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13 Amazing Accessible Attractions in Houston!

  • March 14, 2023
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Suzanne Murray, OTR/L, BCBA, Certified Autism Travel Professional

Accessible Traval Planning

My name is Suzanne Murray and I am the founder of Everywhere Is Possible.  I have worked as an Occupational Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst for more than 20 years.  I have also worked, volunteered, or traveled through almost 50 countries! Now I am combining my love for my career with my passion for travel to create a world accessible to all!

Space Center Houston 🛰️

Accessible Space Center

Creating an Accessible Universe! ☄️

📸 Space Center Houston

On July 26, Space Center Houston honored the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by signing the ADA Proclamation, reaffirming the principles of equality and inclusion and celebrating continued progress within accessibility communities. They strive to create an environment supportive of all guests and follow the ADA mission.  All NASA Tram Tour trams and Level 9 Tour buses are equipped with lifts. Guests may request this service from a crew member at the boarding location.  All Space Center Houston theaters, exhibits, and attractions are wheelchair-accessible, including Lunch with an Astronaut and Independence Plaza. All theaters have ground-level entrances.

In addition to ADA accommodations, Space Center Houston has been certified as a Certified Autism Center by the IBCCES. The certification process involves rigorous training for staff, inspections, and improvements that enable Space Center Houston to better welcome and accommodate guests with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory and cognitive challenges.  They offer Sensory Friendly Events with reduced stimulus from lights, sounds, and crowds. Sensory backpacks are available to check out with sound-reduction headphones, sunglasses, fidgets, books, and guides.  They have designated quiet areas and a photo guide and social story to help you plan your visit.

Visual accommodations include unlimited Aira Free access and many tactile learning opportunities. Also, The Space Center U® Visual Impairment Program is a challenging three-day program held on weekdays for visually impaired students ages 15-18.

“One Small Step Together” is a program specifically designed for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss, along with a family member or friend.

Auditory accommodations include American Sign Language interpreters and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services at many Space Center Houston events. The Mission Briefing Center utilizes induction loop technology. Just switch your hearing aid to the T-position in this theater.

The National Museum of Funeral History ⚰️

Accessible Funeral

Accessible Afterlife Experience 🪦

📸  The National Museum of Funeral History

Since 1992, the National Museum of Funeral History has been an educational experience like no other and offers something for everyone. Tour 30,500 square feet of exhibit space with the largest display of funeral service memorabilia. Discover America’s largest collection of authentic historical funeral service items in 15 permanent exhibits.

Learn about hearses through history, caskets, and coffins, plus the funerals of Presidents, Popes, and celebrities and the history of embalming and cremation while you witness the cultural heritage of the funeral service industry and its time-honored tradition of compassion.  Capturing the attention of history buffs, science junkies, and classic car fanatics to art lovers, pop culture enthusiasts, and political aficionados – this fascinating destination has something for everyone.  The museum is fully accessible to all patrons!

The Children's Museum Houston 🧸

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Accessible Educational Adventure! 🧪

📸 Children’s Museum Houston

The mission of The Children’s Museum Houston is to transform communities through innovative, child-centered learning!  CMH strives to make all exhibits, activities and public areas as inclusive and accessible as possible for all visitors.  The Museum offers hands-on activities and open access for children to explore in a safe environment.  Discovery Guides are trained to engage families and children of all abilities and are ready to assist you during your visit.  Wheelchairs are available at the Information Booth, elevators are available to all levels and wheelchair lifts are accessible in the How Does Work?  and PowerPlay exhibits.

Throughout the Museum galleries, there are hands-on activities with step-by-step directions along with visual cues. The galleries and activities ignite conversations with your child. Additionally, video presentations via flat-screen TVs are located throughout the Museum. Museum Discovery Guides carry iPads with relevant apps to enhance the visitor experience within the exhibits. Braille is displayed on all exit doors, elevators, and restrooms.

Sensory Friendly Days are exclusive events held on designated Mondays that are normally closed to the public. Sunglasses and sound reduction earmuffs are available at the Information Booth on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The Museum’s Social Story provides children with an understanding of what they can experience and how to respond or behave when visiting the Museum. There is a page dedicated to each exhibit so that parents can tailor the story to meet the needs of their child’s interests.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 🎨

Accessible craft

Accessible Artists! 🖼️


The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit visual arts center dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft.  They showcase emerging and acclaimed artists in exhibitions, introduce visitors of all ages to contemporary craft through hands-on and virtual programming and support the development of working artists through their artist residency program.

HCCC supports artists’ careers, classroom learning, Houston’s vibrant cultural community, and the creation of great art.  They aim to create an environment that enables anyone to participate fully in the activities and mission of the organization.

Holocaust Museum Houston 🦋

Accessible Holocaust Museum

A Call to Action for Human Rights ❤️

📸 Holocaust Museum Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims, and honoring the survivors’ legacies. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, they teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston builds a more humane society by promoting responsible individual behavior, cultivating civility, and pursuing social justice. It is the fourth-largest holocaust museum in the U.S.

As part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to be more accessible for all visitors. Individuals who self-identify as having a disability will not be charged admission. In addition, the visitor’s primary caregiver will not be charged admission.

Complimentary assistive devices with an audio-described tour of the Holocaust Gallery are available at the Admissions Desk. The tour, which was originally developed and tested in 2019, also includes navigational information so that visitors who are blind or visually impaired can navigate the exhibits independently. All doors, galleries, and restrooms have signs in braille.

Complimentary assistive devices with pre-recorded video ASL interpretation for the Holocaust Gallery are available at the Admissions Desk. All video content for the Museum’s galleries includes closed captions.

The Access HMH app helps all families, especially people with autism, sensory needs, or other disabilities prepare for an upcoming visit. In the app, you can plan your visit through a series of social stories, create your own schedule for your visit, play a matching game, and check out other features like the sensory-friendly map, communication tools, and insider tips.

Suggested break areas are located in the Memorial Room on the first floor and the Samuel Bak Gallery and the Legacy Café, both on the second floor. Visitors may also access an outdoor patio and garden area for breaks.

San Jacinto Museum of Houston 🤠

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Remember the Alamo! 🐴

📸 San Jacinto Museum of Houston

On a chilly April afternoon in 1836, this strip of coastal prairie rang with the boom of cannon, crack of musket fire, and shouts of “Remember the Alamo!” and “Remember Goliad!” Despite being outnumbered, General Sam Houston’s army of settlers, Tejanos, and foreign volunteers decisively defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s forces and won independence for Texas. Today, the 1,300-acre site, San Jacinto Museum, and the 567-foot-tall San Jacinto Monument celebrate their sacrifice and victory.

The San Jacinto Museum, within the base of the San Jacinto Monument, holds one of the largest collections of Texas art, artifacts, and history. Relive the epic battle that shaped a free Texas, opened the West and crafted one of the most vital chapters in American history.  The Museum is wheelchair accessible, headsets are available and guides can be provided to escort guests through the gallery to read exhibit labels.

Kemah Boardwalk 🎡

Accessible Amusement Park! 🎠

📸 Kemah Boardwalk

Located in Galveston, the exciting Kemah Boardwalk has quickly evolved from a waterfront dining experience to a weekend destination! The Boardwalk offers something for everyone in the family! A variety of fabulous waterfront restaurant experiences are available as well as charming retail stores, festivals, and seaside shows every day.

With amusement park rides, boardwalk midway games, and prizes, it’s like a summer fair all year long! The Boardwalk is accessible via ramps and walkways. For rides, you must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle and some rides require you to climb stairs into the attraction. The train ride is wheelchair accessible and can hold manual and power chairs without requiring a transfer.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 🎨

Accessible Museum of Fine Arts

Accessible Fine Art 🖼️

📸 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is a dynamic cultural complex made up of three gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, a visitors center, a gift shop, a library, restaurants, two art schools, two movie theaters, and two house museums. The MFAH serves as a welcoming and inclusive place for all people, connecting the communities of Houston with diverse histories of art spanning 5,000 years and six continents. Through permanent collections, special exhibitions, learning and interpretation programs, studio instruction, publications, conservation, and scholarly research, they inspire appreciation and understanding of the broadest spectrum of human achievement.  All buildings are wheelchair-accessible and covered drop-off is available at the Beck and Kinder Buildings.

The MFAH offers “Art Beyond Sight” as a gallery program for guests who are blind or have low vision. Trained gallery educators use verbal descriptions and hands-on materials to engage participants with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.  Assistive listening devices are available for use during lectures, films, and other programs. The MFAH has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association Houston and the Southeast Texas Chapter to create the “Looking Together” program to discover and discuss works of art together in the galleries during this hour-long program designed for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, with their family members or care partners. Admission is free for one person accompanying a guest who has accessibility needs.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center 🌺

Accessible Nature

Accessible Nature 🌻

📸 The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with a 155-acre nature sanctuary with 5 miles of walking trails that wind through forest, meadow, and wetlands.  Its one of the oldest nature education facilities in Texas (founded 1967), the Arboretum is dedicated to the mission of providing education about the natural environment to people of all ages and to protect and enhancing the Arboretum as a haven and as a sanctuary for native plants and animals.

Its home to many native trees, grasses, shrubs, wildflowers, birds, butterflies and other insects, spiders, frogs, snakes, turtles, lizards, rabbits, armadillos, squirrels, and even an alligator that lives in the Meadow Pond! The Palmetto Multi-sensory Trail is a 0.33-mile loop with many interpretative stops that educate visitors about the natural world at the Arboretum. The Alice Brown Loop/ Ravine Overlook is a 0.5-mile loop that parallels the driveway and leads to a small pond. Along the way, be sure to stop at the Ravine Overlook Deck where you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the forest from the canopy above to a stream below.



The Houston Museum of Natural Science 🦖

Accessible Museum of Natural Science

Science is for everyone! 🔬

📸 Houston Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science offers something for everyone! Explore tropical rainforests or worlds galaxies away. Go back in time when dinosaurs walked the Earth or fast forward to the future of renewable energy. The HMNS has five floors of permanent halls and a steady rotation of traveling special exhibits which will take you beyond their walls to experience the wonder and delight of science!

Access HMNS is available to download before your visit with social guides, a customizable schedule, communication icons, games, a sensory map and other tips to make your visit as smooth as possible! Visual Vocabulary Cards make visiting new spaces and transitioning between museum halls easier. You can also use these cards to create a visual schedule of your day at HMNS! The Sensory Guide provides information on each exhibit’s noise levels, visual stimulation, and tactile components to help you decide which exhibit halls are appropriate for you and your family.  This map can also ensure transitions and pathways between museum halls are appropriate for your family’s needs.

Plan ahead using the Exploration Planner to let your child know what to expect and ease transitions during your day at the museum.  Check out Sensory Backpacks for your visit including fidgets, stuffed animals, ear defenders, and sunglasses, among other things, to ensure a sensory-friendly experience!

All HMNS locations are designated as Certified Autism Center™ . This means the staff has completed training and received certification in best practices when assisting individuals with autism. By undergoing this autism-specific training, the team is better equipped to provide an awesome experience for all!  HMNS also offers Sensory Friendly events for those with sensory sensitivities where exhibits and venues are modified to create a sensory-neutral environment.  The Burke Baker Planetarium and Wortham Giant Screen Theatre also offer modified 2D shows with house lights on and the volume reduced.

Touch Carts with tactile specimens to explore are available throughout the museum’s permanent exhibit halls. Touch Tours for those who are blind or have low vision are available on select dates. Trained educators use detailed verbal descriptions and hands-on objects from the teaching collection to provide tactile tours of the museum’s many exhibition halls within the classroom.  Large print labels are also available for visitors with low vision.

ASL Interpretation is available upon request with advance notice of your planned visit.  Dolby CaptiView closed caption viewing system provides accessibility for guests who are deaf and hard of hearing. Use of the set is free of charge and they can be used at any seat. The Listen Technologies assistive listening system is also available.

Gigglin' Marlin 🤿

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Adaptive Scuba 🐠

📸 Gigglin Marlin

Gigglin’ Marlin is an amazing dive shop and has a partnership with LifeWaters Scuba.  LifeWaters Scuba is a program designed to help improve the lives of physically or mentally disabled by offering Discover Scuba Diving and SDI (Scuba Diving International) Scubility Program Certifications as part of recreational water therapy.

LifeWaters offers different services depending on your needs, desires, and skill level. They believe everyone can experience the beauty, serenity, and joy that diving can provide whether that is through our amputee scuba diving, disabled veteran scuba diving, quad para scuba training, blind diver training, or other scuba diving programs.

Houston Zoo 🐘

Accessible Zoo

Accessible Animals! 🐯

📸 Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife and is committed to being a leader in the global effort to save animals in the wild. The  Houston Zoo is a 55-acre home to over 6,000 permanent residents from more than 600 species who receive the highest standard of animal care.

Each year, they welcome over two million guests who come to experience our incredible animals and ecosystems, and through their admission ticket or membership, help fund the protection efforts of the counterparts of every species at the Zoo, in the wild. Through guests visiting the Zoo, they support 49 wildlife conservation projects in 27 countries around the world. They are proud to be the second most visited Zoo in the US, and the most-attended cultural attraction in the region.


Houston Aquarium 🐠

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Accessible Underwater Adventure 🐡

📸 Downtown Houston Aquarium

Dive into food and fun at the Downtown Aquarium – an underwater adventure! Downtown Aquarium-Houston is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland with a full-service restaurant, an upscale bar, a fully equipped ballroom, aquatic & geographic exhibits, shopping, and a variety of rides and amusements! Experience the wonder of the underwater world at the unique Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, and Nautilus Ballroom, and tour the Aquarium Adventure Exhibit. You’ll be amazed by all the fascinating sea creatures, sharks, and more.

Touch and feed the deep-water dwellers at Stingray Reef, and catch a glimpse of the magnificent White Tigers of the Maharaja’s Temple. Kids and adults will love our amusement rides and midway games. You can take a thrilling ride on the Shark Voyage Train and go through a tunnel of sharks! Wheelchair access is provided at all attractions.

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Everywhere Is Possible can make travel dreams accessible for ALL! 🌎

Is there an activity in the Houston Area you are interested in that may not be accessible at this time?

Contact the accessible travel company, Everywhere Is Possible. We can make individualized accommodations to make all activities accessible for you!