After an exhaustive winter semester, we all are eagerly waiting to swap those paper stacks for party tracks and early-morning lectures for late-night shenanigans, right? The real challenge is deciding on a destination for Spring Break.
Could it be the neon-lit Las Vegas strip or the iconic French Quarter of New Orleans? Maybe you’re drawn to the sandy beaches of Miami, or perhaps the eclectic energy of Austin is calling your name.
To help you steer out of this ‘where-to-go’ chaos, we’ve pinpointed the top accessible Spring Break destinations of 2024 that perfectly combine chill vibes, party atmosphere, and Insta-worthy backdrops. Let’s check them out!
Top Accessible Spring Break Destinations for 2024
Below are some of the hottest destinations for an all-out and all-accessible Spring Break experience:
Also known as the Windy City, Chicago features top-tier attractions, breathtaking waterfront views, and vibrant cultural festivals, making it a top spring break destination for people with disabilities or mobility concerns.
Start your day in Chicago with a good cup of coffee at the Werewolf Coffee Bar, which serves everything from a freshly brewed cup of joe to specialty drinks like the Charcoal Latte or the Sweet Beet Latte.
Next, book an accessible Architecture River Cruise to check out more than 40 notable buildings, including the Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, and Marina City. If you want to live out your foodie dreams, sign up for the Downtown Chicago Walking Pizza Tour. This handicap-accessible tour will allow you to try out different pizzerias located at River North, the Loop, and Navy Pier and debate whether deep-dish is actually pizza.
After your pizza overload, stroll down the Magnificent Mile for window shopping at high-end stores. If you’re into retro arcade games, check out the super cool Logan Arcade. This funky, wheelchair-accessible arcade has many vintage pinball machines and arcade cabinets to play everything from Pac-Man to NBA Jam.
From here, head to Chicago’s French Market to grab a quick bite or takeaway snack for munching. With over 20 vendors selling everything from crepes and macaroons to lobster rolls and BBQ, you’ll be spoiled for choices.
San Diego, CA
With perfect weather and endless options for fun in the sun, San Diego is the ultimate spring break spot to mellow out and work on your tan.
You can visit Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, and the wild Ocean Beach to enjoy water sports and constant beach bum vibes. Plus, most of these beaches have rubber mats for easy accessibility to the shoreline.
If you would rather swap those tranquil beaches for an outdoor adventure, visit the Cabrillo National Monument to check out military bunkers on Point Loma, dip your toes in low-tide pools, or wheel along Bayside Trail to soak up the SoCal sunshine.
Next, head to Torrey Pines State Reserve for a moderately challenging hike on the beach cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Or, hop aboard a San Diego Harbor Cruise for incredible views of the Downtown skyline and maritime attractions like the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.
If you want to let loose and party it up on spring break, the Gaslamp Quarter is the place to be. Over here, you’ll find cocktail lounges, eclectic bars and clubs, comedy joints, and concert venues to dance the night away.
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Miami is a classic spring break destination for families and college students. Once you’ve arrived in sunny Florida, you can head to South Beach to soak up some sun, flex your beach volleyball muscles, or enjoy a game of frisbee with the new beach squad.
If you’re vacationing with little ones, North Shore Beach and Bar Harbour Beach have calm waves and soft sand to build sandcastles. Next, ride an airboat through the Everglades, kayak in Key Biscayne, or check out the pastel-hued buildings in the Art Deco Historic District.
The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami has a wheelchair-accessible entrance, elevator, and bathrooms along with curb ramps so you can enjoy thought-provoking exhibitions. There’s even a sculpture garden at the back for a visual showdown. At Wynwood Walls, you’ll find giant, colorful murals painted — a perfect spot to snap some cool Instagram pics!
Memphis is another major destination for sun-seekers and party-goers. You can start your accessible adventure at the iconic Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former estate. This grand mansion has a fully handicap-accessible first floor, so you can walk through King’s trophy room and pay your respects at his grave. Or, head to the Sun Studio or Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum to check out classic records of great artists.
If the history tours aren’t your thing, you can amp up your spring break vibe by visiting the Pigeon Forge. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, this place offers over 40 attractions that guarantee a good time. You can enjoy interactive experiences like mini-golf, mountain coasters, museums, arcade games, escape rooms, and laser tag arenas.
Alternatively, you can visit Shelby Farms, which is touted as one of the most accessible and ADA-compliant parks in the state. Memphis also has over 60 miles of trails that wind through parks and along the Mississippi River, allowing you to soak up the beautiful views. When the sun goes down, head to Beale Street to explore open-air bars and nightclubs pulsing with energy all night long.
Las Vegas, NV
While watersports, coconut cocktails, and lounging on the sand make for an epic traditional spring break, if you want a change of scenery, consider Las Vegas instead.
On top of the 24-hour casinos and vibrant nightlife, Vegas arranges several accessible events from March to May, such as Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, Great American Foodie Fest, March Madness, Derby Day, and Lovers & Friends Festival.
If you are a fan of jaw-dropping shows, then you’ll definitely enjoy Cirque du Soleil’s acrobats dancing in the air on rollerblades, David Copperfield making things disappear (hopefully not your wallet), and Blue Man Group’s colorful and non-verbal comedy and performances.
Later, explore the dark side of Vegas’s history at The Mob Museum, as long as you promise not to get any sneaky ideas. The adrenaline seekers can head to ride the High Roller at The LINQ, while hardcore thrill-seekers might prefer rides at the STRAT Tower.
After a long day of laughing and screaming, why not walk along the Vegas Strip at night? Or, if you’re feeling a bit fancy, book the Las Vegas Strip Limo Tour with a personal photographer to capture all your favorite moments. Because as they say, “What happens in Vegas… ends up on social media.”
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