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. Snag the chance to practice on these leisurely chariots of fire should the future overtake you at 8 miles per hour with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a segway tour with Upstate Seg Tours, based in Rochester (a $55 value).
Upstate Seg Tours whisks gaggles of up to six gliders on biwheeled tours of three natural sites around Rochester. At each 1.5- to 2-hour tour's meeting place, an orientation acquaints adventurers with segway safety precautions before they hop astride their self-balancing steeds. A relaxing ramble along a tree-lined bike path near Henpeck Park acquaints eyeballs with the mirrored ripple of Erie Canal waters filled with mirrors, and the adventure tour takes daring rollers off-road near Churchville. Alternately, on the Genesee River trip, wind along a 2/3-mile boardwalk as ducks, herons, and hang-gliding hamsters wobble wildly in the wind.