Planning a vacation that the whole family will enjoy can be a lot of work, and things get extra complicated if you have a child with special needs. Are you trying to decide on a vacation spot where your special needs child can have fun and you can relax? Keep reading for recommended vacation spots from expert sources such as Guardian Helmets and Family Vacation Critic.
The Skydeck at Willis Tower – Chicago, Illinois
The Skydeck offers more than just unforgettable views of the city and Lake Michigan, but also wheelchair accessibility and extra room for children who need larger areas to feel comfortable. Chicago’s nearby museums are also handicapped accessible!
Kings Island Amusement Park – Cincinnati, Ohio
This amusement park not only offers fun for the entire family, but intentionally considers children with special needs in the design and customer service of the park. Learn more about accessibility at Kings Island.
The National Sports Center for the Disabled – Winter Park, Colorado
Does your family love sports? This center takes the concept of sports as a bonding and empowering experience and uniquely customizes it to children with special needs.
The NSCD offers adaptive lessons for both individuals and groups, allowing children (and adults!) with disabilities to safely and enjoyably participate in many action sports, adventure sports, and competitive programs.
Autism on the Seas
In partnership with Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines, this highly-customizable cruise assistance service helps children (and their families) with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities enjoy luxurious cruises and land excursions all around the world! Learn more about Autism on the Seas and their personalized services and scheduled cruises.
Morgan’s Wonderland – San Antonio, Texas
Priding itself as the “world’s first ultra-accessible theme park,” Morgan’s Wonderland has more than 30 adaptive and wheelchair-friendly swings, a fun area known as The Sensory Village, a music garden, a train ride, and a new fully-accessible water park that was designed with special needs children in mind. Visitors with special needs are admitted to the park at no charge!
Disney proudly accommodates all guests with special needs. Disney staff are trained to provide special accommodations for guests who have cognitive, visual, hearing and mobility issues, are sensitive to light, or are in wheelchairs.
Shared Adventures – Santa Cruz, California
Plan to visit in July and join their annual Day on the Beach, which includes assisted kayaking, canoe rides, SCUBA diving, and flotation activities for people of all ages and abilities!
Splore – Moab, Utah
Splore is dedicated to providing outdoor activities like river trips, rock climbing, hiking, four-wheeling, horseback riding, and mountain biking at affordable prices to people with special needs. All resort rooms are wheelchair-accessible.
Families looking for fun vacation spots designed to include special needs children should also check out:
● Smugglers’ Notch – Jeffersonville, Vermont
● Mont Tremblant – Montreal, Quebec
- Wyndham Hotels – Multiple Locations
- Tradewinds Island Resort – St. Pete Beach, Fla.
- Beaches Resorts – Multiple Locations
- Franklyn D. Resort & Spa – Runaway Bay, Jamaica
- Park City Resort – Park City, Utah
If you ever have questions regarding special needs law or need legal support defending your children’s rights, call New Jersey’s dedicated special needs lawyer at (973) 567-0954 or contact us online.
Law Office of Stuart M. Nachbar, P.C.
354 Eisenhower Parkway,
PO Box 2205,
Livingston, NJ 07039
Tel: (973) 567 0954
Fax: (973) 629 1294