The diaries of Lewis and Clark are filled with cranky laments about touring the wilderness sans horseless carriage and trying to absorb sustenance from unsalted pinecones, given the startling lack of trailside street vendors. Equip yourself for urban exploration with a discoverer's eyes, a Robocop's wheels, and today's Groupon: for $35, you get a two-hour segway tour of Tampa from Magic Carpet Glide (a $70 value).
After a 20-minute training class, freshly minted segway experts depart daily in groups of two to six, leaving the Channelside entertainment district at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 5:30 p.m. Seglegs glide past the St. Pete Times Forum on the way to the Tampa Riverwalk project, a scenic stretch where Tampa Bay merges with the Hillsborough River. Intrepid explorers then take a shortcut through the convention center, breezing down Bayshore Boulevard on a nice and smooth stretch of sidewalk devoid of crevice-dwelling thugs waiting to break the backs of unsuspecting mothers. While cruising down the boulevard, mobile eyes catch glimpses of historic gems, such as the Gasparilla pirate ship and the Davis Islands, where segways were just recently exonerated on witchcraft charges. While taking in the architectural intricacies of celebrities homes, cruisers can catch panoramic vistas of Tampas downtown area and Harbour Island before rolling back to Channelside to conclude the tour.
A tour with Magic Carpet Glide is an exciting way to spend an afternoon entertaining visiting friends or racing madly against visiting in-laws. It's also a way for locals to learn obscure facts about their city. Weekend tour dates fill up quickly, so advance reservations are recommended; see the FAQ section for age requirements and other common tour inquiries.
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