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Louisiana's Most Popular Handicap Accessible Attractions

Rock star and New Orleans resident Lenny Kravitz has said Louisiana has grown into a "jewel." Head to Louisiana to experience the rich diversity of people, sites, and wheelchair accessible attractions!

Louisiana State Museum, Shreveport

A hurricane seen from space

Want to learn about Louisiana's cultural history? If so, the Louisiana State Museum is where you want to go. Explore extraordinary exhibits that highlight events like Mardi Gras and its carnival with pieces that date back to the beginning of the festival to present-day extravaganza. Learn all about the catastrophic hurricane Katrina and the impact the storm had on Louisiana. The New Orleans Times-Picayune says the exhibit "packs a powerful emotional punch."

The museum is wheelchair accessible.

Steamboat Natchez, New Orleans

Old photo of a steamboat

The Steamboat Natchez won a "Certificate of Excellence" by TripAdvisor. Take a ride on the last authentic Steamboat on the Mississippi River and see New Orleans from a different point of view. Learn all about the river's sites and history through professional narrations. Take a dinner jazz cruise or a day harbor jazz cruise!

The boat is wheelchair accessible. However, call ahead before finalizing any plans if you have questions regarding personal equipment and access.

The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, Monroe

Lily flower

The Beidenharn Museum celebrates Coca-Cola, one of the nation's most well-known beverages, and is also where it was first bottled. Tour the Coke Museum and see items like the first Coca-Cola delivery truck, a replica of a vintage soda fountain, and a collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia. Take a guided tour of the Bible Museum and check out unique pieces from different collections. Next you can explore the historic Beidenharn home. Afterwards, visit the gardens behind the house--featuring thousands of flowering plants, beautiful statues, a conservatory, and a cute water fountain.

The first floor of each building on campus and gardens are wheelchair accessible.

French Quarter, New Orleans

The famous French Quarter

Explore the heart of New Orleans in the French Quarter. You'll learn all about Louisiana's culture and history just by exploring the streets within the French Quarter--from rich history, diverse architecture, music, street performers, renowned jazz clubs, unique art stores and galleries to amazing restaurants. You're bound to find something you fancy. International rock star and French Quarter resident Lenny Kravitz says, "There's certain things in life that I love. One is architecture, music, culture, food, and people. New Orleans has all of that."

Some places are more accessible than others, but it's definitely worth a look-see to get a taste of one of the most famous attractions on the planet.

Sci-Port, Shreveport

The planet Saturn and it's rings

Explore the 67,000 square-foot science center located on the riverfront. You'll find more than 200 interactive science exhibits, six discovery galleries, an IMAX Dome Theater, a demonstration theater, nationally touring exhibitions, a cafe, and a gift shop! Check out the Universe, which is a 25,000-square-foot Space center. The Universe includes 60 astronomy and space exhibits, 30 applied mathematics exhibits, a laser Space Dome Planetarium, and other interesting programs!

The Sci-Port museum is wheelchair accessible.

Mardi Gras World, New Orleans

Many colorful Mardi Gras masks for sale

Since 1947, New Orleans has been hosting a fantastic Fat Tuesday parade with more than 40 spectacular floats! Take an exclusive tour to see more than 500 floats, where they are kept during off season and discover how they are made. You'll go behind-the-scenes and watch as the magic is created and while artists compose their master pieces. The tour also includes colorful costumes, a historic video, and a free slice of King Cake! You can also enjoy a meal by the riverside at the Mardi Gras World Cafe.

Mardi Gras World is completely wheelchair accessible, but the shuttle is not. Travel by your own personal wheelchair accessible van instead.

Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Baton Rouge

Ancient Egyptian wall art

The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum (LASM) is housed in historic railroad depot along the Mississippi River. The facility houses fine art exhibits and selections from permanent collections. Children can explore enlightening interactive art and science galleries designed just for them. Check out Ptolemaic-era mummies lying in the rock-cut tomb. See sky shows, large-format films, visual music shows, and galleries devoted to space in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium!

LASM is wheelchair accessible throughout the museum. The planetarium has an area designated for wheelchairs.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans

Pretty butterfly resting on a flower

See thousands of creepy crawlers and butterflies up-close and personal at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. The insectarium is North America's largest museum devoted to insects. You'll learn why insects are so important and the role they play on our planet, you'll be shrunk to bug size, explore a Louisiana swamp, and be swept away by thousands of butterflies in the Asian garden! The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium was voted "A top museum for you and your kids" by CNN.com.

An accessible entrance is located on 423 Canal Street near North Peters Street. A limited amount of wheelchairs are available free of charge.

Whether you're visiting for crawfish, hot sauce, jazz, street performers, or great wheelchair accessible attractions--you're sure to have a good time in the great state of Louisiana!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2017 New 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

NEW Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$43,495 $44,995


  • Stock #: 855453
  • Mileage: 23 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2011 Used 2011 Volkswagen Routan SE Wheelchair Van

USED Volkswagen Routan SE
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$29,995 $30,690


  • Stock #: 766798T
  • Mileage: 85,285 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, DVD Player, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Edge Conversion

$29,995 $31,495


  • Stock #: 344560
  • Mileage: 50,400 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Short
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant

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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