With its historical highlights and stunning natural scenery, the progressive state of New York has plenty in store for disabled holidays. Over the past decades, I have toured the state extensively, and have used my insider knowledge to assemble countless itineraries for disabled groups and individuals. Let me tell you about some of my favourite spots and activities in the area.
Of course, I can’t write an article about New York State without mentioning Niagara Falls. As one of the world’s most famous natural wonders, no trip to the area would be complete without taking in the waterfalls’ breathtaking beauty. Fortunately, the area is easy to reach by wheelchair, as there are plenty of sophisticated trails around. For a truly effortless experience, you can even take a ride on the Niagara Scenic Trolley or on a boat, both of which are wheelchair-friendly and allow you to fully immerse yourself in the waterfalls’ magnificence.
Along with the Niagara Falls, I’m sure that you’ve heard of Lake George – another natural sensation that should be high on your holiday bucket list. This tranquil lake is not only known for its sparkling waters, but will also allow you to embrace your inner adventurer. If you’re ready to be a bit daring, why not try Y-Knot sailing? This activity gets visitors of all ages and abilities out on the water without a hitch, and provides assistance to disabled tourists. You’ll never want to leave!
Jones Beach State Park
Ready for a beach day? You definitely don’t want to miss out on Long Island’s Jones Beach State Park, whose pristinely white sand and turquoise waters have a truly meditative impact on its visitors. If you’d like to spend the day lazing in the sand, the park leases beach wheelchairs, which enable disabled travellers to access the beach with ease. The boardwalks are also extremely traversable by wheelchair, and have a wealth of beach games for groups and families to enjoy.
If you’re a fan of the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, this next activity is for you. In Westchester County, you’ll find the infamous village, which inspired Washington Irving’s gripping tale about the Headless Horseman. Every October, the story and its wide-reaching success are commemorated in Phillipsburg Manor, which organises a thrilling recreation of the Horseman’s Hollow. This exhilarating pre-Halloween adventure also includes a Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, which showcases 6,000 expertly carved pumpkins. Both events are wheelchair-friendly and great for disabled holidays, not to mention that you’ll experience New England’s autumn – which is arguably the best season on the East Coast!
FDR House & Museum
Did you know that Franklin D. Roosevelt was born and raised in New York? Naturally, the state has preserved his home in Hyde Park, and has set up a spectacular museum in his honour. Learn more about the USA’s 32nd President and New York’s former governor by exploring his roots in his hometown. Along with getting a glimpse into this inspiring individual’s life (who – by the way – was also disabled), you’ll be able to access the area effortlessly – there’s even a shuttle bus with a lift that will take you to and from the house and museum.
Nature, culture, history, and voilà: you’re ready for a getaway to New York State. Of course, the above recommendations are not exhaustive – there’s plenty to keep you busy and entertained on a holiday in the area. Disabled holidays by Can Be Done can be tailored to your travel wishes and requirements and adhere to high accessibility standards. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today!