This winter a question was presented to me. “Has any place claimed to be the Segway Capital of the World?” I examined the internet and couldn’t find anyone attempting to make this claim about a location.
I would like to claim Northeast Wisconsin as the Segway Capital of the World!
You may have snickered at that statement because you might think that Northeast Wisconsin could not possibly be the Segway Capital of the World. Wisconsin does not have any big cities and you may not think of it as being technologically advanced. In the next few paragraphs, I think I will be able to convince you that Northeast Wisconsin truly should be declared the Segway Capital of the World.
I scrolled many websites in the search for more details about the various Segway experiences offered around the world. Most of the tours are in the big cities. In fact, there are guided Segway tours in just about every big city in the western world. There are tours in Rome, San Francisco, Boston, Barcelona, Philadelphia, Copenhagen, Prague, Washington D.C., and the list goes on. There are also tours in smaller cities, some wilderness areas, and on islands.
Here in Northeast Wisconsin, we have a large variety of different kinds of Segway tours offered. There are tours in cities such as Green Bay, Sheboygan, & Appleton, but we also show off small villages such as Sister Bay, Fish Creek, and Baileys Harbor. There is a tour on Washington Island where you can ride your Segway right onto the ferry going to and from the island. Northeast Wisconsin also offers tours in a State Park, through a zoo, around a football stadium, and next to a Great Lake.
Booking a Segway tour can sometimes be difficult. Some of the tour businesses around the world are owner operated, so the owner does not always answer the phone. Perhaps they are out on tour or only give Segway tours on the side and have other commitments. Some tour companies only accept cash or only offer online booking. Some have a punitive cancellation policy which makes it so that, if you booked a tour, you must go even if it is raining or cold.
Here in Northeast Wisconsin, you can call or book online. There is a person to answer your call from 8am to 10pm 7 days a week. If you don’t want to talk to someone, you can book online anytime. You can pay with cash or credit card. There is even a “Kind Cancellation Policy” which allows you to get a FULL REFUND if you cancel by calling at least 3 hours in advance or if you show up and it is bad weather or raining.
Take a look at TripAdvisor and you will find that most of the Segway tours that show up with a simple search have earned “5 Stars.” That is no wonder! If you have been on a Segway, you know that it is loads of FUN!
Here in Northeast Wisconsin, we have over 650 reviews on our 13 TripAdvisor pages and they all have earned a “5 Star” average rating.
Most Segway tour operations tend to have about 7 to 25 Segway Personal Transporters (PTs), 3 or 4 tours, one location, and one place the tours start from.
Here in Northeast Wisconsin, we have over 50 Segway PTs at 2 brick and mortar locations. We start our 23 different guided Segway tours in 20 different locations throughout the region, which spans a distance of over 130 miles from north to south.
Many Segway tours have college kids leading the Segway tours and keep everyone at a top speed of 8 miles an hour while they recite what they have been told to memorize and share.
Here in Northeast Wisconsin, our Segway tour guides are seasoned veterans. Most are teachers or retired teachers and they LOVE what they do. After their skillful training, they guide their FUN SEEKERS (guests) at speeds of up to 12.5 miles per hour. Each guide has their own personality and interests and takes their FUN SEEKERS’ interests into account when they share about the history and nature of the area. Taking the same tour again and again with each of the different guides yields a unique experience each time.
All things considered, it is difficult to argue.
Northeast Wisconsin is the Segway Capital of the World!