Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to think about the summer holidays. Planning a vacation can be difficult for those with limited mobility, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of accessible destinations where those who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids can fully participate in the fun, both in the UK and abroad. Here are some great suggestions for sensational summer holidays for the disabled.
Hanauma Bay, Honolulu Hawaii
For those whose ideal vacation includes a trip to a warm, tropical beach, Hanauma Bay in Honolulu, Hawaii is the place to go. This breathtaking beach is within easy reach of Honolulu’s best hotels, and the beach rents out waterproof, all-terrain wheelchairs free of charge, allowing those who need mobility support to enjoy everything the beach has to offer. Accessible van shuttles are available from Waikiki so that visitors of all ability levels won’t have to worry about parking. The beach also features a snack bar and various other tourist amenities.
Disney Theme Parks
Everyone should visit a Disney theme park at least once, and Disney parks are famous the world over for their accessibility. All Disney theme parks rent out wheelchairs and electric accessibility vehicles to their guests, or you can use your own. Many rides and other attractions are fully accessible, and all Disney hotels provide elevators, wheelchair accessible rooms, accessible bathrooms, and accommodations for service animals. Disney transportation is also accessible; all buses have ramps and lifts, as do all Disney monorail trains.
The Louvre in Paris
The Lourve is another great choice for those looking for sensational summer holidays for the disabled. The Louvre, located in Paris, France, has made accommodating disabled guests one of its top priorities. All exhibits are wheelchair accessible, and an English-language accessibility map and guide is available on the museum’s website. Since Paris less than a two hour drive from London, the Louvre is also a great destination for those who struggle with airline travel or simply dislike long road trips.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Camping may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering sensational summer holidays for the disabled?, but Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, USA offers far more than roughing it in mountains. Many trails, including the spectacular Bear Lake trail, are wheelchair accessible. Bear Lake offers fishing from an accessible pier, nature visitors center, and accessible shuttle from the easy-to-reach Bear Lake parking lot. For those who can’t (or don’t want to) sleep in a tent or RV, lodging at a variety of price points (from budget to upmarket) is available an easy 15 minute drive away in Estas Park, which also offers world-class shopping and dining.
The Science Museum of London
Finding great accessible fun doesn’t have to mean leaving the UK. London itself offers a great variety of things to do. One of them is the Science Museum. Recognized in 2010 as one of the best accessible tourist destinations, the museum offers science-based information and entertainment, including a variety of space-themed exhibits for all ages. Large-print accessibility maps showing the locations of ramps, lifts, toilets and other accommodations are available at the front desk. The museum also offers dining, interactive learning, and IMAX shows.
Accessible accommodations are available for those willing to look, but having the right mobility device helps ensure a trouble-free trip, both for the disabled person and his or her family, companions, or caregivers. Karma Mobility offers a variety of lightweight, travel-friendly mobility devices for every need, ensuring full access to these and other sensational summer holidays for the disabled.
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