Delaware Destinations for Travelers with Disabilities
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Dover Downs, Dover
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino has the area's largest variety of entertainment all in one spot. You can watch harness racing at the track, choose from many fantastic dining options, see a concert, try your luck at the 24-hour casino (which includes live table games), shop, or simply relax at the gorgeous spa.
All the slot machines are wheelchair accessible, and the slot ambassadors are more than happy to assist with any special needs requests.
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square
Visit the spectacular Longwood Gardens, which covers more than 1,500 acres with gardens, woodlands, and meadows, and features more than 11,000 types of plant species and an abundant amount of fabulous fountains. You can even watch a daily fountain show at the Open Air Theater and the Main Fountain Garden.
The Longwood Gardens are wheelchair accessible. There is no shuttle, and it takes about 1 1/2 hours to navigate the entire conservatory. The outdoor garden takes about two to three hours to soak in all its beauty.
Riverfront Wilmington, Wilmington
You'll find a vast array of entertainment along the Riverfront in Wilmington. Explore unique shops, exquisite dining, nightlife activities, and arts at places like the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and Delaware Theatre Company. Take a break from using your wheelchair van and take an accessible River Taxi ride, which features live entertainment and wine tasting on Wednesdays.
The River Taxi is wheelchair accessible, as well as most of the other attractions along the riverfront.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington
Tour the Nemours Mansion and Garden, modeled after the late-18th-century French style and built for Alfred I. duPont's first wife Alicia. The 3,000-acre plot is full of sculptures by Prosper Lecourtier (1855-1924) and is lined with plants like Japanese cryptomeria, pink flowering horse chestnuts, and pine oaks, all eventually leading to a large reflecting pool. The pool has 157 jets that shoot water 12 feet into the air and is surrounded by Art Nouveau-style, classical mythology-based "Four Seasons sculptures" by American sculptor Henri Crenier (1873-1948).
The tour involves climbing staircases. However, much of the tour is wheelchair accessible, including the gardens. For special assistance you are encouraged to call the reservation office before visiting, so they can be prepared to meet your needs.
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach
Voted by Family Vacation Critic as one of the top 10 best beaches for families--this is the beach to hit for family fun and wheelchair accessibility. You'll find abundant attractions along the boardwalk, like multiple ice cream shops, spas, upscale eateries and pizza joints, and live entertainment at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and Clear Space Theatre Company. Beyond the sand you'll find tax-free shopping, charming boutiques, and nightlife hot spots. The Tanger Outlets, which are known as the "mile of style," are also close by.
Ramps to the beach are available at Maryland Avenue, Philadelphia Street, and the Boardwalk and Surf Avenue. Beach wheelchairs are available 9am-5pm each day through Labor Day at Maryland Avenue, the Boardwalk, and Laurel Avenue. The beach wheelchairs are not allowed off the beach and are available on a first come, first served basis, with no rental fee.
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
The Delaware Wine and Ale Trail is located at twelve different wineries and breweries throughout Delaware, from the riverfront in Wilmington to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Take your wheelchair accessible van and visit all twelve of the locations on the trail if you're up for the challenge! Tour the wineries and breweries for tastings and a memorable experience. Make a day of it or a weekend trip, and stop by some of the delicious restaurants along the way! You can find a list of the wineries and breweries here and a list of dining options here.
Each location is wheelchair accessible. However, some of the tours might not be. If you are interested in the tours, you can contact the locations beforehand to inquire about accessibility.
Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover
The museum was a 4146 Base Unit during WWII, and the Dover Army Airfield used the facility for secret rocket development. These secret operations took place in Hangar 1301. During the 1990s the hangar was restored and given a new life as the Air Mobility Command Museum and is part of the National Museum of the US Air Force's field museum system. The Museum is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You'll see many aircrafts, WWII-related artifacts, a refueling exhibit, and other intriguing exhibits!
The main floor of the display hangar, museum store, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The C-141B aircraft has a ramp for wheelchair access.
Dover International Speedway, Dover
Check out the Dover International Speedway, also known as the "Monster Mile." Watch action-packed NASCAR, USAC, IRL IndyCar Series, and many more thrilling races at one of the top motorsport facilities in the country! The track has a capacity of 135,000 seats--the largest seating capacity of all sports venues in the mid-Atlantic.
There is wheelchair accessible parking, and shuttle services are available. Inside the track is wheelchair accessible seating, which also has one seat for a companion.
Grand Opera House, Wilmington
See performances at the Grand Opera House. Shows include symphony orchestras, ballets, rock, comedy stars, jazz, family artists and many other forms of entertainment! The Grand originally opened in 1871 and was the Grand Lodge of the Masons. Designed by Thomas Dizon in a Second Empire style, the venue features a facade of cast iron with Masonic images. More than 75 shows are presented every season, bringing more than 120,000 people a year. Come see a fantastic show and magnificent architecture.
The Grand Opera House is wheelchair accessible.
One of Delaware's nicknames is "Small Wonder," and when you visit, you'll see how perfectly the name fits--it's small and it's wonderful.