They say everything is bigger in Texas, so that means there should be more accessible travel destinations, right? In this case, it’s actually very true. There are a wide variety of accessible travel destinations and attractions located throughout the state of Texas. Many of these attractions are popular destinations for wheelchair users and their families under normal circumstances, but in light of the coronavirus pandemic more and more people are sticking close to home rather than venturing out to tourist destinations.
For wheelchair users that live or near the state of Texas, many of these accessible destinations are open and operating, with safety precautions and social distancing measures in place. If you are looking to get out on the open road and drive your wheelchair van, Texas is a great destination option. Here are our picks for wheelchair accessible destinations that are operating with social distancing practices in place.
The Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio’s Riverwalk is the perfect indoor and outdoor accessible destination. Open to the public 24/7, the Riverwalk (also known as Paseo del Rio) is a famous park that is free for visitors. The walk itself is roughly 15 miles long and winds through approximately a 5 mile radius of downtown San Antonio. Boasting shops, restaurants, hotels and river ways, the Riverwalk is a destination that has something for everyone.
Currently, most businesses along the Riverwalk are open during their regular operating business hours, and masks are required while inside any of the establishments along the walkways. Masks are also required outdoors if social distancing is not possible to maintain. You can learn more about the San Antonio Riverwalk here.
Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas
The Texas State Aquarium is a great activity destination for all ages, but especially wheelchair users that are traveling with their family. With both indoor and outdoor areas, the aquarium has a ton of area to explore and their 18 exhibits are sure to keep you busy.
For anyone with mobility limitations, they do have wheelchairs available for rent at no charge, and most areas of the aquarium are accessible to wheelchair users. Currently, masks are required for all indoor activities and also for outdoor areas when proper social distancing cannot be maintained. Advanced ticket purchases are not required, but they are recommended. You can learn more and buy tickets on their website.
Space Center in Houston, Texas
Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm the Space Center in Houston is a must visit destination in the state of Texas. The Space Center is a leading science and space exploration learning center that offers educational programming in addition to the tours they conduct. Every Friday and Saturday there is a program called Astronaut Mission Memories, where actual NASA astronauts share memories from space missions.
The Space Center is fully accessible to wheelchairs and they do have wheelchairs available for rent should anyone in your party need to do so. Masks are currently required per the State’s mask mandate. Starting in mid-November and running through the holidays, the Space Center has a special holiday program called Galaxy Lights. It runs nightly from 6 pm to 10 pm and features over 100,000 lights on display. To purchase regular admission or Galaxy Lights admission or to learn more, you can check out their website for more information.
Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm the Bullock Texas State History Museum has elevator access to every exhibit level and theater. Each floor also has accessible restrooms. With rotating exhibitions, the state history museum will offer something new to learn every time you visit.
Timed ticket entry is currently in place to limit the number of patrons indoors at any one time. Masks are required within the facility. You can learn more about the museum and their safety precautions on their website.
Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas
While Morgan’s Wonderland is not currently open due to an abundance of caution during the Coronavirus pandemic, no list of Texas accessible destinations could be complete without a mention of this attraction. During their normal operating hours, wheelchair users can find sensory rides and attractions, like a sensory village, a butterfly playground and wheelchair swings, just to name a few. With more than 25 wheelchair accessible attractions located within this popular destination, there truly is something for everyone.
There’s no indication yet as to when Morgan’s Wonderland will reopen to the public, but you know that we will be keeping an eye on their website and getting ready to head their way as soon as they do open back up for visits.
Safe, Accessible Travel in Texas
While this list of destinations is by no means all-inclusive of the accessible destinations and attractions in the great state of Texas, these are some of the top places to visit as a wheelchair user. Each one of them provides something new, different or unique for wheelchair users to try, and there’s something for everyone. If you are ready to venture out beyond your current home/work/appointments radius, there is a lot waiting for you in Texas.
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