Visitors to McKinney (and residents, too, of course) can tour the city’s historic district, parks and more atop these two wheeled electric vehicles, thanks to the Smith’s company, McKinney Segway Tours which officially opened Sept. 4.
“Every big city has Segway tours, but smaller towns have so much to offer, too,” Jen said. “The history and scenery around the square make McKinney a perfect place for tours. And the wide, even trails at Bonnie Wenk Park offer a great place to play a little more and enjoy a less structured tour.”
Both the downtown historic tours and parks are open for reservations. McKinney Segway Tours also offers customized tours as well for special events or circumstances.
So how did the Smiths decide on Segways for their new business venture? The couple moved their family out of their McKinney home of four years, sold everything and moved into an RV, so they were looking for something that would travel easily when the time came for them to go on the road. (That’s still a little ways in the future, as they have a couple school-aged kids still at home.)
“We’ve been thinking for years of something different to do, and of all the ideas we explored, every step along the way with the Segways has just worked out just as it should,” Jen said.
The couple talked about the desire to eventually offer adventure tours while on the road, either that or start other Segway tour businesses in other smaller cities. But first, they’re working to get McKinney Segway Tours launched. They’ve already formed a partnership with Munzee Marketplace for their downtown tours; tour participants meet the Smiths at this store for signing releases and pre-tour instruction. They will also hold special tours for Munzee players in town in October for the company’s MHQ Bash.
“We’re thrilled to have Jen and Ken offering these tours. McKinney Segway Tours gives us another interesting entertainment option to offer when we have groups in town for conferences or other meetings, as well as for groups here on day or weekend trips,” said Dee-dee Guerra, Executive Director of the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Plus, this is another fun attraction we’ll be able to promote top encourage visitors to come to McKinney for a unique experience in our quaint historic downtown and our beautiful nature areas.”
Currently, McKinney Segway Tours can tour up to five people at one time. (“Right now, the streets and sidewalks here won’t handle more than that and we don’t want to get in anyone’s way,” Jen said.) If the need arises, especially for special custom tours, they do have the option of renting other units from the Segway tour company in Dallas with whom they’ve been consulting on starting their business.
“We so appreciate their incredible generosity in providing us with information and guidance,” Jen said. “And we feel so welcome starting this business downtown. The businesses and homeowners in the historic have been so supportive and friendly.”