By: Mariel Carbone
April 21, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)-- Two wheels, a single file line, zooming through the streets of Tallahassee.
"I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get it, but I got it and it's easier now," said Sonja Atkins, a Tallahassee resident and first time rider.
Segway tours. They're a growing trend for visitors-and residents-in the Capital City.
"Visitors want to get a real feel for an area and get a sense of it and feel the authenticity of it and you do that by getting out of your car, walking on the sidewalk, taking a trolley, taking a Segway tour," said Kerri Post, Director of Tourism in Leon County.
And you can do just that with one local downtown business.
Tallahassee Segway Tours opened its doors in 2015, and is the newest type of guided tour to open in the Capital City.
It's located along the South Monroe corridor, tucked in between Cascades Park and Collegetown.
"It gets you right into the heart of Tallahassee," said Tim Nettles, the owner and operator of Tallahassee Segway Tours.
Every rider goes through an introductory training session, learning how to drive, steer and stop the Segway. Then, they're off on either a one or two hour guided tour, with Nettles leading the way.
Riders not only see the sights of Tallahassee, but are also told little known facts and trivia about each stop. Every Segway includes a radio so riders can hear Nettles narrate the tour. And there are opportunities to stop, view areas and take pictures at place like Doak Campbell Stadium, Smokey Hollow and more.
For out of towners, the tour offered an alternative to the typical walking tour.
"It kind of puts you in touch with everything and you get so close to it," said John Qubodeax, who was traveling through town from Louisiana with his wife.
But, it's not just for tourists. Nettles said residents are often riders too.
"It is your hometown, but you see it in a different way," he said. "You finally get to go to the stuff. The memorials, the cascades. It takes you to the places you kind of take for granted."
Atkins said she's lived in Tallahassee for decades, but there are still places she hasn't been able to see, which the tour showed her.
"I have never been through FSU's campus. I've heard about this stuff, but I haven't actually seen it," she said. Atkins also said she learned more about the history of her hometown.
Tours feature Tallahassee favorites like Lake Anita, FAMU Way, various parts of the Florid State Campus, the Capitol Courtyard, Cascades Park, the Vietnam Memorial, Capitol Cascades Crossing and more.
Nettles said interest in his Segway tours is continuing to grow as they become a noticeable part of the downtown community. And, riders noted it's something they've seen in other big cities.
It's a sentiment Post agrees with.
"People are seeing these types of tours in other cities, so when you have visitors come here, we're being asked about it," said Post. "And it's nice now that we offer a variety of different sight-seeing tours."
Tallahassee Segway Tours run daily at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and accommodate five guests at a time. The cost is $39 for a one hour West Side Glide tour, or $65 for a two hour Capitol, Gaines Street, FSU tour. Reservations can be made by calling 850-385-6376.
More information can be found at www.tallahasseesegwaytours.com.
Other guided tours available to tourists and residents alike include tours by helicopter, pedi-cab and electric cart. More information on those can be found at www.visittallahassee.com.