"It took two years to get this tour launched, but it was well worth the wait because we’re now the exclusive licensed Segway tour operator in Golden Gate Park." - Brian Huber, President, San Francisco Electric Tour Company
(PRWEB) March 3, 2011
Long known for Segway tours at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and neighboring Sausalito, San Francisco Electric Tour Company announces its latest Segway playground: Golden Gate Park.
As the exclusive provider of Segway tours in Golden Gate Park, the company offers a fully narrated, eight-mile tour route that explores the eastern section of the 1100+ acre park on winding trails and bike routes. The quiet, eco-friendly vehicles are not only easy to operate but also bring riders closer to the beauty of the park.
“It took two years to get this tour launched, but it was well worth the wait because we’re now the exclusive licensed Segway tour operator in Golden Gate Park,” explained Brian Huber, San Francisco Electric Tour Company founder. “We’ve also put together an amazing and accurate historical tour that will impress visitors and locals alike.” The tour is also available for private groups, parties and for corporate team building events.
The park, built on sand dunes back in the last half of the 1800s, is larger than New York’s Central Park and covered with more than 75,000 trees. Segways navigate the rectangular area, which is relatively flat compared to the hills for which San Francisco is known.
The tour highlights:
- The Music Concourse and Temple of Music
- The California Academy of Sciences
- The de Young Museum
- The Japanese Tea Garden and the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894
- William Hammond Hill and John McLaren's vision for the park
- The Conservatory of Flowers
- Hidden sights including the Lily Pond, Storybook Cross and Fern Grotto
- The historic Carousel and Sharon Art Studios
- San Francisco Botanical Gardens
- The Lawn Bowling Courts
- The National Aids Memorial
- Shakespeare Garden
- Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill
- The Rose, Rhododendron and Dahlia gardens
- An amazing Redwood grove, Pioneer log cabin and many other hidden gems.
Tours are $70 per person, and reservations are strongly encouraged, as tickets sell out quickly. Tours are limited in size and ages 12 and up over 100 lbs (45 kilos) are welcome.
Golden Gate Park Segway Tours depart April through October daily 9:00 am, 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm. November through March 10:00 am and 1:30 pm daily. All tours start on time, so please arrive 15 minutes early. Allow extra arrival time on weekends. Tour will be closed on Christmas & New Year day. We will also be closed during major public events in the Park.
“Segway tour customers always want something new, and come spring, ” Huber said. “This Golden Gate Park sightseeing tour is sure to please everybody.”
Segway rider training sessions are required prior to each tour and take about 30-40 minutes. Tours are two-and-a-half hours including the training time.
Segways are zero-emissions vehicles that operate on electricity, so they're easy on the environment as well as the wallet. The Segway i2 can travel as far as 24 miles on a single battery charge, making it an ideal replacement for mid-distance sightseeing tours. The Segway intuitively moves where the rider's body tells it to go. For safety as well as comfort, every Segway is equipped with handlebar bags, comfort mats and Vox tour narration radios. Helmets are supplied and required. Complimentary jackets and gloves are available for guest use on those chilly days in the Park.
Segway, the electric transport mechanism that is guided by the rider's natural motions for forward and backward maneuvering, was first introduced in 2003. It easily navigates most areas, including paved surfaces, dirt roads, grass, and those famous San Francisco hills.
About San Francisco Electric Tour Company
San Francisco Electric Tour Company opened in October 2004 and is located in San Francisco. The company is part of a family-owned business whose owners have operated numerous successful San Francisco tour and travel businesses for more than 19 years. All tour information is available at http://www.electrictourcompany.com
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