As they flock to the nearby beaches of Clearwater or the nightlife of Tampa, most tourists overlook Dunedin, a pretty burg known for its sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. But, thanks to the segway-riding guides at Sun Glide Tours, the region’s hidden gem just became much more accessible. Astride their two-wheeled steeds, visitors can explore the Pinellas Trail that cuts through downtown, steering their segways alongside runners, bikers, and the town’s famous rollerblading squirrels.
Fueled by a burning desire to be his own boss and eschew driving or walking, Geoff Karlavage founded his segway tour company and quickly met other fans of the upright, electric-powered transportation device. Now calling the shots as enthusiast-in-chief of Magic Carpet Glide, Geoff shares his zeal for segways with a team of tour guides who seek to inspire a segway smile on each participant's face. Accessible to all ability levels, the company's signature tours of notable metropolitan locales surprise visitors and locals alike with little-known facts about the area and secret sights made visible only by onboard decloaking devices.
Tour times vary based on the sun?s schedule, with the last trip of the day commencing at sunset. See the tour?s FAQ section for answers to common inquiries, including recommended ages and rain policies.
Tampa resident and history lover Lonnie Herman?s longtime fascination with history has evolved into a broad expertise about the area's vibrant streets where newspapers are printed in three languages. The personable former executive also has the gift of being an evocative storyteller. This convergence of interest and talents resulted in Lonnie's company, Ybor City Historic Walking Tours. The guides' upbeat narration carry small groups down vibrant 7th Avenue with detailed anecdotes that reveal the complex past behind Ybor City's cigar factories, Columbia Restaurant, and the story of the eponymous Vicente Martinez-Ybor, who founded the city as a place to store his statues of himself.
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Snorkel with Manatees' expert divers lead tours on underwater sojourns to discover peaceful manatees and environs beneath the waves. Offering both group and mini manatee tours year-round, the guides monitor each diver to ensure safe practice with the animals. Their Crystal River scallops tour scours the ocean floor for tasty scallops while avoiding crabs auditioning for The Little Mermaid revival, and the Snorkel with Manatees excursions explore the Crystal, Homosassa, and Chassahowitzka Rivers on airboat. They also teach the fundamentals of their craft during discover scuba-diving lessons.