Segway tours offer new view of lakefront
Sheboygan Segway Tours will offer 90-minute motorized tours of the lakefront in Sheboygan on Saturdays and Sundays.
Scott and Amanda Kilton hopped on their first Segways during a December vacation to Florida, and the Sheboygan Falls residents enjoyed them so much they decided they needed to bring the experience closer to home.
So, they started Sheboygan Segway Tours, offering participants the chance to view the city and surrounding areas from the vantage of a two-wheeled, stand-up, motorized cruiser.
Saturday's weather seems to be in the Kiltons' favor for the opening weekend of their new venture.
"It should be nice," Amanda Kilton said. "It'll be a great ride for people just to see the lakefront from a different angle."
Starting Saturday, those looking to take in some local scenery mixed with a little Sheboygan-area history can do so at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour on a Sheboygan Segway tour.
The 90-minute tour weaves throughout Sheboygan's Harbor Centre, downtown and riverfront areas, as well as along Lake Michigan. An alternate route, the less rugged of the two options, takes gliders along Old Plank Road Trail.
Dave Hoffman, general manager of the Harbor Centre Business Improvement District, said he thinks the new business venture will be a boon to the area, adding to other local efforts to generate more tourism and breathe life into the South Pier District.
"We've got another attraction to get people down to South Pier," Hoffman said. "We've done a great job through the tourism department in getting people to come, and now we have to concentrate on bringing in things for them to do once they get here."
Segways are propelled by the rider leaning slightly forward or backward. The machines can top out at speeds of 12 miles per hour, but Kilton said their riders will start out at speeds closer to 5 miles per hour and won't exceed 10 miles per hour.
Kilton said the machines are easy to handle for just about any age. Additionally, each tour starts with a training session, and riders are equipped with helmets.
The Kiltons don't have a storefront, but they can be found at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer at Sheboygan's South Pier District in the parking lot across from Prohibition Bistro. They're also available by appointment. Cost for the 90-minute tour is $48 per person.
Hoffman predicts the business will be an attraction for locals and tourists alike.
"I think people are really going to like it," Hoffman said. "It's a great addition to the lakefront and out in the county."
— Reach Kali Thiel at 920-453-5134