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Exploring Accessible Austin

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Skyline of Austin Texas

Austin is the capital of Texas and known for its lively music scene, rich cultural heritage, and outdoor attractions.  Over the past several years, more major events, such as SXSW (South by Southwest), have been held in Austin creating a focus on accessibility for people with disabilities.  Each time I’ve been to Austin it was for a national conference with hundreds of people with disabilities attending. 

Austin is accessible

Accessibility continues to improve and so does Austin’s popularity of being a great place to live.  I found options for accessible taxis, including zTrip.  I recommend downloading the zTrip app for easier and quicker transactions. You’ll also find plenty of hotels with accessible rooms and many accessible venues for live music, including Emo’s Austin and The Continental Club.  When visiting Austin, you’ll also find accessible trails, museums, and parks if you need a break from the live music scene.  I love Austin and I look forward to visiting again soon. 

Here are a few of my recommendations for a fun and accessible trip to Austin!  

Lady Bird Lake and Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail

Lady Bird Lake and the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail provide a beautiful and accessible outdoor experience in the heart of Austin. The trail offers wide, paved and smooth pathways suitable for wheelchair users and individuals with mobility challenges.  Accessible parking spaces and restrooms are available. 

The Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is an engaging and educational attraction that showcases the rich history of Texas. The museum offers accessible entrances, elevators, and spacious galleries.  From the story of Texas independence to exhibits on the state’s culture and heritage, the museum provides a comprehensive and accessible learning experience. Accessible parking spaces, restrooms, and assistance from knowledgeable staff are also available.

Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool

Zilker Park is a wonderful recreational area that offers accessible amenities to enjoy its natural beauty. The park features accessible trails, picnic areas, and a universally accessible playground. Within Zilker Park, the famous Barton Springs Pool provides an accessible swimming experience with designated accessible parking, ramps, and a pool lift. 

The Blanton Museum of Art

The Blanton Museum of Art, located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, is known for its diverse collection of artwork. The museum offers accessible entrances, elevators, and spacious galleries, providing easy navigation for people with disabilities. Visitors can explore a wide range of artistic styles and periods, from European masterpieces to contemporary works. The museum also offers accessible programs, audio guides, and tactile elements.

Austin Central Library

The Austin Central Library is well-known for its collection of books as well as the level of accessibility built in throughout this venue. The library provides accessible entrances, elevators, and assistive technology for people with disabilities. It offers a variety of accessible spaces, including quiet reading areas, computer stations, and meeting rooms. The library’s collection spans many diverse subjects.

Austin, Texas, is a really unique city in the great state of Texas.  From the serene beauty of Lady Bird Lake and its accessible trails to the appealing exhibits at the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, to the awesome music venues, there are plenty of accessible activities to enjoy in this lively city.  Austin will not disappoint if you are looking for a variety of accessible experiences!

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