PHILADELPHIA, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) now provides new services from the Independence Visitor Center: Segway tours, bike rentals, and bike tours! This has been made possible by a partnership with Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun, a Wheel Fun Rentals brand. Wheel Fun Rentals is America's premier recreation rental company to offer bicycle rentals, including locally based Fuji hybrid two-wheel bikes, as well as Segway tours.
"The Visitor Center is thrilled to welcome Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun to the building," said James J. Cuorato, President & CEO of the IVCC. "This partnership is a great opportunity to connect our visitors to a fun and exciting way of exploring Philadelphia and to also connect with our residents on the ease and convenience of utilizing the Visitor Center and its amenities."
The opening of Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun at the Visitor Center gives visitors a new way to explore America's Most Historic Square Mile as well as the greater downtown Philly area, on a guided Segway tour or on a bike.
"We are excited to be providing our unique and fun service to Philadelphia visitors and residents," said Brian McInerney, Wheel Fun Rentals Founder. "We specialize in providing affordable outdoor recreation that brings people and families together."
Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun, located inside the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets in Independence National Historical Park, is open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. In June, July and August, hours of the Visitor Center and Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Run are extended to 7 p.m.
About the Segway Tours
All guided Segway tours feature wireless radio communication, friendly and knowledgeable tour guides, in-depth video and hands on training, brand new Segway fleet, and more. With two different guided Segway tours, there is something for everyone. The Full City Tour is a 3-hour all-encompassing tour of the downtown Philadelphia area. Offered at 9:30 a.m. each day, this is the tour not to be missed. Guests will see more than 30 of Philadelphia's most popular attractions including: the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Schuylkill River, Rocky Statue, Swann Fountain, Basilica St. Peter and Paul, City Hall, Chinatown, various murals and public art, Boathouse Row, Love Park, and so much more!
The Old City Historic Tour is a 1.5-hour tour offered each day at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. exploring the Historic District. This is the most popular tour offering views and historical facts to more than 20 of Philadelphia's most sought after attractions. This tour is the perfect snapshot for visitors to get acquainted with Old City and Historic/Waterfront Districts as well as learn Philadelphia's memorable history. Glide, discover, and explore while also learning how our country was formed on those very streets.
Pricing and more info on Segway tours can be found here: http://philadelphia.segwaytoursbywheelfun.com/
"IVCC is dedicated to providing a one-stop-shop for interactive and stimulating services that further improve the Philadelphia experience and having Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun available will do just that," states Cuorato. On top of guided Segway tours, they also offer bike rentals and self-guided bike tours.
About the Bike Rentals & Bike Tours
Residents and visitors can enjoy self-guided bike tours of Old City Philadelphia and Fairmount Park. The self-guided bike tours include a route map, points of interest, historical information, helmet and lock. The Old City Tour is 11.5 miles roundtrip and will take bikers past numerous museums, lavish gardens, intricate architecture and many landmarks including the U.S. Mint, Independence National Historical Park, Penn's Landing and Betsy Ross House. The Fairmount Park Tour is also 11.5 miles roundtrip and will take bikers past Lemon Hill Mansion, the Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum® and much more.
Bike Rentals pricing:
- City Bikes: $12/hour, $30/half day, $38/full day
"On behalf of the cycling community, it is a pleasure to see another resource for bike rentals in Center City," says Alex Doty, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. "I look forward to the success of this new Wheel Fun Rentals location inside the Visitor Center opening up new opportunities to build the cycling community throughout Philadelphia."
With more than 100 rental outlets across the United States, Wheel Fun Rentals has been offering clean, healthy family fun and affordable outdoor recreation to nearly 1.5 million customers annually for more than 20 years. Philadelphia is the company's first foray into the Northeast. For more information about Wheel Fun Rentals and Segway Tours by Wheel Fun, please visit www.wheelfunrentals.com and www.segwaytoursbywheelfun.com.
The Independence Visitor Center Corporation is a Pennsylvania non-profit, 501(c)3 organization which operates in cooperation with the efforts of the National Park Service, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Independence Visitor Center is Independence National Historical Park's and the region's welcome center for people from all over the nation and the world offering visitor amenities including trip planning service, easy onsite ticketing for area attractions, multilingual concierge staff, comprehensive daily listing of area events, attraction displays and regional maps, free, informative historical and orientation films, free wireless Internet access and much more. Follow @PHLVisitorCntr, the Visitor Center's virtual concierge service on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.
Philadelphia Segway Tours by Wheel Fun is a Wheel Fun Rentals brand specializing in guided Segway Tours. Knowledgeable guides, wireless communication, and a brand new Segway fleet provide guests with an unforgettable experience where they'll learn and see much more than they would from a car or a bus window. Great customer service and professionalism are the hallmarks of our business. For more information visit www.segwaytoursbywheelfun.com.
Wheel Fun Rentals, founded in 1987, offers recreational rentals in more than 100 outlets in 13 states. Specializing in unique bikes, Wheel Fun Rentals operates in city and state parks, resorts, and retail outlets with an emphasis on good clean family fun through corporate locations and franchised territories. Locations in Philadelphia include Independence Visitor Center, Boathouse Row, and Trolley Car Cafe in the East Falls, For more information, visit www.wheelfunrentals.com or call 805-650-7770. For discounts, coupons, and fun like us on Facebook.
SOURCE Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC)