If you’re wondering what’s the newest and best way to get to know Tallahassee, it’s by taking a guided segway tour!
Florida’s capital city isn’t necessarily very large, but there are a lot of important landmarks, historic buildings, and cultural gems. We believe that a great way to get to know any area is by taking a guided tour. It’s a great way to get an overview of the area and orient yourself for future and perhaps more in-depth exploration. Most major cities have some kind of “city tour” like a hop-on hop-off bus tour, bicycle tour, or even a walking tour. We really enjoyed taking the bus tour in Boston because we didn’t have much time there and it helped us get around quickly, however, you miss a lot of smaller details. With bicycle and walking tours, you get more of those details but it can get pretty tiring. We now believe that segways are the perfect way to tour a city!
We headed over to Tallahassee Segway Tours first thing in the morning. Tim, who was going to be our guide for the next two hours, was also the owner. He told us a little bit about himself, his family, and his company. Tim is a Tallahassee native, and the love and pride he has for his city is obvious. He is also very patient. I was a bit nervous because I had never been on a segway. I imagined myself falling off and either hurting myself or someone else. But with Tim’s help, I quickly got the basics of riding a segway. There is a dedicated training room, where everyone is fitted with helmets (safety first!) and then shown how to get on and off their segway, how to turn, and even how to go up and down ramps.
Next came the fun part! We were off and exploring Tallahassee! We went passed beautiful new parks, cruised around the Florida State University campus, stopped at the Old City Cemetery, paid our respects at the Vietnam Memorial, wandered around the new and old capital buildings, and passed by the Smokey Hollow Commemoration. And the whole time, Tim was enlightening us with fun facts and interesting tidbits.
By the time the tour ended, we felt like we had a much better understanding of Tallahassee and it’s history. And we were pros on the segways by that time too! It really was a great way to explore the city. We were able to get around effortlessly and without using up too much energy. So next time you’re in Tallahassee, make sure to call Tim and set up a segway tour. You’ll be glad you did!