Arkansas’ Wheelchair Accessible Destinations and Resources
Known as the Natural State, travelers will find this accessible area filled with Southern flavor and world-class getaways
The cultural aspects of accessible Arkansas are well-known and well-regarded nationwide — including museums, theaters, athletic venues, and a thriving nightlife. And, as the state enjoys continued growth and prosperity, the wheelchair-accessibility of these charming resources are sure to develop in kind.
Outdoor Wheelchair Accessible Destinations
Outdoor activities in Arkansas invite exploration of some of the most exciting wheelchair-accessible adventures in the middle south. Amusement and water parks, world-famous shopping destinations,and big brand company headquarters caters to the impressive number of Arkansas visitors that grace the state each year.
Dam Riverboat Company, Little Rock. A funny name for a company that provides wheelchair accessible fun! Take a wheelchair accessible trip down the Arkansas River on a riverboat named after a legendary American author who knew a thing or two about riverboats—Mark Twain.
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone are just a few of the notables who visited Hot Springs to enjoy the soothing, thermal waters of the famous Arkansas springs, which have their own national park.
Indoor Wheelchair Accessible Destinations
Just because wheelchair visitors in Arkansas move the party from the outdoors to the inside, they certainly don’t sacrifice excitement and inspiration. In fact, the state’s indoor wheelchair accessible destinations can be just as fulfilling. Here are just a few of the accessible adventures to be found.
William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, Little Rock. The Clinton library, contains the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in history. Even more compelling is the look at life in the White House as experienced by the Clintons. The library and museum are fully accessible, with wheelchairs available at the lobby desk.
The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse, North Little Rock. Custom-roasted coffees, a variety of craft beers on tap, wine, champagne, cocktails, food, snacks, desserts—and a 105-seat cabaret theater for watching sporting events on a giant screen, rock bands, a performance of The Joint Venture—and it's all wheelchair accessible! If you go on a Thursday night, well, that's Big Dam Beer Night, when you can groove to the music of live rock bands and imbibe beer economically.
Heifer Village, Little Rock. An amazing and incredibly worthwhile educational experience awaits you at Heifer Village. The mission of Heifer International, a non-profit organization,l is "to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth," and the organization does this by empowering families and communities worldwide, bringing sustainable agriculture and commerce to historically poverty-stricken areas.
Arkansas’ Wheelchair Accessible Resources
Arkansas has compiled a comprehensive list of state and local resources on various government and travel websites to make movement throughout the state’s destinations streamlined.
Accessible Arkansas. Visit https://www.arkansas.com/articles/accessible-arkansas for a sampling of Arkansas tourist sites available to disabled persons who are planning wheelchair accessible vacations. Because the listed sites have varying degrees of wheelchair accessibility, visitors are encouraged to call ahead before making travel plans.
Arkansas Arts Center. For wheelchair accessible and ADA compliance info for the Arkansas Arts Center galleries, Museum School, Children's Theatre, Canvas restaurant, Museum Shop, Atrium and Lower Lobby, visit https://www.arkansasartscenter.org/accessibility.