Florida’s Wheelchair Accessible Destinations and Resources

For accessible fun in the sun as well as the shade, Florida’s wheelchair accessible destinations have plenty to offer vacationers.

The state of Florida has a well-deserved reputation as home to one of the strongest vacation markets in the country. Slowly but surely, the state is also adding to its collection of wheelchair accessible destinations — both indoors and outdoors — which is beginning to make for a bevy of memorable experiences that are mobility friendly.

Outdoor Wheelchair Accessible Destinations

From a taste of Hollywood without leaving the east coast to the taste of salt in the air of some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, Florida outdoor wheelchair accessible destinations make a hard case for most enjoyable vacation destination in the South.

Universal Studios, Orlando. Choose from an incredible array of rides, shows, movie sets, and attractions. Come explore the real-life TV and film production facility. There are specific boarding requirements for those using wheelchairs at each attraction. Most cases require the guest to transfer from their wheelchair to the ride, either on their own or with help from someone in their party. See the Rider's Guide for guests with disabilities.

Walt Disney World, Orlando. Be immersed into a real-life fairy tale at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Adorable Disney characters, parades, stunning fireworks, and enchanting lands make the Magic Kingdom a magical place. Each park has entertainment, attractions, dining, and shopping that relate to the theme of the park. Walt Disney World is wheelchair accessible. However, there may be some restrictions. Check out the services for guests with disabilities page for further information.

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island. Wheelchair accessible beaches are located at North Beach Park (off North Fletcher Avenue), Main Beach (Atlantic and South Fletcher) Seaside Park (Sadler Rd. and South Fletcher), and Peter's Point (South Fletcher toward the Ritz-Carlton). A beach accessible wheelchair is available by calling the City of Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation Department at (904) 277-7350.

Indoor Wheelchair Accessible Destinations

If the idea of a blistering Southern sun just doesn’t put you in the mood to explore, the Florida indoor wheelchair accessible destinations will keep you cool and keep you engaged. You’ll experience a shuttle liftoff, the strangeness of a truly unique American artist, and America’s answer to Italy’s city of water.

Kennedy Space Center, Orsino. Don't be afraid to shoot for the stars at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Be amazed by the massive rockets that first granted astronauts access to space, meet veteran astronauts, and experience a shuttle launch. Accessible parking, equipment, and shuttle buses are available. The launch simulation is equipped with an ADA seat with a pivoting grab bar, which allows visitors to transfer from their wheelchair. If you are unable to transfer from your seat there is an observation room available. The IMAX movies are also wheelchair accessible.

Dali Museum, St. Petersburg. The Dali Museum has been described as the best museum in Florida. Not only does the museum house magnificent pieces of art, but the building is a piece of artwork in itself made up of geometric concrete and glass shapes. The unique glass-structured building allows guest to view gorgeous pieces of art and beautiful views all at the same time. The museum was designed to meet ADA standards and is completely wheelchair accessible.

Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America" due to its intricate canal system, breathtaking beaches, historic attractions, and sophisticated style. Explore the downtown area which includes wheelchair accessible destinations like the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Museum of Art, restaurants, boutiques, and many other wheelchair accessible attractions. Tour the expansive canal system and see Fort Lauderdale from the water on an accessible boat tour like the Jungle Queen.

Florida Wheelchair Accessible Resources

In a joint effort between the state and local governments across Florida, there is an impressive selection of digital wheelchair accessible resources that can make your next visit to the Sunshine State much more convenient. Check out these vetted Internet resources...

Accessibility. This section of the Florida Department of State, located at https://dos.myflorida.com/cultural/info-and-opportunities/resources-by-topic/accessibility/,ensures that meaningful arts experiences are available to all of its state's citizens, including people with disabilities, patients and caregivers in healthcare settings, and older adults.

Florida Special Needs Traveler Guide. Found at https://www.tripsavvy.com/florida-special-needs-traveler-guide-1513987 and produced by TripSavvy — part of the Dotdash publishing family — is intended to provide resources and links to travel planning information for the disabled and special needs traveler to Florida.

Resources for Special Needs Travel in Florida. Found at https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/visitor-services/special-needs-travel.html and produced by VISIT FLORIDA® — the Official Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation — this list organizes extensive resources for travelers with special needs.