Autism Friendly Destinations on the East Coast

Planning summer travel with your family? Consider these autism-friendly summer destinations on the East Coast!

  1. Orlando, Florida
  • Walt Disney World: Offers Disability Access Service (DAS) for guests with disabilities, including autism.
  • Universal Orlando Resort: Provides Universal’s Attraction Assistance Pass to accommodate guests who may not be able to wait in standard queues.
  1. Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Hersheypark: Offers a Boarding Pass Program for guests with disabilities, including autism, to reduce wait times for attractions.
  1. Washington, D.C.
  • Smithsonian Museums: Many museums offer sensory-friendly guides and resources, such as quiet spaces and sensory bags.
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks: Provides accessibility information for visitors with disabilities, including those with sensory sensitivities.
  1. Boston, Massachusetts
  • Boston Children’s Museum: Hosts Sensory-Friendly Saturdays and provides resources for visitors with sensory sensitivities.
  • New England Aquarium: Offers accommodations and sensory-friendly events for visitors with autism.
  1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Please Touch Museum: Features the Play Without Boundaries program, offering sensory-friendly experiences for children with disabilities.
  • Philadelphia Zoo: Provides Quiet Zones and accommodations for visitors with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.
  1. New York City, New York
  • American Museum of Natural History: Offers accommodations for visitors with disabilities, including sensory-friendly resources.
  • Central Park: Provides sensory-friendly resources and information for families visiting the park.
  1. Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center: Offers sensory-friendly mornings and accommodations for visitors with sensory sensitivities.
  1. Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Provides a Boarding Pass Program for guests with disabilities, including autism, to access attractions more comfortably.
  1. Ocean City, Maryland
  • Jolly Roger Amusement Park: Offers sensory-friendly days and accommodations for visitors with autism.
  1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Ripley’s Aquarium: Provides sensory-friendly events and accommodations for visitors with autism.

These destinations along the East Coast have implemented specific programs and accommodations to ensure autistic individuals and their families can enjoy their visit comfortably and inclusively. We suggest that you always verify details and availability of accommodations directly with each venue or attraction before planning your trip.

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