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Miami Florida – Top Five Wheelchair Accessible Things To Do

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Miami is one of those cities that many disabled travelers love.  It is sunny, it is friendly, and every bit as glamorous as you see in the films and tv.  What makes it stand out for me is that it is also very accessible for the disabled visitor whether you are in a wheelchair, have a sensory disability, a less visible disability.  So here are just five of the many wheelchair accessible things you can do in this sunny city.

Take a local bus

Yes it is possible to take a guided bus tour around Miami and see all the tourist sights, they are accessible and a great way to see Miami South Beach.  But if you want to see the rest of Miami then take a local bus.  The local buses in Miami are all accessible, with automatic ramps, spacious wheelchair spaces, and you get secured in, plus it is extremely cheap And very safe. However avoid traveling at the rush hours, as the buses turn into sardine tins.

The Beach

You cannot go to Miami and not spend some time on the beach.  It is a big part of life in Miami and the good news is that beaches in Miami are accessible to everyone.  The great news is that the City of Miami Beach offers both manual and motorized beach wheelchairs, they have two manual Beach Wheelchairs and four motorized Beach Wheelchairs available for use are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9 am to 6 pm during the months of February through October and from 9 am to 4:30 pm during the months of November through January. The Beach Wheelchairs are available at 1001 Ocean Drive and South Pointe Park. If you are staying in Sunny Isles, then there is a manual Beach Wheelchair available near the fishing pier. When you arrive at the beach ask the lifeguards for assistance.  There also wheelchair access to the beach is via Mobi-Mats, which are available at select entrances. 

The Art Deco District

Alongside the beach Miami is probably best known for it’s beautiful iconic Art Deco architecture, that gives Miami an opulent and glamorous atmosphere.  There are over 800 buildings in the district, that were built mostly in the twenties and thirties and be warned, you are likely to take lots of selfies and photos.  I found that the area was easy to get around in a wheelchair, with lots of well maintained dropped kerbs.  

However you will find you share the pavement with lots of skaters and skateboarders, especially along the iconic Ocean Drive, but don’t panic they are well versed in giving wheelchairs plenty of space.  The most iconic buildings are to be found along Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue.  One of the things that really loved doing in this area was sitting at an al fresco table outside a hotel on Ocean Drive sipping a Mojito and eating a Cuban Sandwich, while people watching (it really is as glamorous as you see on TV!).  It is not cheap but you can stay as long as you like and is worth every  dime.

Little Havana

This is definitely one of the hippest, coolest and vibrant districts in Miami.  It definitely dances to its own distinct beat and I would argue is one of the most unAmerican neighbourhoods not just in Miami, but possibly the whole of the United States.  It is definitely one of the most colourful and exciting districts of Miami.  The street art, and community buzz of the district make this one of the most fashionable places in Miami to hang out for a while.  

There is so much to see and do here from sipping a rum in a neighborhood bar with the locals, to watching a cigar being hand rolled in a cigar factory, to marveling at the street art, that is constantly changing (you may even come across one of the world’s top street artists creating a new piece of art).  One place amongst many to stop a while and enjoy a Cuban Sandwich  (Miami’s signature dish) is the Versailles Restaurant, that claims it is the world’s most famous Cuban Restaurant.  It can be found at 3555 Southwest 8th Street.

Zoo Miami

The Zoo is the largest and oldest zoo in Florida, it is also the only sub-tropical zoo in the United States and it has othe widest range of species from across the world.  It is home to over 3,000 animals from 500 different species, more than 40 of the species are classified as endangered and the zoo is involved with saving these endangered species.  The zoo covers nearly 750 Acres and is very wheelchair accessible.  To help visitors get around this massive attraction there is A monorail and trams that can accommodate up to 2 wheelchairs.  

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