accessible* Homer, Alaska

accessible* Homer, Alaska

Wheelchair rider on boardwalk overlooking Homer Harbor

Wheelchair rider entering boardwalk at Wynn Nature Center

This new website is a work in progress!  We've added some information about various places around town, but we're just starting to add information that businesses send us describing their accessibility.  To suggest additions or changes to information on this website, please email Devony at dlehner@peninsulailc.org.   THANK YOU!

Welcome to accessible* Homer

This website emphasizes what’s available in Homer for those experiencing disabilities.

This website is for travelers thinking of visiting Homer, Alaska (and local folks too). We emphasize information useful for those with a disability. Accessible Homer is for slow walkers, wheelchair riders, folks with limited vision, and others experiencing a disability. We’ve tried to compile information to help you enjoy Homer’s many offerings—on your own or with friends and family. This website is maintained by the TRAILS inclusive recreation program at Homer Independent Living Center. 

TRAILSTotal Recreation And Independent Living Services

TRAILS promotes inclusive recreation on the southern Kenai Peninsula. We want folks who love travel and adventure to find what they’re looking for right here in Homer—a fun and beautiful place we love to share.


* accessible means different things in different contexts. If a place meets standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we make that clear. If it's working in that direction but not yet there, we describe (or show in photos or videos) the conditions you'll find. That way, YOU can decide if it's accessible to YOU. We include contact information so you can discuss expectations and needs.


How to use accessible* Homer

CLICK on a button below to find places and activities in Homer.

Homer offers many ways to recreate and enjoy its beautiful surroundings  dramatic views, boat tours of the bay and its wildlife, charming shops and art galleries, different kinds of trails to explore, delicious places to eat, and comfy places to stay.  Click around on the two tables reached by these buttons, and see what sparks your interest.  Or visit the accessible* Homer playlist on YouTube to see videos of folks in wheelchairs visiting different locations.

The GREEN BUTTON jumps to a table with different KINDS of businesses and places, like restaurants, trails, art galleries, bicycle rentals, museums, kayak tours, boardwalks—that sort of thing. 

The GOLD BUTTON jumps to a table with businesses and places listed by NAME, such as Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, Homer Public Library, Pratt Museum, Halibut Cove.  Entries that are rose-shaded comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

If you want your business on accessible* Homer

Contact TRAILS if you want accessible* Homer to describe or link to your business or if you want to suggest places or activities to add to our tables. If you're a business with a website, you can develop your own content describing your accessibility features with descriptions and photos.  Then TRAILS can add a link going straight to that information. 

You can search using

two kinds of lists:


1.   general activities and
types of places,


2.   named places and vendors – entries shaded in rose are ADA compliant.


This website is a work in progress.  Businesses, locations, and activities are added as we learn about them and their accessibility.  We rely on businesses and vendors to provide us information about their access conditions.  We also post “accessible* Homer” videos so YOU can decide whether you're comfortable, for example, being lifted by friends or willing staff onto a boat or helped over a threshold or down a trail or across a beach.


You can add comments, photos, videos about places you visit.


If an offering doesn’t meet
ADA standards but is working towards that goal, we describe what you’ll find.


More information about Homer

Links for exploring Homer online

Are you curious what you might discover in Homer.  Here are some links that can help you start exploring the area.

Homer Chamber of Commerce

City resolution to become Universally Accessible

City of Homer Parks and Recreation

Kachemak Bay Water Trail

Shorezone click start button and zoom to Homer on map

The boardwalk at the Wynn Nature Center is narrow but affords wonderful experiences of woods and meadows.
The boardwalk at the Wynn Nature Center opens up onto a large viewing platform with plenty of room for everybody to enjoy the meadow together. Stairs lead down to a hiking trail.
Skipper Ross of Coastal Marine gets ready to help Ylka board, Tela and a crew member are ready to assist.
Ramp 3 at Homer Harbor is the wheelchair accessible ramp. It can be very steep at extreme low tides. Skipper Ross is making sure that Ylka's descent backwards is safe. Tela is ready to help.

More information about accessible travel

Links to online resources for folks traveling with disabilities

accessibleGO --"Making travel more accessible, together;" this website offers discounts, describes destinations, provides reviews, offers a way to review businesses yourself, and more.  They even have a section where anyone can share their travel recommendations, experiences, or knowledge; and if you want, accessibleGO will find you lodgings with specific kinds of accommodations.  Click here to see their basic list of accessibility rating categories for lodgings.

WheelchairTravel --"resources to help you plan a wheelchair-accessible vacation"





4 photo(s) Updated on: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • The boardwalk at the Wynn Nature Center is narrow but affords wonderful experiences of woods and meadows.
  • The boardwalk at the Wynn Nature Center opens up onto a large viewing platform with plenty of room for everybody to enjoy the meadow together. Stairs lead down to a hiking trail.
  • Skipper Ross of Coastal Marine gets ready to help Ylka board, Tela and a crew member are ready to assist.
  • Ramp 3 at Homer Harbor is the wheelchair accessible ramp. It can be very steep at extreme low tides. Skipper Ross is making sure that Ylka's descent backwards is safe. Tela is ready to help.

Below are rating categories that accessibleGO uses to rate lodgings and related places:


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