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New York State Offers a Freewheeling Handicap Vacation

Let's just say that, while visiting New York, you may "never sleep." The state has such a variety of things to do--from the city life to the suburban areas--you're sure to have a fantastic time! Check out these top wheelchair accessible attractions in the Empire State!

Times Square, Manhattan

Times Square

You can explore Times Square for hours, with so much to see. The Square is full of neon lights, huge billboards, Broadway theaters, and televisions studios. If you're ready to shop, this is the place to go for an assortment of internationally known storefronts, boutiques, and markets. For those with a sweet tooth, check out M&M's World, where you can find a two-story wall covered with a variety of colorful M&M's, or create your own customized M&M's with the store's personalized printer. And M&M's World is just one of the many yummy candy shops that can be found at Times Square.

Check out a "Good Morning America" or Music Television Network (MTV) broadcast, where you can be part of a live audience! Be sure to see a fantastic Broadway or Off Broadway show at one of the many theaters. When all the activity makes you hungry, don't fret, Times Square has countless amazing restaurants to choose from. Visit Restaurant Row, located between Broadway and 9th Avenue. If you're in the mood for Italian, dine at the historic Barbetta, which is nearly as old as Times Square itself. The restaurant celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, and is still owned by the original family who opened it.

All in all, there are too many shops, theaters, restaurants, and attractions located within Times Square to list. That said, you're guaranteed to have a great time without a dull moment. Most of the attractions in Time Square are wheelchair accessible. Just keep in mind the streets are extremely crowded, so you might find it helpful to have someone with you just in case you find yourself in need of assistance. Remember--parking is scarce, so it's best to plan for parking before you go, with a wheelchair van.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan is one of the largest art museums in the world. It consists of more than two million pieces of art, which cover a 5,000-year time span. There's sure to be something for everyone to enjoy, like the brilliant galleries of ancient Egyptian artworks, the American Wing, Musical Instruments, Modern and Contemporary Art, Photographs, Medieval Art, The Robert Lehman Collection, Greek and Roman Art, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, European Art, Drawings and Prints, The Costume Institute, The Cloisters, Asian Art, Arms and Armor, Ancient Near Eastern, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Bring home some souvenirs from the museum's store! Every purchase made helps support the museum's programs. There are nine different places within the museum to dine, so take your pick. Make sure to check out the museum's map to locate the eateries you'd like to try.

The museum is wheelchair accessible. The entrances that are accessible are located at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street, and through the parking garage at Fifth Avenue and 80th Street. There are wheelchairs available free of charge at the coat-check areas. Elevators and escalators can be accessed throughout the museum.

Chinatown, Manhattan


Chinatown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New York. Chinese immigrants established the district in the 1800s. Visit this area to experience the distinctive Chinese culture, including its exotic architecture, authentic cuisine, shopping, and people. The vicinity has grown to include other Asian populations such as Vietnamese and Malaysians.

When you aren't shopping or eating, explore the Asian American Arts Centre, where you can see American and Asian art forms utilized in performance, exhibition, and public education. Stop by the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, which is dedicated to preserving the history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of the Chinese in the United States. The museum brings 160 years of Chinese American history to life with exhibitions, along with educational and cultural programs.

The majority of Chinatown is wheelchair accessible, but be aware there are some spots where you might need assistance getting around.

Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown

Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball fans can explore the Baseball Hall of Fame, where you'll be treated to lots of exhibits and artifacts. The museum is a collection of artifacts from baseball's beginnings to now. There are more than 38,000 baseball artifacts in the museum--all visitors are bound to find something that influences their love for the game! The museum has three floors, and the staff recommends guests start on the second floor.

The exhibits include a Cooperstown Room, The Baseball Experience, Taking the Field: The 19th Century, 20th Century Baseball Time Line, Babe Ruth Room, Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball, Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience, Viva Baseball, Today's Game, FENtennial: Fenway Park's First 100 Years, Sacred Ground, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, One for the Books, Autumn Glory: Postseason Celebration, Baseball Cards, Pastime Portraits: The Photographs of Forrest S. Yantis, Learning Center, Art of Baseball, Inductee Row, Hall of Fame Gallery, Baseball at the Movies, Scribes and Mikemen, Bullpen Theater, and Sandlot Kid's Clubhouse.

The museum is wheelchair accessible, and there are elevators available.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York City Harbor

Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island

Take the ferry to Liberty Island and Ellis Island! Liberty Island is home to the Statue of Liberty, the national monument of freedom and democracy gifted to the US from France.

When visiting the Statue of Liberty, check out the exhibit located on the second floor of the statue to discover the history and symbolism of the 305-ft. monument. This exhibit features the famous sonnet written by Emma Lazarus in 1883. The sonnet is engraved on a bronze plaque on the statue's pedestal. The Torch exhibit includes the original torch from 1886, as well as the history of the torch, including diagrams, photographs, drawings, and cartoons. Make sure you hit the observation deck to see magnificent views of New York City and the Harbor!

The Statue of Liberty is now fully wheelchair accessible. Thanks to renovations in 2011 and a new elevator design, wheelchair users can now reach the observation deck.

Not far from the Statue of Liberty is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum--the nation's premier federal immigration station. More than 12 million immigrants passed through the station until 1954. The station reopened after its transformation into a museum on September 10, 1990.

The Ellis Island Museum covers more than 100,000 sq. ft. and features artifacts, photographs, prints, videos, interactive displays, oral history, and personal stories of immigrants seeking new opportunities in a foreign land. Experience the 45-minute audio tour, which takes visitors through the life of the immigrant and allows them to feel as if they were the "new arrival." There are additional tours available, which go into more detail with in-depth interviews with historians, architects and archaeologists.

Ferries for Ellis Island and Liberty Island are wheelchair accessible. There are a limited amount of wheelchairs available for rent on both islands. The museum is wheelchair accessible; however, the observation pedestal is not. Guest are required to climb 24 stairs to reach the pedestal, but there are elevators available for the Ft. Wood Promenade area.

Central Park, New York City

Central Park

These 843 acres of landscape are packed full of interesting things to do and see, or to simply relax within, soaking up the beauty the park has to offer. As you explore this world-famous park, you'll find numerous statues of iconic figures such as Balto, Alice and Wonderland, William Shakespeare, and many more. Enjoy the fountains, meadows, beautiful bridges, and visit the performance centers, educational facilities, and gardens.

Within the park is the Central Park Zoo and Wildlife Center and the Tisch Children's Zoo. The zoo only takes up .77% of the park, but houses more than 1,400 animals and 130 species from tropic, garden and polar temperature zones. Depending on the season of the year, you can enjoy outdoor concerts and plays being performed within the park. The highly anticipated Central Park Film Festival attracts thousands of visitors annually.

Note that only half of the restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Some visitors find navigating the park easier with a map you can pick up at the Central Park store.

Bronx Zoo, Bronx

Bronx Zoo

Speaking of zoos, the Bronx Zoo is the largest wildlife preserve in the US, and covers 265 acres, with more than 5,000 animals and over 600 species!

There are five main exhibits. In the Himalayan Highlands, you'll navigate the mountaintops of Nepal and visit the snow leopards, red pandas, and white-naped cranes. Jungle World takes you inside the Asian jungle. You'll love seeing otters, gibbons, and even a tapir. There are more than 800 creatures residing in the jungle. The Madagascar exhibit is home to enchanting plant life, as well as lemurs, hissing cockroaches, and crocodiles! Tiger Mountain is the Siberian tigers' bungalow, where guests learn how the cats stay fit through the zoo's animal enrichment program. In the World of Reptiles, you'll find frogs that look like moss, giant pythons, Cuban crocs, green tree monitors, poison dart frogs, and so much more! Don't miss these incredible reptiles!

All buildings at the zoo are wheelchair accessible. You'll find some rough terrain and a few steep hills throughout the zoo. Some visitors find it helpful to have someone with them in case they're in need of assistance. Visit Accessible Bronx Zoo to view the accessibility map.

Museum Mile, New York City

Located on famous Fifth avenue, from East 82nd to East 105th, is Museum Mile (which stretches just a bit over a mile.) You'll find lots of fascinating museums to probe. The "mile" includes The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Academy Museum & School, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, The Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo Del Barrio.

A short distance away from Museum Mile is the Whitney Museum of American Art, which features 20th-century American and contemporary masters. The enormous American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space have science exhibits that are larger than life. Also nearby is the New York Historical Society and the DiMenna Children's History Museum. The Museum of Modern Art is home to many significant contemporary art pieces.

Most museums are wheelchair accessible and have wheelchair rentals available upon request.

Coney Island, Brooklyn

Ferris Wheel

Food, fun, and a fantastic Ferris wheel! Meander along the 3-mile wooden boardwalk, chow down on those delicious hot dogs from Nathan's Famous, take delight in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean, check out Luna amusement park and Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. (During the month of June, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park offers free firework shows and karaoke on the Boardwalk.) Learn all about Coney Island's history at the Coney Island Museum! The New York Aquarium is also nearby.

The boardwalk is brimming with great places to eat, hang out, and shop! There are always fun events and shows happening at Coney Island, so keep an eye out for one you might find interesting during your stay in New York.

Keep in mind that not all amusement park rides are wheelchair accessible. For questions regarding accessibility, contact the guest services office.

9/11 Memorial, New York City

The memorial to the tragic events of 9/11 was dedicated to the families of the victims on Sept 11, 2011--the 10th anniversary of that catastrophic day. The Museum opened the following day.

9.11.01 Never Forget

Admission to the September 11 Memorial is free, but you do have to make a reservation. You can make reservations at 911memorial.org. The memorial spans eight acres and honors the victims who lost their lives with their names on bronze parapets that surround large reflecting pools built into the towers' footprints. The plaza has more than 400 trees and provides a peaceful spot for visitors to reflect on loved ones and the events that took place. Located nearby is the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, which features photos, walking tours and a collection of objects all in remembrance of 9/11.

The 9/11 Memorial has a limited amount of wheelchairs available free of charge and is wheelchair accessible.

Novelist Alec Waugh said, "You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person." That explains all the "I heart NY" t-shirts you see everywhere you go in the good ol' USA!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2019 Handicap Van for Sale - 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C7WDGCG0KR796213

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
AMS Vans Galaxy Conversion

$52,999 $54,999

  • Stock #: D1915237
  • Mileage: 17 Miles
  • Color: Gray
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Location: Call For Details
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Navigation System, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2019 Handicap Van for Sale - 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C7WDGCG1KR796222

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
AMS Vans Galaxy Conversion

$52,999 $54,999

  • Stock #: D1915246
  • Mileage: 15 Miles
  • Color: Knuckle
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Features: N/A
2017 Handicap Van for Sale - 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L Plus Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RC1EGXHR756835

Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L Plus
AMS Legend P Conversion

$44,999 $45,795

  • Stock #: 20110092
  • Mileage: 14,005 Miles
  • Color: Gold
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, DVD Player, Leather, Parking Sensors, Navigation System, Heated Seats, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Pass. Pwr. Seat Base, Lowered Floor

Wheelchair van exterior and interior quality inspection

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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


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


  • 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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