Outdoor activities and wheelchairs: it’s possible!



One of the best outdoor activities for people with reduced mobility of all ages is camping. While you might not be able to reach just about every spot in the great wilderness, there are thousands of places that are wheelchair accessible, while the best are near woods, lakes, and rivers.

If you’re determined to visit more rocky trails and places with rougher terrain, upgrading your wheelchair tires to sturdier wheels can make a huge difference.

On the shelter side, you should use a tarp instead of a regular camping tent. It’s a stripped-down, more basic type of tent that’s both lighter and easier to set up. Pack a few bags with food at home in case you get hungry before the campfire dishes are served, and be sure to bring at least a few bottles of water.

Camping is a wonderful bonding experience, and there’s no reason you should be afraid to be deep in nature with your friends. You will learn a lot about yourself and you will definitely face a few challenges, but you will have fun and come out stronger at the end of the day.


The tranquil beauty of watching a river as the clouds slowly pass tend to be a very relaxing and calming experience that can dramatically improve mood and even lifespan. While the preparations for any fishing trip can be quite daunting, the process itself can be both fun and very rewarding in more ways than one.

Now, seasoned anglers usually look far to find a place where fish are abundant; these places are usually surrounded by rough terrain and can be quite far from cities.

Fortunately, the US Access Board has worked overtime to make many of America’s rivers wheelchair accessible by modifying piers and platforms, installing walkways and handrail extensions, as well as installing various elevators and lifting platforms.

If you want to make your fishing trip even more fun, you can upgrade your wheelchair with rod holders, umbrella pockets, and anti-tip poles. That way, all you have to do is relax, enjoy the view, and relax every now and then.

Bird watching

Bird watching is, like fishing, a very relaxing pastime, although you will need to dig a few bridges before you reach places where the birds feed and live.

Unlike many outdoor activities, bird watching is very flexible and economical. All you really need is enough goodwill to get close enough to observe them, which can be done with the most basic pair of binoculars, or you can go the extra mile and buy cameras. high end and film your “catch”.

One of the best things about bird watching is that it gets more and more exciting the more you get into it. As you learn more about the different types of birds, you can learn their habits and spend less time following them.

In order to make your birding experience enjoyable, be sure to research which birds you find most interesting, as well as where you can find them. Wide, smooth paths with nearby parking lots are some of the things you should be looking for.

Mini golf

While a regular 18-hole round of golf can be very tiring for even the most seasoned pros, mini-golf is on the opposite of the spectrum, regardless of your skill level, age, experience or background. dexterity.

It’s a sport that demands precision but doesn’t feel too punishing for those who can’t aim to save their lives. In fact, many mini-golf courses feature bumper walls that make it closer to the pool than actual golf, so missing a swing and pocketing the shot can be a lot more fun than precisely executing a shot. planned.

More and more sites are making their mini-golf courses wheelchair accessible by building elevators, ramps, and you won’t have to worry about rough terrain, dirt, or rocks.

Boat cruises

If you love the water and can’t wait for summer to finally arrive, a boat cruise might be perfect for you. Boat cruises aren’t rightly portrayed in the movies in the sense that most people think such activities are ridiculously expensive. In reality, taking a short cruise on a mid-size boat is not considerably more expensive than a few hours on a mini-golf course.

Being near the water is very relaxing, and crossing it is even more of an experience. The challenge of this particular activity is to find a boat with features suitable for people with disabilities. Fortunately, more and more captains are modifying their boats with wheelchair accessible ramps these days.

Outdoor musical pieces and performances

Music is the universal language that speaks to all of us, although large crowds in narrow rooms can sometimes make its voice a bit thin and unappealing to people with disabilities. Outdoor shows, on the other hand, are much more enjoyable for people in wheelchairs.

You won’t have to worry about others knocking you over, and you can park wherever you want – bands playing outside usually bring their best (and loudest) gear. Even though the most exciting experience is reserved for people with a front row seat, this is usually the very place where it can be the most dangerous to be, so you should probably avoid it.


Outdoor cinemas may not be as popular as they were in the ’70s and’ 80s, but they are far from forgotten. They are in many ways better than regular theaters because they are generally louder and shown on larger screens.

This is one of the many outdoor activities where accessibility shouldn’t be too much of an issue. After all, most drive-in theaters hold their shows in similarly designed parking lots and places.

We hope you have found this brief overview useful and learned something new today about possible outdoor activities in a wheelchair. Make sure you stay safe in these times we all go through and have fun guys!

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