Things to do in Tucson for People with Disabilities

This post should really be “suggestions of a few things to do” because the options here are nearly endless. If you have physical limitations, and live in Tucson or are visiting, there are all kinds of great activities for recreation. Those of us who are residents are lucky to live in a very accommodating city! *Note – it is always possible something has changed and although I try and keep this list updated, prices and accommodations change regularly, so always call first.

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  • Attractions
    • Old Tucson
      • Wheelchair accessible, but dirt streets
        • Fee for chairs to rent
      • Pet Friendly (but not indoors)
      • $17.95 adults, $10.95 kids (4-11). Seniors & military save $2
    • Reid Park Zoo link
      • $9 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $5 kids 2-14
    • Tucson Botanical Gardens link
      • $13 adults, $12 students/military/seniors, $7.50 kids 4-12

  • Day Trips
    • Mt Lemmon
      • about a one hour drive up the mountain to >7,000 ft. Snow often in the winter, but always cooler temps than Tucson.
    • Kartchner Caverns State Park link
      • Wheelchair & scooter accessible link
        • cannot exceed 18″ width
          • some manual chairs available for loan
      • $6 per vehicle
      • Tours: $23 adults, $13 ages 7-13
  • Museums
    • Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum link
      • Accessible friendly link
        • ASL interpreters available – 3 weeks advance notice
        • 96% exhibits viewable by wheelchair, half of the paths are unpaved, some hills
          • minimal number of manual wheelchairs available complimentary
          • electric scooter wheelchairs $25/day
        • Visual tour accommodations can be made
        • $19.50 adult, $17.50 seniors 65+, $15.50 youth (13-17), $6 kids (4-12)
          • State resident & military discounts
    • DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun link
      • Accessible link
      • FREE
    • Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures link
      • Touch Tours for Visually Impaired link
      • $9 adults, $8 Seniors 65+/ Military, $6 kids 4-17
    • Pima Air & Space Museum link
      • Accessible friendly link
      • Pet friendly
      • 1 day pass: $15.50 adults, $12.25 Pima County resident, $12.75 Seniors 62+/ Military, $9 kids 7-12
  •  Parks
    • Sabino Canyon link
      • Wheelchair accessible tram available, but call ahead
      • $5 parking/ vehicle. Tram fees:
        • Sabino Canyon $8 adults, $4 kids 3-12.
        • Bear Canyon $3 adults, $1 kids
    • Saguaro National Park link
      • Accessible link
      • FREE
    • Tohono Chul Park link
      • Most of the park is wheelchair accessible link
        • Limited number of chairs available complimentary
        • Most trails say whether or not accessible on website
          • South Loop trail, Saguaro Discovery trail
      • Gardens, Nature Trails, Art
      • Fees vary winter/summer
        • $10/$8 adult, $5/$4 student, $8/$6 senior 62+, $5 military, $3/$2 kids 5-12. AAA: $10 off
  • Pools
    • Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center (ARC) link
      • Year-round
      • Zero depth entry
      • Outdoor shaded pool, indoor warm water pool
      • Adaptive Swim, classes
      • Arthritis Foundation program
      • $2 adults, $1 kids / day
      • Annual Pass: $100 adults, $40 kids
  • Theaters
    • AMC Loews Foothills 15
      • Sensory-friendly films in partnership with the Autism Society
        • lights up, sound down, and can leave seats
      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Closed caption, Audio description, Assisted listening devices
    • Century El Con
      • Wheelchair Accessible
      • Listening devices & neck loop devices for hearing-impaired
      • Descriptive Narration for visually-impaired
    • Century Oro Valley
      • Wheelchair Accessible
      • Listening devices & neck loop devices for hearing-impaired
      • Descriptive Narration for visually-impaired
    • Century Park Place
      • Wheelchair Accessible
      • Listening devices & neck loop devices for hearing-impaired
      • Descriptive Narration for visually-impaired
    • Fox Tucson Theater link
      • Accessible link
      • Prices vary for each show (live theater shows)
    • Gateway Century 12 N Kolb
      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Listening devices & neck loop devices for hearing-impaired
      • Descriptive Narration for visually-impaired
    • The Loft Cinema
      • Accessibility information link
      • Screen 2 is NOT wheelchair accessible
      • Hearing loop in screens 2 & 3
    • Roadhouse Cinemas
      • Wheelchair Accessible in back of theater link
      • Hearing impaired system in each theater
    • Tucson Spectrum 18 – Harkins
      • Disabled Accessible
      • Assistive Listening Devices, Audio Description, Closed Caption

I know there are more out there! If you have visited somewhere, or if you work at a facility that is accessible, please comment below or email emrichwithlife@gmail.com. Additionally, please let me know if any of the above information is incorrect so I can get it updated right away. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can enjoy our beautiful city and all it has to offer.

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