The website had stated that parking next door in the hotel parking garage was free, but knowing there are sometimes height restrictions I called ahead and sure enough, the ceilings of the parking garage were too low for Black Beauty. The tour operator I spoke with said that there was a parking lot five blocks away where we could park for $5 so that's where we headed the day of our tour, only to discover that the parking fee was $20 because it was Mardi Gras parade day in the city (which the tour operator had forgotten about). To be fair, the tour guide did offer to put coins in the parking meter if we parked on the street, but we couldn't find any open spots nearby so we bit the bullet and paid the price. Most people won't have this problem!
The Segways are in a sense motorized gyroscopes; they automatically balance as you shift your weight. When you shift forward on your toes, the machine goes forward and when you shift back on your heels the Segway stops. Lean the handlebar to the left and you do a 360 degree turn on a dime. It's incredibly maneuverable and easy to ride, being almost intuitive once you become accustomed to the handling of the machine. And let's not forget fun!