5 Wheelchair Accessible Historical Sites

FDR Statue at Memorial Washington DC

Are you a history buff, avid traveler, or just someone who likes to visit new places? With Monday being Presidents Day, we’re highlighting five historical sites, all of which are wheelchair friendly to tour. Visiting historical sites can be fun and educational for the whole family. If you’re looking for wheelchair accessible historical sites, this is the list for you!

1. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell – Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is filled with some of our nation’s most notable landmarks, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Independence Hall served as the place of meeting for the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783. Many notable historical events happened between the walls of the Pennsylvania State House (the original name for the building), including the nomination of George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, but it is best known as the site of the approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Just a few yards away, the Liberty Bell has long stood as a symbol of freedom, liberty, and equality. The Independence Hall tour and the Liberty Bell are fully accessible by wheelchair. Accessible restrooms, wheelchair rental, and curb cuts allow wheelchair users to get the full Independence Hall experience. For more information, click here.

2. United States Capitol Building – Washington, D.C.

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. is one of the most iconic and historically significant buildings in our nation. This building has served as the meeting place for the United States Senate and the House of Representatives for over two centuries. Inside the Capitol, many famous works of art and portraits of historical figures are displayed, including a series of portraits of famous historical lawgivers and lawmakers in the House of Representatives Chambers. From the top steps of the Capitol, you can view the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and other memorials located near the National Mall. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, pictured above, is also located just down the road. The Capitol tour is fully wheelchair accessible and provides a variety of accessibility services including adaptive tours, wheelchair loans, and accessible parking. For more information on the Accessibility Services at the Capitol, click here.

3. Freedom Trail – Boston, MA

The Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts is a 2.5 mile, red-lined route leading visitors through 16 historically significant sites. Stops include the Old North Church, where two glowing lanterns were used by Robert Newman to alert Paul Revere and William Dawes that the British were attacking by sea. Another notable stop along the trail is the Bunker Hill Monument, which serves as a memorial for the soldiers who died in the first battle of the Revolutionary War. The Old North Church, as well as the rest of the sites on the Freedom Trail, are accessible by wheelchair. View full accessibility information here.

4. Empire State Building – New York City, NY

Finished in 1931, the Empire State Building has been a staple in the New York City skyline for over 90 years. The 102-story skyscraper was the tallest building in the world until 1970, and currently stands as the seventh-tallest building in New York City. With observatories on the 80th, 86th, and 102nd floors, it’s truly a must-visit attraction. The building is fully ADA compliant, and lowered walls on the 86th floor allow wheelchair users to get a full viewing experience. The Empire State Building is committed to provide fully accessible access throughout the building, allowing both motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs. View full accessibility information here.

5. The Alamo – San Antonio, TX

The Spanish government built the Alamo around 1744 as a place to evangelize the native people and teach the Spanish language. It was later used as a military garrison and became famous for events that took place in 1836. During the Texas Revolution, the Alamo served as a last stand for Texan soldiers. The Mexican army surrounded the Alamo, with the remaining Texan soldiers inside being led by two Commanders: James Bowie (namesake for the Bowie knife) and Green B. Jameson. On March 6th, 1836, fighting broke out. By daybreak, all 200 of the Alamo defenders had perished, including Tennessee congressman Davy Crockett. The battle cry “Remember the Alamo” originated from this event. The Alamo is ADA compliant and fully accessible by wheelchair. Wheelchair users are encouraged to use the front door for entrance and exit. Since this is a historic structure, both wheelchair users and those on foot are encouraged to navigate with caution. Visit the Alamo website for full accessibility information.

Did you know that MobilityWorks offers van rental services? Whether you decide to visit one of these sites or any of the other historical attractions our nation has to offer, we can provide the van to help get you there. Click here for more information on MobilityWorks vehicle rental options.

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