The best way to explore a city is probably on foot, which is why City Walks were so popular last year, and filled up so quickly.
These walks are led by historians, neighborhood leaders, landscape architects, or anyone with a passion for a neighborhood.
City Walks are free (except Munching Tours, which have a cost for the food) and open to all. However, many have limited space and fill up quickly.
City Walks are part of a national and global celebration—known as Jane Jacobs Walks or Jane’s Walks—of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs, a famous neighborhood champion who lived in New York and later in Toronto.
City Walks take place in May each year in Charlotte. We will add the 2020 schedule as soon as it’s available. Make sure to keep an eye on the City Walks website. The tours fill up quickly once they’re announced.
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute organizes City Walks with assistance from the Foundation for the Carolinas, and local partnerships.
But, anyone can lead a City Walk. Is there a part of the city that you’d like to share with others? Contact UNC Charlotte Urban Institute to register your walk. They can help you with help you with planning, research, or give you an experienced walk “mentor” to work with you. Email Angelique Gaines at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them through the City Walks Charlotte Facebook page.
Need some inspiration? Here are just a few of the 38 City Walks from 2019:
- History, Murals and Mills: A Walking Tour of NoDa and Historic North Charlotte
- Munching Tour: International restaurants and grocery stores in East Charlotte
- Charlotte Liberty Walk Through Uptown: The Revolutionary Period in Charlotte-Towne
- Art in Transit: Blue Line Tour
- Camp North End Walking Tour: A Walk Through Charlotte’s Past, Present, and Future
- Discovering Historic Wilmore
- Treetops & Tombstones: Elmwood Cemetery
- Walk Tall: Wander Among the Trees of University City’s Green Heart, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens