Traveling with a child with special needs? These family vacation destinations with programs for special needs children and wheel chair accessibility are worth checking out.

By Emily Elveru
Courtesy of Beaches

Special Needs Resort: Beaches

Beaches Resorts offers specialized service, activities, and dining options for special-needs families; no wonder it’s the first Caribbean resort to complete the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). When kids take part in the Beaches Caribbean Adventure With Sesame Street program, they get to play and make art with Julia, a muppet who has autism. Packages start at $209 per person/per night.

Special Needs Skiing: Snowbird

The Wasatch Adaptive Sports programs at Snowbird, in Snowbird, Utah, offer kids with special needs the chance to learn to ski, snowboard, and snowshoe with the goal of working toward independence. Lodging is wheelchair accessible and scholarships are available. Lessons start at $45 for in-state and $125 for out-of-state visitors.

Special Needs Theme Park: Morgan's Wonderland

In San Antonio, Morgan’s Wonderland is wheelchair-friendly with over 25 attractions including rides, playgrounds, and a catch-and-release fishing lake. An ultra-accessible water park provides five whimsical splash pads and a riverboat ride. Free for those with special needs and children under 2. Tickets start at $11 for ages 3+.

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