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Accessible Jacksonville! 12 Awesome Attractions Everyone Will Love!

  • February 24, 2023
  • | 16:04 PM

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Suzanne Murray, OTR/L, BCBA, Certified Autism Travel Professional

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 travelled 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!

Catty Shack Wildlife Refuge 🦁

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📸 Catty Shack

Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary’s mission is to provide a safe home for endangered big cats and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. Their primary focus is to rescue of cats from serious situations. Once an animal is taken in at Catty Shack Ranch, they have a loving, forever home! They do not breed, sell, or trade any of their animals. Current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis (the last two are “honorary cats”).  The park is wheelchair accessible or you can request a golf cart tour to accommodate limited mobility.

Fun Fact! The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is completely run by volunteers. They have NO paid employees, so 100% of donations goes directly to benefit the animals. ❤️

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens 🌿

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Accessible Art and More! 🏺

📸 The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is the largest fine arts museum in Northeast Florida. The Cummer was established in 1958, when art collector, garden enthusiast, and civic leader Ninah Cummer left her art collection and riverfront home to create a museum. Today, the core collection of 60 pieces from Mrs. Cummer’s estate has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art. The historic gardens, set against the backdrop of the beautiful St. Johns River, serve as a centerpiece of beauty for all to enjoy!

The Cummer is committed to fostering a culture that celebrates diversity, equality, access and inclusion.  They offer wheelchairs, welcome service animals, have large print guides, offer ASL interpretation and have touch tours for visitors who are blind or have low vision.  They have also partnered with the Mayo Clinic to serve patients of the Memory Disorder Clinic.

IFly Jacksonville 🪂

Accessible indoor skydiving at IFly Jacksonville

Accessible, Limitless and Inclusive! ❤️

📸 IFly Jacksonville

IFly Jacksonvillle makes this one-of-a-kind indoor skydiving experience limitless and inclusive! Feel the freedom of flying in IFly’s state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnels. IFly is proud to empower people to soar beyond their own expectations! To make this possible for every single person, they offer accommodations for individual indoor skydives as well as scheduled All Abilities skydive sessions.

The Museum of Science and History Jacksonville 🦖

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Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History inspires the joy of lifelong learning by making science, history, and innovation accessible for all! Whatever your age or interest, there’s always something to see and explore across three levels of exciting exhibits. From interactive, award-winning favorites like Currents of Time and Atlantic Tails to the Florida Naturalist’s Center, which houses animals that are native to Northeast Florida, there is something for all ages. Indulge your imagination with a science or live animal show or explore distant galaxies in one of our planetarium programs. When visiting Northeast Florida’s only science and history museum, there is no limit to what you can discover!

MOSH is committed to access for all guests by providing a cool down room, weighted wraps, noise reducing headphones and modified grips in addition to a sensory map of the museum with quieter exhibits noted along with areas marked that may be sensory heavy.  A social narrative is also available for download.  Wheelchairs are available for the wheelchair accessible pathways and bathrooms.  ASL interpreters are available on request and raised versions of sky maps are available for free at Guest Services on a first come, first served basis.

Museum of Contemporary Art 🎨

Accessible Museum of Contemporary Art

Accessible Art and Autism Creates! 👨🏼‍🎨

📸 Museum of Contemporary Arts

Come explore the dynamic world of contemporary art at MOCA Jacksonville. The Museum features rotating exhibitions, an evolving permanent collection, and events and programs geared to connect the community with the art, artists, and ideas of our time.

Accommodations and special programming include Autism Creates which is an educational initiative designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other exceptionalities. Creative art-making activities enable children to foster new means of self-expression and communication.  An American Sign Language interpreter is present at all in-person lectures and exhibition openings and interpretation is available by request for any program.  Power-assisted doorways are at the front of the building, wheelchairs are available and all galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Elevators are available and service dogs are welcome!



Mandarin Museum and Historical Society 🍊

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Accessible Florida History! 🐊

📸 Mandarin Museum and Historical Society

The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society provides 1210 sq. ft. of exhibit space with permanent and temporary exhibits focusing on various aspects of Mandarin’s unique history along the St. Johns River.

The first point of interest is a timeline of events from Mandarin’s beginnings as a Timucuan village to modern times. Other installations focus on prominent individuals and events, including the famed author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wintered in Mandarin from 1867 to 1884. The Mandarin Museum also has a rotating gallery that exhibits both modern and past artists who lived in or were inspired by the Mandarin community. Artists recently featured included John Kenning, Gary Garrett, Bruno Alberts, and Mary Atwood.

St John's Town Center 💳

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Accessible Shopping Spree! 👗👔

📸 St John’s Town Center

St. Johns Town Center represents the heart of shopping and dining in Jacksonville, Florida. The outdoor lifestyle mall is home to over 175 of the hottest stores, many exclusive in the market, including Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Apple, Pottery Barn and RH as well as shops in the palm-lined streets of the Luxury Collection such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Mayors Jewelers.

As much a fashion-forward shopping hotspot as a dining destination, the diverse palate is represented with exciting options such as The Cheesecake Factory, The Capital Grille, Cantina Laredo and True Food Kitchen. Another option for the non-shoppers is to just relax under the Florida sunshine at the Park Green’s turtle pond or dog park.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens 🐘

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Accessible Award Winning Zoo! 🦒

📸 Jacksonville Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving. They are one of the few institutions with a dedicated Animal Wellness team who ensure the animals thrive.

The Manatee Critical Care Center is one of seven who rescue and rehabilitate Florida’s manatees. With award-winning exhibits, Land of the Tiger and African Forest, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a world-class institution. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, this gives you the opportunity to connect with wildlife and nature while making lasting memories with family and friends.

Jacksonville Trails 🏕️

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Accessible Outdoors 🌲

📸 Florida Hikes

Jacksonville’s trails has the largest urban park system in the nation with 80,000 acres of parks, gardens and arboretums. Travelers with disabilities will find many outdoor activities are open to them, offering opportunity for exploration and adventure.  Popular local State Parks Little Talbot Island and Big Talbot Island both have a paved pathway, among other accessible offerings. Because Little Talbot is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands, it provides many different natural habitats. These diverse habitats shelter a wealth of wildlife within the park.

In December 1992, the abandoned railroad corridor was purchased from CSX Transportation Inc., through the Florida Greenways and Trails Program. This trail is part of a nation-wide, federally initiated “Rails to Trails” program designed to turn abandoned railroad lines into “linear parks”. The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail has 12 foot wide trails currently extending approximately 14.5 miles from Imeson Road in Jacksonville to the Town of Baldwin. The trail is flat and passes through rural areas with abundant plant life, wildlife and trees.

Fernadina Beach 🐚

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📸 Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fernandina’s Main Beach Park has a ramp, boardwalk entry to beach and Mobi-Mats over the sand to to provide a non-slip surface over the sand for easy access for wheelchairs, strollers and pedestrians. Atlantic Beach Recreation offers beach wheelchairs at no charge and they even have a Mobi-Chair that can float in water.  If you want the water and sun without the sand, pool lifts are available at both the Atlantic Recreation Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

Riverside Arts Market 🎨

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Accessible Local Artists! 🧘🏽‍♀️


Three minutes from the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Riverside Arts Market is a weekly arts and local farmers market hosted on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., rain or shine with the exception of hurricanes. RAM advocates for a variety of small businesses from farmers to artists to makers, bakers and food trucks.

Under the Fuller Warren Bridge, this family-friendly event features live music, dance performances, yoga and rows of local artists and makers. At RAM you will find art, jewelry, candles, plants, bath and body products and so much more all made locally.

Sweet Pete's 🍭

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Accessible Sweet Treats 🍬

📸 Sweet Petes

Sweet Pete’s is the largest candy store in the southeast. Located in an historic 22,000 square foot mansion in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Sweet Pete’s not only offers thousands of varieties of candy and hand crafted chocolates, but they bring guests into the candy making experience.

Each day, Sweet Pete’s hosts candy classes, birthday parties and field trips where candy lovers from all over learn about candy. Families and friends come to Sweet Pete’s to taste great candy and share a unique experience. Elevators are available to provide access to multiple floors.

We are in this together! ❤️

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

Is there an activity in the Jacksonville 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!