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 $35, you get a 60-minute Segway tour from Segway of Hampton Roads (a $75 value).
An authorized Segway dealer and service center, Segway of Hampton Roads also offers daily tours that let winsome wheelers discover the area’s natural beauty. Tour-goers gather at a specified starting point, at which the experienced staff will teach basic commands for controlling docile gyroscopic steeds, such as “giddy-up” and “I am your master.” Then, the group will set servos whirring for an environmentally friendly, battery-powered ride down one of multiple scenic paths. Available tours include the First Landing State Park, the Freemason District Cannonball Trail, First Landing State Park's Osprey Trail, or the downtown Ride the Tide tour.
Botany buffs can bond with native plant buddies as they buzz through First Landing State Park’s 2,888 acres of ponds, marshes, and coastal plains, including the burial grounds of a local Chesapeake Indian tribe. Or opt for the Freemason District tour and feast hungry eyeballs on visually nutritious landmarks, including Nauticus’s steely blue battleship berth and the glittering glass facade of Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. The third tour option returns to nature with a zip along First Landing State Park's 1.2-mile Osprey Trail, past salt marshes, tidal pools, and peaceful open-water krakens, while Ride the Tide riders glide alongside the more domesticated light rail. Segway of Hampton Roads will also be adding more tours in the future.
Today's deal has no purchase limit, so buy multiples to gather a gaggle of friends, family, or out-of-town guests for an informative spin through the local landscape. Riders must weigh between 100 and 260 pounds, however, meaning that young ones or barbell-toting bodyguards will have to stay at home.
All tours are offered three times daily: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Segway of Hampton Roads was featured in Chesapeake Life magazine:
- A Segway tour—a fun experience anytime of the year in usually balmy Norfolk—is a great way to get an up-close look at today’s Freemason, a vibrant neighborhood with new townhouses and condos blending into the vintage architecture along the working waterfront. – Phyllis Speidell