This is a seasonal tour operating from mid-March through early December.
Smithsonian Experience by Segway
Washington DC, USA
- Glide with a guide: You cover more at Segway speed, with less trudging around. And our guide is smart and funny, so you understand more about the places you see.
- A unique perspective: Discover the architecture, art, and history of the Smithsonian's famed museums, plus the memorials and monuments of the National Mall.
- A bit of training: It takes just 30 minutes to learn how to operate the Segway safely. And with no more than eight people, you won't get lost in the crowd.
About this Washington DC tour
When James Smithson drew up a will giving everything to the United States to create "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge," it's unlikely he envisioned the Segway as one way of diffusing it. But almost two centuries later, we think he'd heartily approve.
The institution that bears his name (as he specified in that will) is now known as "the nation's attic," and holds more than 138 million items in 19 museums, nine research centers, and a zoo. And that's just D.C. – there are facilities and affiliated museums around the world. Eleven of these D.C. museums and galleries are on the National Mall, including the Freer Gallery of Art, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the original building, "the Castle."
The exhibits are as eclectic as they are significant: everything from the Spirit of St. Louis to ballistic missiles; dinosaur skeletons to live insects; Asian and African art to Archie Bunker's chair and the Fonz's jacket.
Smithson's original bequest wasn't spectacular by modern philanthropic standards: about $11 million in today's money. But the value of its collections, and of the research it has supported, cannot even begin to be calculated. It's even possible that some of the knowledge "diffused" by the Smithsonian helped make the Segway possible. In any case, the lifelong researcher, traveler, and adventurer would have found it delightful.
In the name of science
He never set foot in the U.S., yet British-born James Smithson bequeathed his entire estate to found the Smithsonian Institution. And it might have been just to spite his father. Smithson was the illegitimate son of Hugh Smithson Perry, 1st Duke of Northumberland, and inherited no title. But he vowed, "My name shall live in the memory of man when the titles of the Northumberlands and Percys are extinct and forgotten." And he was right.
Please make your way to the National Museum of American History at 14th and Constitution Ave. NW. National Mall side of the museum.
Please check-in 15 minutes prior to your tour departure. Participants arriving after the tour departure time risk forfeiture of their tour.
A helmet is provided and is required to be worn at all times while riding. During night tours, participants must wear reflective safety vest provided. Participants must agree to follow all traffic laws, signs, rules, and regulations while riding. Participants may not use cellular telephones, operate cameras or smoke cigarettes while riding.
Closed July 4th and Thanksgiving Day.
Segway riders must be able to stand for three hours and walk without assistance.
Adventure, Scenic, Cultural
Beverage, Light Snack
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for travelers 16 years of age and older.
You must weigh between 100 lbs. and 260 lbs.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is only suited to travelers in very good physical condition. It is not recommended to you if you suffer from seizures, have heart, back, neck, respiratory, or shoulder problems, recently had surgery, or are pregnant.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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