With summer coming to an end, we are saying goodbye to the sky-high temperatures and humidity. It’s time to get the family and venture back outside. There are countless activities and locations across our beautiful state to be explored. If you find yourself using a mobility aide such as a scooter or wheelchair, don’t let that stop you from taking your family on an adventure. Here is our list of the top wheelchair/mobility friendly activities in Tennessee.
With a fascinating history (it was named after the town’s most hated man), Gatlinburg holds many treasures to be discovered. It is home to the only ski resort in Tennessee and is the salamander capital of the world! For those who are using a mobility aide, here are some of the highlighted areas that can accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.
- Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies where the fish outnumber the entire population of Gatlinburg!
- Ober Gatlinburg Take in the fall foliage on a fully accessible Aerial Tramway.
- Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Fall in love with the Smokey Mountains without having to leave the comfort of your car.
- Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Get a jump on the Halloween season and treat yourself to a scream!
Chattanooga is a city of “firsts”. The first Coca-Cola bottling company, the first MoonPie and the first miniature golf course all call this historic city home. With doors that lead to nowhere, windows opening to brick and underground tunnels, there is more to Chattanooga than what appears.
- Adults-Only Haunted City Walking Tour Leave the kids at home for this hour and half long, live guided tour that is sure to stand your hair on end.
- Rock City Only 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, this fully accessible mountain top offers a 7-state panoramic view.
- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Start at the fully accessible visitors center to plan your visit to this 9,000-acre historic battleground.
Pigeon Forge is a small town (6,000 permanent residents) with a huge reputation for fun. Home to the most visited attraction in Tennessee, Dollywood, the cleanest comedy show in the nation at the Comedy Barn, and serves as a gateway to the Great Smokey Mountains. It is a unique experience visiting Pigeon Forge. Nowhere else in Tennessee will you find both the Smokey Mountains and Margaretville!
- Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour Their website boasts scenic views from the foothills of the Smoky Mountains to the Smoky Mountain National Park for individuals of all abilities!
- The Dixie Stampede It’s dinner and a show! Enjoy a four-course feast while watching thrilling horse-riding stunts, spectacular special effects, and phenomenal musical productions.
- The Island Hotels, restaurants, attractions, shopping, are just the beginning. The main attractions, the Great Smoky Mountain (Ferris) Wheel and the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, are wheelchair accessible.
- Great Smokey Mountain National Park Begin your trip with a stop at the visitor center where they can direct you to the many accessible trails, features and restrooms in the park. Take in the fall colors as you drive through miles of forest. You may even stumble on one of the 150+ cemeteries in the park.
If you are spending time in Nashville, there are countless opportunities for sight-seeing and entertainment. There are aspiring singers on every corner but don’t let its music rich history fool you. There’s more than meets the ear in this amazing city.
Take in a sporting event! With the cooler temperatures comes football and the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium offer ample seating for those using mobility aides. Or if hockey is more your speed, head to Bridgestone Arena where the Nashville Predators take to the ice.
With almost 20 museums, there is sure to be one to interest everyone.From fine art to musical history and mansions to state history, Nashville has it covered. Here are just a few noteworthy museums that advertise accessibility for all.
- Adventure Science Center & Sudekum Planetarium
- The Johnny Cash Museum
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American history and Culture
There are endless mobility-friendly activities in Tennessee to keep your family entertained. If you need help finding the right mobility aide to help you access our great state, reach out to All-Star Medical so that we can help get you on the move today! We offer rentals and financing to help meet your needs. Don’t let decreased mobility keep you from enjoying our beautiful state and making memories with your family.