Those with disabilities or supporting others needing accessibility features can visit these attractions and still relish the full experience.
Posted on Feb 23, 2021 By Angela Roe
The last year has brought unique challenges related to getting out and about in our city, but accessibility should never be a barrier. Consider planning a trip to any of the following spots, which offer everything from wheelchair accessible spaces, special parking provisions and in some cases, American Sign Language (ASL) translations for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing visitors. And while this list only includes a few, there are plenty more Dallas attractions that comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines - simply check their website before your visit!
Deep Ellum Taste of Texas Tour
In a small group setting, you can savor the best that Dallas' Deep Ellum restaurant scene has to offer! Food Tours of America also leads tours through the Uptown area, but the Deep Ellum tour is the only one that is wheelchair-friendly. Plus, the tours have a leisurely pace and don't include hills, so it's enjoyable. Not only does the three-hour tour include delicious bites from the neighborhood's most talented chefs, but you'll also be able to capture your memories with photo ops in front of Deep Ellum's best murals. For an enhanced culinary experience, add the alcohol pairing option to your ticket for just $11. Purchase tickets here.
Make your way to University Park for a stop at Southern Methodist University's Meadows Museum, a state-of-the-art campus fixture. Meadows is committed to welcoming visitors of all backgrounds and allows "all ADA-recognized mobility devices." Manual wheelchairs can be rented, and all spaces, including Smith Auditorium, are wheelchair-accessible. Parking is no problem, with accessible spaces open by elevators in the Meadows garage. Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), ASL interpretation and access for visitors with vision impairments are available, too, with advance notice.
Learn more here and make sure to catch the "Fossils to Film" exhibit opening March 14, featuring the only surviving footage of MLK Jr.'s 1963 visit to Dallas. Hit up nearby Bubba's for a late, mouth-watering breakfast of biscuits and pancakes if you're hungry.
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
This museum is a must-visit for anyone native to Dallas or simply visiting, and it is fully accessible to people with disabilities, which includes entrances, interior travel routes, all theaters and restrooms. Should you need an ASL tour of the Museum, contact the museum at least four weeks ahead of your visit. Plus, all video and interactive portions of the museum's exhibits are captioned in English and Spanish.
The Holocaust wing is powerful and incredibly presented, and you have until May 31 to catch the "Fight for Civil Rights in the South" special exhibit featuring gripping and emotional photography. The museum has also capped capacity at 25% and made changes to museum flow to allow for social distancing. Finally, you will not want to miss the museum's Spring Break Survivor Speaker Series going on the week of March 15. The fully virtual program highlights the testimonies of Holocaust survivors and more; purchase tickets here.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Since the "Art Reframes History'' exhibit has been extended through May 9, there's still plenty of opportunity to take in the exhibit's ten different interpretations of President Kennedy's legacy. From oil paintings to musical elements reflecting JFK's unique position in history, this special exhibit is just one of the museum's offerings. It's easy to maneuver all levels of this Downtown Dallas treasure, since it's accessible to wheelchair users and those with special needs.
Stop by the Visitors Center to rent a wheelchair if needed and note that certified service animals (defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) can visit, too. For more information on provisions for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing guests, click here. And after you check out Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll, head over to Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse for a plate of venison rollups or the red chili rubbed king salmon.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Those needing special accommodations will be well taken care of at the Perot Museum, which has fully accessible dining areas, exhibit hall seating and public entrances. Plus, the Hoglund Foundation Theater is accessible to guests with disabilities. Equipped to welcome manual and motorized wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters, you can explore the T. Boone Pickens Then and Now Hall or the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall without worrying about accessibility. However, the museum is five floors and there's a lot to see, so just plan accordingly. For more information about the museum's accessibility features, click here to contact them directly. If you plan to make a day of it, enjoy nearby El Fenix's lunch menu - you can't go wrong with the classic cheese enchiladas or fajitas.
Klyde Warren Park
Get outside and enjoy the fully accessible Klyde Warren Park sitting atop Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Metered parking is available right near the park, and there are plenty of benches and tables available to utilize if you're ordering grub off Food Truck Lane. And later this year, Tex-Mex favorite Mi Cocina will take over the former Savor space. At that time, the eatery will celebrate its 30th anniversary alongside the park's 10-year anniversary. Once operational, park guests will be able to dine onsite or grab picnic baskets for eating around the green space. Perhaps most importantly, they'll be serving up their famous frozen margaritas. More information is here.