Guest blogger: Merlyn Crawford
Franchise Support Account Manager at 101 Mobility®.
Venturing out to the shores of Virginia Beach? Look no further for great and easily accessible spots to go on your vacation! The Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees that disabled travelers receive equal treatment under the law. Check out some information on the best areas and activities around Virginia Beach designed with accessibility in mind.
Beach Access and Parking
The City of Virginia Beach has designated 103 parking spaces at the Oceanfront for the physically challenged. Additionally, Virginia Beach has ramps located at every beach access from 1st to 58th streets. There are wooden walkways that are handicap accessible extending from the boardwalk to the water located at 8th, 17th, 24th, and 30th streets. In addition, designated disabled off-street parking is available at ALL municipal parking lots.
You can find handicap-accessible restrooms on 17th, 24th, and 31st Street. Portable handicapped restrooms are located on 2nd Street, the Boardwalk, and the parking lots located on 4th, 19th, and 25th Street.
Grommet Island (photo: grommetisland.org)
JT’s Grommet Island
Grommet Island is the first of its kind in the country. This oceanfront park is 100% accessible. It features wheelchair-accessible entrances and an incredible playground that includes poured-in-place surfacing, raised sand tables for sandcastle building at an accessible height, a sensory board for children who are autistic and visually impaired, and a swaying boat. Beach Wheelchairs are also available at no cost and can be checked out by a parking attendant.
The Ramada on the beach is at 7th and Oceanfront is accommodating for all visitors. The ramp at 7th comes off of the boardwalk to a wooden pathway on the sand. The Ramada also has a key-activated rear door to the boardwalk. If arriving by car, there is free valet parking which makes it easier for disabled visitors and it is free for hotel guests. More lodging options for disabled visitors include The Quality Inn and Suites Oceanfront.
Mahi Mahi’s at the Ramada is great for an exceptional dining experience. It is easy to wheel into the best section, and there is outdoor dining available with a wonderful ocean view. Waterman’s is excellent and is also on the ocean. An elevator from the parking lot to the restaurant makes things easy for a wheelchair user or for any other mobility device.
Throughout the summer, there is free nightly entertainment at the 17th Street stage, 24th Street Stage, and the 7th Street gazebo stage. If you happen to be staying at The Ramada, the music carries far enough for you to enjoy tunes from your balcony.
For more wheelchair-accessible travel spots, check out our blog post on Wheelchair Accessible National Parks and Monuments. Live in Virginia Beach or visiting and in need of a mobility solution, visit 101 Mobility® Virginia Beach online.