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New Jersey's 'Unfuggedable' Accessible Attractions

Welcome to "'the diner capital of the world!" And the food at almost every one of them will knock your socks off! Rocker Bruce Springsteen's home state is also the place where Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, phonograph, and motion-picture projector when he lived in Menlo Park. Someone else in New Jersey invented drive-in movies. The first officially recorded baseball game in US history was played in Hoboken, and if you ever wondered where the street names came from on a Monopoly board, look no further than Atlantic City. The Garden State is full of accessible surprises!

Statue of Liberty Cruise, Jersey City

The Statue of Liberty

Perfect for those who are vacationing in New Jersey, this ferry sails into New York harbor from Jersey City to bring passengers to two of the most iconic sights in the United States—the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where thousands of our nation's immigrants first arrived in this country, and both of which are actually in New Jersey!. The ferry is wheelchair accessible, and you'll have the opportunity to disembark and tour both locations. The grounds of the Statue of Libery are fully wheelchair accessible. If you have a reservation to enter the monument, you'll find the Information Center, Gift Pavilion, Book Store, and dining facilities ADA-compliant. At Ellis Island, the grounds and first floor of the museum are wheelchair accessible. If you've never seen the Statue of Liberty, you shouldn't miss this Jersey-based opportunity!

Empty Sky Memorial, Jersey City

New York City Seen From New Jersey

On September 11, 2001, 749 New Jerseyans lost their lives when the north and south towers of the World Trade Center fell after being attacked by terrorists. The official memorial that honors their memory is located in Jersey City's Liberty Park. The twin brushed stainless-steel walls are randomly engraved with the names of the 749 New Jersey residents who died that day. The twin walls are 210 feet long, the width of each side of the World Trade Center towers. The stainless steel "reflects the constantly changing light of day," and the memorial itself invites visitors to look toward the empty sky in memory and look forward as a community. The memorial is wheelchair accessible—and incredibly moving.

Cape May City

Homes in Cape May

This picturesque city is on the registry of National Historic Landmarks as the nation's oldest seashore resort, hosting vacationers from Philadelphia in the mid-1700s. The award-winning beaches are beautiful, with newly created wheelchair access right to the water's edge. Even if beaches aren't your thing, the city itself will charm you like no other. The lighthouse on the cape shines its beacon across vintage homes with wrap-around porches, gabled and mansard roofs, white picket fences, all in vibrant seaside colors. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time! The Cape May promenade (their boardwalk) is actually paved, so wheeling your way to see the sights is a breeze, and there's plenty to see and do along the promenade. Stop in for some real saltwater taffy!

Atlantic City

The Boardwalk in Atlantic City

Atlantic City is to the East Coast what Las Vegas is to the West Coast. It's a place where people of all ages can have fun—and adults so inclined can bet on an even better time at the casinos. "America's Favorite Playground" is constantly humming with events and festivals, attractions like the Atlantic City Aquarium, a variety of outdoor recreation, specialty shopping (of course!), a free 3D light show, a few museums, outdoor art exhibits—there's even a Ripley's Believe It or Not, and we haven't even scratched the surface. You'll find more than enough wheelchair accessible things to do in Atlantic City, including a trek down the longest boardwalk in the world. Just do some research ahead of time to discover all the city has to offer, choose what you'd like to do, and check out the accessibility before you go!

Great Falls National Park, Paterson

Waterfall

Yes, there are Great Falls in Montana, but these "fall" in Paterson, NJ. The water from these falls made the city one of this country's earliest industrial centers when the Industrial Revolution changed the world. Mills that built railroad locomotives, manufactured cotton fabrics, and wove textiles were powered by water from theGreat Falls, making many of our first immigrants wealthy and supported the lives of the immigrants who worked in the mills. The park, including the fall's overlook, the Paterson Museum, the Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center, and some paved routes are wheelchair accessible.

The Thomas Edison Center, Menlo Park

Young Thomas Edison

In 1876, a young, unknown inventor named Thomas Edison moved his experimental facilities to a small village in New Jersey called Menlo Park. There might have been something in the water, because over the next six years he patented around 400 inventions—the electric light bulb, the phonograph, the incandescent lamp, and a variety of devices that helped bring the telephone into homes across America. Can you think of a better way to pay tribute to the man who gave you wick-free indoor lighting and music on tap than visiting the place that celebrates his life? The center, open Thursday through Saturday, is wheelchair accessible. It's an inspiring place for the inventor in all of us!

Cowtown Rodeo, Pilesgrove

Steer Ridiing

New Jersey is probably one of the last places you'd expect to find a rodeo in the U.S., yet they've been riding bulls here every Saturday night between the end of May and the end of September—since 1929. You'll also be treated to bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, girls' barrel racing, team roping, and tie down roping. A family operation that raised their own bucking stock, the bucking horses you'll see the evening you go are the grandsons and granddaughters of bucking horses visitors saw here in the early 1970s. Along with steer and horses, the wheelchair accessible rodeo has hot sandwiches, snacks, drinks—and a decidedly different (unless you're from the West) and exciting time awaiting you!

Whitesbog Village, Browns Mills

Blueberries

'Bog' is the operative word in the name of this attraction, an early 20th century company town and agricultural community. If you've never seen a cranberry bog or blueberry fields, this is your opportunity! The rustic village grounds, which includes 3,000 acres of historic buildings, bogs, reservoirs, forests, and fields are open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. There's a driving tour (another reason to have an accessible vehicle at your disposal), with a loop that takes you around the bogs. Nature trails, bird watching, native plant exploration, fishing and photography-friendly ambiance can be part of your experience, too. Besides one-of-a-kind handicrafts, Whitesbog General Store features mouthwatering treats made from fresh cranberries and blueberries! You'll be blue if you miss this place!

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Clifton

Harness Racing

And they're off! If you'd rather take a chance on a harness race instead of roulette, spend an afternoon at the handicap accessible Meadowlands race track. In harness racing, the horses race at a specific gait (either trotting or pacing) and pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky steered by a driver, who controls the direction of the horse. The sport emerged in Holland in the mid-16th century and, even today, has a huge following. Anyone who's looking for something distinctly different to do on vacation will find it harness racing, with only 23 tracks nationwide and most of them in the northeast. You'll probably be the first of your friends to experience the thrill of harness racing—and you might become a fan!

Adventure Aquarium, Camden

Sharks

With a long and wildly popular seashore along the Atlantic Ocean, you'd expect New Jersey to have an amazing aquarium. It does. The aquarium, which is fully wheelchair accessible, has a 40-foot, suspended shark tunnel, a 4D theater, up-close and personal animal experiences, and free live shows! Creature Feature is the aquarium's touch pool, where guests can touch what their Web site describes as "slick, slimy and all-around cool invertebrates." Penguin Island is home to a flock of African penguins that dive, swim, and frolic in a huge pool made just for them. In the Jules Verne Gallery, you'll see some of the oddest, most fascinating sea creatures on the planet. There's definitely something in the water in New Jersey!

There are so many things to do in this small state (#47 in size!), you won't have time to get bored. If you want to get into a New Jersey state of mind before you go, listen to some tunes by these other illustrious New Jersey musicians: Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Qeen Latifa, Dionne Warwick, Paul Simon, or watch a movie starring these native New Jerseyans: Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Meryl Streep, John Travolta. The list really does go on—and you never know when they might be in their home state for a visit!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2012 Used 2012 Volkswagen Routan SE Wheelchair Van

USED Volkswagen Routan SE
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$29,995 $31,495


  • Stock #: 293753
  • Mileage: 92,040 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2015 Used 2015 Ford Transit Wagon 350 XLT 15 Wheelchair Van

USED Ford Transit Wagon 350 XLT 15
NEW AMS Ford Rear/Side Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: A58762
  • Mileage: 43,601 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side or Rear Entry Lift
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Parking Sensors, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant
2013 Used 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD Wheelchair Van

USED Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD
NEW AMS Legend H Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: 008640
  • Mileage: 74,244 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty

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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