The diaries of Lewis and Clark are filled with cantankerous laments about touring the wilderness sans horseless carriage and finding sustenance from salt-less pinecones, given the startling lack of trailside street venders. Equip yourself for urban exploration with a discoverer's eyes, a Robocop's wheels, and today's Groupon: for $30, you get a two-hour segway tour of St. Petersburg from St. Pete Segway Tours (a $65 value).
After a 20-minute training class—included in the deal price—freshly minted segway experts depart daily from the heart of St. Petersburg at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., or 4:30 p.m. and then glide through the waterfront to The Pier overlooking the majestic Tampa Bay. Coasting through the storied banyan trees on the coast in North Straub Park and along the picturesque marinas, sightseers discover local destinations including the surreal new Dali museum and the Albert Whitted Municipal Airport, where the first commercial aircraft took flight without melting. As with all great time-traveling and deep-sea adventures, more eye-opening surprises await savvy segwayers than can be listed in the itinerary.
A tour with St. Pete Segway Tours is an exciting way to spend an afternoon entertaining visiting friends or racing madly against visiting in-laws. It's also a way for locals to learn obscure facts about their city. Weekend tour dates fill up quickly so advance reservations are recommended.
TripAdvisors voted St. Pete Segway Tours the number one attraction in Tampa, giving it a perfect five-owl eye average. The St. Petersburg Times reviewed the tour, applauding founder Geoff Karlavage's brainchild:
- We thought we'd be there for maybe an hour, taking notes and pictures. Almost three hours later, Karlavage practically had to tear the Segways out of our hands. One thing about Segways: They're a lot more fun than they look. – Emily Nipps, St. Petersburg Times
- The segway tour of Tampa is one of the best kept secrets of Tampa. A very nice break from all the Amusement Park's. Loved it!!!! The equipment is easy to use, tour guide helpful & knowledgeable and the scenery AWESOME. Saw manta rays and lots of the bay. DON'T MISS IT! – katseyeFairbanks, TripAdvisor