San Antonio’s array of attractions and historic sites, partnered with its dedication to accessibility, is making the destination one of the leading options for vacationers of all abilities. While attractions like Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park, are a big draw for vacationers seeking accessible options, visitors also will find that many of the city’s top cultural and historic sites are also accommodating. With wheelchair accessibility along the River Walk, theme parks offering sign language translation at shows, a sensory garden for visually impaired and exhibits specifically for people on the autism spectrum, San Antonio is setting the accessible vacation standard.
Here is a sampling of an ultra-accessible vacation!
Six Flag Fiesta Texas celebrates 25 years with the world’s largest rocket blast water coaster
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, an adventure park themed around the distinct culture of Texas, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the world’s largest rocket blast water coaster opening June 3, 2017. Adrenaline junkies will ride the power of a storm with Thunder Rapids, a three-story, 942-foot-long roller coaster and water slide in one with lightning-fast uphill speeds and adrenaline-pumping drops. It’s located in White Water Bay, Fiesta Texas’ water park (included with admission).
Visitors to Six Flags Fiesta Texas can stop by the hospitality center in Los Festivales where staff will be happy to help personalize their visit, provide guidance on what the park has to offer and share the “Guest Safety and Accessibility Guide,” which has detailed information on the accessibility of rides, shows, games and restaurants. Standard and motorized wheelchairs are offered for a nominal fee. Plus, the park hosts an annual deaf awareness day where all shows are interpreted. Six Flags offers an Attraction Access Pass for guests who are unable to wait in ride lines due to a disability, mobility impairments, or certain qualifying impairments.
Morgan’s Wonderland is a 25-acre theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment. Here, every guest with special needs enjoys free admission. The park’s carousel has specially designed “chariots” that allow guests in wheelchairs to go up and down. There are playgrounds with numerous types of slides and swings for people of all abilities, and a musical garden provides auditory stimulation while a quiet area adjacent to the lake offers respite from stimulation.
Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park
Excitement is peaking at the chance to enjoy the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park, Morgan’s Inspiration Island. Opening this summer, Morgan’s Inspiration Island will be a magical destination that inspires people with special needs to do things previously thought impossible such as a river boat adventure ride with twists and turns through a jungle where bird and animal sounds fill the air. The experience continues with five water play areas offering a variety of splash elements like raintrees, falls, pools, geysers, jets, water cannons and tipping buckets.
SeaWorld San Antonio unveils Wave Breaker™: The Rescue Coaster
Wildlife enthusiasts can see if they have what it takes to race into action with SeaWorld’s animal rescue team on Wave Breaker™, a one-of-a kind coaster inspired by the award-winning Sea Rescue® program. Designed exclusively for SeaWorld San Antonio, Wave Breaker™ replicates the adrenaline rush of a watercraft rescue mission. It’s more thrilling than a jet ski as riders hurdle 60 feet in the air over SeaWorld’s lake. Opening June 16, 2017.
Witte Museum welcomes $100 million in renovations to include new Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery
Hailed as an oasis where nature, science and culture meet, the Witte Museum just unveiled $100 million in renovations. One of the most notable additions is the new Naylor Family Dinosaur Gallery. Adventurers can follow the large carnivorous Acrocanthosaurus as it leaves tracks along ancient Texas shorelines; explore predator and prey as a mosasaur hunts for dinner in the ancient seas; and behold the massive skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex. In the new Dino Lab, Witte guests will discover what fossils uncover about the era when dinosaurs roamed Texas, compare the jaws and teeth of meat eaters with those of plant eaters, learn what ancient footprints say about dinosaur behavior and examine links between dinosaurs and modern-day birds.
This is just a sampling of the new experiences in San Antonio. There’s more to discover. While in town, travelers can stop by the Visitor Information Center across from The Alamo to grab a map, get more ideas on what to explore and have San Antonio questions answered. Getaway packages, discounts and more information can be found at visitsanantonio.com.