With more than 1,000 acres to explore, covering all of the main roads and trails of Golden Gate Park in a single day can be exhausting. You can put away your guidebook and enjoy some of the best views and hidden jewels with a fully narrated tour of the park. Providing fun tales and a fascinating history of one of the most visited parks in the United States, a Segway tour of Golden Gate Park touches upon an assortment of delightful destinations in a unique way.
Perfect for locals and tourists alike, the Electric Tour Company is the exclusive licensed Segway tour operator of Golden Gate Park. Equipped with a newer i2 Segway Fleet, users can take advantage of the Lean Steer Technology associated with this model.
A Segway tour of Golden Gate Park is $70 per person. Advance reservations are highly recommended as most tours quickly sell out, and the number of walk-up tickets is limited.
Tours are limited to eight riders per guide. The company reserves the right to subject tours to a minimum of four (4) guests. Keep in mind that some groups will be combined.
Departure Dates and Times
Golden Gate Park Segway Tours are offered from:
- November – March: Daily at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:00pm
- April – October: Daily at 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
When the season starts to really rev up, extra tour times are added to accommodate the masses. All of the tours start promptly, so it is important that you arrive about 15 minutes early to check in. Keep in mind that the park swells with visitors during the weekends, so allow yourself extra travel time to reach your destination.
Tours are not offered on Christmas & New Year’s Day, and the company is closed during major public events held at Golden Gate Park.
Length of Tour and Training
The Golden Gate Park Segway Tour lasts for 2 ½ hours, which includes the time it takes to deliver a training session of about 35 to 40 minutes. Once you learn the ins and outs of the Segway, prepare to embark on a seven-mile stretch of the eastern section of Golden Gate Park.
During training, every participant will receive hands-on preparation with an instructor, go for a test ride, time to practice their skills, and undergo a review of park rules of the road. Afterwards, you are expected to abide by a rider courtesy agreement.
Tour Rules and Restrictions
To participate in the Golden Gate Park Segway Tour, you must be 12 years or older, and weigh more than 100 pounds (but not more than 250 pounds). Segwaying through the park is not recommended for visitors older than 70 years old or guests with mobility issues since it is slightly more strenuous than some of the other Electric Tour Company options. You must be prepared to ride up and down hills on the Segway. If you tire easily, the tour is probably not for you as you will be standing for 1 ½ hours. Also, do not wear high heels, sandals or flip flops during the tour. For safety reasons, pregnant riders are not permitted to participate in the Segway tour.
What to Expect on Your Segway Park Tour
As you travel along bike routes and winding trails, your guide will point out several historic and interesting facts about Golden Gate Park.
Your tour will include hidden sights, such as Lily Pond and Storybook Cross. You’ll ride past the eye-catching, historic Carousel. Main attractions of the park are explored, including the California Academy of Sciences, Music Concourse, deYoung Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, and Japanese Tea Garden. The tour includes stops by several natural beauties, including Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill. Gardens are also a popular part of the tour with opportunities to see the Rose, Shakespeare, Rhododendron, and Dahlia gardens. Riders also take in the sights of the majestic Redwood Grove and rustic Pioneer Log Cabin.
While every tour makes numerous stops for photo-taking, keep in mind that you will not gain entry to the museums and attractions that you pass along the way.
The Segway Tours begin in the paved area located directly behind the Spreckels Temple of Music (the band shell) in the Music Concourse arena. The training lot is across the street from the Japanese Tea Garden. You will not see the training area until you are behind the stage.
Keep in mind that parking is not available at the training location. However, you can use the paid underground garage parking at the Music Concourse Garage located between deYoung Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. Free parking is also available on adjacent streets, but fills up quickly during the weekends.