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Alaska Tours for Seniors

September 5, 2021 / updated October 9, 2021
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Cara L
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Attention all seniors, people with limited mobility, and folks who just want a low-effort adventure for exploring Alaska, these excursions are for you! Our team has compiled this list to help those searching for a fun, easy tour experience in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Anchorage. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have, we're here to help!

Skagway Low-Mobility Tours:

Skagway Alaska tours for seniors

  • White Pass Summit Train
    • This train is wheelchair accessible. However, space is limited in lift-equipped cars.
  • Bennett Lake Scenic Journey
    • This train is not equipped with wheelchair access so participants must be able to walk up and down a few steps.
  • Scenic River Float
    • This mellow float trip is suitable for all ages and ability levels. The guides are there to assist you getting in/out of the boat.
  • Glassblowing
    • The facilities are wheelchair accessible and you can even blow glass while in a wheelchair. In the gardens, there are a few narrow pathways to access certain beds that are too narrow for a wheelchair but it won't hinder your overall experience.

For the following three tours, guests must be able to walk up and down a few steps to board the bus. There are opportunities to walk around at designated areas.

For the following two tours, guests can choose to walk around at stops as little or as much as they'd like. The vehicle is a Ford Transit or similar, and can accommodate folding wheelchairs.


Juneau Low-Mobility Tours:

Juneau Alaska tours for seniors

  • Juneau Highlights Land Tour
    • Most stops are wheelchair accessible. To get the full enjoyment of this tour, guests should be able to navigate stairs as well as be able to walk 100 yards.
  • Juneau City & Glacier Tour
    • The bus has a couple of steps and is not equipped with a wheelchair lift. The Visitor Center at Mendenhall Glacier is accessible with boardwalks and ramps.
  • 5 Glacier Seaplane Exploration
    • This tour is rated as easy, though some limited mobility is necessary for entering and exiting the aircraft, but your pilot will be present to provide assistance.

For the following four whale watching tours, there are a few steps to get in and out of the bus as well as a rugged dock a maximum of 300 yards to get to the boat. However, our guides are there to help! Take a look at the review below.

Great for all ages! 10 out of 10! Must do! Would book again. We took my 83 year old Grandparents they loved it! I hope the description helps others. The walk from the ship to the meeting place was difficult for them about a 5-10 min walk. So if you have difficulty walking I suggest leaving your cabin early and taking the complementary cruise ship shuttle to the meeting location. We then loaded on a bus for a ten min drive to the docks. The dock is a working dock this was the most difficult part for my grandparents. There is a steep ramp (depending on the tide) and the crew was great at helping them down the ramp and getting on the boat. The boat was amazingly clean and in great condition! The captain Jason was sure to turn the boat in all directions so my grandparent who stayed seated had a good view of whales! The rest of us went up on deck to walk about and get the best angles. It was a moving emotional experience! On the way off the boat the crew literally ran and got a wheelchair to help my grandparents back up the steep ramp. They were rock stars!!! (I recommend tipping the crew extra if you need wheelchair assistance they worked their tails off for us!) We then took a 10 min bus ride to the Mendenhall Glacier. My grandparents were able to walk from the bus stop to the viewing platform with no problem maybe a 100 yard walk. Getting back to the second bus stop where you get picked up to go back to the ship was quite a bit further 200 to 300 yards. This bus comes every 30 minutes so you have plenty of time to see all the glacier and the visitors center if you wish. The rest of our party hiked the fairly flat very well maintained Nugget Trail to Nugget Falls well worth the 2 mile round trip walk. To the falls and back including down time at the falls took us about an hour. Overall this was the best tour for the price and great for every member of our family no matter their ambulatory needs. - The Watsons: August 26, 2021


Ketchikan Low-Mobility Tours:

Ketchikan Alaska tours for seniors

  • Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour
    • This tour is wheelchair accessible and scooters are also allowed onboard the vessel as the main deck area is all one level. If you need assistance getting to the boat, please contact us in advance.
  • Ketchikan Pub Crawl
    • This tour is rated 'easy' in regards to activity level but guests must be able to walk over the course of ¾ mile on flat terrain.

The following three tours at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary include walking for short distances over relatively level terrain, with a few steps or slight inclines. Participants should be able to move into and out of buses or vans with assistance.


Anchorage Low-Mobility Tours:

Anchorage Alaska tours for seniors The following two tours are rated 'easy' in regards to activity level. There is minimal walking and we can accommodate guests with limited mobility and those with walkers, canes, or crutches. However, the vehicles are not equipped to accommodate wheelchairs.


Don't see a tour you're interested in on this list? Contact us! Some tours not included here for one reason or another might be suitable for you. Get in touch with us so we can help you find your perfect excursion!


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Cara L
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Cara, our resident Marketing Coordinator, shares her passion for Alaska through our blogs and social media. She travels the Inside Passage each summer to explore new tours and hidden gems.

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