Less prone to explosions, bird collisions, and painful butt burns, the segway has edged out the jetpack as the official ride of the 23rd century. Practice on these leisurely chariots of fire with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a one-hour segway tour of Boston from Boston Gliders (a $60 value). A reservation is required, and groups of more than six people will be split. Arrive 20 minutes early and wear comfortable shoes.
The knowledgeable guides at Boston Gliders lead educational wireless-audio tours of historic Boston, introducing the vibrant city to visitors and helping locals gain a fresh perspective on their home turf. Following a brief but comprehensive training session, the one-hour tour glides through Boston's historic HarborWalk, resplendent with stoic building façades and stunning views of the harbor's origami-swan colonies.
Excursions power up in the North End and roll through the Boston Harbor Arches before speeding into the Seaport District. After moseying past the Federal Courthouse, tours loop back through the Rose Kennedy Greenway, flagrantly disregarding one-way sidewalks as they pass gardens and tree-lined promenades.
Since driving a segway requires nothing but the ability to lean and the willingness to become an object of extreme envy, a tour accommodates both old and young passengers, though riders younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Boston By Segway
Freewheeling around historic hallmarks and architecture, Boston By Segway, formerly Boston Gliders, has led more than 100,000 sightseers through Bean Town atop intuitive, easy-to-maneuver segways. Tours, which kick off every half-hour, range from one to two hours; the shorter version trundles down Boston's Harborwalk, and the longer sojourn ventures past historic hotspots including Faneuil Hall and Bunker Hill. To get acquainted with the segway, all upright rollers speed through a half-hour how-not-to-crash course, getting acquainted with the natural, fluid steering and learning how to propel the vehicle forward using a carrot tied to a stick. Armed with digital cameras, the urban sherpas snap shots throughout the tour for purchase afterward, and customers may take their own pictures as long as they briefly hop off the segway.
420 Commercial St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02109