A family enjoying the wheelchair-accessible trail at Blue Mounds State Park / Photo by MN DNR
MINNESOTA VACATIONS FOR EVERYONE.
From wheelchair-accessible trails to sensory-friendly theatrical productions and ASL museum interpreters, many Minnesota destinations roll out the red carpet of accessibility for visitors. Prioritizing the needs of guests with disabilities, these destinations ensure that everyone can have the vacation of a lifetime in Minnesota. Cast a line in one of our 10,000 lakes, explore the prairie at a state park or get cosmopolitan in the Twin Cities—however you like to travel, you'll find an accessible way to do so in Minnesota.
Our listings have been self-designated by Minnesota business owners and hosts as accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact the individual businesses for specifics. New listings are added daily, so please return often to find the latest and most welcoming things to do, places to stay and events in Minnesota.
While you aren’t likely to plan your next family vacation around a playground, there’s no doubt that once you arrive at your destination, you’ll end up at one when the kids need to burn off some energy. Sometimes any playground will do, but if you’re looking for something more than a slide and a swing set, these awesome Minnesota playgrounds will inspire even the parents to get in on the fun.
Nikki Abramson is a Minnesota theater critic and teaching artist who was born with mitochondria myopathy, a muscular condition that rapidly causes lactic acid to build up in her legs. This means Nikki is able to walk short distances, but uses a wheelchair for activities that cover significant ground. Often, this means getting around can be a challenge, so she’s always on the lookout for Minnesota destinations that are especially wheelchair friendly. From state parks to sports stadiums, museums to malls, here are Nikki’s must-visit destinations in Minnesota that lay out the red carpet of accessibility for visitors in wheelchairs.
Thankfully for ASD parents, Minnesota organizations and institutions are realizing the importance of providing sensory-friendly options and resources for people on the spectrum. They include anything from opening locations early, to providing “quiet rooms” and reducing extraneous stimuli.