MORE ABOUT OUR MOST POPULAR TOURS
Richmond Landmark 2 hour Segway PT Tour
Our most popular tour! Sites include Canal Walk originally begun and envisioned by George Washington , Brown’s Island, 1865 Bridge (main evacuation out of the city as it burned in 1865), Tredegar American Civil War Center (main foundry for the south during the Civil War) , St Paul’s Church where Robert E Lee and Jefferson Davis both worshiped, Old City Hall- one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the country, Egyptian Building, Monumental Church where Edgar Allen Poe’s mother performed as an actress and which met with great tragedy, State Capitol grounds designed by Thomas Jefferson and the oldest capitol in the country ( great photo op- can’t get cars in but Segway PTs are allowed up and close to building itself), Court End (wealthiest area of the city in the early 1900s and includes Supreme Court Justice John Marshall House-oldest brick home in the city), Museum of the Confederacy( Jefferson Davis’s home during the Civil War), among others interesting and notable sites.
Hollywood Cemetery 2 hour Segway PT Tour
Very popular on a Segway PT. Hollywood is the second most visited cemetery in the country behind Arlington. Hear many stories about notables there- two U.S. presidents are buried there- one includes an incredible dream of eagles and death by his wife, Jefferson Davis and his family (most of his 5 children died before adolescence), Supreme Court Justice Louis Powell, governors, and many other notables, including a survivor of the Titanic who became a prominent Richmond banker but surrounded with lots of scandal. Hear the story of one of Richmond’s oldest families and the unusual and unique way they originally made their fortune. Hear about duels until the 1880s, “Extra Billy” Smith and his role in the Civil War and later as Governor of Virginia. Learn of Lewis Ginter who built the Jefferson Hotel and how he became the force behind marketing of tobacco. Loaded with Civil War history and notables including J.E.B Stuart and George Pickett, hear the part this cemetery played in creating a national holiday- Memorial Day. An amazing place of serenity and tremendous beauty including spectacular views of both the river and the city, Hollywood is a must for any visitor or local.
Church Hill Tour
Another popular Segway PT tour that covers the historic Church Hill area of Richmond. Among the highlights you will see are Libby Prison, Libby Hill (beautiful views of the river and where our city was named in 1620 by William Byrd), the Masonic Lodge (oldest continuing operating lodge in the country where George Washington and Lafayette visited), the Adam Craig House- beautiful and historic, St. John’s Church (where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech), and Chimborazo Park (site of the largest war time hospital in history). Richmond is only second to New Orleans in the amount of ironworks and fencing. See beautiful fencing and some of the oldest and most beautiful homes in the city. Learn about Richard Adams, and why he bought every piece of land on Church Hill in the late 1700s and how his friendship with his best friend, Thomas Jefferson, terminated abruptly.
Shockoe Bottom Tour
This tour is centralized in the Shockoe Bottom area. Among others, some of the sites seen on this tour are the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the site of the 17th St train crash, the Richmond Slavery Reconciliation Statue (one of three statues on three separate continents), the Triple Crossing (one of the only places in the world where three train tracks cross at the same point), Lumpkins Jail (a slave jail recently excavated, known as the “Devil’s half acre”, and the site of extreme cruelty during the Civil War), the monument to Henry “Box” Brown, and the 17th Street Farmers’ Market. Hear the tragic story of the train still buried underneath 50 feet of rubble in a tunnel where no one survived and where all still remain buried with the train.
Public Arts Tour
Richmond is known for its rich history, but it is also fast becoming a premier art destination, along with cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and San Francisco. Artists from all around the world have been brought to our city to create amazing murals that have been changing the way the world sees Richmond. The goal of the Richmond Mural project is to have 100 murals by 2016, and after only the first two years, the mural project has established 43 murals all throughout downtown Richmond. See and experience the best of the 43 murals on our Segway PT tour, where you will see a wide variety of murals from artists of all different backgrounds and all different nationalities.
Richmond’s Civil Rights
From the Slave Trail to leading the Civil Rights movement in the 60s, and ultimately to the Governor’s Mansion, trace the steps of the incredibly courageous and talented African Americans in Richmond. Hear and see the amazing stories of Box Brown and how he ingeniously won his freedom from slavery, Maggie Walker- the first female and African American Bank President in the country, Bojangles who won Hollywood fame and enduring stardom dancing with Shirley Temple, Oliver Hill- lead attorney on the Civil Rights landmark case Brown vs Board of Education, Doug Wilder, the first African American elected Governor in America. Also see the Hippodrome where all the leading jazz artists from the 40s and 50s played- Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and many others.
Monument Avenue is the only street in the United States that is a registered national historic landmark. One of the wealthiest areas of the city in the early part of the 1900s, see and hear about the unique architecture of some of the most amazing homes you will ever see. The tour starts off with a look at Confederate Generals including J.E.B. Stuart, Robert E Lee, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. It also looks at the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, as well as the scientific achievements of Robert Maury. You will also pass by the home of the Branch family, who are largely responsible for the development of Monument Avenue. And very importantly, see the statue of Arthur Ashe and hear his story of rise to tennis stardom but also very importantly hear about his legacy of philanthropy and incredible generosity.
Petersburg National Battlefield
Petersburg was the decisive battle of the Civil War and was the crucial turning point in the outcome of the war. It is currently the longest battle in American history at nine months and 27 days. See at one of the largest mortar shots available, called the Dictator, and the infamous battle of the crater, as depicted in the movie, Cold Mountain. Visit remains of the forts, including Fort Steadman, which was the last conflict at Petersburg. See and hear the strategy of the generals and the chronology of the war. See the berms, the trenches and how they were all dug absent any heavy equipment we are so fortunate to have today. Pristine and immaculately kept by the US Park Service, it is hallowed ground and a memory for lifetime.
This tour follows the footsteps of our greatest president- Abraham Lincoln, when he and his son Tad visited Richmond in April, 1865. Sites include Libby Prison, Main Street Market, Main Street Station, the Locks, White House of the Confederacy, and our State Capitol. Hear the emotional stories of Lincoln’s welcome to Richmond by the African American community.
Our Segway PT guides are among the most knowledgeable in and about the city and are very good at combining stories around the rich history of Richmond with humor and wit.
RATED #1 ON RVA TRIP ADVISOR
Fun and original way to explore Richmond!I have taken a one-hour tour with the Segway of Richmond and thoroughly enjoyed it! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and told us lots of unknown facts about the city. A great way to learn more and to have fun. Segways are very easy to operate and the guides do a safety training before the tour.–Woodchuckjr - Glen Allen, Virginia