If you’re planning a trip to Philadelphia and want to make the most of your experience, a guided tour is the way to do it. But instead of considering old standards like bus, walking or Duck tours, you might consider a Segway tour instead. Here’s what you need to know:
Why You Should Consider a Segway Tour
Philadelphia Segway tours offer the ideal middle ground between motorized vehicle tours, such as an organized Philadelphia bus tour, and walking city tours. While Segway tours aren’t suited for sites far outside the city center (Valley Forge, for example), they do allow you to cover quite a bit of ground more quickly and while expending far less energy than you would on foot. And because Segway vehicles allow you to stand higher than you would ordinarily, you’ll be a head above everyone else for a better view of the various sights. You can also get the younger members of your family excited at the prospect of a guided educational tour by emphasizing the fun activity of riding a Segway itself.
What You Should Know About Segway Tours
Most people who can stand comfortably for extended periods of time and weigh between 100 and 260 pounds will be able to participate in Segway tours. Essentially, Segways are two-wheeled vehicles that use gyroscopes that automatically balance based on the rider’s movement. This means that they’re extremely easy to operate, and it takes only a few minutes of training to learn how to ride safely (though a helmet is still a good idea, as with any similar wheeled activity). Segway tours are family-friendly, but aren’t for kids younger than 12.
Which Sites to Visit on Philadelphia Segway Tours
Philadelphia Segway tours wouldn’t be complete without stops at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776), the Betsy Ross House (birthplace of the Stars and Stripes), and the Rocky statue. If historic sites aren’t your primary focus, Philadelphia offers many other types of attractions as well, such as the Please Touch interactive children’s museum and family-friendly Franklin Square, which are both centrally located. Depending on your interests, you can choose between a pre-organized or custom tour, both of which can be done on Segways.
Do you have any other questions about taking Philadelphia Segway tours? Have you ever done a Segway tour before? Ask questions or share your experience with other readers in the comments.