Summertime is right around the corner! Looking to explore the Southern U.S. region with wheelchair-accessible summer activities? We’ve compiled a list of beaches, state parks, museums, and more ideas for you:
- Gulf Shores – Orange Beach, Alabama – The Gulf Shores has many attractions, including the Coastal Echo Cruise. This tour allows you to remain in your powered wheelchair while checking out some wildlife. You might even see some dolphins!
- Cathedral Caverns – Woodville, Alabama – This cave has the widest entrance of any commercial cave in the world, and a paved path a mile long making it easy to roll into! Tours are given every hour throughout the day.
- Morgans Wonderland – San Antonio, Texas – All the rides and attractions at this theme park are adapted to accommodate visitors with mobility impairments, including a ferris wheel! Also, cool off at Morgan’s Inspiration Island, their ultra-accessible water park.
- Cobb Creek Cabins – Murphy, North Carolina – If you’re looking to get away for a weekend, this wheelchair friendly cabin may be for you. And for an added bonus, these cabins are located right across from an alpaca ranch! Take a tour of the ranch and see the alpacas up-close during your visit.
- NASCAR Hall of Fame – Charlotte, North Carolina – If you’re a race fan you will want to check this out. This museum is filled with artifacts, interactive activities, and you can even drive your powered wheelchair into an adapted race car!
- Blue Ridge Scenic Railway – Blue Ridge, Georgia – This vintage train is the perfect way to see some great views. The ride starts in Blue Ridge, and is an hour to the Georgia/Tennessee state line. Riders have two hours to explore before taking the train back, so you might want to check out the variety of places to get a bite to eat or an antique store.
- One Rare Adventure – This four day adventure is offered both in-person and virtually this summer! Founded within one family’s Duchenne journey, One Rare provides resources and opportunities for the rare disease community such as adulthood guidance, physical care, mental preparation, and emotional support.
For more locations and ideas, visit your state’s Parks and Recreation website!