Escape Plan

By Shannon Kelley Gould

If you’re looking to get outta Dodge, but don’t have the dough to drop on a real trip, why not try being a tourist in your own town for a day? Instead of cursing the visitors taking their leisurely time cruising down Cabrillo Boulevard on a bicycle built for two, why not commandeer the people-mover of your choice, and become one of them?

Wheel Fun Rentals: Rents mountain bikes, beach cruisers, three- and four-wheel bikes, even a bike that holds up to nine people, all by the hour. Prices vary. Call 966‑2282 or visit Separate location rents mini-cars, two-person scoot coupes ($39/hr.), and mopeds ($15/hr., two-hour minimum). Two-hour GPS-guided tour of S.B.: $78. Call 962-2585.

The Land Shark: This amphibious tour bus goes out every day, weather permitting, spending an hour on land, and a half-hour at sea. Pick-up on Cabrillo, at Stearns Wharf. Summer tours begin at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Winter tours: noon and 2 p.m. $25/adults; $10/kids 12 and under. Call 683-7600 or visit

The S.B. Trolley: Narrated downtown tour begins and ends at Stearns Wharf. $16/adults; $8/kids under 12. Tours begin at 10 a.m., run every 45 minutes. Call 965-0353 or visit

Segway of S.B.: Electric, self-balancing “human transporters” can travel up to 24 miles on a single charge, and are rented by the hour, day, or week (prices vary). Call 963-7672 or visit

S.B. Harley-Davidson: Rental fleet includes nine bikes of the touring variety (they include bags and windshields), rented out in 24-hour blocks. Renters must have a motor­cycle endorsement. $150/24 hours; ask for Bubba, who may be willing to hook you up with a deal. Call 966-5605 or email

MTD’s Electric Shuttle: Downtown-Waterfront shuttle provides service along State Street and the Waterfront. Stops are marked with blue and black sailboat symbols. 25 cents one-way; children under 5 ride free. Daily, every 10 minutes from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call MTD-3702 or visit

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