Inclusive Attractions to Take Kids to This Summer

Do your kids have that boredom that always seems to come right in the middle of summer vacation? You may want to check out one of these attractions, great for families with people of all abilities, for a quick cure.

The places listed below are all accessible, and most have special features that make playing and learning fun for kids and teens (and adults!) of all abilities. If you’re interested in learning more about an attraction, just click on the title for a link to the website!

NEW Museum at the Gateway Arch

This re-imagined museum was created with a universal design – meaning that people of all abilities can enjoy it. Not only are the exhibits themselves wheelchair accessible, they have included replicas of each exhibit for guests to touch and feel, which is perfect for those with visual impairments and sensory needs. There are also other sensory items, such as the fur of a buffalo, and interactive elements throughout the museum. Plus, the Old Courthouse, also on the Arch grounds, is accessible as well!

Citygarden

Located just down the street from the Arch is Citygarden, downtown St. Louis’ fully accessible sculpture park. Kids will love looking at all of the funky art installations, many of which have interactive elements. Plus, there are water features for those super hot days!

Laumeier Sculpture Park

For sculptures even larger than those found at Citygarden, head to Kirkwood and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Some of the trails are wheelchair accessible, but what is really cool is the bronze maquettes designed after the artworks found throughout the outdoor galleries. These maquettes are perfect for those with visual impairments as well sensory needs, and they also include interpretive text panels in printed english and braille.

The Muny

Is a summer in St. Louis complete without taking in a show at The Muny in Forest Park? Not only is this outdoor theatre accessible, The Muny has also made steps to be inclusive for those with both visual and hearing impairments. Each Monday night performance features an interpretive service for those with hearing loss as well as audio interpretation (consisting of visual descriptions of actions on the stage) for those who are visually impaired.

Six Flags St. Louis

If it’s thrills you’re looking for, Six Flags is the place to go! You can find a full Safety Accessibility Guide on their website with tips on how best to enjoy the park. Wheelchairs are also available for rent, as are Attraction Access Passes for all those unable to wait in ride lines. Please note that a doctor’s note is now required for this pass. The rides themselves are also not wheelchair accessible, so guests in wheelchairs will need to be transferred by a member of their own party in order to ride. But, there are still lots of fun shows and meet-and-greets if that is not a possiblity! 

Looking for even more ideas? Check out our spring and winter attractions blogs – they are still great attractions throughout the summer, and some may offer a break from this blazing heat.