The Best Chicago Segway Tours

See all the top sights in the Windy City without breaking a sweat.

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The Best Chicago Segway Tours

Best Chicago Segway Tours

Maximize your sightseeing on a tour aboard a Segway.(Getty Images)

Boasting a variety of museums, eateries, parks and avenues to explore, Chicago has plenty to see. For a low-energy, fast-paced introduction to the city's top sights, take a Segway tour. These tours aboard your own personal two-wheeled device glide you past key sights, such as Grant Park, the Field Museum, Chicago's skyline and the Adler Planetarium. Some tours focus on the history of Chicago, while others focus on a theme, such as architecture. In addition, most of these companies offer nighttime tours where visitors can admire the city lights. Using both traveler opinion and expert sentiment, U.S. News identified six companies as providing the best Segway tours in Chicago.

What is a Segway? A Segway is a two-wheeled, battery-operated vehicle big enough to transport one person.

Who can ride a Segway? Anyone who is capable of standing for two to three hours can ride a Segway. Before each tour, your guide will provide instruction on how to operate the vehicle.

Is there an age restriction? Yes. Riders must be at least 12 years old to ride a Segway in Chicago.

Are there any other restrictions? Yes. Riders must weigh at least 100 pounds and no more than 260 pounds to ride a Segway. In addition, due to health risks, pregnant women may not join Segway tours. Tour operators also provide helmets to each participant, which patrons must wear during their trip. Check with your tour company before booking your ride to see if there are additional restrictions.

Are Segway tours available year-round? Because of Chicago's harsh winters, most tour operators cease Segway tours in the winter or run them on a limited schedule.

Segway Experience of Chicago

Travelers praise guides at Segway Experience for being fun, informative, stellar instructors. The trip takes travelers along Chicago's waterfront through Grant Park and the museum campus. Throughout the trip, guides share little-known facts about the city and may even alter the tour route to cater to sights you wish to see. Tours, which last approximately two hours, are available daily year-round at multiple times. There's even a special summer evening tour on Wednesdays and Saturdays that culminates with the Navy Pier fireworks show. Tickets start at $55 per person. Tours are available for participants ages 10 and older.

Chicago Segway Tour

The Chicago Segway Tour company provides several different excursions geared toward both solo and group travelers. Its popular 2 1/2-hour tour of Chicago's lakefront and museum campus takes riders past the Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field and Monroe Harbor, among other top sights. In addition, guides will share stories of Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and more. Some visitors say they thoroughly enjoy the tour, but a few say the company's customer service could be a bit better and say the tour price is higher than advertised. Tours run multiple times daily. Prices vary depending on the time and day of your tour, but tickets generally start at $65 per person. This company also offers a shorter 75-minute Segway tour of Chicago for groups of two to seven people. It runs Sunday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for this tour start at $50 per person. If you're visiting during the summer, try the company's Glide@Nite tour, which takes travelers by the lakefront before the Navy Pier's semiweekly fireworks display.

City Segway Tours

This company guides groups of no more than eight participants along the Chicago waterfront for a three-hour adventure. After an instructional session on how to use a Segway, riders will zip by Chicago landmarks like the Shedd Aquarium while taking in gorgeous views of the city skyline. Travelers say the tour is a fun way to see the sights and appreciate the helpful tour guides. Tickets start at $70 per person. Tours run at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. The company also offers a condensed two-hour excursion that's ideal for travelers or locals with a tight schedule who want to see Chicago's top attractions. Those tickets start at $65 per person. Evening tours are available as well.

Absolutely Chicago Segway

Explore multiple facets of Chicago, from its architecture to its haunted past to its Gold Coast neighborhood, during a trip with Absolutely Chicago Segway. The company's newest offering – the Chicago Insider tour – takes travelers through the city streets as guides regale them with tales about the harbor, Al Capone, political intrigue and more. Reviewers are appreciative of guides, who they say are patient with riders, especially those who have never used a Segway. Tours last approximately two hours and depart daily at 9 a.m. Tickets cost approximately $65 and you need at least two participants to book. Those short on time will want to catch the company's 90-minute Segway tour that glides around the Chicago lakefront for a quick overview of the city's top sights.

Bike and Roll Chicago

Glide along Chicago's waterfront as tour guides entertain you with stories of the Windy City. After departing Millennium Park, you'll pass by all the best sites in the museum campus and Chicago's lakefront. Tourists praise guides for keeping them safe during the ride and providing an entertaining excursion for riders of all ages. Tours typically run daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and last approximately two hours. Tickets start at $75 for adults and $65 for children and students ages 12 to 22. Travelers who want a specialized tour should opt for the company's Skyscraper Segway Tour, which explains the evolution of Chicago's architecture after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The company also offers two different evening tours.

Steve's Segway Tours

These daily Segway tours take tourists through Chicago's lakefront and museum campus. As travelers glide along, guides share Chicago's history, facts about its architecture and more at each stop. Travelers say tour guides are entertaining and informative. They also say guides provide great instruction for operating the Segways. However, others say the company's customer service and equipment could use improvement. Daily three-hour tours are offered at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $70 per person. There's an additional evening tour at 6:30 p.m. that runs for approximately 2 1/2 hours, which costs around $65 per person. Steve's Segway Tours also offers a variety of specialty Segway tours on an as-requested basis, including an architecture-themed tour, a ghost tour and a winter tour that includes a cup of hot chocolate. Tours are available year-round.

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Marisa Méndez, Editor

Marisa Méndez is an Editor for the Travel section at U.S. News, where she edits tours and ...  Read more

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