Accessible sites in San Antonio

Q&a

October 01, 2006|By San Jose Mercury News

Our group, the World War II War Brides, is having its annual reunion in San Antonio. Can you recommend activities for a group that is mostly handicapped? Also, where can we rent wheelchairs?

Two of the city's most popular sites, the Alamo and San Antonio River Walk, are almost entirely accessible to disabled guests.

The Alamo's walking surface is flat, except for its exit, which has a few steps - but you'll be able to leave through the entrance.

River Walk, a network of walkways on the San Antonio River with shopping, restaurants and great views, has several ramps and elevators and one accessible bridge to cross the river. You can print out a map at the Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site at sanantoniovisit.com.

Alamo Trolley Tours offers a narrated 60-minute historic tour that includes the Alamo, the Institute of Texas Cultures, Mission San Jose, Market Square and other sites. The price is $16.95 per person. Go to sacitytours.net or call 210-225-8587. It also does custom tours.

There are several companies that rent wheelchairs. Try American Medical Wholesale in San Antonio, which will drop off and pick up wheelchairs at your hotel. Daily rates start at $59 for wheelchairs, $75 for scooters; contact the company at 210-344-3401.

My husband and I will be spending three nights in Venice, Italy, before boarding our cruise ship. Any tips on getting from Marco Polo Airport to San Marco Square, and then from the square to the cruise port?

Airport buses are cheap and always available, but you might want to consider the Alilaguna boat, a comfortable option into the city. The cost is 10 euros (about $12.80) and the trip takes about one hour and 15 minutes. Buy your tickets at the Alilaguna ticket booth at the airport and take the free shuttle to the boat dock. The boat makes two stops near Piazza San Marco.

Check with your cruise line regarding transportation to the port. If your hotel arrangements were made through cruise officials, they can provide transportation. Otherwise, ask at your hotel about a taxi or bus.

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