ABOVE: Tour owners, from left, Janet Gamache, Brian Young, John Tucker and Paula Tucker.
Segway tours in Mount Dora are hardly new. The two-wheeled personal transporters have been rolling through the streets of the historic downtown and waterfront for years. What has changed for the popular tours are its owners and its new scenic waterfront location. Longtime Mount Dora area residents Brian Young and Janet Gamache have joined forces with Paula and John Tucker to take over the city’s Segway tours and rename it Glide Adventure Tours. The foursome aren’t new to operating tours in Mount Dora nor partnering on business ventures. The Tuckers have owned and operated Taste of our Town Tours in Mount Dora since 2013. Paula served as Mount Dora’s Postmaster for six years and John is currently a city councilman. Young and Gamache are the organizers of several of Mount Dora’s large downtown events. Last year, the foursome partnered to open CatBoat Adventures, a guided two-person watercraft tour across Lake Dora and through the Dora Canal that departs from Mount Dora. Segway of Central Florida, located in downtown Mount Dora, will no longer offer tours, but will continue to offer sales, service and maintenance of the personal transporters, according to Young. Glide Adventure Tours is expected to launch in early June with five Segway Personal Transporters and plans to expand to 10 as demand for the tour grows. The tours will be based out of Mount Dora Marina and Boating Center located between downtown shops and the lighthouse The 90-minute Segway tours will depart from Mount Dora Marina and Boating Center next to Evans Park and wind through downtown Mount Dora and Evans Park and then travel to scenic Palm Island Boardwalk and Lighthouse Point. A new two-hour evening tour will be added to encompass enjoying the city’s beautiful sunsets from Lighthouse Point. The 90-minute tours are $55 per person plus tax and the new 2-hour tours are $65 per person plus tax. The age requirement to ride is 12 years and older, and the weight requirement is for riders to weigh between 100 and 260 pounds. The minimum number for a tour is two people and the maximum is eight. Glide Tours will be offering packages for larger groups that allow group members to split between Segway tours and CatBoat Adventures tours.