Summer Day Trip Ideas

Posted On: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer Activity Ideas

Traveling with a wheelchair takes planning and sometimes “out of the box” thinking to create a special day. But if you are reading this, you are like the rest of us looking for something to do that is a great fit for the whole family. So, with that, I sincerely hope this note will give you the pleasure of doing a little less home work, and a lot more fun trips. Enjoy the summer, make some magic and build lots of memories. tomorrow is not promised, we only have today!

Day Trip Ideas:
If you have a need for SPEED
~ Canobie Lake Park (they will have bracelets for kids and adults with disabilities)
~ Six Flags New England is a total over-load for us, but if you love roller coasters and big water parks this is the place to visit.
~ Codzilla is a must if you love speed, but I would call them to let them know you will be coming so the can be prepared to help you get on board. Also be prepared to get wet 😉

Full day trips or partial day trips:
~ Trip to Boston: Park at Faneuil Hall. If you are there on a Saturday don’t miss the farmers market, it is fun and everything is a $1 per pound, so load up on your veggies. Walk Through Faneuil Hall and enjoy yourself by taking a ride on the only accessible merry-go-round. Walk towards the water. Thought out the summer the sprinklers will be on across from the aquarium. Most of the boat trips along the water are accessible. The Duck tours are fun, but not a fit if you are 100% wheelchair bound.
~ The North End is loaded with history, definitely worth a trip. If you want to have a more joyful day and not worry about all the cobblestone, borrow a stroller from SMILE Mass for the day so everyone is comfortable. There is not a bad restaurant in the North End, but most places are small and tight, we usually get something to go and then go to some of the green places to enjoy it. And before we leave we always stop at Mike’s Pastry. Tell them Lotte Sent you 😉 It is a sad truth, but they know Nicholas and I.
~ Castle Island is awesome, you can stay all day, or simply stay for a couple of hours. Bring the whole family – the dog as well. There is something for everyone. Beach, walks and of course Sullivan’s Restaurant for fantastic lobster rolls, burgers, dogs and more!
~ A trip to the Beach – see the full list of beaches that have beach wheelchairs from SMILE Mass
~ To borrow a beach wheelchair from SMILE Mass, please fill out the form
~ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
~ Museum of Fine Arts– check their schedule to see when they have art kids events only $7
~ Edaville Family Theme Park

Local Activities in MetroWest and beyond:

~ Mini golf – several options throughout Massachusetts, but Putts and More in Holliston is accessible!
~ Bowling – several options such as Kings (multiple locations) or the Apex Center in Marlborough
~ Apex Center in Marlborough – has many options for activities for kids – laser tag, bowling, go karts, Muse Paint Bar and so much more
~ Pedal Power, Acton MA – this bike store is right next to the rail trail and they have several adapted bikes you can borrow – call ahead to make sure there is availability for your needs
~ SMILE Mass Playground in Sudbury, MA – this playground has lots of rubber surfacing and is fully accessible

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