Home to more than 3700 animals, the fabulous San Diego Zoo is a haven for rare and endangered species and is one of the few zoos in the world that is home to a giant panda. There are more than 400 species of animals at the zoo, as well as an impressive botanical collection of more than 700,000 exotic plants. This zoo specializes in showing animals in enclosures that are as close as possible to their natural habitats, and even offers a mini-safari experience to guests.
Spread over 100 acres, the San Diego Zoo may be challenging to those with mobility issues due to some steep grades around the property. There are a limited number of wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs for rental on a first-come, first-served basis near the entrance of the zoo, but organizing in advance through Scootaround will mean that your visit is hassle-free. The San Diego Zoo provides special parking, rest rooms and access to shows, tour buses and exhibits for guests with disabilities.
Military history buffs will love visiting the USS Midway Museum. Entering the museum gives you access to one of the US’s longest serving aircraft carriers, which holds 25 restored military aircraft. The USS Midway is pretty much a complete floating city, and visitors are able to explore all areas from flight deck to engineering rooms to sleeping quarters to the on-board jail. Other neat exhibits at the museum include flight simulators that let you experience the excitement of controlling at Strike Fighter 360 or F-18 Hornet.
With more than 60 exhibits, and electric scooter or wheelchair will ensure you see as much of the USS Midway Museum as possible. Approximately 60 percent of the museum’s exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Elevator access takes guests from the Navy Pier onto the ship, then from the hangar deck down to the second deck and back up to the flight deck.
When you think about SeaWorld, animal exhibits and displays are probably the first thing you think of, but there’s much more to this theme-park than just that. Yes, you can have up-close encounters with whales, dolphins, and penguins, but there are also rollercoasters to ride, dining experiences, special events such as fireworks displays, and much more too. There’s plenty to do at this world-class attraction, and you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to explore.
One neat feature that SeaWorld offers guests is a Ride Accessibility Program. Visit Guest Services, answer a series of questions and they will provide you with a list of rides and attractions that are accessible in the park and water park. All stadiums, theatres and exhibits are wheelchair accessible.
Situated right in the city, the minute you get there it is easy to see why Balboa Park Gardens is such a popular tourist destination in San Diego. There are a number of beautiful and unique gardens to explore inside the park, including the spectacular Alcazar Garden, which follows the formal Spanish style and has beautiful architecture around it too. There’s also a Japanese Friendship Garden, a Palm Canyon complete with 50 different species of palms, a Desert Garden and glorious rose garden. There are also art studios to explore, a carousel, and 15 museums contained in the park.
The park does span a huge area (1,200 acres in fact) so if you have mobility issues you’ll want to arrange to go with a wheelchair or electric scooter. You’ll find ramps as well as accessible washrooms and parking spots at various locations around the park.
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