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TAMPA BAY

ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL

Bask in the sun of Florida’s Most exciting destination and experience Tampa Bay’s accessible attractions for travelers with special needs. Our destination offers unique experiences, offering unforgettable memories and specific accessibility guidelines for people of all abilities to enjoy.

 

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TRAVEL AGENT ACADEMY

We’ve even compiled a list of resources for travel agents and tour operators in our Travel Agent Academy. Become a Tampa Bay specialist and be an expert all thing accessible. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, food lover or family traveler, explore the endless travel options below and see what treasure awaits.

 

Busch Gardens & Adventure Island

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Guests are welcome to utilize the Ride Accessibility Program (RAP) which is designed to allow guests to fully participate and enjoy the parks while adhering to the safety requirements of the rides and attractions. Through RAP, guests can enroll in Special Access which allows guests with disabilities to enjoy the attractions without the hassle of waiting in line. 

Hillsborough County Parks

Parks

All Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation facilities adhere to their American Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan that creates specific guidelines for those with disabilities to enjoy the activities that the parks have to offer. There are even specific recreation centers focused on programming and amenities for people with disabilities through accessibility and eliminating barriers.

 

Glazer Children’s Museum

Glazer

As an Autism-Friendly Business certified by the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida (CARD), the Glazer Children’s Museum creates sensory-friendly events. They offer special tools, community resources, and have the lights and sounds turned down.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa

As a partner with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD), ZooTampa is striving to improve their capacity to serve children with autism spectrum disorders and other related disabilities. The Zoo provides visual aids, an Autism-friendly Zoo map, and other sensory-friendly materials for guests to use throughout their visit. 

 

The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium is a partner of the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) and provides support and assistance to guest with autism and similar disabilities. Sensory symbols are located around the aquarium for caregivers to be aware of high-sensory areas. 

LEGOLand

LEGOLand

LEGOLand has created LEGO System Based Social Skills that allow children with social difficulties such as autism to improve their social interaction and communication skills. A variety of their attractions offer hands-on activities to help engage and soother individuals with sensory disorders.

 

Sky Zone

sky zone

Sky Zone Trampoline Park wants to create a fun interactive experience for all their guests. Once a month, Sky Zone holds a sensory-friendly session with the sound turned off and the lights turned down. This becomes a great place for children to learn new skills in a safe and controlled environment. 

MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry

MOSI

As an Autism-Friendly Business certified by the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida (CARD), the museum is wheelchair accessible and service pet-friendly. Wheelchairs are available to use at no cost and staff members are available to assist with sign language translation. 

 

iFly World Tampa

iFly

iFly World is proud to encourage guests of all abilities to fly high and dream big. As part of the All Abilities Program, a highly-trained instructor will personally guide individuals with physical or cognitive challenges. Guests can enjoy their indoor skydiving experience based on the specialized accommodations and additional assistance during orientation and flight. 

Henry B. Plant Museum

Henry B. Plant Museum

Enjoy the rich history of Tampa through the fully-wheelchair accessible Henry B. Plant Museum in a sensory-friendly setting. The museum offers a complimentary self-guided tour using a handheld device and offers transcripts in large print. Large print labels and low-vision tours are available to guests upon request.

 

Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay History Center

From the infamous pirate Jack Rackham, to the hard-charging Teddy Roosevelt, three floors of exhibits explore the stories and personalities from Florida’s past. Visiting with someone who has sensory-processing needs? The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida (CARD) have produced a helpful guide for our visitors with ASD and their families and caregivers.