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 $22, you get the 75-minute South of Broad micro tour with Segway of Richmond. The South of Broad micro tour, which is broken into a 15-minute lesson and a 60-minute touring session, meets at the store before cruising over to the Canal Walk and out on Brown’s Island. After rolling through Tredgar Iron Works (a National Historic Landmark), the tour will make its last stop at the Virginia State Capitol. Your friendly guide will offer nuggets of local insight and insights about local nuggets while you cruise the streets on your chic machine.
Segway of Richmond
The streets and buildings of Richmond breathe with history. Patrick Henry’s famous words, “Give me liberty or give me death,” echo in St. John’s Church, where the statesman gave his infamous speech; the ghost of Poe wanders the streets of the Church Hill district, where he lived and wrote; and the bones of presidents James Monroe and John Tyler lie peacefully under the lush grass of the Hollywood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. These are just a few of the locations that segway riders glide through during educational tours organized by Segway of Richmond, which has been an authorized dealer and tour operator in Richmond, VA since 2008 and has served 43,000 happy customers during that time.
The company’s most popular jaunt, the two-hour Landmark Tour, takes groups to nearly 20 historic buildings, churches, and museums, whereas other ventures focus on specific aspects of the city’s past, such as the Black History Tour or the Edgar Allan Poe Tour. In addition to learning about the men and women who shaped the culture of Richmond and practicing their preferred mode of transportation, tour-goers can explore the architecture of Victorian and Edwardian homes during a Fan District Tour or think about murals, mosaics, and sculptures during a Public Art Tour.