The diaries of Lewis and Clark are filled with cantankerous laments about having to tour the wilderness by foot and the startling lack of trailside fast-food options. Equip yourself with a discoverer's eyes and a Robocop's wheels with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a two-hour segway tour (a $55 value) from Witch City Segway, located in Salem.
Witch City Segway leads segway mounties on guided tours across the streets of historic Salem. Safe atop the two-wheeled transporters, riders will visit all of Salem’s historic sites, including the Witch House, House of the Seven Gables, Old Salem Jail, and other lesser-known attractions such as the Most Vexatiously Hexed Park Bench. As the wind blows through their helmets, Witch City’s knowledgeable tour guides school the group on Salem’s maritime history, the infamous witch trials, Nathanial Hawthorne, and other Salem anecdotes. Spring, summer, and autumn tours all begin at Witch City Segway’s Derby Street shop, with the two-hour excursions differing slightly depending on the season—during the summer tour, for instance, segway speeders will also venture a mile out of the downtown area to visit Salem Willows and Winter Island.
Participants must be 14 or older and weigh between 100–260 pounds. Call ahead to schedule a tour.
Witch City Segway
While navigating segways around the Alamo during a spring vacation, Brad Biscornet and his brother-in-law, Jeff Langone, realized that their hometown of Salem, with its rich history and picturesque views, was ripe for just this sort of experience. And thus, Witch City Segway was born—allowing visitors and locals alike to explore the historic town on a thoroughly modern mode of transportation.
After briefly training up to six helmeted guests in segway piloting at the company's 2,000-square-foot indoor facility, two guides—one up front, one bringing up the rear—lead their flock onto the streets for one-hour jaunts. As the guides casually relay notable anecdotes about jail sites and cemeteries without the aid of megaphones or earpieces, guests obtain a deeper understanding of the 17th-century witch trials and the lesser-known black-cat mistrials.