Sunday, May 19, 2013

Segway at the Lakefront Parks

This is kind of an expensive way to see the lakefront parks, but if you've never done a segway tour, or are looking for a way to entertain out of town guests, this is a lot of fun!  Tours begin at the Bike & Skate Rental shop in Veteran's Park at 1500 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive.  Tours start at $49 per person and can be scheduled for 10:00, 12:00, 3:00 & 5:00.

We tried this last summer with a group of 8, when we had visitors from England, and had a great time.  You begin the tour with a short video and a practical lesson in how to operate the segway.  This is all about balance, and it can be tricky learning to lean to make it go.  The professionals who work there will make sure you know what you're doing before you head out on the trail, so you get some practice time on the greens near the bike & skate shop.  Then when you feel comfortable, the guide takes you along the lakefront at a pretty good pace.  There is a storage bag on the front of the segway to put a water bottle, camera, personal belongings.  You will also be making frequent stops to hear about the history of the area and take photos.  The guide in our group was happy to take photos of us as we toured.

They provide helmets.  You have to be 14 years of age or older.  There are 2 different tours- one historical and the other just highlighting buildings and structures you'll see.  As long as the weather is nice, they are a fun time!
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