Alabama Wheelchair-Friendly Destinations
Visit Alabama and experience good ol' country fun! Sweet Home Alabama has many "sweet" wheelchair attractions for the whole family to enjoy!
The Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham
The Birmingham Zoo has been voted the best attraction in Alabama! You'll learn about and visit with amazing animals! Feed giraffes and pelicans, see the Red Diamond Sea Lion Splash Show, Wildlife show, and many other daily attractions! Visit with kangaroos, giant anteaters, hippos, alligators, and many other intriguing animals! The zoo offers plenty of fun for the entire family!
There are wheelchair rentals available in the gift shop.
The US Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville
The US Space and Rocket Center is known as one of the most comprehensive space-flight hardware museums in the country. You'll explore the Spacedome Theater, Rocket Park, Education Training Center, NASA's Educator Resource Center, and other exciting facilities.
Watch as engineers, scientists, and astronauts train in the Space Camp and Aviation Challenge programs. Learn about the making of the moon rocket, Apollo missions, Space Shuttle programs, NASA's future missions, and other space related topics!
The center is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchair rentals.
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham
Immerse yourself in the heritage of jazz at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame! The museum honors some of the greatest Alabama jazz artists of all time. Exhibits cover the accomplishments of more than 170 native Alabama jazz musicians like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkings, and many other famous performers. If you have an appreciation for jazz, you'll love the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame!
The tours of the museum are wheelchair accessible.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery
See a variety of plays from Broadway musicals, children's productions, American classics, and world premiers at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival! Each year the theater produces more than 14 world-class productions. The facility houses two theaters: 792-seat Festival Stage and the 262-seat Octagon. Make a night of it--enjoy a divine meal before the show at the Black Swan Bar and Bistro!
Both theaters are equipped with accessible seating and entrances. All patron areas are accessible by elevator.
The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham
At the Birmingham Museum of Art you'll find more than 24,000 objects that represent the cultures of Asia, Europe, America, Africa, Pre-Columbia, and Native America. The museum was founded in 1951 and has housed some of the finest collections in the Southeast, along with offering solid educational programs. Highlights include the Vietnamese ceramics collection, Wedgwood collection (the largest outside of England), European decorative arts from the 18th century, and other unique collections! The building is 180,000 square feet, and includes a splendid sculpture garden.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is fully accessible. Parking for wheelchair vans and ground level entrance are adjacent to the museum's parking lot.
Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery
The Rosa Parks Museum brings to life the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott with reenactments, video footage, and top-of-the-line exhibits! Learn how one woman's stand for civil rights made history! The museum is located on the street where Mrs. Parks made her bold stance against discrimination.You'll also learn about the courage of early civil rights soldiers.
The Time Machine houses what looks like a standard 1955 Montgomery city bus where the reenactment takes place. You'll travel from the early 1800s to the "Jim Crow" era to observe segregation, social and the legal challenges of different time periods. During your visit you'll also learn about legal challenges that helped the American people realize that discrimination and segregation were inhumane and should be eliminated.
The museum is completely wheelchair accessible.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham
Check out Alabama's largest living museum! The Gardens encompass 67.5 acres and displays more than 12,000 plants. You'll enjoy the beauty of more than 25 different gardens and 30 outdoor sculptures. The Gardens are also home to the largest public horticulture library in the United States. Explore wildflower gardens, rose gardens, Southern Living gardens, and a Japanese garden with a tea house!
There is no admission fee to enter the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and all facilities are ADA compliant.
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile
The USS ALABAMA (also known as the "Mighty A") figured prominently in World War II. In 1965, the "Mighty A" was brought home to Alabama and opened to the public as a memorial to the people who served in the armed forces. Go aboard the historic USS battleship and get a feel for the military life nearly seven decades ago. The ship is 680 feet long (half as long as the Empire State Building is tall), armed with many guns, and her main batteries alone could launch fire shells the weight and size of a small car more than 20 miles.
The main deck of Battleship USS ALABAMA and Aircraft Pavilion are handicap accessible. The submarine USS DRUM is not wheelchair accessible, but there is a video about the submarine that can be viewed in the Aircraft Pavilion.
Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln
If you're into motorsports, this is the place to be! See NASCAR races like the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Prepare to be blown away by speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour! The record for the fastest recorded time by NASCAR stock car was recorded here, at 216.309 mph by Rusty Wallace!
Get ready for a fantastic time at the Talladega Superspeedway! The speedway has ADA parking for your wheelchair vehicle and an accessible shuttle. ADA seating is available, but not in every section. To research accessible seating at the speedway, check out the ADA Ticketing page.
Hank Williams Museum, Montgomery
Nearly six decades after his death, Hank Williams still remains one of the most famous figures in American music history. Hank Williams paved the way for the country music industry and started the Rockabilly era.
The museum is packed full of Hank Williams memorabilia like his 1952 Baby Blue Cadillac, 17 of his suits, boots, ties, blue suede shoes, shaving kit, autographed records--the list goes on and on!
Go get to know the country music legend, and yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible!
Rich southern history awaits you in the "Heart of Dixie!" Don't miss the spectacular scenery and wheelchair accessible attractions "Alabama the Beautiful" has to offer!