The phone numbers and web links listed here are helpful for planning activities and meals for your group. Information is available for the following areas:
To schedule tours for the following, call the Capital Area Visitor Center at 919-807-7950 or toll free 1-866-724-8687. (The Capital Area Visitor Center is located in the NC Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St., and provides free brochures, maps and a slide presentation about Raleigh. Fax #: 919-733-9034, Mailing address: 4650 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4650)
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: 919-733-7450
NC Museum of History: 919-715-0200
NC Museum of Art (Blue Ridge Rd.): 919-839-6262
Legislative Building: 919-733-7928
State Capitol: 919-733-4994
Executive Mansion: 919-733-3456 (Note: The Executive Mansion is only open for tours on Thursdays)
Marbles Kids Museum: To schedule group tours call 919-857-1049. See website for pricing or call.
Capital Area Transit (cat): Capital Area Transit buses meet train daily. Bus stops at front door of Raleigh Amtrak Station enroute to Moore Square Transit Center on Blount St. adjacent to Marbles Kids Museum. (This bus does not go directly to the state capitol.) Groups larger than 20 should email the director of operations, David Walker, at least 3-4 days in advance, at email@example.com to arrange for local transportation or call ahead to 919-833-5710. Capital Area Transit also offers a new free bus service called the R Line that circulates in the downtown area and can handle smaller groups. There is a stop 1.5 blocks from the station. Visit www.YouRHere.com and click on R Line Downtown Circulator for information.
Acorn Express Tours: For walking tours or step-on van/bus tours of destinations in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, call ahead to Brenda McLean 919-782-3885.
Historic Tours of Raleigh: For walking tours or step-on bus/van tours, call ahead to 919-755-1612.
White Horse Transportation: Offers transportation using extra large, custom SUVs and vans. Call ahead, 919-782-5893 or visit www.ridewhitehorse.com and click on the reservations link to complete an online request.
For more information on Raleigh, visit Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau website.
Discovery Place: For group information or to make reservations, please call the Guest Sales Department at 704.372.6261 x300 or email at customerservice
@discoveryplace.org. Assistance is available to help plan your visit to Discovery Place and the IMAX Dome Theater. Lunch can also be set up lunch in the Community Café.
Charlotte Transit: Charlotte Transit Route 11 takes passengers from the Amtrak Station to Discovery Place and Uptown. Bus #11 stops across the street from the Amtrak station every 15-20 minutes. Groups of 15-30 should call ahead to Customer Service at Charlotte Transit, 704-336-RIDE (7433). Fare is $1.50 per person each way (receipts not provided). Please note that Charlotte Transit cannot provide direct transportation to South Park Mall, Bank of America Stadium or other locations not on the scheduled route.
Groups of 30 or more (to destinations not on Charlotte Transit Routes) should contact one of the following charter bus companies or visit Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau website for more transportation options. For General Information about Charlotte Transit, please call 704-336-3366
Grayline: (vans, trolleys, buses) Tour service is also available. Call ahead to
America Charters, Ltd.: Call ahead to 704-399-8121 or 800-330-3286
Travelease Busline: Call ahead to 704-335-5403 or 800-951-5403
Crossroads Charters: Call ahead to 800-342-7057.
Transit for School Groups
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools can provide transportation during the traditional school year for public/private/home-based school groups only for a small fee (generally $13.50/hr per driver plus 70 cents per mile). Elementary school buses hold 66 students; high school buses hold 40 students. Groups may reserve more than one bus. 30 day reservation is needed. Payment is due at time service is rendered. For reservations, call Kim Kelty at 980-343-6671 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CK Rider: call Rider Customer Care at 704-920-RIDER for information or visit www.ckrider.com for complete fares and schedules.
Kannapolis Charters and Tours: Call ahead to 704-932-8176.
NC Transportation Museum: Call 704-636-2889 or 877-628-6386 (toll free) for information, reservations and teacher's packet. Museum is closed on Mondays Nov. 1-March 31. Museum is 10 minutes by bus from the station.
Salisbury Transit: Call ahead for groups to 704-638-5252.
Crossroads Charters: Call ahead to 800-342-7057 (also serves Kannapolis)
Call Old Salem Group Planning offices at 800-441-5305 for information, reservations and teacher's packet.
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