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Georgia Top Wheelchair Accessible Attractions

Georgia's always on our mind, especially when it comes to accessibility. The state known for Southern hospitality also prides itself in accommodation for all. Of course, every top ten list is subjective, but these, in no particular order, seem to be the hottest hang-outs for wanderers on wheels in The Peach State:

Six Flags Over Georgia, Austell

Six Flags Over Georgia, Austell, GA

Part of the Six Flags chain of awesome amusement parks, Six Flags Over Georgia is a half-hour ride from downtown Atlanta. You can spend an entire day watching shows, eating yummy, southern-style treats, and taking a spin on rides like Goliath, a roller coaster extraordinaire! (You might want to wait until after you've ridden Goliath to eat.) Sounds like fun, right?

You can ride Goliath and other Six Flags attractions if you're able to transfer from your wheelchair to the ride. And, with acres and acres of sheer fun at your disposal, you can be sure there's plenty of parking for handicap vans!

River Street, Savannah

River Street, Savannah, GA

Actually, almost all of Savannah is wheelchair-friendly. Savannah, Georgia's first city, sits on the seacoast--flat land and full of old-world charm! Before you head to River Walk, take a tour of the city's beautiful squares, with their fountains, statues, huge live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, and historic homes on the surrounding streets.

River Street is a bustling nine-block stretch of shops, restaurants, galleries, and night clubs that face the Savannah River. There's a wheelchair-accessible elevator between City Hall and the Hyatt Regency. For a St. Patrick's Day celebration you'll never forget (Savannah hosts the fifth-best St. Pat's party in the US!), visit the city on March 17, when the fountains on the squares spout green water and River Street is in high gear with thousands of revelers, Irish and otherwise!

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium

Right next to the equally wheelchair accessible World of Coca-Cola (an Atlanta-based, international phenomenon!) it's currently the second-largest aquarium on the planet, and everyone is promised the full aquarium experience. The attraction even has golf carts available to transport guests to and from the parking deck, and wheelchairs are available free of charge.

So what is the full aquarium experience? In the more than 8.5 million US gallons of marine and freshwater, you'll be up close and personal with 120,000 animals in 500 different species. The aquarium's notable specimens include whale sharks, Beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, and manta rays. Take in the Dolphin Show and the 4-D Theater, a behind-the-scenes tour, or participate in one of the unique animal interaction programs.

Warm Springs, GA

Warm Springs, GA

This small town about 1½ hours south of Atlanta is best known for The Little White House and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who found the area's warm springs therapeutic for his polio, which made him a paraplegic. Now home to the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, the institute is an internationally recognized, comprehensive medical and vocational rehabilitation facility with camping and recreation opportunities that include a golf course, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, and gymnasium. This just may be the most wheelchair-friendly place you'll ever visit. And the town has grown to accommodate the thousands of visitors.

More than 60 quaint shops beckon you along the charming streets and courtyard of Warm Springs Village, where you can shop for fine collectibles, crafts, antiques, and other merchandise. The charm extends to restaurants and hotels, too. Immerse yourself in Warm Springs' history as you traverse the streets punctuated by 100-year-old restored buildings. And you'll certainly want to visit The Little White House--Roosevelt's personal retreat when he came South--in Pine Mountain, just a short drive from Warm Springs.

The Golden Isles, Georgia Coast

The Golden Isles, Georgia Coast

Looking for a little upscale fun in the sun? Try island hopping on the gorgeous Georgia coast, part of which is called The Golden Isles, the name given by gold-seeking Spanish explorers hundreds of years ago because of the area's stunning beauty, temperate climate, and a glowing radiance.

Just south of Savannah, GA lie four sun-kissed barrier islands: Sea Island, St. Simon's Island, Little St. Simon's Island, and Jekyll Island, the last which was, around the turn of the 20th century, a favorite playground of America's wealthiest families--the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Morgans, Pulitzers, Marshall Fields, Astors, and Goulds. Today, everyone is invited to explore and enjoy these islands, with accessible hotels, beach rentals, and campgrounds.

Stephen Foster State Park, Fargo

Stephen Foster State Park, Fargo, GA

If it's exciting, ecological adventure you're after, take a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp at the tip of southeast Georgia. Stephen Foster State Park is the primary entrance to this legendary swamp, which is one of Georgia's seven natural wonders. Lacy Spanish moss, waving from the branches of live oak trees, reflects off the pitch-black swamp waters, and the wildlife--alligators, turtles, raccoons, deer, bears, herons, ibis, and dozens of other species--call this 402,000-acre refuge home.

Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites have stepped up the game to make facilities and programs accessible to everyone. The park offers accessible cottages, campsites, fishing piers, picnic areas, and a half-mile, wheelchair-accessible nature trail. Because degrees of accessibility vary among the parks, visitors should call the park ahead of time to ensure their needs can be met. Overnight guests should be specific about needs when making reservations. Another great wheelchair accessible place Georgia has to offer!

Blue Ridge Mountains, North Georgia

Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains

The Peach State's Blue Ridge Mountains are welcoming and wonderful any time of year, but autumn and apple season make this part of the state come alive. You'll find plenty of wheelchair-accessible cabin rentals available, and the views are a feast for the eyes. A quaint, small town, Blue Ridge, GA was once considered an elite health resort because of its pure mineral waters. Today, Blue Ridge features eclectic shopping, antique stores, art galleries, a wide range of dining, and it's the place you can pick up the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.

The train winds alongside the beautiful Toccoa River with one stop in the twin border towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. The train has vintage rail cars with limited accessible seating, including an open car gondola (Fontana), which is equipped with a hydraulic lift for wheelchair boarding and deboarding assistance, on the Bryson City Nantahala Gorge Excursion. Just a mile-and-a-half from downtown Blue Ridge and open year-round is the fully accessible, famous Mercier Apple House--explore the orchards, fill up on fried apple pies, apple cider, jellies, butters, preserves and baked goods, and take home a variety of amazing apples and other fruit.

CNN Studio/Olympic Park

CNN Studio/Olympic Park, Atlanta,GA

Here's some good news! You can take a one-hour studio tour of CNN's global headquarters in downtown Atlanta. Inside CNN Atlanta offers a wheelchair-accessible, behind-the-scenes view of the international news giant.

The 55-minute tour descends eight flights of stairs, and elevator-assisted tours are available. News flash! These tours sell out quickly so reservations are highly recommended. Call at least 72 hours in advance to make your reservations.

Just across the street from CNN Center is Atlanta's 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park--a tribute to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Besides the ever-spouting Fountain of Rings (four shows a day, 365 days a year), the park hosts several pop music concerts during the summer, and the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola are in the same neighborhood! What a day you'll have!

Chattahoochee River Walk, Columbus

Chattahoochee River Walk, Columbus, GA

The Chattahoochee River Walk is a 22-mile walking and biking area along the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, GA, which is about 90 minutes southwest of Atlanta. The trail is paved with either asphalt, concrete, or brick. Columbus is another of Georgia's picturesque locales, with charming homes along with lots of cool shops and restaurants. When you order a soft drink in one of the restaurants, be sure to order a Coke. After all, Columbus was the longtime home to John Pemberton, who developed the formula for Coca-Cola.

Speaking of Coke, the handicap-accessible Coca-Cola Space Science Center, with its Omnisphere Theater for special shows, the Mead Observatory for stargazing, and the Challenger Center--filled with awesome, space-related interactivity--is waiting for you on the campus of Columbus State University. Wheelchair travel in Georgia just keeps going!

Little Five Points, Atlanta

Music concert at Little Five Points venue

Many owners of wheelchair vans become free spirits who love to travel, and Atlanta has a cool corner of the city as welcoming to the free-spirited lifestyle as New York's Greenwich Village or San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. Endearingly known as Little Five Points (lil' 5 or L5P), this area of the city dates back to the late 1800s, becoming an active merchant community by the mid-1950s, and eventually evolving into the offbeat, hip locale that attracts lots of Atlantans and out-of-state visitors every day, not to mention celebrities who are in town filming TV shows and movies (Georgia is one of the top five production destinations in the country), or performing at one of Atlanta's many concert and theater venues.

L5P, with its eclectic restaurants and far-out specialty stores, is small enough to completely explore in a day. It's called Little Five Points because five distinct streets come together at one intersection, creating a compact, bustling crossroads of diverse humanity--a great place to people-watch and head home with some unique shopping bargains and interesting stories!

Now that Georgia's on your mind, y'all can plan your visit and discover for yourself that Southern Hospitality is alive, well, and waiting for you!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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
2017 Used 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$39,495 $39,995

  • Stock #: 558063
  • Mileage: 22,698 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 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 II Conversion

$33,495 $33,995

  • Stock #: 180968T
  • Mileage: 39,677 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • 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


  • 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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