New York: a state known for its spectacular scenery, fascinating historical landmarks, and – most importantly – its accessibility. If you think you’ve seen all the disabled holidays out there, think again: I bet that you haven’t thought of a getaway in New York State. Fortunately, that’s about to change. My team and I have some expert tips for exploring the area by wheelchair, and are here to arrange the perfect itinerary for you.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Of course, you cannot go to New York without taking a trip to the iconic Statue of Liberty. On the ferry transfer to Liberty Island, you’ll be able to put yourself in the shoes of the millions of immigrants who marvelled at the same statue upon their arrival in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Both the ferry and the island are extremely accessible. However, I advise against attempting to visit the statue’s balcony and observation deck, which are not wheelchair-friendly.
If you’ve got some extra time, continue imagining what immigrants’ journey to New York must have been like by visiting Ellis Island. Between 1892 and 1954, its building housed an immigration station, and has been repurposed into a riveting (and easily accessible) museum today.
Finger Lakes Wine Country
If you’re a wine enthusiast, I’m sure you’re wondering where you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine. Luckily, Upstate New York is known for its outstanding wineries, many of which offer wheelchair-friendly tours and wine tastings. I always recommend planning a visit to The Thirsty Owl Wine Company, situated in Ovid. Not only does it have some of the best local wine, it also offers extremely accessible tours and tastings – not to mention a stunning lakeside view. Even better: you’ll be able to take in the area’s beauty firsthand by exploring the nearby Taughannock Falls State Park, whose trails are safe and easily navigable for wheelchair users.
New York State Museum
If you’re a history buff, you’re in luck: you won’t be at a loss for museums in New York State. My personal favourite is the State Museum in Albany, whose art and artefacts are well worth exploring. Along with learning about the region’s intriguing history, the museum is very wheelchair-friendly, which makes it a stop we often include in our organised disabled holidays.
High Falls Gorge in Lake Placid
Not really a history buff, but more of a nature lover? No problem: why not visit Lake Placid’s High Falls Gorge? If you’re travelling around with a wheelchair, you’ll be able to enjoy this renowned spot with ease, due to the area’s smooth and wide path. In addition to making your way through the lake’s surrounding woods, it’s possible to see the gorge and the sparkling Ausable River up close by following this path. If you get a bit peckish, simply stop by the nearby River View Café, where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in nature as you savour the shop’s delectable dishes and drinks.
Saratoga Race Course
Are you a fan of horseracing? New York may not host the Kentucky Derby, but it has the next best thing: the Saratoga Race Course, whose vibrant ambiance promises not to disappoint. The course’s grandstand and clubhouse seating sections are well-equipped for disabled visitors, and – to top it all off – offer some of the best views of the action.
Although the above recommendations are some of my favourite highlights, they barely scratch the surface of everything that you can see and do in this bustling state. When booking any of the disabled holidays in Can Be Done’s portfolio, you’ll always receive expert advice so that we can put together an itinerary that suits your needs to a tie. Give us a call today!