Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

San Antonio Offers Accessible Family Fun

02/15/2018 | Published by: Becky Tarwater

A visit to the Alamo City should start with a visit to the San Antonio Riverwalk. The city made changes over the years to improve Riverwalk access. Before your visit, be sure to find maps of all three sections of the Riverwalk that show access areas, elevators, and ADA restrooms. Go to this website to download these helpful tools.

Check out the scenery and learn San Antonio history. The Alamo and other area missions are also accessible.

San Antonio is also the home of three theme parks: SeaWorld, San Antonio Fiesta Texas, and the 100% accessible Morgan’s Wonderland. Each offers special accommodations for persons with disabilities.  

SeaWorld of San Antonio has a “Guest Safety & Accessibility Guide” that helps a family pre-plan a great park experience. These include aids for those who are deaf, visually impaired, and persons who use wheelchairs. Sign language assistance is available with two weeks’ notice. Find the SeaWorld Accessibility Guide at the SeaWorld website

Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers several services to make a trip there more accessible. Services are listed in their Safety & Accessibility Guide. The Guide includes how to access rides, personal attendant policies, and other helpful information. Advanced planning makes for a better park experience.

Morgan’s Wonderland is the go-to place for persons with disabilities. All rides are wheelchair-friendly. Persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge. The playground is an accessible experience for the whole family. The park has expanded with new rides. A new water park made its debut this spring.

Splashtown San Antonio has special training for their employees to work with guests who have disabilities. They also provide a pink wristband that indicates to the lifeguard when a guest might need instructions that are more specialized. Check with Splashtown front office or their ticket booth to learn about this program.

Santikos Theaters have special sensory nights on the first and third Tuesday of each month at their Silverado, Embassy, Rialto, and Mayan Palace locations. The special showings provide lower levels of sound. Lights are dimmed but not turned off. The guest with a disability attends at no cost. The rest of the family can come for a fee.

Plan family fun with accessibility in mind. Check websites before you go. Good planning makes for great times. Pick places that consider your family needs. Make memories that last a lifetime.

San Antonio is home to the Alamo and an accessible place to experience family fun. Whether you live in San Antonio or plan a family road trip, take note of these user-friendly places. Plan for everyone to have a fun time.

Use the Services, Groups and Events feature to find accessible events and attractions in your location. 

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