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    Going to San Francisco...

    Headed with the fam to San Fran in April. Anyone have suggestions as to accessible activities/places? Hotel's covered. I'm a c5 in a power chair. Thanks!

    The new Exploratorium on Pier 15 opening on April 17. Try to advance purchase tickets

    Alcatraz. Try to advance purchase tickets

    Fisherman's Wharf and Aquarium of the Bay

    California Academy of Sciences and Steinhart Aquarium in Golden Gate Park

    Museum of Modern Art is closed for a couple of years for renovation
    Other Museums:
    California Palace of the Legion of Honor
    M. H. de Young Memorial Museum
    The Cable Car Museum is accessible

    Catch the Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge at dusk or at night
    Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point/Fort Baker

    Muir Woods

    Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

    Boudin Bistro
    Demonstation Bakery
    San Francisco Sour Dough Bread
    Clam Chowder, Tomato Soup or Chili in a sour dough bread bowl

    Yank Sing for Dimsun Lunch either location

    One Market
    Nice Dinner at the San Francisco Embarcadero

    Union Square for shopping

    Have a great trip



      Hotels & Transportation - To search local hotels and their accessibility options, please
      visit and search using the menus under Tourist Information.

      Review both links, the later is highly informative and was complied by wheelchair users living in surrounding bay areas. Here's my email:

      I'd be glad to help out and answer your inquiries about San Francisco.

      best of times...Liz


        I was there about 5 yrs ago, and the wheelchair taxis were far and few between. hopefully it has improved because back then there were only a couple off vans with a ramp in the whole city..
        - Rolling Thru Life -


          Had a business meeting in San Francisco last month, and stayed at the Hilton Fishermans Warf. The Hotel was accessible and very easy to get down to the warf. Went clubbing one night and had no problem getting a taxi with a lift. Had to wait maybe five minutes max.
          Living the Dream, C6/C7 incomplete.


            We are also planning a trip to CA soon. I've carefully documented all your suggestions/info this time so I don't have to search for "that one thread!" College is coming soon enough and our daughter flat out refuses to go anywhere with snow. A lot of the schools up here have tunnels wheelers can use during the cold months but she wants full use of the campus. CA is her top choice and we'll have to tour all the schools on her list from San Francisco to San Diego....


              I'm from San Francisco. I've never stayed at a hotel but I'm sure they're all accessible at this point. The last time I was out there was for my grandfathers funeral and their house was a two-story house. Fortunately due to my grandmother's lack of mobility there was a stair lift so with lots of help we were able to get me on the lift and have someone bring my chair around so I could get to it. Have fun. It's a beautiful place
              C-5/6, 7-9-2000
              Scottsdale, AZ

              Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.


                You are in Oregon, so I expect you are driving. The question you need answered is about parking. If you have to use a ramp from a van it could be an issue. SF is very crowded and has plenty of steep hills.

                Other than that, it is a fun place to visit with lots to do on the waterfront and elsewhere as has been mentioned.
                I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.


                  Hyde Street Pier

                  Hyde Street Pier is home of the world's largest collection of historic ships by tonnage, where visitors can board several National Landmark vessels, including the schooner Alma and the 1890 ferryboat Eureka. Hyde Street Pier also offers regular ranger guided tours, chantey sings, special programs and hands-on demonstrations for all ages.
                  I'm totally nuts for historic ships. Some of them you will be able to roll up the gangway and take a tour of the deck, but unfortunately belowdecks tours requires going down very steep ladder-like stairs. But on deck, just talk to some of the enthusiastic volunteers.
                  Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.


                    The Exploratorium is fantastic, but is essentially a giant physics playground full of hands-on activities. The rest of your family may love it, but you - depending on your hand function - may not.

                    Coit Tower is great and, while normal people have an enclosed observation deck, the accessible viewing area is outdoors. Much cooler, in my opinion. I remember the railings being a little high so if you're sitting in a low-ish chair you may have a little difficulty in seeing over the edge. It's up a gigantic hill, but there is a bus that goes up there.

                    I prefer the deYoung museum over the SF MOMA, but they're both good.

                    There are a couple of accessible boats that will take you out on to the bay, which I highly recommend. They leave from the Fisherman's Wharf area. Going UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty awesome.

                    The GG Bridge itself is pretty great.

                    If you've got some time take a long stroll along the Embarcadero from the GG Bridge back to Market Street. Or Fisherman's Wharf to Market for a shorter trip.
                    Last edited by brian; 18 Mar 2013, 11:41 AM.


                      Great suggestions everyone. So excited!


                        Wheelchair Traveler from San Francisco

                        Glad to hear that you are coming to San Francisco! I live very close by to the city and even though I use a manual wheelchair I still love SF. The suggestions people gave you are great. I have a Wheelchair Travel Guide on San Francisco on, that includes some of their suggestions and more, like transportation and photos too.

                        You will have a much easier time than I exploring with the extra power from your wheelchair. There's a lot to see!

                        I would love to hear about what you think!

                        Keep in mind that the sunniest and warmest days in SF are the end of August and September.

                        Happy Travels!