Are you visiting San Diego for a short time and want to see as much of the city as possible before you leave? Well, then, a segway tour could be an option for you.
Segway tours have been a rising trend in San Diego in recent years. They’re the same as walking tours but you use a motorized segway machine to get from point to point. This allows you to see a lot more in the same time frame as a walking tour. It may be a little lazy, but who’s complaining? It’s fun!
If you have never done a Segway tour, it takes a few minutes to get the hang of operating the machine and get it to go where you want to go. But the instructors usually give you a little training and a few minutes to familiarize yourself with them. I did a segway tour in Flagstaff a few years ago and it was so much fun and a great way to explore the city.
We have compiled a list of the best San Diego segway tours worth checking out on your visit to America’s finest city.
San Diego Segway Tours – Balboa Park
Balboa Park & Downtown San Diego Segway Tour
Zoom through gorgeous Balboa Park and downtown San Diego on this 2.5 hour downtown segway tour. Your guide will lead the way past the city’s skyscrapers on the way to Balboa Park.
When you arrive, you’ll see historic landmarks like Founder’s Plaza and Inez Parker Memorial Rose Garden before heading over to Cabrillo Bridge. Wrap up things at one of the metropolis’ most popular neighborhoods, Little Italy, famed for its wide range of restaurants and nightlife. Along the way, you’ll stop at these places and more.
Your tour leader will provide a running commentary about each attraction and its significance. You’re guaranteed exciting insight from someone who knows their stuff.
Everything you need is included in the price. You get a segway of your own, safety equipment, and all required admission tickets. No prior experience is needed. The group will be shown how to operate the segway the day before you head out into the streets.
The Balboa Park segway tour guide has a maximum limit of ten travelers and will meet behind San Diego Embassy Suites Hotel at 10:00 am. You’ll finish up at the meeting point when the tour is over.Book here
San Diego Segway Tours – Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter & Embarcadero Coast Segway Tour
Discover two of San Diego’s most vibrant areas on this segway tour. Start your journey at the historic Gaslamp Quarter in the heart of downtown. What’s now a lively district was once a shady den for gangsters and red light activity.
Listen to stories from your guide about the area’s transformation and what it used to be like back in the day. There will be plenty of opportunities for photo ops while you’re there too. After a dose of action, it’s time for a fresh ocean breeze while you whizz down the Embarcadero Coast across from downtown.
Catch a glimpse of historic ships like the world-renowned USS Midway and the Star of India. Then finish up with a stop at Seaport Village, offering 14 acres of waterfront entertainment throughout the day.
Helmets and segways are provided by the tour company, and you must sign a liability waiver before the tour commences.
The Gaslamp segway tour lasts an hour and a half and the meeting point and finishing point are behind the San Diego Embassy Suites Hotel. This location is close to multiple forms of public transport in case you need a ride.Book here
San Diego Gaslamp Segway Tour
See San Diego from a whole new perspective on this extensive two hour Gaslamp segway tour. Follow your local guide to the city’s key sights, such as the USS San Diego Memorial, Petco Park — home of the San Diego Padres — Balboa Park, and the famous Gaslamp District.
Soak up fantastic views of the San Diego Bay as you fly past, but try not to get too distracted. You need to keep your eyes on the road.
Before you set off through the concrete jungle, your group will be given a full safety briefing to ensure everyone is comfortable riding the segway. They’re easy to ride, so you’ll be fine.
This segway tour is perfect for anyone who wants an all-inclusive experience. You get a 30-minute lesson orientation, safety equipment and segway, bottled water, and some small snacks. It caters to all group sizes, as the maximum number is 100 participants.
The tour will start from the Another Side Of San Diego Tours office inside the brick-lined courtyard beside the Horton Plaza parking garage. This is where the excursion will end too.
The minimum age to ride these segway rentals is 16. Anyone between the age of 16 and 18 must have written permission from their legal guardian before.Book here
Segway Tours San Diego – Downtown
The Early Bird San Diego Segway Tour
This 1.5 hour San Diego segway tour brings you on a thrilling spin to see the city’s historic downtown area and waterfront bright and early in the morning. This is a great choice if you want to avoid traffic and lots of tourists and have a bit more space to maneuver your Segway safely. I highly recommend this tour for beginners or first-time Segway riders.
Get there ahead of the other tourists and roll your way through the bustling Gaslamp neighborhood to see it without the crowds. Scoot down to San Diego Bay for your last bit of peace and quiet before returning back to the city.
A private guide will be with your group for the duration of the activity, filling you in on interesting stories and bits of historical events along the way. When you book this fantastic tour, you’ll get 30 minutes of segway training, segway rental and protective gear.
Plus some snacks and water, as well as seeing a whole new side of San Diego. This is definitely one of the best segway tours in San Diego!
You need to arrive at the departure location on time. If you’re more than five minutes late, there’s a chance the tour guide could head off without you. Unfortunately, there’s no waiting around because they need to leave early to beat the crowds. The meeting point is at the Another Side Of San Diego Tours office.
Maximum group sizes are 15 participants. You can bring your child along if they’re over the age of 10, but you’ll both have to sign a waiver beforehand.Book here
San Diego Segway Tours – Coronado Island
Coronado Island Segway Tour
Next up, we have something special for you. How would you like to travel by segway to see the stunning Coronado Island that millions come to visit every year? Now’s your chance.
Join your experienced guide, who could roll through the island with their eyes closed and embark on a fun experience for people ten years and older. This three-hour afternoon tour starts with a short roam around San Diego’s downtown and Gaslamp Quarter for some interesting sightseeing.
Following that, you and your group will take a quick ferry ride to the beautiful Coronado Island. Here you’ll see where surfers and sunbathers love to congregate when the sun is out.
This is the only segway rental tour in San Diego that includes a 30-minute segway introduction, segway and safety gear hire, water and snacks. All in addition to ferry tickets to Coronado Island.
Like half the tours mentioned, the meeting point for this tour is at Another Side Of San Diego Tours office. Fifteen participants are the maximum group limit, so it’s perfect if you’re a solo traveler or a small family.Book here
San Diego Segway Tours – La Jolla
Private Segway Experience Through La Jolla
Put your helmet on and race through the charming seaside village of La Jolla on this two hour private segway tour. Grasp the skills of riding a gyroscopic motor and bolt through the wealthy neighborhoods, see awe-inspiring white sandy beaches and top-rated shopping centers.
You can even make a stop to see the La Jolla sea lions up close and personal. If you want a break from city life, you’ll love this activity.
In total, the group will be taken to five fascinating points of interest, surfer-friendly Windansea Beach, Children’s Pool, home to California seals, and the La Jolla Tide Pools. Then finish up with a spin through the village to see how the locals go about their day.
There’s a two-person minimum to be able to book this La Jolla segway tour. It’s only a small group tour with four participants max. This way, you’ll get more one-on-one time with your private guide to ask questions about the area.
Your guide will meet you at Starkey Mini Park in La Jolla. So if you’re staying in San Diego city, you’ll have to find a way there.
A couple of times are available to choose from: 9am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2 pm. Choose what suits you!Book here
Taking a San Diego segway tour is a great alternative to a walking tour if you want to see more in less time. Scan through the tours we’ve mentioned, and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each before making a definitive decision.
Segway activities aren’t for everyone. If you like to see a place at your own pace, without rushing around, it might not be for you. But for someone who likes to squeeze as much in as possible, you will have a great time.
Which San Diego segway tour will you choose!?
You may also like this list of San Diego’s Best Walking Tours.
Last Updated on August 2, 2023 by Maria Haase