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Questions and Answers About Barrier-Free Travel

I’m visiting Richmond next month and am looking for attractions suitable for my seven-year old. He uses a manual wheelchair, is very active and loves hands-on activities. Do you have any suggestions?

The Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is the perfect place for your active guy. Billed as a “learning landscape where children can explore the natural world,” this hands-on nature experience was designed from the ground up to be wheelchair-accessible. Between the activity center, sand play area, adventure pathway and tree house, there’s certainly plenty of offerings to keep your little one busy.

One of the most unique features of the Children’s Garden is the wheelchair-accessible tree house. There is ramp access at the bottom of the tree house and an accessible connecting bridge that leads up to the top. It’s located on the edge of the lake and features dramatic views of the Conservatory and the Rose Belvedere, so it’s as much fun for adults as it is for kids. This project was made possible in part with a grant from the Christopher Reeves Paralysis Foundation and designed by Forever Young Treehouses.

For more information visit www.lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887.

I’d like to spend a few days in Philadelphia touring the museums and taking in a few theatrical and dance performances. I can walk a few steps but I use a manual wheelchair for distance. Where can I find information about wheelchair access to Philadelphia’s cultural attractions?

Art-Reach of Philadelphia publishes an on-line access guide which includes information about wheelchair-access to museums, galleries and performing arts venues throughout the Delaware Valley; with heavy emphasis on those located in Philadelphia. The database is updated frequently and it even includes information about accessible public transportation to the venues. This excellent resource can be found at www.art-reach.org.

Have a question about barrier free travel? E-mail Candy at candy@EmergingHorizons.com