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 at 12.5 miles per hour: for $35, you get any segway tour of downtown Austin from Segway Nation (up to a $75 value). Click here for a list of segway tours and times.
Segway Nation feeds the eyes with a scenic smorgasbord of downtown Austin sites while easing the demands on feet with a smooth segway ride. Segway Nation's most popular wheelromp, the 2.5-hour Executive tour, leads precision-balanced riders past Austin’s iconic sights and sites, such as the Driskill Hotel, the Austin Convention Center, and the Congress Avenue bridge. Breeze down Sixth Street’s culture-packed slew of music venues and step off to tour Texas’s historic state Capitol, which has been a cornerstone of Austin architecture since 1888. During the 1.5-hour Ride It tour, guides spin a briefer tale about Austin’s illustrious history but still trace routes past famed landmarks and well-respected pigeons. As dusk settles over Congress Avenue, sojourners can embark on the 2.5-hour Ghost and Bat Tour that explores Austin’s eerie underbelly and spooky sights, including a colony of more than 1.5 million mexican free-tailed bats that hover over Lady Bird Lake and the specters rumored to haunt the Moonlight Towers. Peppered with information from a knowledgeable guide, these 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.
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.