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“Everyone must do a Smithsonian Segway Tour!!”

Smithsonian National Mall Tours
Ranked #44 of 147 Tours in Washington DC
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Owner description: Ride beside history! Prepared in consultation with Smithsonian experts, this premiere Segway tour highlights the architecture, art, culture, and history of Washington, DC's National Mall and many of Smithsonian's famed museums. Hear the many stories behind DC's landmarks and most famous national treasures on this three hour tour. Covering over 1,000 acres of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, this is DC's only tour that departs directly from the Mall at the National Museum of American History. Must be at least 16 years old to participate. (Min. weight 100lbs, max 260lbs).
Reviewed August 6, 2012

It was a swelteringly hot midday in August and Alexis and I headed over to American History for a 12:30 Smithsonian Segway tour. Complimentary for staff, these either 1.5 hour or 3 hour tours are a not-to-be-missed attraction in DC. The interns had a wonderful time on the tour and would recommend it to anyone. We were fortunate to have a fun and engaging guide, Rick, who was easy-going and happily snapped pictures of us outside all the major sites on our tour. It happened to be that we were the only customers on the tour but Rick said that was normal for a mid-week, noon tour. The morning and evening tours are generally much more popular for traveling families. Upon signing up for a tour, you have the option of the 1.5-hour National Mall experience or the 3-hour mall and monuments tour. Since we had both seen the monuments plenty of times and the heat was quite oppressive, we opted for the shorter tour which was by no means a sacrifice for fun! Before embarking on our segways around the mall, we had to sign our lives away in a waiver, watch a short safety video, then learn the basics of maneuvering the segway by riding through a course set up with cones. This part was very fun and it took a little while to get used to the feel of the segway “PT’s” or personal transporters. After we were strapped in with helmets on and earpieces in to hear Rick’s commentary about the sites, we were off and first stopped at the Castle. Being young and chipper Smithsonian interns, we figured we would already know all of the facts about everything Smithsonian-related on the mall but boy were we wrong! Rick had tons of great historical insight about everything from the founder of the Institution to the statues around the mall. He was funny and always encouraged us to ask questions. After the castle we whizzed by the NMNH, the Sculpture Gallery, and the National Gallery of Art Buildings. We continued to learn new tid-bits of information along the way. The tour next climbed up to the Capitol Building and we learned more about the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, as well. On our way back down we coasted by the NMAH, our lovely home base of NASM, and the several galleries going down the mall. The tour ended back at NMAH and overall we had a BLAST riding around on the Segways. It was a nice breezy and educational way to learn a few new things about the Smithsonian.

Thank Catherine T
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

I recently went on the Smithsonian Segway tour with Rick and was blown away by how amazing it was. The Segway's were so easy to navigate and after the training I felt like a pro. Rick was our tour guide and was so informative and very friendly! I would absolutley say that this is the best way to see DC without having to be miserable in the heat, you can see everything you want from the monuments to the capitol and you are just zooming around town! The company is very proffessional, it made for a great experience. The next time you are on a trip to DC you have to do this!

1  Thank Alexis B
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

I am a 55 yr. old woman who was excited to give the Segway tour a try. I am so happy to tell you that the entire tour didn't let me down.I had never riden on a segway before, I was a little leary of a 10 minute training..., could I do it? Yes I did!They are great at teaching how to ride safely and secure enough to enjoy the tour. I had a great time on the segway! Our tour guide was Dan,he is awesome! He shared so much information in a fun way. He had a very clear voice, easy to listen to. He really cared about sharing the history of his town D.C. I would do it again I liked it so much! I wish that we had done this at the beginning of our trip to D.C. it would have been so much easier to choose and to make our plans on what to see throughout our time there. At the end of the tour your feet may be a little tired but not as much as if you had walked the entire route! Everyone on our tour had a GREAT time! Thanks Dan, Segway and Smithonian..

2  Thank kim w
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

While visiting the American history Museum we stopped by the kiosk for the Segway tours. They gave us each a test drive and found it to be ok. It was really hot that day and we wanted to see all the monuments so we signed up for a 1 1/2 hour tour which lasted about 2 1/2 hours. We had attaining session and off we went with a knowledgeable guide. We covered more ground than we could have on foot and had a good time doing it.

Thank Carol T
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Sure it was hot - that's DC at the end of July - but the fun of the Segways and learning as we rolled made it all very COOL! The team at Smithsonian Segway tours really took care of our group: from making sure we were safe on our Segways, to teaching us a ton (thanks, Cameron!), to refunding some of the cost of our tour when we had to cut the tour short due to a climbing heat index. It was a great experience all around. BONUS: you start and end at the American History Museum so you can pop in before or after your tour and you're close to the metro.

Thank Amy H
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