Get to know the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco quickly and easily with this guided 2.5-hour Segway tour, which begins behind the bandstand at the Music Concourse. After a short safety briefing, don your headset equipped with a radio transmitter. If the weather’s chilly, you’ll be provided a jacket, hat and gloves for your comfort. This tour is suitable for those who have experience riding Segways, as the tour will travel through challenging terrain and lesser-visited sections of the park.
From the Music Concourse, you will cruise through an 8-mile (13-km) route along the eastern end of the 1,017-acre (412-hectare) park. Learn about the barren sand dunes once dubbed the ‘outside lands’ by early San Francisco settlers, and how the area developed into the lush park modeled after Frederick Law Olmstead’s Central Park in New York City.
Stop for photos at the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. Enjoy a local’s perspective of the park as you visit lesser-known spots such as the Lily Pond, Prayerbook Cross, and the Fern Grotto. Keep an eye out for tropical parrots, red-tailed hawks and blue herons, as you hear about the various music festivals that take place in the park.
Your afternoon tour ends at a location within easy walking distance of local shops and restaurants, as well as public transit options that can take you to Union Square– and Fisherman’s Wharf–area hotels.