Family Fun Activities Across Southeastern PA for Kids with Special Needs
Finding accessible family-fun activities is not always easy. This list was compiled by our friends at Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition to help your family get outside and enjoy the summer.
Boyertown Community Park, Boyertown
This accessible playground includes ramps, slides, and several activity centers. The surface of the pavilion is specially designed to facilitate easy movement of wheelchairs, and also provide cushion from falls.
Cedar Creek Parkway, Allentown
The largest playground within 100 miles with a number of features. This playground goes above and beyond ADA standards for accessibility and even features a NEOS electronic play system.
Daniel’s Den Playground, Lancaster
This playground has a fully accessible playground that promotes development, and also includes a pavilion. It is located on the grounds of Manor Church.
Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Lehigh Valley
Featuring Dinosaurs Alive, thrill rides, family rides, Planet Snoopy, and waterslides, this park offers a Ride Boarding Pass Program to guests with mobility impairments and Autism Spectrum Disorder. You can access the pass by visiting Ride Services when you arrive at the park.
Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster
An action-packed, family-friendly park with more than 30 rides. Most of the attractions in the park are wheelchair accessible. Call Guest Services with any questions at 1-866-386-2839. If you are bringing a group of individuals with disabilities, it is recommended to call a week in advance so the park can prepare appropriately.
Firefly Field, Matamoras
This park features picnic areas which are wheelchair-accessible, a spacious, comfortable sand play area, and an adaptive glider. There are over 50 pieces of play equipment designed for a wide range of ages and abilities.
Hillsdale Park, South Abington Township
The highlight of this park is the wheelchair-adapted fishing piers, but there is also a fully accessible playground. It is located adjacent to the Scranton Country Club.
Lukens Park, Horsham
This park is home to “Everybody’s Playground,” an inclusive play space with extensive ramps, as well as an accessible glider.
McDade Park, Scranton
This park features an accessible playground, children’s fishing pond, and picnic areas. It is conveniently accessed from Interstate 81 and the Northeast Extension from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Nay Aug Park, Scranton
Scranton’s largest park includes an accessible treehouse looking over a beautiful gorge.
Sesame Place Theme Park, Langhorne
This theme park is home to Sesame Street-themed rides, water slides, and shows. Sesame Place features both an Our Ride Accessibility Program as well as Special Access to certain rides. Sign in at the welcome desk to access these programs.
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, Philadelphia
Designed for children ages 10 and younger, this unique location provides endless opportunities for kids to play both indoors and outdoors.