Taking a Segway Tour in Columbus, Ohio: Reviews, Photos, and Booking Info

Whenever I see tourists on Segways, I secretly wish I was the one cruising about town on the odd-looking two-wheeled device while wearing an unflattering giant helmet.

segway tours of columbus
A Segway Tour in Columbus will give you the best views of the city.

The experience always looks fun and I’ve been wanting to give it try.

My chance finally came when Experience Columbus offered the opportunity to join up with SegAway Tours of Columbus for a two-hour urban excursion. My Segway tour in Columbus was about to become a reality!

Curious about what a Segway tour in Columbus is like, how much it costs, and what you’ll see? Read on for my detailed review.

This article will provide the following helpful info:
-A review of my experience with SegAway Tours of Columbus
-Photos and a description of what you can expect on the tour
-Pricing and booking information

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Personal Review: My Experience on the Tour

The first 15 minutes or so were spent learning how to ride the Segway. The only tricky part was keeping my balance when first stepping up onto the platform.

columbus segway riders

Once I learned the techniques for going left, right, and stopping, it was a cinch to zoom around the parking lot like a pro.

Following the tutorial, our group headed downtown, looping around the Ohio Statehouse. 

The first time I saw it, I didn’t even realize it was the state capitol building, since its dome is so different from the typical capitol dome. Good for you for being unique, Columbus.

ohio-state-capitol

Our guide offered insightful information about each major building and attraction we passed. I had no idea that Abraham Lincoln’s body was put on display in the Ohio Statehouse after his death in 1865, for instance.

Following the downtown experience, we headed to the Scioto River, following a riverfront path.

Taking a break along the river:

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One of my favorite parts of town we passed through was the Arena District, where we saw Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the city’s NHL team.

I’m still a Penguin fan, but you have to root for the underdogs in Columbus. As long as they don’t take our spot in the playoffs!

Not far from Nationwide was Huntington Park, the home of the Clippers, the city’s minor league baseball team.

This blow-up figure reminded me of the Phillies’ mascot, but the Clippers are actually a Cleveland Guardians AAA affiliate.

huntington-park segway tour in columbus

Also nearby was the former arch from Union Station. There’s a fascinating story behind this.

Union Station was a grand structure that served visitors for decades, but by the late 1970s it was obvious the train station was no longer necessary.

The station was torn down without warning, but preservationists managed to stop the demolition in time to save the entrance arch, which still stands as reminder of the city’s past.

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After moving past the North Market, one of my 12 cool places to go in Columbus, the Segway tour wound down by passing through the Short North, the city’s most eclectic ‘hood.

And then, it was into Goodale Park, where I saw people doing everything from walking near the fountains to playing frisbee and slacklining.

goodale-park

In less than two hours, I learned a ton about the history of the city and got a glimpse of the most interesting parts of town.

(Oh and fyi, in case anyone is feeling generous, I’ve decided that I want my own Segway.)

Booking Information for Segway Tours of Columbus

As of this writing, there’s only one Segway tour company in Columbus, and that’s the one I toured with: SegAway Tours of Columbus.

Yes, they have kind of an awkward name, but put that aside and enjoy a fun experience zipping around C-Bus.

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Here are the basics about the company’s segway offerings, as of 2024.

Months of operation: From March to late December
Tours offered: Original City Tour; River & Bridges Tour
Price: $59 per rider
Tour times (Mon-Sat): Original City Tour 9 am and 3 pm; River & Bridges Tour noon and 6 pm
Tour times (Sun): Original City Tour 10 am; River & Bridges Tour 1 pm
Length: Tours last 2 hours, including 15 minutes of time to learn how to use the Segway
Rider requirements: At least 14 years old, weight between 100 and 260 pounds

Would I recommend the Columbus Segway Tour? Absolutely! I am not someone who gives praise for these sorts of tours easily — in fact, I strongly suggest that visitors to Chicago not take a Segway tour, because the Windy City is too big, and you’ll see such a small percentage of the city that it’s not worth your time or money.

But Columbus? Columbus is the perfect city for a Segway ride. Many of the cool neighborhoods are situated in close proximity to each other, so it’s easy to swing through all of them on a single tour.

rider viewpoint

While you’re in Columbus, make sure to also check out the Ohio State University campus, the Arnold Schwarzenegger statue, and the food and public art of the city.

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