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Seniors Have Fun Steering a Segway

There are many cities today that offer a Segway Tour. I have seen them in Europe as well as in many major cities here in the US. They look like lots of fun, but I also have seen clips of folks who lose control and run into something big.  Seniors, the trick is to learn to ride before you ride.

Yahoo Travel notes that Segway tours have popped up in all sorts of places—cities, beaches, and even forests—and offer a fun and eco-friendly way for senior citizens to explore. Segway Tours offer some key advantages over more traditional sightseeing tours.

A Segway “personal transporter”—essentially a two-wheeled stand-up motorized scooter—can get seniors closer to sights and attractions than on a bus tour, while covering more ground than a walking tour. Yahoo selected six special places where renting a Segway would be quite special. Honolulu (Segway of Honolulu) for one, followed by Chicago (Chicago Segway Tour).

Just imagine zooming by Waikiki Beach and through Kapiolani Park.  Seniors can also opt for a two-hour Sunset Tour. I have often seen folks in groups of maybe ten or so along Lake Michigan and then over to the Shedd Aquarium and along Grant Park.  In the park they often stopped to shoot photos of the famed Buckingham Fountain.

Seniors Segway in Wisconsin and San Francisco

Door County, up in the northern part of Wisconsin, will take riders through a hardwood forest just north of Sister Bay.

San Francisco would be a challenge for most senior riders with all those steep streets. City Sightseeing notes that rides will get stellar views of the Golden Gate Bridge and in the distance Alcatraz, with stops at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, the Cable Car turnaround, and Hyde Street Pier. Just stay off Lombard Street that is the wavy descent and world famous. You can check out Yahoo’s info on Segways.

DC Sounds Like a Great Ride

Washington DC (DC Segway) has the National Mall. Senior visitors can ride all around the nation’s capital as well as cruise down Pennsylvania Avenue with super views of the Capital Building, the National Archives, the Navy Memorial and the FBI Building. You will also no doubt have a great view of the Smithsonian as well as several major museums.

Then there is San Antonio (SegCity), one of my favorite cities, with the River Walk. You’ll want to look into what they call the “Ultimate Tour” with visits to the Main Plaza, San Fernando Cathedral, and the Hemis Fair Park. The King William Historic District was a favorite of ours… a very upscale neighborhood dating back to the 1850s.

Seniors can turn a ho-hum sightseeing excursion into an adventure to remember. Don’t forget to take along some band-aids and wear a good helmet, just in case, but enjoy the ride(s) wherever you go. jeb

 

 

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