seems that every region of the U.S. has a
place that people like to escape to, and for the Midwest that
place would be the great state of Wisconsin. Well
known for its’ water and woods, Wisconsin has a
pleasant climate that attracts a lot of visitors trying to escape the
oppressive Midwest summer heat. Water is abundant both inland and along the
1,100 miles of coastline where land and Lakes Michigan and Superior meet.
From quaint fishing villages to sophisticated
cities, Wisconsin is a
true summer playground.
get an overview of what the state has to offer check out the Wisconsin
Department of Tourism’s web site. It is an
excellent jumping off point for exploring all of the different regions
a page with links to all of the local tourism contacts.
This is a very helpful resource. You
can also use the advance search feature
which allows you to choose if the facilities are suitable for a variety
disabilities including; visual, hearing and mobility.
You will find listings for accommodations,
local tourism contacts, transportation, airports and more!
there is not a bad place to visit in Wisconsin we did
find a few that seemed to stand out. Wisconsin Dells
welcome’s more than 2.5 million visitors each year making it the Midwest’s
one family vacation destination.
It is located along a seven mile stretch of the Wisconsin River offering the
unparalleled natural beauty of sandstone
cliffs, in some places rising up over 100 feet out of the water. Some people do not know that Wisconsin Dell’s
is not a theme park but rather the name of a city that is home to at
indoor and outdoor water parks. I’m sure
that is why it holds the distinction of being the Water Park Capital of
of the most popular attractions is the African-themed Kalahari
Resort and Conference Center which claims to be the
largest indoor water park in the world! The
hotel has 596 guest rooms, 17 of which
have roll in showers. Most have two
queen beds but there is a Jacuzzi suite that has a king size bed. All rooms are non-smoking with wide doors,
refrigerators and ample room to move about.
The bathroom is equipped with grab bars, raised toilet and hand
shower but you must request in advance a shower chair.
The water park is largely accessible
including hot tubs, wave pool and lazy river ride - they also have a
available that can go into the water.
There is also a restaurant, nightlife, movie-theater and many
attractions minutes away, making the Kalahari Resort is a great option
coastal region of Wisconsin has no
shortage of fun, sun and water. Milwaukee is the
largest city in the state, sitting right along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Recent
developments along the lakefront and in the downtown area have
area making it a desirable vacation destination. One
such lakefront example is the Milwaukee Art Museum
which has recently undergone a $121 million dollar expansion that was
monumental it has given the city’s skyline a new signature piece. The museum is also the fourth largest
in the U.S. for
Georgia O’Keefe’s work and host’s the only gallery east of New Mexico.
The museum is fully accessible including restrooms and there is
wheelchair available. Accessible parking
is available in the underground parking garage.
rolling distance of the Art Museum is the ultra romantic Hotel
European-styled boutique hotel features an acclaimed restaurant,
and spa and is famous for its’ luxurious suites. One
suite is accessible, it has a separate
bedroom with king size bed, living room with fireplace and bathroom
in shower, grab bars and shower seat.
This is a non-smoking room with terrific views located on the
floor right next to the elevator. All public areas of the hotel are
and the staff is willing to assist however necessary.
Further up the shoreline you will find one of the
places in Wisconsin, Door
County. This 75-mile peninsula was
named one of the “Top 10 Vacation Destinations in North
by Money Magazine, and has five state parks, 10 lighthouses and miles
shoreline to explore. The Door County
Chamber of Commerce has a great web site to help orient you to the region. You will learn about all the things that make
the area unique such as experiencing the fiery spectacle and delicate
one of the area’s fish boils, followed by a piece of Door County’s
cherry pie. The site is packed with
useful information including a list of accessible
throughout the entire county.
is big in Wisconsin
and the Department of Natural Resources
is committed to providing greater access and more programs for persons
disabilities. Their goal is to make it easier for individuals with
to hunt, fish and pursue other outdoor
activities. They are currently one of
only five states to participate in the nationwide program called “Open The Outdoors”, established to provide a
of accessing recreation activities. Wisconsin
state parks, forests, and trails have more than 650 miles of trails
accessible to wheelchair users and others with mobility impairments.
trails provide access to interesting natural features, picnic areas,
accessible facilities. Their web site
has an extensive list of accessible trails, along with their length,
level, and surface as well as detailed information about accessible
If staying in a rustic cabin sounds like a slice of heaven then
happy to learn that there are 7 fully accessible cabins located
park system. You will find them at;
Copper Falls and Blue Mound state parks and at Mirror Lake, Buckhorn,
Cliff , and Potowatami state parks as well
Moraine State Forest (Southern Unit). There
are two different types of cabins; one fully equipped and the other
equipped. Each of the fully equipped
cabins include; a full kitchen, 2 hospital beds with lifts, roll in
heat, air conditioning, screened in porch and more while the minimally
cabins have an outdoor picnic table, fire ring, small porch and
toilet/shower nearby – the DNR web
has all the details. Whether you like to
rough it or go with a few more conveniences, camping is a great way to
the outdoors with friends and family.
Innkeepers web site
available to help you find lodging throughout the state.
They offer information on hotels, motels,
B&B’s, resorts, condo’s and vacation
homes - and
you can search by accessibility.
and abundance of water make it a great place to play in the summer. They truly do have something for everyone;
outdoor recreation, sophisticated cities, charming villages and
resorts. Before you take your next
vacation be sure to check out the listings
in the Access-Able
Database for Wisconsin
and across the
About the author: Debbie Fogle is a staff writer for
Access-Able and enjoys researching and writing about travel and the
Debbie works out of her home in Arizona
where she lives with her husband, four-year old son and several
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