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A Family Trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania
By Olivia Novak

Three children are posing happily in front of a building with a sign that says "MAGIC" in bold, yellow letters. The entrance is decorated to look like a theater, with red curtains and golden accents. One child is in a wheelchair, wearing a bright orange jacket and glasses, extending his arms out in a welcoming gesture. Another child, standing to the left, is smiling widely and gesturing toward the entrance. The third child, standing to the right, is smiling and also pointing toward the entrance. The scene is full of excitement and anticipation.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with its rolling hills, charming towns, and rich cultural heritage, offers a peaceful yet exciting escape for families of all abilities. Beyond the breathtaking farmland vistas, the county boasts a variety of accessible attractions that cater to a range of interests. Lancaster County is proud to be an AbleVu Accessible Destination and Discover Lancaster is committed to providing accurate and helpful accessibility information for visitors. Check out our Accessibility Guide for more trip-planning resources.

Lights, Camera, Magic!

Experience the wonder of live entertainment at the Magic & Wonder Dinner Theater. This wheelchair-accessible theater offers a captivating blend of magic, comedy, and illusion that will leave the whole family shocked and amazed. Spacious aisles and designated seating areas ensure a comfortable experience for wheelchair users. Visit their website to access a virtual tour of the theater.

Lancaster’s Only Vintage Bowling Alley and Arcade!

Decades has something for the whole family to enjoy. The classic bowling alley and arcade are perfect for kids and adults alike, and their full-service restaurant and bar can fuel the fun for hours. There is a wheelchair lift on the side of the building that facilitates entry into this historic building for wheelchair users.

Shop Local!

Embark on a treasure hunt at Kitchen Kettle Village, a charming village with over 40 unique shops and eateries. There is an uplifting and exciting energy throughout the village as families pop in and out of various locally owned shops. Paved walkways and level storefronts ensure easy access for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Many shops offer spacious aisles and well-lit displays, making browsing enjoyable for everyone. Restrooms throughout the complex are also fully accessible.

Explore the Great Outdoors!

Immerse yourself in nature on a scenic adventure along the Northwest River Trail. This paved trail, a part of the Lancaster County River Trail system, offers stunning views of the Susquehanna River. The gentle incline of the trail makes it suitable for wheelchairs.

Plan Your Accessible Adventure! 

Let us help you plan your trip to Lancaster County! Visit our website’s expansive list of accessible businesses to map out your itinerary. When you get to Lancaster, stop by the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center to speak with our knowledgeable travel consultants about things to do, places to stay, and more. The Visitors Center is fully wheelchair accessible and has braille copies of our visitors guide for guests with visual impairments. Take a virtual tour of the Visitors Center before you come to ensure the space is conducive to your family’s needs.

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