Take A Walk: Accessible State Parks and Beach Boardwalks

  • By Clay Chambers Springible Contributor
  • Reading Time About 2 minutes
  • PostedApril 14, 2019
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It’s Spring! For many, winter season kept you bundled up inside. But as the trees bud, the flowers bloom, and the weather warms up, April is a great opportunity to get out and re-explore nature.

It isn’t always easy to get outside; we understand that as a caregiver, your days are full. Regardless, we encourage you and the person you’re caring for to find a free moment, get outside, and breathe. Here are a few ways you can accomplish that.

STATE PARKS:

Use these two websites to locate parks near you: National Park Service and State Parks. Maybe you already know what’s near you, but if you don’t, or if you’re traveling to another area and you want to find one near your current location, then these are a great resource!

MOBILITY-ACCESSIBLE BOARDWALKS:

There’s nothing like quite like taking in the fresh ocean breeze. It’s therapeutic. And while it may be a bit too cold in April to explore some city boardwalks, the weather can be perfect in other locations. Consider visiting some of these well-known boardwalks we list below; who knows, maybe you live near one of them!

Featured Locations:

  1. Virginia Beach, VA – For those who live on the east coast, this beach has gradually become a popular destination for many families. VABeach.com offers boardwalk entry points for those with mobility issues, instructions for how to get access to beach wheelchairs, and they even have a beach park specifically for those in wheelchairs.
  2. Santa Cruz, California – Across the US, near San Francisco, is Santa Cruz. They offer dining, shopping, attractions and rides, and access to a boardwalk. In recent years, the city has focused on providing accessibility on-site for those with mobility issues. They have beach wheelchairs available, and accessible restrooms throughout the grounds. Click here to learn more about on-site park information, and here for park tickets, activities, and dining options.
  3. Santa Monica, California – Travel south a few hours, and you’ll end up in Santa Monica (SM), just outside of Los Angeles. SM has long been a tourist’s destination, but for those who want access to the beach, away from all the retail madness, the city offers an accessible map guide for you to navigate.

A few other locations:

  1. Miami Beach, Florida
  2. Coney Island, New York
  3. Ocean City, Maryland

For those who need strollers while exploring outside, check out our latest article offering you trusted stroller brands

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