This past Friday Paul, Robert, and I enjoyed the offerings of Charlotte's SouthEnd. We indulged in a free wine tasting at Common Market, browsed the booths at the Charlotte Art League during their gallery crawl (while also saying hello to three owls from the Carolina Raptor Center!), then hopped aboard the historic Charlotte Trolley for a ride through downtown.
It was really interesting to see our city in an entirely new way and to be a part of something that played such a huge role in the early development of so many of Charlotte's neighborhoods. According to Charlotte Trolley's webpage, the first streetcar came to Charlotte in 1891 and continued to operate until 1938, when the city became so large that buses had to take over. Only fairly recently has the streetcar made is modern debut in Charlotte, and for $3 each, we were able to experience our city the way it was experienced so many years ago.
The trolley operates Saturdays and Sundays and during special events.