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“Hidden Gem in Channelside” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Magic Carpet Glide

Magic Carpet Glide
Ranked #1 of 81 Tours in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: There is not a better time to be had in Tampa. Come and experience the fun and adventure to be had riding your very own Segway I2 personal transporter through beautiful downtown Tampa and its surrounding islands. Admire the sun setting over the water, dolphins playing and even a few celebrity homes as you whiz about on a Segway personal transporter.
Palm Harbor, Florida
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98 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem in Channelside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

After a rocky start - the meeting place was ambiguous & we were uncertain as to where we should park - we enjoyed a relaxed, informative, interesting tour of downtown Tampa and the Riverside. Dylan was our guide, and he filled us in on interesting tidbits about Tampa's history as well as its present. Did you know that Curtis Hixon Park has an amphitheater, and that the acoustics are perfect? Or that quotes are on River Walk walkway, and busts of famous Tampans are on display? If you want to know more, take the tour! The weather was perfect and the temperature was just right. We saw many birds - pelicans, cranes, and seagulls on the river, in the air, or resting inland - and even a dolphin. Dylan was also very accommodating when it came to taking pictures of us on the tour, or stopping so that we could take pictures. We booked a two hour tour, and we had a full two hours. We were not obligated to tip Dylan, but we did since he did a wonderful job of educating us about Tampa on our Segway tour. We will definitely book another tour, and we hope to bring friends to enjoy it with us, and we hope that Dylan is our guide once more!

Now for some tips that we wished that we had known:
1. Park in the surface parking lot next to Hooters in Channelside. It is free until 5PM each day. We parked in the garage, which was $1 a half-hour.
2. Meet at the large pin that is the symbol for the Splitsville bowling alley, but the actual point of departure is a large storefront next to the Del Sol shop.
3. If you have a bike helmet, bring it. The helmet I chose was loose since my head is small. I have a bike helmet, and forgot to bring it.
4. Avoid scheduling a tour at a time when the cruise ships are loading or discharging passengers. We got there just as the passengers were getting off the Carnival. It was very congested.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Courtenay O
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Our first trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

We were the only tour guests but Brian made us feel special. We previously had cycled the new river walk so it was not unfamiliar to us but the FUN of the Segway ride was awesome especially when we were told just go of and have fun. We are definitely going to go again, maybe go on the night tour.

Visited October 2013
Thank Alun H
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51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Cool ride , but”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Good tour, and riding a Segway is neat. But they start off in a gross abandoned store front with Segway parts, old boxes and an old car seat. If they cleaned that place up they would get 5 stars.

Visited October 2013
Thank FlaDawg G
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Tampa, Florida
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75 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Group of 16 seniors has a BLAST”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

I've done Segway in Mt Dora and West Palm Beach and this ride was the absolute best. So much of scenic Tampa to see from the River Walk and city streets and parks not visible driving by. Can't wait to go back with house guests and, in fact, hope to book the whole day for our Seniors Meet-up Group again sometime soon. Guide was fun while being informative and lunch at the Precinct in Channelside was great too

Visited September 2013
Thank Gail T
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Pooler, Georgia
1 review
“We loved the Segway tour, our guide Dylan was very friendly and alot of fun to spend two hours with.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

We loved the Segway tour of Tampa, our guide, Dylan was very friendly and a lot of fun to spend 2 hours with.

Visited October 2013
Thank Mark H
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