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Summer and sun are synonymous with Florida, and there’s no shortage of fun, wheelchair-accessible activities to enjoy in Central Florida. Here are some top recommendations to make the most of the sunny season:

1. All-Terrain Track Chair at Blue Spring State Park

Explore the natural beauty of Blue Spring State Park in Orange City using an all-terrain track chair, perfect for guided hikes on multiple nature trails. The park is famous for its manatees and offers a unique way to enjoy its scenic trails. The chair is free for guests, but reservations are required 48 hours in advance. Reserve your spot here.

2. Adaptive Surfing

Catch a wave with Oceans of Hope and the Adaptive Surfers Academy of Florida. Oceans of Hope offers fun day outings on the water, while Adaptive Surfers Academy provides lessons for those aiming to compete in events. For more information, visit Oceans of Hope or email [email protected].

3. Accessible Kayaking at Brevard Zoo

Brevard Zoo is not only wheelchair accessible but also offers adaptive kayaking through its Wetlands area. Thanks to the EZ Launch Accessible Transfer System, guests with decreased mobility can easily transfer into kayaks using a transfer bench, ensuring extra stability. Plan your visit and confirm the system’s availability by calling ahead. More info can be found here.

4. Beaches

Florida beaches are a must-visit in the summer. New Smyrna Beach is highly recommended as you can drive on the beach and park close to the water with a disabled parking tag. For a comprehensive guide on wheelchair access at various Florida beach locations, check out this guide from the FWC: Wheelchair-Friendly Beaches.

5. Kennedy Space Center

Experience the excitement of a rocket launch at Kennedy Space Center. All tour buses are equipped with lifts, and the IMAX Theater is fully accessible. The Shuttle Launch Experience simulates the space shuttle’s ascent into orbit and is accessible to all visitors. More information can be found here.

6. Theme Parks

While summer might be busy, Florida’s theme parks offer detailed accessibility guides to help you plan your visit. Do your research in advance, as accessibility pass rules have changed in 2024. Here are the guides for major theme parks: These are just a few of the outdoor wheelchair-accessible opportunities Florida has to offer. We love seeing all the creative ways our clients spend their summers and show that a wheelchair doesn’t slow the fun down!

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