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By Anastasia Hons-Astle
Segway in Paradise provides a unique view of the Steel City Pittsburgh has, arguably, the most beautiful architecture and scenery on the east coast. Segway in Paradise, located in the Freight House Shops in Station Square, now offers a unique way to tour Pittsburgh that you may have never experienced before. The two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle, the Segway PT, was invented by Dean Kamen, and unveiled on December 3, 2001, following months of speculation. Since then, Segways have had success in niche markets such as transportation for police departments, military bases, warehouses, corporate campuses and industrial sites.
glide through the heart of downtown past popular sites and prominent architecture
At Segway in Paradise, customers can choose between the Classic, North Side, Adventure, or Sunset tour, all with a personal guide:
When I first started riding my Segway, it seemed wobbly and hard to stand on at first but my helpful guide Sara Harper offered plenty of helpful tips on how to learn how to glide. Sara quickly made me feel at ease after a little practice. The Segway pretty much does all the
• The eight mile, two-hour Classic Tour
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• The four-hour Adventure tour features stops at the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh Aviary, Wood Street Art Gallery, and a stop for lunch. • The two-hour North Side tour is a glide through a few sites featured in the Classic tour, plus you head deep into the North Side of Pittsburgh to check out the area’s very first city, the city of Allegheny. • The two-hour Sunset tour provides a beautiful view of the city as the sun sets and the buildings illuminate, and a sweet ice cream treat,
work for you, measuring your balance over one hundred times per second. If you can stand up straight and walk up and down stairs, you can glide around Pittsburgh on a Segway. After a short stint on a training course, we moved outside to begin the tour. Swooping around turns and gliding down ramps seemed daunting at first, but was simple with only slight motions of my hips and knees. Sara noted that most beginners are nervous upon first embarking on their Segway tour, but get comfortable within minutes. My tour was spectacular and no matter where I was, people waved and said hello, sometimes stopping us to ask about the tour as well. All in all it was a great way to tour the city and I would highly recommend gathering your friends or family together and trying it some day! Segway in Paradise is open May through Halloween. For more info, visit segwayinparadise.com or call 412-337-3941.
Published on Aug 5, 2013
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