Today we took the morning off and tried out the water taxi to downtown Seattle. There’s a free shuttle that I can catch about 1/2 a mile up the road and yes, it’s wheelchair accessible ; ) The water taxi is too, but you definitely need a little help to get on and off. To start with the height of the tide makes a BIG difference to the steepness of the boarding ramp on this side of the bay, then there is the little metal humpback bridge onto the boat at this end which is short and steep enough to require someone to hold onto your chair as you go over it. Getting off on the Seattle side has a very steep and short boat to jetty connector too and no-one could navigate that without assistance. However, if you have a needed caregiver with you they travel for free and if you make the trip alone the theory is that the staff will give you any needed assistance. I think that would be fine actually getting on and off the boat but as for the steepness of the ramp down/up to the boarding jetty you might be on your own.
I was with David so none of this was any trouble and the ride was really fun on such a gorgeous day. Once we disembarked on the other side I could roll for miles along the waterfront and there were elevators up to other streets at various places, plus buses of course. You just need to do your homework in advance and know where you’re going, but it’s a great option if you don’t drive or just don’t want to take your car into town. The actual crossing takes about 10 minutes and costs $3:50 for a normal adult. Yes, if you’re far from normal like me then it will only cost you $1:50 – what a deal ; )
A fun adventure that’s for sure – enjoy the pictures…..