They say "everything is bigger in Texas". It's almost become a joke, but what if I told you it was true? In a jungle of ten-gallon hats and cattle ranchers, Texas has more to offer the average tourist. Here are three wheelchair-accessible sights to see in the great state of Texas!
1. Morgan's Wonderland
In San Antonio, Texas a water park has opened up in the summer of 2019. What makes this one different from all the other water parks in the world? This one was designed specifically for kids with disabilities. The $17-million Morgan’s Inspiration Island also features waterproof RFID (radio-frequency identification) wristbands so parents can keep track of their kids, a lighthouse that is 7 stories and a water play area called Rainbow Reef, which has water that can be warmed up for guests with a sensitivity to the cold. To read more about this huge and vibrant, check out my article that is specific to this park.
2. San Antonio SeaWorld and the Texas State Aquarium
Located in San Antonio, TX, SeaWorld consists of 250 acres of marine wildlife fun. The nine extraordinary exhibits allow you to come face-to-face with dolphins, seals and sea lions, sharks, and many more sea animals. Most rides are accessible, but you can take advantage of the Ride Accessibility Program. With the RAP, you will meet with a Guest Services team member where they will give you a list of rides and attractions that will meet your needs. Manual and electric wheelchairs are also available for rental.
Staying on the marine life path, 159 miles southwest of SeaWorld is the Texas State Aquarium. The aquarium offers a number of shows such as a dolphin show, otter, turtles, and more. Indoor exhibits include animals from the Amazon, and saltwater animals and even flower gardens that is the 200 mile long Coral Reef in the Gulf of Mexico. Outdoor exhibits consist of Eagle Pass, a fossil dig, and so much more. The aquarium is wheelchair accessible and offers ramps and elevators as well as wheelchairs for rent and handicap accessible parking.
3. Space Center
In Houston, the Space Center is big enough to hold exhibits and tours. You are even able to go through the NASA Space Program and are encouraged to participate. One exhibit allows you to feel how astronauts feel while they are in space in a zero-gravity exhibit called Feel of Space. A NASA tram educates visitors on the wonders of space and the exhibits so it's a sure thing you won't leave without learning a thing or two. If you can't get enough, the center offers overnight programs. They are wheelchair accessible and have wheelchairs available for rent.
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