Electriquettes in Balboa Park

StaycationerJoJo is back at it finding some unusual things to do in California. We have driven in Nascars, skydived, and flown jets in flight simulators, but this week she slows it way down for a ride in an Electriquette.

So what the heck is an Electriquette? An Electriquette is a motorized cart first made in 1915 for an exposition in Balboa Park. Based on wicker chairs, they were invented by Clyde Osborn and were originally pushed by hand.

An Electriquette

No surviving carts are known to exist and there is no info on what happened to them. However, the 2016 versions are alive and well in Balboa Park! They officially returned to Balboa Park in March of 2016 and you can rent them at the kiosk in front of the Rueben H. Fleet Science Museum.

We rented one for an hour and bypassed the umbrella rental of $2.00 which was a mistake since it was quite hot that day.

I was o.k. but they let you take your dogs so we had to find shade frequently for them during the ride.

Electriquette by Natural History Mueseum
An Electriquette with an umbrella breezes by the Natural History Museum.

Basically, the electric wicker cart allows you to cruise down the streets of Balboa Park at the pace of a fast walker. Depending on how much time you have, you could easily stop at the museums and when finished, continue on in your own personal chariot. Mostly they are for someone who wants to see what Balboa Park is all about. Like me, I didn’t realize it housed so many museums.

Along with the Rueben H. Fleet Science Museum, there is the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, just to name a few. There are restaurants, the Old Globe Theater, Botanical Building and Lily Pond, plus much more.

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