Wheelchair Accessible Activities on a Budget

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The weather is finally getting nicer! Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, how are you going to spend it? With the current travel restrictions, many people have a pretty big case of “cabin fever”. As the restrictions begin to lift, we are sure that you’ll be soaking up as much sun as you can and spending time with the people you love! As amazing as a vacation sounds after this last year, being on a budget might make that impossible. However, there are many inexpensive or free ways to fill your days with excitement! Here are a few ideas to get you out and about in the nice weather:

Picnics: Picnics in the park are a great way to have a great and affordable time with your family and friends. Many parks are easily accessible for those in wheelchairs, so pack your favorite snacks and enjoy the outdoors. Some local parks might even have music or community events that the whole family can enjoy! Some parks also allow dogs, usually on leash, but make sure to find out ahead of time before bringing your furry friend.

Museum: While bigger cities tend to have more expansive collections in their museums, even the smaller ones can be interesting! Not only are most museum entrance fees affordable, but a trip to the museum is a great way for you and your family to discover different cultures, classic art, history, and more, while having a great time doing it.

Game Night: Game nights might seem “old school” but there is something to be said about bonding over a little friendly competition! Whether you’re having game night with family, friends, or a combination of both, it’s a great way to spend an evening with them. Obviously, you’ll need some delicious snacks for this kind of night, so plan for some finger foods and easy-to-eat treats. Don’t forget to ask about your guests’ dietary restrictions and/or allergies!

Horseback riding: Just because you’ve got mobility needs, doesn’t mean you can’t get on a horse! In fact, horseback riding has been proven to be very therapeutic for people with disabilities of different kinds. It’s a great opportunity to be outside in a healthy environment and places like the Hope Equestrian Center make sure that you remain safe while you do it!

Volunteering: Giving back to others makes you feel good! Volunteering is definitely the least costly and most rewarding way to spend your time. There are many different organizations and causes that you can be a part of as a family. If you’ve got kids or grandkids in high school, it can even give them credit and look great on college applications!

However you decide to spend your spring and summer days, nothing beats the time you spend with your family and friends and the memories you share. Fun activities don’t have to be expensive! This list isn’t all-inclusive, so think outside the box and get outside the house.

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