Niagara Falls USA is a treasure for all to explore, regardless of ability.
The thundering Falls, the small-town charm, the historic appeal — Niagara Falls USA is a bucket-list destination for many, and a place that’s open to all. If you’re traveling with a disability, rest assured that you’ll be able to fully experience the thrill of the Falls and the wonder of Niagara County’s many attractions.
Niagara Falls State Park: Accessible for All
All of New York’s state parks are committed to being accessible to all visitors, and the country’s oldest state park is no exception. The 400-acre Niagara Falls State Park — which serves as the gateway to the Falls and includes attractions like the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, the Observation Tower and more — recently underwent a big transformation, including ADA-compliant routes, overlooks, picnic tables and accessible parking on Goat Island.
- Wheelchairs are allowed wherever pedestrians are allowed. Sight See Rentals just outside of the park on Old Falls Street offers wheelchair, scooter, stroller and wagon rentals.
- The Niagara Scenic Trolley and Discover Niagara Shuttle both are lift-equipped and wheelchair-friendly.
- Service dogs are welcome wherever patrons are permitted to go regardless of other pet policies unless it poses a danger to the public utilizing the facilities.
Artpark: Empowering People with Diverse Abilities
Another park committed to inclusivity is Artpark, a 150-acre park that overlooks the Niagara Gorge in historic Lewiston. Through its Artpark Bridges program — a program dedicated to providing the region with empowerment, integration, healing and creative expression tools through drama, art therapy and interactive initiatives — the park has created an inclusive experience for people with diverse abilities, particularly in its Percussion Garden. As you wander the garden, be sure to keep an eye out for the ADA-compliant Artpark Bridges Garden, easily identified by its painted pyramid sculpture.
The Aquarium of Niagara: AuSome Fun
Experiencing super-stimulating attractions as a neurodivergent individual can be a challenge. That’s why the Aquarium of Niagara created AuSome Aquarium days for families affected by autism spectrum disorder to visit and learn in a supportive environment, with sensory stations, crafts and special presentations.
The best of Niagara, right to your inbox