Segway tours are now available on Hilton Head Island.
Steve Schultz opened Segway of Hilton Head, known online as ProSegway, in April to provide guests with a new way to explore the island.
“It’s novel and unique,” said Schultz.
Instead of pedaling or walking around, guests can just stand up on a Segway and explore—they don’t even have to break a sweat.
Unlike other two-wheel vehicles, such as bicycles and scooters, a Segway is self-balancing. A set of complex tilt sensors keeps the Segway upright and balanced. To operate a Segway, riders lean in the direction they want to go—if they want to go forward then they lean forward, if they want to reverse then they lean back—and use the handlebar to steer left and right.
According to ProSegway, it only takes a few minutes of training for most people to get going.
At the beginning of every tour, there is a short training session to teach riders about Segways.
Segway of Hilton Head advises riders to arrive to a tour early so they will not miss the training, because if a customer misses the training then they cannot go on the tour.
Segway of Hilton Head currently has 18 units and gives tours of six to eight people on a variety of routes through the island.
With over 60 miles of public pathways and nature trails spreading all over the island, Hilton Head has a variety of paths that Segway tours can explore. Paths go to the beach, parks and through several different communities and plantations.
The routes tour guides take riders on will change. If there is heavy traffic or bad conditions in a certain area, then the guide may choose to go in a different direction or take an alternate route to get there.
“There are different tours at different prices to fit different budgets,” said Schultz. “The $39 tour fits a person with a low budget or low time.”
This $39 tour is an experience ride; it’s a 30- to 45-minute introductory trip that teaches riders about Segways.
Segway of Hilton Head also offers extended rides. These are longer and give guests the chance to see more of the island. Right now they offer two different tours—a full pathway tour and a shortened pathway tour. The full two-hour long tour takes tourists on a 10-mile journey across the island for $89. The shortened tour explores 3 miles of Hilton Head’s pathways for about one hour at $59.
Private tours are also an option for couples or friends wanting to take their time or explore without a large group. For more information about Segway of Hilton Head or to make reservations, go to their ProSegway.com.