It’s that time of year where families get together, friends reunite, and memories are made! No one wants to be left out, intentionally or unintentionally…but, it can happen! Not all outings and plans are friendly to those who have mobility issues. The Tri-State area has so many wonderful holiday attractions and memory-making experiences that can include everyone, especially those in your life that struggle with mobility. While all public places are required by law to have certain ADA compliant features, here are a few winter attractions that go above and beyond to make everyone’s season brighter. We encourage you to visit the website of each attraction to get more details and gain specific knowledge about the accessibility accommodations.
The Cincinnati Zoo’s PNC Festival of Lights:
Voted the ‘Best Zoo Lights’ by USA Today, The Cincinnati Zoo’s PNC Festival of Lights is a delightful experience for all ages. While the zoo is one of the oldest in the country, and features various hills and inclines, the zoo has multiple ways to make all of their experiences accessible. Open until January 4, 2020, You can enjoy the Zoo lights Sun-Thurs until 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat. Until 10 p.m.! The Zoo has wheelchairs for rent for $10 at the Welcome Center, as well as ECV’s (Electric Convenience Vehicle’s) for $30. They recommend reserving an ECV before your visit due to limited quantities. www.cincinnatizoo.org
Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island
This is a perfect experience for those that must contend with mobility barriers because you never have to leave the warmth of your car! This light show is a drive-thru experience, including larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes, and fantastic tunnels of lights! You can sing along to the sounds of the season that are synchronized to each holiday display. The 2.5 mile show begins nightly at dusk and runs through 10 p.m. Tickets are $6/person (3 and under are free) and can be purchased at the entry gate upon arrival.www.coneyislandpark.com
Krohn Conservatory Holiday Show
Visiting Krohn Conservatory during the holidays is another spectacle and treat! Accessible and contained within a relatively small layout, the holiday show is a good choice for adults who struggle with endurance and stamina. The room(s) are filled with a variety of colors- poinsettias in all colors of the rainbow, and the train display is back and intertwined among the foliage. You can move at your own pace through all of the decor and features. Open Daily until January 5, 2020 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. General Admission: $10.00, Youth $7.00, Children 4 and Under are Free.
Scuba Santa at the Newport Aquarium
You don’t always expect to find our favorite man from the North Pole under the sea, but Santa proves that he’s everywhere when he dives down deep in a special dive show, complete with his sleigh, seahorses, and Pixie the elf. The Newport Aquarium provides an accessible and mobility-challenged friendly environment to all its guests. Most areas are on a flat and level plane, and there are multiple ‘stopping’ points available for those that require a sit.Wheelchairs are available from guest services at the entrance on a first come first serve basis. According to their website, “At Newport Aquarium, we are continuously working to improve the experience for each and every guest who enters our doors. The accessibility and comfort of every guest is a top priority and, because of this, we have created an overview of the many services and access options available at Newport Aquarium.” www.newportaquarium.com
Burlington Health Care understands how challenging it can be to plan family friendly activities that include all generations! While you might not be able to please everyone in your group, we encourage you to make educated decisions about your plans to include those in your group that struggle with mobility. We carry a large selection of mobility aids that could prove useful during the holiday months and beyond. Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, braces… we have the product for you!