New York City is well known for its amazing array of things to do and see- Theater, historical sites, museums, great food, sports venues, sightseeing, super shopping, great food, the arts, almost anything your heart or dreams desire. Oh, I almost forgot, the great food.
For those of you that are interested in the wet side of NYC, there are a number of wheelchair accessible beaches to be enjoyed in the Big Apple.
The folks at Able to Travel were kind enough to provide me with information on these accessible aquatic areas.
While New York City Parks Department does not have beach wheelchairs, they have installed beach mats that create an accessible route over the sand. This is the link to the Parks Department website listing the beaches with mats (see list below) as well as some photos of the mats in place and being used by individuals using wheelchairs. http://www.nycgovparks.org/accessibility/beach-trail
- Rockaway Beach at 17th Street, Queens
- Rockaway Beach at 116th Street, Queens
- Rockaway Beach at 131st Street, Queens
- Coney Island at Brighton 2nd Street, Brooklyn
- Coney Island at Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn
- Cedar Grove Beach at the parking lot pathway, Staten Island
- Manhattan Beach, east side near the picnic tables, Brooklyn
- Orchard Beach, Section 5, Bronx
- Midland Beach at Jefferson Avenue & Father Capodanno Boulevard, Staten Island
If you are considering traveling and need accessible travel arrangements made consider checking out Able to Travel. They’re super at it and have years of experience.