours meets downtown in front of Foothills Brewing. Explore downtown restaurants and those of the
West End neighborhood. Note: The 3:30 tour includes wine, beer, and cocktail pairings throughout the tour, whereas the 2:30 tour includes tastes of wine and beer here and there.Reservations are $47-$65 at www.tastecarolina.net
Tour De Food
On the Tour de Food you will enjoy everything from local frozen custard to down home BBQ while meeting the chefs, owners and artisans who create it all. Tour de Food begins at Jeffery Adams on 4th Street and winds through the arts district and other neighborhoods, mixing in a little history about the Moravians, R.J. Reynolds and others that helped shape the city. Reservations are $45 at www.tourdefood.net
Old Salem Legends & Lanterns Tour
Meet at the Horton Museum Center
924 S. Main St.
Reservations encouraged: 1-800-441-5305
Offered two dates only, this popular tour is held Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 from 7-9PM with tours leaving every 15 minutes. These 45-60 minute tours are lead by a costumed guide, who lights the way through Old Salem’s streets by lantern, stopping to tell tales of spooky legends along the way. Attendees might even see a ghost while visiting Old Salem’s historic buildings. Tour content is suitable for all ages. Please note that extensive walking on uneven brick and cobblestone walkways is involved. Due to the historic nature of Old Salem, buildings are not handicapped accessible. Tickets: $35 per person. Reservations are recommended. For more info, visit the website.
Carolina History & Haunts: West Endings
This haunting tour is held year-round and tours the historic West End district by lantern, featuring tales of “love, money and a few unfortunate endings.” The tour is 90 minutes and begins at Tart Sweets Bakery. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for children 8-12, and children 7 and under are free. Receive a $2 on adult tickets when purchased online at Carolina History & Haunts.
Winston-Salem Ghost Tours
Meet at the corner of Main & Cemetery Street in Old Salem
Reservation required: 912-713-7792
Explore the haunted side of town with a Winston-Salem Ghost Tour. It’s a walking tour which claims that Winston-Salem is North Carolina’s “most haunted city.” Part theatrical show, part educational, the tours are offered in the afternoon and evening with a 90-minute walk through Old Salem, downtown and West End neighborhoods . Tickets are $15. www.winstonsalemghosttour.com
Old Salem Christmas by Candlelight Tours:
Putzing Through Salem
Besides the year-round hands-on historic tours of Moravian life at Old Salem, one of their most popular tours is their Christmas by Candlelight Tours (Not to be confused with the Moravian Candle Tea tour.) Stroll the cobblestone streets with your guide and connect with an earlier place and time through viewing traditional Moravian Christmas decorations, a visit to the wood joiner’s workshop, see pottery-making and warm up by the fire with baked treats. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $50 per person (includes a clay baby lamb made by Old Salem potters). Make your reservation early.
Reynolda House Christmas Tours
Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and more located in the 1917 estate of tobacco magnate R. J. Reynolds (founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company). Tour the elegant home and enjoy period Christmas decorations and greenery cut from the grounds Tuesday, December 5, 12 and 19, 2017 between 2pm and 3:30pm. Tours depart every 15 minutes.
Candlelight Tours: Discover why Katharine Reynolds decorated with nandina berries rather than holly and what intriguing food found its way to the lavish Christmas dinner table. The dining table will be set with Katharine’s china; an organist will play carols on the original Aeolian organ. See family Christmas letters, cards, and enjoy refreshments and live holiday music December 8 and 9, 2017. Tours depart every 15 minutes between 5-8 pm.
Triad Eco Adventures offers a guided Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) tour and lessons at two launch points on Belews Lake (approximately 25 minutes from Winston-Salem). During your two-hour session, receive a paddleboarding lesson and then take the tour of Belews Lake. Because the Lake is used as cooling waters for the Duke Energy Belews Creek Steam Station, the lake waters are always warm. Fees are $38-$54 and reservations are required: 1-800-979-3370 or visit their website.
If you are more of a do-it-yourself-er, try the Treks in the City™ smartphone app, custom-made for Winston-Salem. The app allows you to select self-guided tours using your Android phone, iPhone, iPad, or on the Treks in the City interactive Web site. Each destination includes a photo, location, phone number and information about the destination. Users can create personalized Treks and create mini tours of the areas and destinations they find interesting by generating a map of selected locations. Choose from architecture, art, history, beer, pet friendly and other tour options. www.ws.treksinthecity.com