Committing their enterprise to eco-friendly tourism, the women at SegZone Tours guide visitors through the historic streets of Annapolis, along the city waterways of Dover, and around the track at Dover International Speedway—all aboard segways. For groups or private parties, tour leaders can also focus excursions on local gardens, architecture, and wildlife in areas often unreachable by car or paraglider. They also guide themed seasonal tours, such as rides along haunted-house routes or past holiday-light displays. With an eye toward safety, staff members always provide thorough instruction on riding before tours or rentals, though they often give customers license to race or argue over whose segway would look better with flames painted on the side. When not leading guided excursions for customers or school groups, the team organizes corporate team-building events as well as indoor obstacle courses for recreation.
Licensed professional tour guides could tell you about the design plan of the U.S. Capitol, the specifics of the congressional resolution to build the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the quotes engraved on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Or, they could show you.
Excellent Tours' four experienced guides share their knowledge of the capital during three narrated tours aboard vans, mini-buses, and coach buses. Each tour includes stops at the White House, Capitol building, Lincoln Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, which is where the similarities end. Tours run at three different times and visit several different additional sights, such as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the World War II Memorial. During each excursion, guides divulge facts such as how President Theodore Roosevelt gave the White House its name in 1901, and why the engineer who laid the cornerstone of the Washington Monument used the same trowel George Washington used nearly a century earlier instead of the nice one his mother bought for him.
Lightship Overfalls, a floating-lighthouse ship built in 1938, recently earned designation as a National Historic Landmark. During the last 11 years, the Overfalls Foundation has restored the once-ailing ship, repairing its now-cheerful red hull and completely reworking its electrical system to accommodate an underwater drive-in theater for dolphins. The Overfalls Foundation continues to maintain the ship with the aid of hardworking volunteers and member support. Membership grants holders a 10% discount off select items from the Overfalls Ship's Store, such as clothes, books, and collectibles, as well as exclusive access to email announcements about news, meetings, social gatherings, and other events hosted by the Overfalls Foundation. Trained ship guides lead complimentary tours above and below the decks, allowing guests to discuss the difficulties of life before Dramamine and explore a vessel that played an important role in maritime history. The Overfalls Foundation also welcomes volunteers to assist with ongoing ship maintenance, development, and social projects.
Ocean Aviation buoys bystanders above the air currents of coastal Maryland, laying out a giant's-eye view of Ocean City and the surrounding area. A 30-minute tour takes wing from the Ocean City Airport, leading passengers on a northward sojourn over West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, the Isle of Wright, and numerous cloud topiaries. A quick bank to the east crosses the Route 90 bridges before a southern turn unveils the Ocean City skyline and boardwalk before powered sky kites glide above the shallows of the Atlantic Ocean and impressive estates on the South Point. The tour concludes with a pass over the town of Berlin, followed by a landing back at the airport. A maximum of three passengers on each tour ensures that the experience remains intimate, whether aeronauts choose to gaze out the window or focus eyes on the in-flight cartoon.
A product of the agricultural landscape of Pennsylvania, Adrian Mobilia's roots reach four generations deep into the rich soil of farming traditions. He grew up on his family’s 200-acre farm where he mastered the art of growing grapes and apples and picking peaches and cherries. After studying horticulture at Penn State, he returned home to find that the family had begun flourishing in a new venture. The Mobilias had been pressing grapes for years, but now they’d begun shipping the juices to wineries near and far. Adrian worked with his father to plant cabernet sauvignon, chambourcin, and merlot grapes, and by 1999, the first finished bottle left the family winery for consumption. Today, Fenwick Wine Cellars crafts more than 20 varietals, including an award-winning Cabernet Franc, Riesling, and summery fruit wines.
Assateague Island sits along the eastern coast near the spot where Maryland and Virginia begin to touch. The National Park Service safeguards the 37-mile island's varied ecosystem, in which wild horses brought there by 17th-century colonists still trot freely near the salt marsh. In 2009, a trio of college pals made it their mission to introduce nature enthusiasts to this dynamic wilderness. After Tom Simon, Neil Nimrichter, and Dale Barber left The Ohio State University with degrees in Environmental Science and Adventure Recreation, the friends were drawn to Assateague's complexity and coastal beauty as a spot to begin their careers. Today, their company, SuperFun Eco Tours, leads customers on various kayaking explorations of the island's wonders, quenching theirs and their customers’ thirst for adventure by exploring the areas of the island accessible only by boat or human catapult.