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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

Giraffe at the Birmingham Zoo

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

NASA Astronaut floating in space

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

Piano keys

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

Portrait of William Shakespeare

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

Neo-classical painting

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 vansĀ and ground level entrance are adjacent to the museum's parking lot.

Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery

Photograph of Rosa Parks

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

Pretty yellow flowers at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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

USS Alabama

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

NASCAR Race

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

Photograph of Hank Williams

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!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2010 Used 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring
USED AMS Legend Conversion

$22,499 $23,999


  • Stock #: 463351A
  • Mileage: 121,601 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2017 New 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

NEW Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$43,495 $44,995


  • Stock #: 855447
  • Mileage: 43 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2017 Used 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan GT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan GT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$39,995 $41,495


  • Stock #: 699624
  • Mileage: 15,587 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Navigation System, Heated Seats, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Pass. Pwr. Seat Base

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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