San Francisco is known for its whimsical charm and almost theme park like attractions for things to do. From cable cars and antique street cars to boats and double deck buses, there are numerous interesting ways to get around the city and take in the sights. In recent years one of the growing methods attracting a lot of attention are segway tours. Predominately featured in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of the city, the segway tours are like walking tours with a guide only there is no walking and the guide leads a group on segways instead. The tours allow visitors to get into the nooks and crannies of San Francisco without ever having to walk as well as providing a cool thrill at the same time. The segway tours are as extensive and cover a wide route network as the tour buses. Most of the segway tours depart and arrive from Fisherman’s Wharf. Depending on the tour visitors can stay along the waterfront or venture across San Francisco zipping in and out of some of the more colorful and historic neighborhoods that make up the city.
For safety reasons all the segaway tours in San Francisco provide a mandatory 40 minute training period that allows new riders to get acquainted and comfortable with the vehicle. The tours themselves around one hour.
Fisherman’s Wharf (waterfront)
The waterfront tours take riders through all the main areas of Fisherman’s Wharf. From exploring all the different piers to passing by the many restaurants offering San Francisco’s famous clam chowder soups in bowls of sour dough bread. The tours also include the cable car turn table at Hyde Street, San Francisco’s Ghirardelli square, fish alley, fisherman’s chapel and a behind the scenes look at the fish processing industry catering to the hundreds of boats that call the wharf home.
These tours also often venture out on the streets and compete with other cars, pedestrians and buses for space. They give visitors an in depth view of all the sights of the Wharf. The Wharf can be a ten to 20 minute walk one way from Hyde Street to Pier 39 giving segway tours an advantage in allowing visitors to see the same sights but with less physical exertion and time commitment. Depending on time some of the tours venture into San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood (known as the city’s Little Italy area). Some of the streets in this region of San Francisco have steep hills and navigating around them with the guide in lead is always fun.
Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park tours depart from Golden Gate park and allow visitors to explore an area of San Francisco that is truly off the beaten path. Golden Gate park is actually bigger than New York’s Central park. Tours of Golden Gate park include Japanese Tea gardens, the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco’s Botanical Gardens and Lawn Bowling Courts to name a few.
There are two main operators of the Segway tours in San Francisco. They are the Electric Tour Company and city segway tours. Rates around $70 per tour. In addition to the tours of San Francisco these companies also provide segway expeditions in Sausalito.