February 4, 2010
They’re geeked up from the get go in the north end of Boston. Here tourism has gone high tech. With all due respect to a trolley ride, there are those advocating a Segway glide. At about 10 miles per hour, Boston Gliders Segway Adventures is finding their gyroscopic niche covering the historic town in a futuristic way. “You know its pretty cool that we’re seeing one of the most historic cities on one of the newest most fan dangled things we could find,” said guide Jim Williamson, who insists on being called “Captain Jimbo.”
A quick orientation on the easy to operate people mover and you’re off. Our first stop was 420 Commercial St.where views of Boston Harbor are panoramic. “I call it our Segway playground, it’s a big wide open area to have some fun,” Williamson said. After we prowl the pavement at Compass Point, we head into the crowded city. A ride on State Street takes us to the downtown area where the lunch crowd is big, the obstacles are bigger – dodging pedestrians is all part of the fun. Mary Havel, visiting the tour from San Antonio, Texas said, “You can cover a lot of ground and you see a lot more. Once you get relaxed, you can actually see the sights, even fat old ladies can do this!”
After navigating the twists of downtown, we ascend to the State Capitol. The gold domed building is a symbol of the relentless fight for liberty. At the main entrance we stop at the bronze equestrian statue of war hero, General Joseph Hooker. In front of Hooker, one more turn -- Captain Jimbo enlightens us, “General Hooker used to have a group of women that followed him around with his men and it’s pretty obvious where the name came from.” Hmmm, you won’t learn that on the Duck Tour.
Boston Gliders Segway Adventures are offered every day. A one hour tour is $60; the two hour tour is $85. For more information click on www.bostongliders.com or call 866-611-9838