Spring break is around the corner, and soon we’ll be counting down the days to summer vacation. These warm months are the perfect time for family bonding time as you spend your days exploring Orlando. We’ve highlighted seven fun, wheelchair accessible attractions in Orlando that you and your family will love. We’ve also included links to each attraction’s website and accessibility information to assist you in your research on things to do during your Orlando vacation.
1. ICON Park
True to its name, this attraction is an iconic part of the International Drive skyline. ICON Park is home to many attractions and restaurants but it is best known for The Wheel, a towering 400 feet tall observation wheel. Your ride on The Wheel will last around 23 minutes, during which you’ll be treated to excellent views of the city, including International Drive, downtown, and more. On a clear day you can even spot some of the theme park attractions from high in the sky.
Wheelchair-friendly features: The Wheel’s air-conditioned capsules are accessible to wheelchairs less than 36” wide. Service animals are welcome to ride as well.
2. Lake Eola Swan Boats
Located in downtown Orlando, Lake Eola is home to the fountain which is the official symbol of Orlando. In addition to the fountain, the lake is also famous for its many beautiful swans as well as swan paddle boats. It’s a perfect low-key family activity as well as a cute idea for date night. These swan paddle boats are available for rent on a first come, first-served basis for $15 for a 30 minute rental, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday to Tuesday and from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Wednesday to Sunday.
Wheelchair-friendly features: The City of Orlando recently added a wheelchair accessible boat. Service animals and pets are welcome to join you on the boat.
If you’re in search of a heart-pounding adventure, visit Gatorland. Not only does the park feature animal encounters that bring you face to face with some of Florida’s most ferocious creatures, Gatorland is also home to an adaptive zip line. Called the Gator Gauntlet, it sends you soaring 350 feet above the Breeding Marsh teeming with alligators.
Wheelchair-friendly features: In order to ride the Gator Gauntlet zip line you’ll need to transfer from your own wheelchair to one provided by Gatorland. The zip line uses a sling which allows you to be in a reclined position with neck support. If you want to soar over gators during your visit to Gatorland, remember to book your zip line adventure in advance. The rest of the park is wheelchair accessible as well.
4. Orlando City Soccer Club Game
Sports fans enjoy watching Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride soccer games at the Exploria Stadium. Matches for both teams begin in March, offering plenty of chances for you to watch them go head to head with teams from across the nation. All home games are held at the Exploria Stadium, which was designed to create the ultimate soccer experience for players and fans. This includes features like a canopy to provide shelter from the elements and enhance crowd cheering, as well as a sunken field which offers better views.
Wheelchair-friendly features: The Exploria Stadium features wheelchair accessible seating and allows up to three companions to accompany the wheelchair user to these seating areas. These seats are available on the field and 100 level.
Known by locals as the upside-down house, WonderWorks is an ideal place to take the kids and enjoy some fun out of the sun. Inside you’ll discover over 100 interactive exhibits on everything from extreme weather to outer space. WonderWorks also offers a popular magic and comedy dinner show that is sure to entertain the whole family.
Wheelchair-friendly features: Wonderworks is wheelchair accessible and has elevator access to all floors. Service animals are welcome. If you need special assistance, they ask that you contact them 72 hours prior to your visit.
6. Orlando Science Center
For more educational indoor fun, head over to the Orlando Science Center. Young ones can play in a kids zone made just for them, while older kids can enjoy hands-on exhibits like Flight Lab, which features flight simulators that let you pilot a plane. All ages will enjoy watching science-themed films at the Dr. Phillips CineDome, an eight-story domed theater, and studying the stars at the Observatory.
Wheelchair-friendly features: The Science Center offers accessible parking and restrooms, as well as elevators to every floor. Wheelchair users will also enjoy accessible seating in the Dr. Phillips CineDome.
7. Orlando Theme Parks
The Orlando theme parks are the place to be during any family vacation. Depending on when you visit, you can also attend seasonal events that are included with regular admission. Popular events include Mardi Gras at Universal and Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in the spring, as well as SeaWorld’s family-friendly after dark event Electric Ocean during the summer months.
Wheelchair-friendly features: Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Walt Disney World all offer ride access programs and other accommodations for wheelchair users. Accommodations vary at each park, so we recommend calling them or checking their websites before your visit.
Let Rosen Inn International Be Your Accessible Hotel
If you do plan on visiting the Orlando theme parks during your visit, our free scheduled shuttle service is an excellent way to avoid pesky parking fees. Our shuttles are wheelchair-friendly, so everyone can take advantage of this cost-saving perk. We also offer ADA compliant rooms and a wheelchair accessible pool. To learn more about accessibility at Rosen Inn International, visit the accessibility section of our website or call us at 407-996-1600.
Looking for more accessible things to do in Orlando? Check out our previous blogs about SeaWorld and Aquatica becoming Certified Autism Centers, accessibility at theme park holiday festivals, and sensory-friendly Orlando.