The idea of gliding around on a Segway can be overwhelming if you’ve never done it before, but Segways are easier to learn than you think, and training is always provided. After training, you’ll discover the joys of riding a motorized two-wheeled transporter around the beauty that is Vail.
It’s as fun and convenient as it sounds. Since you’ll be gliding quickly and effortlessly from point A to point B, you’ll be able to witness more sights than if you were traveling on foot. This also translates to having more time for taking pictures. Think of fewer blurry images and photos taken from unflattering angles.
Each Segway Vail Grand Tour comes with a professional guide, so you’re sure to find hidden gems you may not otherwise find on your own. You’ll also get to hear about Vail’s history and learn some of the town’s most interesting facts.
At the end of the tour, you’ll have plenty of lovely memories (and photos!) to take home, but none of the soreness that usually follows after a day-long walking tour.
The little town of Vail, Colorado—a mini-replica of Austria that oozes with charm—has plenty of marvelous sights and attractions that will keep any vacationer busy for days on end. A skier’s paradise made by skiers for skiers, it is home to Vail Ski Resort—the largest ski resort in the state—and offers high-end ski amenities, an eclectic dining scene, picturesque views, and exciting events.
In the winter, you can choose from a wide range of activities, from skiing and snowboarding on over 5,000 acres of terrain, to snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, and ice skating. Sleigh rides are available as well, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can have a team of super-fast canines pull your sled on the snow.
The fun doesn’t stop once it gets warmer, as there’s also hiking and camping, kayaking, rafting, and fishing. You’ll find a good number of 4x4 trails and hiking trails in and around town, which offer fantastic views of the Eagle County landscape.
Vail may be mostly known for its world-class skiing, but the town is so much more than that. Some of the town’s top attractions are well worth the trip on their own.
The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Stroll through breathtaking flower gardens at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the highest botanical garden in the world. Sitting in the Rocky Mountains 8,200 feet above sea level, the Vail botanical garden features a magnificent collection of exotic alpine and mountain wildflowers and plants.
The carefully designed flower beds teeming with rare and unique plants, along with the quaint stone pathways, rock gardens, bridges, waterfalls and natural-looking pools, ponds, and birdlife make for a tranquil and unforgettable experience.
The Colorado Snowsports Museum
The Colorado Snowsports Museum is one of two Vail museums you can explore, with the other one being the Education Center at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Here, you will learn about the history of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado, from their birth and rise in popularity to their world-class status.
Six galleries of precious artifacts and footage await you here. The highlights include the Winter Olympics, the history of the U.S. Ski Team, the evolution of skis and ski fashion, and notable athletes from Vail. There’s also an exhibit featuring the 10th Mountain Division—the mountain troopers of World War II—whose memorial statue stands a mere five-minute walk from the museum.
The museum doesn’t charge admission, so it’ll be a great addition to your itinerary if you’re looking for free things to do in Vail.
For a full day of adrenaline rush and family-friendly fun, head over to Epic Discovery Park atop Vail Mountain. With all the summer activities they offer, you might even need a full weekend to explore everything. The zipline tour alone can take a few hours, as it involves seven ziplines as well as a ropes course.
Just some of the activities offered here are rock wall climbing, summer tubing, bungee trampoline, gondola rides, and the Forest Flyer Alpine coaster—a mountain roller coaster where you coast around in your own individual car with its own accelerator and brakes.
Some trips are never complete without a trip to the local brewery, especially an award-winning brewery like Vail Brewing Co. Apart from their interesting variety of quality beer, the location of their tasting room is exceptional. It sits right in the middle of all the action in Vail Village, one of Vail’s two main entertainment areas.
There’s both indoor and outdoor seating, and if you’re lucky, there’ll be live music or some form of entertainment like hosted trivia nights the day you go. It’s also family-friendly, so you’re free to bring the kids along, and dogs are welcome on the patio as long as they’re on leash.
If you’re looking to do something truly unique, perhaps a yoga session with goats will scratch the itch. As you try to do your yoga passes on your mat set up outdoors next to a goat pen, tiny, adorable Nigerian Dwarf goats will surround the class and maybe interact with you. One may even sit in your lap in the middle of a sit-down yoga pose. Just a heads-up, some goats will hop on people’s backs while they’re doing the downward-facing dog pose, so you’ll want to be ready for that.
Going on walking tours is one of the best ways to explore a new, unfamiliar city. Not only does it offer an opportunity to interact with the locals and see the local culture up close, but it’s also a great way to meet fellow travelers. Whether it’s a paid guided tour, a free guided tour, or a self-guided tour, you’re bound to learn some really cool things about the area and even learn a few tips to make your stay even more satisfying.
The architecture in Vail Village is a sight to behold. It looks straight out of a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie in the winter when the snow has piled up on the charming shops and restaurants and the entire village abounds with pretty Christmas lights. The streets are heated and car-free, so you’ll be able to enjoy your walking tour to the fullest.
If you want to do some more exploration after walking through Vail Village, head over to its neighboring village, the Bavarian-inspired Lionshead Village. It has a skatepark, an interactive children’s museum called Imagination Station, and an ice rink that doubles as an event space in the summer.
Art in Public Places
Among Vail’s many culturally-oriented programs is Art in Public Places, a collection of works of art installed in public places for both residents and guests to enjoy. The collection includes over 60 installations, including paintings and murals, wood and concrete carvings, sculptures, entire playgrounds, and unique forms of art you may have never seen before. The program’s website has an interactive map for those who want to do the tour on their own.
The Vail Farmers' Market and Art Show
If you’re visiting Vail between mid-June and early October, make sure not to miss the Vail Farmers’ Market & Arts Show, which showcases local produce and meats, artisanal products, and homemade treats. There’s also live music as well as chef-crafted farm-to-table dinners. If you’re interested in the event, the website has all the vendors listed including their offerings.
Hike with a Llama
Hikes aren’t necessarily a unique activity, but Vail has found a way to make hikes more fun and interesting by offering hikes that will allow you to take a llama with you and even share a meal with your new friend. While you won’t be able to ride them, they can help carry some of your gear and smile in photos next to you.
Apart from llama treks, Vail also offers a few free guided nature walks through the Walking Mountains Science Center. There’s the hour-long hike on top of Vail Mountain, the hour-long wildflower walks where you’ll learn about the area’s native flowers, and a walking tour along a creek.
Don’t have the time or energy to explore the town on foot? Perhaps you’ll be interested in joining a Segway Tour—a more efficient, convenient, and all-around-better way of exploring the best sights and top things to do in Vail, Colorado.
Among the most fun things to do in Vail, Colorado is enjoying the town’s frequent festivals. It hosts free weekly concerts in the summer, and there’s also the two-week-long Vail Dance Festival from late July to August. In the winter, the town hosts the Burton US Open, which is among the largest snowboarding events of the year, as well as a variety of concerts and festivals.
Other notable events include Vail America Days, a majestic annual Fourth of July celebration, GoPro Games—a celebration of adventure sports, Bravo! Vail—a classical music festival, and Oktoberfest.
There’s No Place Like Vail
Vail, Colorado is truly a wonderful place to be. Rich in beauty, culture, and entertainment, it’s a town you’ll keep coming back to for more.
Our Grand Tour of Vail, Colorado, includes amazing scenic views of the surrounding area along with a jolly tour through the heart of the Vail metropolitan area which includes shops, restaurants, and attractions. You'll glide along on your eco-friendly Segway PT while enjoying the narration of our professional guides. See Vail like a pro - on a Segway.
Because we decline other guests who may have wanted your tour, we must have at least a 72 hour notice to cancel to give other guests on the wait list the opportunity to book. There is no refund if canceled within 72 hours of the tour activity time. If you provide 72 hours notice or more, a 100% refund is provided. Cancellation must be by phone at 843-800-6004. Email cancellations will not be processed.
Individual guests who can't pass the training will be given a 100% refund. There is no refund for other guests who choose not to participate because one or more guests cannot participate.
If you have booked a tour and have a medical, handicap or weight issue that might affect your ability to ride, please call 843-800-6004 to discuss the condition. Guests who arrive and cannot meet the requirements forfeit their tour activity. So, please call!
There is no refund for any reason after the activity has started. If, for example, you go through training, are on the activity, and then decide it's not something you want to continue, we cannot reroute the tour for you to terminate early, so no refund is provided.
Weather: 1. Your activity will proceed even in light rain. This is the beach! Ponchos provided. 2. If a torrential rain or thunderstorm, the ride will be rescheduled. For those who cannot reschedule a 100% refund is provided. Weather on the island is intermittent, so it may not be raining at your location. The tours are canceled by management only, not by guests. Please do not assume your activity is canceled!
Wear comfortable attire for the weather. In cooler weather, a jacket and long pants will help. In warmer weather, lighter clothes will keep you from getting too hot, but beware of sun exposure. Wear sunscreen. Wear sunglasses if needed. A helmet is provided, or you can bring your own. Helmets are sanitized after each use. Closed-toes shoes will help keep you from stubbing your toes if you have to dismount your Segway suddenly, but are not required.
Bring your camera or cell phone camera. Disposable rain ponchos are provided. A hard-cased bag is attached to your Segway to hold a small purse, jacket, beverage, cell phone and other small items.
NO open toe shoes/sandals
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