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Nebraska: The Cornhusker State's Top Accessible Spots

If you like Kool-Aid, Arbor Day, and reuben sandwiches, thank a Nebraskan! There might be fewer wheelchair accessible attractions than ears of corn in the state, and that means there's more than plenty for you to do in what was once called "The Great American Desert." Home of Boys Town and the NCAA College World Series, Nebraska is as busy as their state insect, the honeybee, so let's journey to the Midwest, where we'll find the world's largest indoor rainforest at our first stop in NE!

Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omaha

Giraffe

The Lied Jungle, just one exhibit at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is, indeed, the world's largest indoor rainforest, and it's one of the reasons this zoo is the top-rated attraction in Omaha by highly popular travel site TripAdvisor.com. Hubbard Gorilla Valley, an IMAX theater, the Desert Dome, a Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, an aviary, and the super-interactive Red Barn Park, where visitors get interactive with a wide variety of animals. The aquarium invites you to "walk on the bottom of the ocean and come nose to nose with sea turtles as sharks circle above you." They also have a few antarctic penguins waddling around the area. There are too many animals to mention, and too much fun to be had at this amazing, accessible zoo!

Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha

Red Garden Flower

Omaha's botanical center offers an "escape to an urban oasis." Since the first botanical garden was created in 1545 in Italy as a living encyclopedia of medicinal plants, botanical gardens in the western world are used for a number of purposes that range from medicine to plant relationship studies, genetic protection, and experimental planting. For those who visit Lauritzen, the beauty, tranquility, and sensory engagement experienced on a tour of the accessible gardens is the proverbial icing on a layer cake. Among the many different gardens here are a Rose Garden, a Tree Peony Garden, a Garden in the Glen, and an ultra-cool Model Railroad Garden full of miniature communities, landscapes, countrysides, and, of course, spectacular landscaping. Do stop and smell the roses!

Boys Town, Omaha

Happy Boys

In 1917, Father Edward Flanagan, a Catholic priest, ministered to the homeless on the streets of Omaha, many of whom were young boys without guidance in desperate situations. His response to their struggles was Boys Town, a home that helps troubled youth—now of both genders—"grow into responsible, productive members of society." Today, there are Boys Town programs throughout the country, and this is where it all began. Every year, the Village of Boys Town welcomes more than 100,000 visitors to its square mile in the Heartland of America, where you can tour the accessible attraction. You might even want to research Boys Town, or watch the classic movie "Boys Town" to learn about the wonderful work done here.

El Museo Latino, Omaha

Latino Bead Crafting

There are only eleven Latino museums in the United States dedicated to the art, history, and culture of Latinos, and it's also a center for Latin studies in the Midwest. Like most museums, some exhibits are permanent and others are temporary. Some recent exhibits include Frida Kahlo: Letters and Photographs, Graphics of Latin America, and Silver and Copper from Santa Clara del Cobre, Works by Ignacio Punzo. Check ahead for their special events that share the cuisine, attire, dance, music, and artwork of the Latino community. Join in the colorful celebrations of Cinco de Mayo in May or Hispanic Heritage Month in September. The museum's gallery, gift shop and main areas are wheelchair accessible. Bienvenidos a El Museo Latino!

The Amazing Pizza Machine, Omaha

Table Full of Pizza

Got kids? Then you'll need pizza, and the Amazing Pizza Machine serves up more than just the Italian favorite. At this 60,000 sq. ft., fun-filled Omaha hang-out, kids in wheelchairs can spend hours in the arcade, ride a few rides, redeem tickets for prizes, and get their fill of pizza, too. In fact, the cost of admission is the price of the buffet plus a drink. Their buffet, served in different, themed dining rooms, also includes options like a pasta bar, tacos, soups, salad bar, and a dessert bar. Their web site offers a number of "play" packages at different price points, so you might want to check it out before you go, though general admission is quite reasonable. Grab some good food, then get in the game!

International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln

Colorful Quilt

There's more to quilting than meets the eye—enough to dedicate an entire museum to the art and culture of quilting. The International Quilt Study Center & Museum was stitched together in 1997, when a Nebraska couple donated almost 1,000 quilts (along with an endowment) to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. That contribution was the genesis of what is now the largest publicly held quilt collection on the planet. The exhibits have intriguing topics, like Design Dynamics of Log Cabin Quilts, Visual Systems: The Quilter's Eye, and Modern Marvels: Quilts Made from Kits, 1915-1950. You'll see intricate quilt designs in vibrant colors, learn about the stitching that creates them, and the measures taken to preserve them. They cover everything!

Lincoln Children's Zoo, Lincoln

Baby Monkey

Yes, another one for the kids, though an appreciation for monkeys is ageless! Everyone will enjoy the more than 350 animals from around the world. It's a kids' zoo, so it's small, but they've managed to include lots of interactive exhibits that give children hands-on interaction with the animals. A review of the zoo on TripAdvisor.com offers, "A little fun tip—the Gibbons love to look inside of backpacks, purses, or at cell phone photos. Your kids will think this is really a neat thing to do. Also does not hurt to make a little hoo hoo sound to get them to come to the glass." Think of the fabulous selfies you can take here and share with family and friends! No word on whether the gibbons give your stuff back.

Harold Warp Pioneer Village, Minden

Pioneer Covered Wagons

Those of you searching for "authentic Americana" will find it here—on 20 acres, with more than 50,000 pieces of Americana in 26 accessible buildings. Many of the buildings were taken from their original country settings and brought here for restoration and your enjoyment. There's a cabin on site that was used both as a dwelling and a fort, the Fire House displays fire-fighting equipment from the hand cart to modern trucks, a railroad depot, country school, a church, a blacksmith shop, Pony Express building, and one building featuring 20 fully furnished rooms from past generations, and that's just for starters! Come see "the story of America and how it grew" in this Pioneer Village!

Strategic Air & Space Museum, Ashland

Old U.S. Aircraft

Its original mission was to commemorate the aircraft of America's Strategic Air Command, which helped preserve the peace during the Cold War. Today, this accessible museum features aircraft and spacecraft as a dynamic keeper of America's history in the air. Take a tour, and stay for the Planetarium show! You'll be blown away by the number and scope of actual aircraft housed in this museum, like the B-36J "Peacemaker" and the C-119G "Flying Boxcar." You'll also see an Apollo Command Space Module and a mock-up of the OV-104 cockpit, which was usesd to train Atlantis space shuttle pilots. The Vietnam Memorial Wall exhibit displays photos, letters, and personal mementos left at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. A moving tribute.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland

A River with Tree-Covered Banks

If adventure and camping are on your Nebraska to-do list, you'll find Mahoney State Park not far from the Strategic Air & Space Museum, and you'll also find it rustic—in an ultra-modern sort of way. The cabins are secluded, and they come equipped with linens, tableware, basic cookware, air conditioning and heat, a fireplace, a TV, range, microwave, outdoor deck and grill. There are five wheelchair-accessible cabins in the park, and they recommend you book well in advance. The actual campgrounds have modern amenities, too. Open year-round, this state park offers all the activities you'd expect from a state park, and likely more. Amazing in autumn, spectacular in spring, and a showplace for nature in Nebraska!

Stay away from Blue Hill, Nebraska—it's against the law for a female wearing "a hat that would scare a timid person" to eat onions in public. (You can't help but wonder what happened there to prompt that legislation.) Meanwhile, hatless men with an aversion to onions are welcome. All kidding aside, a Nebraska vacation promises heaps of fun in America's Heartland!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2014 Used 2014 Toyota Sienna LE Wheelchair Van

USED Toyota Sienna LE
NEW Able2Go Genesis Conversion

$41,995 $42,995


  • Stock #: 496159
  • Mileage: 40,343 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, ADA Compliant
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 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring
NEW AMS Edge II Conversion

$36,995 $37,690


  • Stock #: 238084
  • Mileage: 37,558 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • Features: Backup Camera, DVD Player, Leather, 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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