After his first time riding a Segway, 11-year-old Gregg Jantz Jr. was hooked. There weren’t Segway tours in his hometown of Edmonds, so he and his father went to the company’s headquarters in New Hampshire to learn more about the self-balancing transporters. They were excited about what they learned there, leading to the creation of Segway of Edmonds.
Today, visitors can take 90-minute tours of Puget Sound. By day, the tours take a historical angle, and educate groups about Olympic Beach and the mills that used to sit along the coast. Sunset tours create beautiful photo ops, and can be arranged to end with dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants. All tours begin with a 30-minute orientation session, and guides stop occasionally to take photos of groups and make sure no one has fused to their Segway. Visitors can also rent Segways for self-guided tours.
The Hawaiian sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is both fun, and great form of exercise. Lakes, rivers, oceans, ponds...SUP can be experienced wherever there is a body of water. Stoke Harvester offers SUP rentals, and guided tours of the Puget Sound, and Lake Washington. Experience the water like never before.
Like an escalator coated in peanut butter, your routine can easily bog you down in the quotidian. Get up, go to work, see people, go home, build dog agility course, and repeat. Experience the world you largely ignore with today’s Groupon: $25 gets you a three-hour bus tour of Seattle’s most popular sights from Tours Northwest, a $49 value. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Shutter Tours, the tours that takes you on photo adventures. Seattle sightseeing tours where you not only learn about the city of Seattle, but takes your photos from being merely snapshots of where you were to help you capture what you really experienced. Our photo guides share composition ideas in a fun interactive way.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 11–25
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Walking tour of subterranean Seattle.
Pro Tip: Wear appropriate shoes—you'll encounter a variety of walking surfaces.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
The smaller size of our groups and our focus on history. We limit our groups to 22 persons which allows our guides to tailor information to guest's areas of interest. Other companies may have groups twice as large.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We were founded by four tour guides who wanted to share their passion of local history with smaller groups, and in a greater variety of underground spaces. All of our guides have previously worked as tour guides in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Is this the original Underground Tour? No. Beneath the Streets is a new tour that visits the areaways under the sidewalks in Pioneer Square. These spaces are commonly referred to as underground, although as you'll discover on the tour, they are actually Seattle's original ground level. You may be thinking of Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. The Beneath the Streets tour visit similar spaces.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"This is a great alternative to the traditional underground tour. The group was small so we could hear the guide, see the spaces and hear the questions and answers. I learned Seattle history I did not know about and enjoyed seeing different underground spaces. Everyone on our tour - locals and visitors loved the tour. I highly recommend it." -July 5, 2013 Trip Advisor review.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing the aha moment on guests' faces as they realize how the underground spaces they are in were created more than 120 years ago. Taking folks below ground and back in time to see, feel, and touch the Seattle of the the 1890's.
What does a city taste like? If you're on Taste Seattle Food Tours' excursions, it tastes like the multicultural blending of cuisines found in Pioneer Square, one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods. An intimate walking excursion travels through the neighborhood at a leisurely pace and visits eight independent businesses, from boutiques such as Intrigue Chocolate Co. and Sous Sol Winery to gourmet cafés and restaurants. Each stop introduces a small business owner, chef, or other culinary artist who divulges some of their establishment's history and explains its role in the neighborhood, whether as a cutting-edge food destination or the place where all the celebrity farmers hang out. Locations are chosen for their passion for seasonal and sustainable ingredients as well as their stories. Between each stop, the guide also delves into the history of Pioneer Square and points out some interesting elements of its Renaissance Revival architecture.