People travel to Miami for good food, pristine beaches and equal parts relaxation and excitement. Not to mention the fact that as one of the nation’s top vacation destinations, Miami welcomes visitors with an ever-expanding accessible infrastructure. From the best hotels with ADA rooms, to the best accessible beaches, shopping and attractions, here’s our list of top accessible travel spots in Miami.
Wheelchair Accessible Miami Beaches & Parks
With its miles of breathtaking beaches and stunning, biodiverse gardens and parks, Miami and the surrounding area draw beach and nature lovers year round. And with recent accessibility improvements, several of the city’s most prominent beaches and nature hubs are inclusive of children and adults with physical, hearing and visual impairments.
The City of Miami Beach and ever-popular South Beach now feature push mats at several entrances to the beach, enabling wheelchair access. Push and motorized beach wheelchairs are also available for free at Beach Patrol locations.
In charming Coral Gables, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ensures that all visitors have access to exhibits, with pathways to all buildings, trams equipped with listening aids, disabled parking and wheelchairs available for loan. Just an hour outside of Miami, Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America, has several trails that are entirely boardwalks or paved walkways. The park also offers visitors Assistive Listening Devices during boat and tram tours that are also wheelchair accessible.
Accessible Shopping & Attractions in Miami
For a dose of indoor excitement, Miami is home to several accessible shopping centers and attractions. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark, known for its Gilded Age architecture and formal gardens. The property offers wheelchairs for loan, as well as wheelchair accessible bathrooms and a map of the property noting where ramps and lifts are located. Braille guide books are available for rent, and Sign Language interpreters can guide visitors on a tour of the main house.
Miami Children’s Museum encourages kids to explore, learn and have fun. On the second Saturday of every month, the museum hosts Sensory Saturday, during which the museum limits admissions and adjusts lighting and sounds in order to become a sensory modified supportive setting for children with sensory processing disorders or on the autism spectrum.
For a bit of retail therapy, Bayside Marketplace and Brickell City Centre offer accessible shopping. With Biscayne Bay views, a marina and open-air, waterfront retail, Bayside Marketplace has something for everyone. Van-accessible parking spaces sit at the front of the property, and, inside, elevators provide access to the second floor. The SkyViews Miami, a 15-minute ride around a 180-foot tall observation wheel, is also wheelchair accessible.
Not only does Brickell City Centre have open air shopping and luxury retailers, the expansive mall provides visitors with a concierge service available to accommodate special needs, ADA-compliant restrooms and complimentary wheelchairs.
ADA Compliant Guest Rooms & Suites in Miami
Stay in sophisticated comfort at THesis Hotel Miami. Our ADA rooms and suites feature wheelchair accessible roll-in showers, visual notification devices, wide doorways for wheelchair access, adjoining rooms for caregivers and more. Guests will discover a host of stylish amenities, modern fixtures and refined service—a true escape, but with all of the comforts of home.
In adherence to website accessibility standards, the THesis Hotel website also uses assistive technology to ensure legibility for all. From a digitally-accessible website to complete descriptions of all onsite amenities and features, we wish to provide a positive experience from start to finish. Read our Accessibility Statement to learn more.