100 20th Street
Galveston Segway Description
First stop on the 30-minute Alley Tour: the long, flat Galveston pier. "Go play!" says the tour guide, and participants take off, enthusiastically driving the gizmos while learning to get the hang of them. The rest of the tour is equally gleeful, kids and grown-ups smiling ear-to-ear as they zip off the beaten path along railroad beds, back roads, and alley ways -- almost anywhere they like. The upside is the pace, and the fact that you'll get to push the gizmos to their top speed. The downside? The top speed is only 12 miles per hour. On the other hand, 12 miles per hour on a Segway feels a whole lot faster than it sounds.
School-Age Kids: There's no minimum age, however kids must be at least 85 pounds to maneuver the vehicles.
Pre-Teens & Teens: "Can't we take the longer tour?" is the refrain oft heard by this age. Keep in mind, however, that longer tours include narration and frequent stops and starts instead of the unfettered runs.
- Helmets required. Kids may not like the resulting bad hair day, but helmets are provided and required.
- Houston tour. The company plans to add a Houston branch to their establishment. Ask about it if your plans don't take you down to Galveston.
- Plan ahead. Tours often sell out and reservations are required. If you've got a large group, ask about private group tours.
- Tread carefully. The rumor is that you can't fall off. Au contraire: you can. Segway tires can handle a lot, but follow the guide's advice and move slowly over uneven ground.
- Schedule an hour. Even short tours require a 30-minute training before take off. Plan on the adventure taking at least an hour from start to finish.
Just the Facts
Hours: Alley tours at 4 p.m. daily, plus 5 p.m. Sun.-Wed. Historical rides daily at 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 and 2 p.m.
Fees: $20 - $30
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours