During our time in Charlotte, I wanted to see the uptown/downtown area without having to walk an insane amount. I was looking for a small taste of what there is to see and do, without having to waste time (or energy). Enter the segway.
Have you ever been on one? Because they are so super cool and EASY. I was so nervous at first, but in no time I was a pro!
Our tour was with Charlotte NC Tours, and overall, it was great, minus the fact that halfway through it started to POUR.
We met at their location downtown (right in the mall by the Omni hotel. TIP: You can valet at the Omni for around $10). After watching a short safety video, we were taken outside to practice with our segways before hitting the streets. Josh and I each received a personal training session and felt extremely comfortable and safe.
The tour started right on Trade/Tryon Street, visiting the famous Independence Square. This is where the four famous statues are located (representing Transportation, Commerce, Industry, and Future), as well as where the four wards are divided.
After that, we had a choice to make – do we want to see the market or the football stadium? Of course I wanted to see the market and Josh wanted to see the stadium lol. I ended up conceding, so we’ll have to check out the market next time around. But first, on the way to the stadium, we stopped and saw some of the odd-looking murals located near the Bank Of America buildings, before heading to the Victorian neighborhood. The houses here were gorgeous, and honestly, it didn’t feel like we were “city center,” despite the fact that we were! I guess I’m so unbelievably used to cities like New York – traffic, noise, talk buildings… Charlotte is the complete opposite, quaint, quiet, and adorable.
Charlotte is home to many urban parks, and seriously, they are so cute!! One is full of different bird feeders, another has boxes with books for people to borrow, and my favorite offers an amazing city backdrop. Except for when we were there, because it was so overcast.
Of course Josh’s favorite part of the tour was getting to see the Panther’s practice field, touring the stadium, and checking out the minor league baseball stadium. My favorite, aside from the parks, was definitely the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
We saw a lot in the two hour tour, despite the heavy rain. Our guide, Rod, was amazing, and I highly recommend this tour! It’s such a fun and unique way to see Charlotte, without tiring yourself out!
To book, visit the Charlotte NC Tours website. There are a ton of different segway tours offered, and you can buy your tickets right online. The tour above is the 2-hour Markets, Museums, & Parks Segway Tour, however, they offer others as well.
I paid a minimal press rate in exchange for a review, however, despite the rain, the fact that my clothes got SOAKED (so much so that I had to buy a new shirt), and the fact that I was COLD and UNCOMFORTABLE, I STILL thought this tour was awesome, and I already can’t wait to get back on a segway again!