12 Wheelchair Accessible Summer Activities on a Budget

Summer is the perfect time to soak up the sun and spend time with your family and friends. If your budget doesn’t allow you to take a vacation to an exotic destination, you can still enjoy plenty of wheelchair accessible summer activities in your hometown. We have put together a list of 12 affordable activities on your summer fun list that are suitable for wheelchair users that won't break your bank. 

  1. Picnic at the Park – Invite your family and friends along, pack a picnic and visit your local park. Most local and state parks have a variety of activities you can enjoy such as playgrounds for the children, bird and wildlife watching, swimming and more. 
  2. Go to the Museum – You can find a museum in almost any town or city. Most museums are related to the history of the town, local artwork, cars, trains and more. Museum prices are generally affordable, especially for children during the summer. 
  3. Host a Game Night – Invite your friends and family over to play board games. Provide snacks and drinks to enjoy during the fun. You can also ask your guests to bring along their favorite board games so there is a variety to choose from. 
  4. Go Camping – Explore the outdoors with your friends and family. There are plenty of campgrounds that are wheelchair accessible and offer open campsites, cabins and trails. 
  5. Go to the Beach or Lake – If you love the water enjoying a day at the beach or your local lake is a great way to spend a hot summer day. There are wheelchair accessible beaches located in most communities. Invite your friends along, pack lunch and enjoy cooling off in the water. There are some towns that may not offer a wheelchair accessible lake or beach, in this case you should check to see if there is a wheelchair accessible community pool in your area. 
  6. Go to the Movies – Most movie theaters have affordable matinees for you to enjoy. Stay cool in the summer heat by spending your afternoon watching a movie. Some movie theaters also offer additional discounts for young children and students during summer vacation. 
  7. Visit Carnivals and Amusement Parks – If you are adventurous and love the thrill of a roller coaster, consider visiting a local amusement park or carnival. You can also check to see if there are any carnivals in cities and towns close by. 
  8. Participate in Sports – There are a variety of wheelchair accessible sports for you to participate in, such as soccer, basketball, kayaking and fishing. Join your local team or venture over to your neighboring community. If you don’t feel like participating you can always be a fan and cheer for the athletes from the audience. 
  9. Go to a Wine Tasting – You will have to leave the kids home for this summer activity. There are a variety of restaurants and stores that offer wine tasting events. You can enjoy learning about wine and food pairings as well as sip on delicious wine. 
  10. Read a Book – This may sound boring, but if you love to read, summer is a great time to catch up on great books. Local bookstores introduce new books all summer. Some even host book signing events. This is a great activity to do when the weather is scorching hot and you need to cool off indoors. It is also a great way to meet new friends that have the same interest.
  11. Roast Marshmallows – Fire up the barbecue pit and invite friends and family over to roast marshmallows and enjoy a summer evening socializing. If you enjoy grilling, make it even more fun by hosting a BBQ and save the marshmallows to roast for dessert. 
  12. Stargaze – Some areas allow you to see clearly into the summer night sky. Dust off your telescope, invite some friends over and have a stargazing event in your own backyard. If it’s challenging to stargaze in your area, your local science museum may hold stargazing events during the summer. 

Don’t let your budget hold you back from enjoying a great summer. Spend time alone enjoying a movie, reading a book or going to a museum. You can also choose to invite others to join you and make each outing a group event. Check with your community calendar to see if there are other local activities such as summer plays, sporting events, art classes and more that you can enjoy. 

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