And then promptly stepped back off while holding onto the handlebars which is a strict no-no and causes the Segway to attempt to make an escape from you without you being onboard.
Which is a little intimidating.
But within a few minutes I was wheeling around in the alleyway where we were practicing before taking our show onto the mean streets of Savannah, turning and maneuvering with the rest of the group.
Because riding a Segway is really very easy. It’s also a great deal of fun.
It does require using the muscles of your legs a surprising amount to stay balanced but you get used to that quickly as well. Riding a Segway is all about balance because you make it move just by leaning. It becomes second nature pretty quickly.
Savannah is one of the most perfect cities to take a Segway tour because there are no hills, most drivers are patient and considerate as this is a tourist-friendly town, and you are able to get really close to the gorgeous historic homes and squares in this lovely Southern city. Segway of Savannah, located in the back of the Visitor’s Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd offers several different tours and is the perfect place for your introduction to the world of the Segway. First, you will watch a video about Segway safety, and then the guides will take you to a back alley where the Segways are lined up in a row leaning against the curb.
They will carefully instruct you and even hold you up until you feel comfortable jetting around, which will not take very long at all.
Then you will set out in a group to see Savannah. I took the Historical Squares Tour which takes about 90 minutes and is a great introduction to the city. One guide will go ahead and one will follow to make sure they don’t lose any of their riders and to keep an eye on traffic. The tour guides are experts on their Segways and very knowledgeable about the history of Savannah. They will answer any questions you have and manage to give a narrated tour as you sail along on your Segway.
You will cruise past the City Market where there are some great shops and restaurants – go back when you have time and visit the Savannah Candy Kitchen for some freshly made pecan praline samples.
Then you will spend time visiting most of the 22 squares located throughout the city. Each of the squares is more like a park with beautiful trees, statues and paths and each is unique. Forsythe Square is one of the most beautiful but each has its fans and admirers. You will pass by the lovely Juliet Gordon Lowe house, the founder of the Girl Scouts, and see the incredible Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
By the time you return to the Segway of Savannah office, your leg muscles will be more than ready for a break and lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants that line River Street – I recommend Spanky’s. Try the grilled shrimp quesadilla and you will be in heaven.
And now you know why all those people you see on Segway tours are grinning. Because it is so much fun!
Full disclosure: My Segway tour was provided by Segway of Savannah but as always, I will share my honest opinion about any travel experiences I have.Pin It