8 Accessible Historical Sites to Visit

Across the United States there are countless historical sites to visit. Since the passage of the Americans with Disability Act in 1990, drastic accessibility improvements have been made to sites dedicated to preserving American history. From museums and monuments to military parks and Missions, here are eight fun historical sites to visit:

  1. The National Mall (Washington D.C.) – Washington D.C. is one of the most accessible cities in the United States. The National mall is bordered by the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian museums, all of which are wheelchair accessible.
  2. Ellis Island (New York City, NY) – Explore the island where almost all of America’s first immigrants arrived and enjoy incredible views of the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island has an accessible ferry ride in addition to all floors of the museum being wheelchair friendly.
  3. Gettysburg National Military Park (Gettysburg, PA) – Take in the breathtaking foggy views of America’s most iconic battlefield and learn more about the Civil War inside the fully wheelchair accessible museum.
  4. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH) – Located just off the banks of the Ohio River, the Freedom Center tells the stories of freedom’s heroes. All levels of the museum are accessible by elevator.
  5. National Historical Park (Philadelphia, PA) – This park in downtown Philadelphia is filled with historic sites such as the Liberty Bell and Benjamin Franklin museum. In total, there are nine buildings and museums to visit that are wheelchair accessible.
  6. The Alamo Mission (San Antonio, TX) – Home to several key battles during the Texas Revolution, The Alamo Mission has buildings from as early as 1700 that offer accessible interactive tours.
  7. Henry Ford Museum (Detroit, MI) – Learn about America’s most famous innovators at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. All of the entrances to their several buildings are wheelchair accessible, and they are easy to get to with designated drop off zones.
  8. Kennedy Space Center (Kennedy Space Center, FL) – Located about 50 miles east of Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center offers tours, astronaut training and occasionally live rocket launches. Learn all about the history of American space exploration in their fully accessible exhibit.


All of these accessible historical sites are just a short drive away from a MobilityWorks location. If you are interested in visiting one, and need a to rent a wheelchair accessible van, give us a call at 877-275-4915.