Central Florida invites families of all kinds to join in on the fun and relaxation the area has to offer. Whether you’re traveling with someone who has a disability or planning a trip for yourself, Kissimmee has so many outdoor adventures and attractions that can accommodate to make your vacation unlike any other. Take a look at just some of the activities you can experience outside of the world-famous theme parks when traveling with a disability.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Most of us can confidently say we won’t make a trip to the moon, but here at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, it’s the closest thing to it! This sprawling complex gives you a full experience of America’s space program. Come for the incredible Shuttle Launch Experience and stay for the actual rocket launches.
Most of the experiences offered provide the wonders of space to all guests with disabilities, including mobility, hearing, vision, and developmental. They even work with Autism Double-Checked to help caregivers prepare family and friends for what to expect. The in-park guide includes descriptions of the exhibitions and with a two-week notice, an American Sign Language interpreter can accompany your family for those that are hearing-impaired. For those that are blind or have low vision, a complimentary orientation on the complex layout, daily rentals, and handheld guides is provided.
From front-row viewings of rocket launches and wide-paved, level walkways for wheelchairs, to designated quiet areas for those needing a break from the noise and crowds, the complex has it all. The Rocket Garden is easily wheelchair accessible and features eight sky-high rockets. Take a virtual escape to space on the Shuttle Launch Experience where each cabin has an accessible seat with a pivoting grab bar to allow someone to transfer to an extended seat with a five-point harness. This ride was developed by NASA astronauts and simulates an actual blast off to space! If you’d prefer to observe, there’s a room where you can watch from the monitors. After all the excitement, take a 45-minute bus tour of the restricted areas (that are also all wheelchair and motorized scooter safe).
If you’d prefer to stay closer to the ground, iFly Orlando offers indoor skydiving! On select nights, you can visit for All Abilities Night to experience the limitless skydiving for yourself. Regardless of physical or cognitive challenges, everyone you’re traveling with has the opportunity to experience free falling.
The iFly team works with you to accommodate specific needs and provides additional assistance during the orientation, putting on a flight suit and helmet, and during the flight. You can rest assured that anyone is welcome to participate! Whether it be partial sight or blindness, partial paralysis, physical deformities and amputees, limited mobility, or neurodevelopmental disorders, iFly is trained to give a tailored experience to everyone.
Orlando Museum of Art
With 80,000 square feet of fun, Orlando Museum of Art is a happening spot for showcasing local, regional, national, and international artwork. It was founded in 1924 so you can imagine it has a rich history – and it features a permanent collection of American art from the 18th century to celebrate that history.
If you and your family enjoy beautiful artwork from all different parts of the world, this place is waiting for you. Each exhibit is fully wheelchair accessible, and they also offer assisted listening devises during the docent tours. Although exhibits change with the seasons, some current exhibits are The Wyeths: artifacts from the ancient people of the Americas and the British Invasion with photographs of the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
Have you ever thought about zip lining over a lake of alligators? Well, at Gatorland, that’s one of everyone’s favorite attractions! The Gator Gauntlet Zip Line is a wheelchair accessible zip line that takes you 350 feet above the beautiful park and even lots of gators. If you and your family are interested, remember certain strength, coordination, and size requirements must be met. And while you’re holding on tight, just know that Gatorland worked with the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) to ensure that this is the safest zip line around.
After you conquer your fears, take the large walkways through the park and meet rare albino alligators and even a chance to get up close to gators near the sand pit. A Gatorland expert will guide the gator closer to the walkway so everyone in the family gets to experience an encounter with these huge animals.
Celebration Town Center
If you’re looking for a quiet spot for your family to relax and enjoy each other, Celebration Town Center is the perfect spot. It’s a picturesque town lined with gorgeous houses, paved roads, and surrounding lakes. The wide walkways and smooth boardwalk make it accessible for wheelchairs. The trail takes you through the small neighborhood of homes, along tiny lakes that potentially have some wildlife close by, and back to the town center with restaurants and shops. Most restaurants have indoor and outdoor seating so you can feel comfortable in a wheelchair or for those needing quieter areas.
Old Town Kissimmee
Keep it old school and slow it down a bit at Old Town Kissimmee. During the day, a quiet stroll through the streets of yesteryear is a nice break away from the hustle and bustle of the area. At night, the lights come on and the fun begins. You can walk through the streets or use a wheelchair in the wide walkways to visit shops of all kinds, restaurants for any craving, and attractions that’ll grab your attention. Whether you catch a magic show, ride the wheelchair accessible gondola for sights of Kissimmee, and stay for the amazing car show featuring classic cars in all different shapes, colors, and sizes.
This is just to give you an idea of all the incredible, accessible attractions around Central Florida. Our area attractions, outdoor adventures, restaurants, and accommodations work diligently to provide an amazing experience for everyone who visits. To keep up to date with happenings and updates to our sunny destination, subscribe to our newsletter.