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. Today's Groupon gives you the chance to practice on these leisurely chariots of fire lest the future overtake you at 12.5 miles per hour: for $32, you get an Executive tour of downtown San Antonio from Segway Nation (a $65 value).
Segway Nation feeds the eyes with a scenic smorgasbord of San Antonio's downtown sites while easing the demands on feet with a smooth segway ride. Segway Nation's most popular wheelromp, the 2.5-hour Executive tour explores the city's rich cultural past, present, and future in a journey filled with motorized mirth and frame-worthy photo opportunities. Precision-balanced riders perform forensic analysis on the Alamo's bullet-pocked walls and fall into the orbit of the stunning San Fernando Cathedral, built in 1731 by a devout flock of Canary Islanders. Breeze down culture-packed, tree-lined Houston Street and tour HemisFair Park, home of the Institute of Texan Cultures and the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas, with its FM-radio antenna that broadcasts every Top 40 radio station's simultaneous commercial breaks. Stride-free journeys will also roll past modernized marvels including the Alamodome and Sunset Station, a reconfigured Southern Pacific railroad depot. Peppered with information from a knowledgeable guide, expeditions also include time to play around on the segway, getting a feel for the machine and preparing for the day when mankind evolves wheels.
The Executive tour is offered twice a day, seven days a week. Morning tours start at 9 a.m., and afternoon tours roll out at 4 p.m.
Nation Tours, Inc.
Nation Tours, Inc. lets people explore Texas's rich history and culture seven days a week while aboard self-balancing vehicles. Rolling through Austin's past, their guides spin tales of prominent landmarks such as the Texas State Capitol building and Lady Bird Lake. These adventures echo in San Antonio, where Segways travel 6 times each day through The Alamo and Houston Street. In Dallas, convoys also leave 6 times daily and zip past historic sites such as Dealey Plaza, Thanksgiving Square, newly built Victory Park, the 6th Floor Museum where Lee Harvey Oswald fired at JFK, the Dallas Maverick's American Airline's Arena, and The JFK Memorial. When night falls across either city, tours send a spooky chill down sightseers' spines during their signature City Lights Ghost tour. Depending on the tour, various other sites may include: the haunted Menger Hotel, the Tower of the Americas, one of the oldest cathedrals in America, the San Fernando Cathedral, HemisFair Park, the River Walk, and San Antonio's La Villita art village. Segways zip across each city's haunted locations, outrunning ghosts who don't have the physical weight to lean their Segways forward.