Skagway – Accessible Activities
Some cruise ships sailing out of Seattle this year are stopping in Skagway, Alaska. If you are lucky enough to be able to take such a cruise, you might be wondering what activities and attractions located in Skagway would be accessible to someone who uses a wheelchair or mobility scooter. There are several things that one can do while using such equipment.
The Historic District is a must see! All the downtown streets and sidewalks are level which make it very easy to get around on a mobility device.
There are around 100 buildings downtown that remain from the gold rush era of the 1800’s. The most often photographed is the Artic Brotherhood Hall, which now houses the convention and visitors’ bureau, but was built by a group of gold miners prior to taking off for the gold fields.
Among the shops, bars, and restaurants to explore you will also find The Days of ’98 Show which is housed in the FOE #25 Theater. You will be entertained as you learn a little about Skagway history and the notorious Jeffrey “Soapy” Smith, Alaska’s most famous outlaws. You will be treated to some humor, music, fun, and even authentic CAN CAN dancing. The show was originally created in 1923 for Princess Cruise Line passengers in order to raise funds for the local hockey team uniforms!
You can also book a tour to Alaska360 to get some hands-on fun on aspects of the historic Alaskan lifestyle. Try your hand at panning for gold (for real cash), get up close and personal with sled dogs and their puppies, and experience what 40 degrees below zero feels like!
Get some beautiful photos at Jewell Gardens of an amazing selection of vegetables, wildflowers in bloom, and a variety of gorgeous glass exhibits installed within the gardens. You can also eat an extremely fresh meal prepared with the organic foods grown on the property.
For an understanding of the greater beauty of the surrounding territory, take a ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. Yes, they can accommodate wheelchairs! You will be amazed at the views through the windows as you rise up to the 3,290 White Pass summit as you gaze upon glaciers, waterfalls, and suspension bridges.
There are a wide variety of experiences to be had in Skagway! Please contact Special Needs Group at 800-513-4515 for more information on renting mobility equipment to help you explore in comfort!