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30+ Fully Accessible Maryland Places For Kids To Have Fun

30+ Fully Accessible Maryland Places For Kids To Have Fun

Does your kid have limited mobility or sensory needs? If so, check out these great options for Fully Accessible Maryland Places for kids to have fun!

Getting out of the house with kids is always a challenge. However, if you are a parent with kids who have limited mobility or sensory needs, challenging doesn’t even begin to describe it. 

You want to have fun with your kids and you want your kids to have fun. But there is hardly any information on the internet about where you can go with your kids that is fully accessible or has facilities that meet your needs.

This guide is heavily researched and includes over 30 ideas for fun places for kids in Maryland that claim to be fully accessible and/or offer special sensory friendly programs. 

I hope you find this guide useful and that you love all of these fully accessible Maryland places for kids to have fun!

And check out our more comprehensive guide to Fun Things to Do in Maryland with kids too!

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Accessible Playgrounds in Maryland

Angel Park Playground

The Angel Park Playground was designed by local children and artists as a way to honor ‘angel’ children. Angel Park is great for all ages and abilities. The main play castle is massive, with climbing structures, slides, and tons of small pockets that would make a game of hide-and-seek truly epic. There is a separate tot lot area (which is really fun for older kids as well), swings of all types including for kids with disabilities, and two types of ziplines (including one that is fully accessible).

angel park playground

  • This playground is FREE and open year round from sunrise to sunset.
  • There is plenty of parking next to the playground. There are port-a-potties on site but I would HIGHLY recommend you not use them (they are really really gross). The playground shares a parking lot with the Perry Hall Library, which is a MUCH better choice for potty breaks.
  • Address: 9685 Honeygo Blvd, Perry Hall, MD 21128

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Little Critter Playground

Little Critter Playground is one of the amazing Prince George’s County Imagination Playgrounds and it is one of our favorites. This fully accessible playground is so bright and happy and there are so many play features to love. 

little critter playground

  • This is the first universally designed, fully accessible playground in Prince George’s County and they really go all out for kids of all ages and abilities.
  • For kids with mobility issues, there are two wheelchair-accessible double “SwayFun” swings, as well as wheelchair ramps, plenty of shade, and sound panels.
  • Lots of swings. In addition to the swayfun swings, there are swings for big kids, toddlers, a tire swing, and other swings that accommodate kids with special needs.
  • I love the sound/drum circle. The drums and other noise makers are brightly colored and there are numerous varieties of drums. If you had multiple kids playing at the same time they could really make some noise!
  • There is plenty of parking right next to the playground.
  • We didn’t see any potties though– no public restrooms or port a potties.

Patapsco Valley State Park Hollofield Area Playground

The playground is really fun for all ages and ability types. There are loads of climbing opportunities and a few slides. There are lower to the ground features for little kids, like a ‘hollowed out log’ they can climb though.

hollofield playground

Around the outer perimeter of the playground kids can bang away in the sound garden, and there is a pretty cool feature that is basically a large see saw car. I believe it is officially called an Aero Glider. The Aero Glider is actually wheelchair accessible (which is probably why it is large) but kids of all ages and ability types loved loading up and riding away as willing parents pushed them up and down.

  • This park is open year-round from 9AM to sunset. There is a small admission charge ranges from $2-$4 per car and $3-$5 per person depending on time of year, weekend or weekday, and in or out of state residency. U.S. active duty military or veterans are free of charge.
  • There are public restroom facilities near the playground.
  • Here is the website for the Patapsco Valley State Park Hollofield Area: http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/patapscohollofield.aspx

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Hadley’s Park Playground in Potomac

The mission of Hadley’s Park was to create a unique playground where ALL children with and without disabilities could play together. It’s a carefully engineered, safe environment community playground that built in Montgomery County Maryland-it was the first of its kind in Maryland. The park is very accessible for children or all ages and abilities.

The Hadley’s Park Facebook page has more information.

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Fairland Regional Park

Fairland Regional Park is another Prince George’s County Imagination Playground. The playground is not super themed but it is an accessible playground, which means that there are plenty of ramps and features that would appeal to kids with mobility issues or new walkers. There are plenty of swings here for big kids, toddlers, and kids with mobility issues too.

Location: 13820/13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel, MD 20707-5199

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Sophie and Madigan’s Playground

A fully inclusive playground born out of tragedy (opened 2021)
 
The story of how this playground came to be is a true story of triumph over tragedy. From their website: “On January 31, 2013, the Lillard family of Myersville, Maryland was struck by unthinkable tragedy when a horrific house fire claimed the lives of their daughters Sophie and Madigan, killed the family’s four pets, destroyed their home and virtually all the family’s possessions, and hospitalized the surviving family members.
 
As Sophie and Madigan’s parents struggled to cope with the loss of their daughters, they looked for a way to honor the memory of Sophie and Madigan…”
 
Whimsy, Kindness, and fun! A fully inclusive playground, physically and emotionally! This fully inclusive playground has features that all kids and parents will love. There are many types of swings that make play possible for kids with a wide range of disabilities. There are play areas that are great for kids with sensory issues, and really, everything about this playground is fun!
 
The attention to detail with all aspects of this playground mean your kids will get lost in imaginative play… climbing the castle, spinning in a pumpkin pod, or visiting Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage!
 
Everything is designed for fun, creative, and inclusive play!

Blandair Regional Park North Playground

Oh. My. Goodness! I can’t believe how utterly amazing the Blandair Regional Park North Area Playground is! This is a newly opened section of Blandair Regional Park in Columbia, MD and it is fun for kids of all ages and abilities.
 
For instance, I have only seen this glide rider attraction in two other playgrounds in the area (both featured here). 
 
 
There are loads of sensory panels, ramps, musical features, and swings for kids with mobility issues too!
One of the best parts about this playground is when they say play for all.. they mean, play for all! In every area of the playground there are play features that are accessible and fun for kids of all abilities!
 

Martin “Marty” L. Snook Memorial Park

Hagerstown also has a great option for fully accessible play! The Marty Snook Memorial Park has a playground that has ramps and features that would also appeal to kids with mobility issues. 
 

Related: Check out more information about Prince George’s County Imagination Playgrounds!

Parks and other outdoor venues

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island is a 37 mile long island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia.  This National Park has over 37 miles of beach and is home to over 300 wild ponies. You wouldn’t think this park would be accessible, but it is.There are numerous wheelchair accessible trails in the Maryland part of the seashore:

  • Life of the Marsh Trail
  • Life of the Forest Trail
  • Bicycle Bridge

Each of these trails are about 1/2 mile long. But the beach itself is also accessible because Assateague has rental beach wheelchairs.

Here is more information about Assateague’s Accessible options.

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Ocean City, MD

Yep, Ocean City is not just another amazing vacation destination. It is actually very accommodating to visitors with accessibility needs. Click here for all the details on Ocean City’s efforts (there are tons of details), but there are a few details:

  •  Beach wheelchairs. This free service is monitored by the Town’s Beach Patrol staff. 
  • Access to the beach for the physically challenged is provided at certain locations along the beach and is designated by a blue sign on street entrances along Coastal Highway.  Some of these locations include Beach Mats as well.
  • ADA Playground at North Side Park at 125th St. The ADA accessible playground consists of both ground level and above ground level play elements with a bonded rubber safety surface. Park is open dawn to dusk.

  • The Boardwalk is also fully accessible. So, you can indulge in all the fun of Ocean City!

Related: How to plan the perfect family vacation to Ocean City, MD

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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

There are two great activities that are accessible to all in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

The Visitor Center is open most days from 9am-4pm. According to their website, “In addition to being a prime viewing spot for bald eagles as they soar over the center and forage in the nearby marsh, the Center has exhibits specific to the refuge, an upstairs observation area and library, an authentic eagle’s nest, and TV monitors for watching live video from the osprey and eagle cams and the “Eagle’s Nest” bookstore and gift shop.”  

Also, the Wildlife Drive takes visitors along the Blackwater River and offers excellent views of the Refuge. Visitors can drive, bike, or walk the approximately 4 mile paved road, and turnouts are available at different points to safely stop and observe the scenery.

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a “2,285 acre island providing habitat for thousands of wintering waterfowl including the tundra swan. ”  A few of the trails and the Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible. For more information see their website.

Tundra Swan Boardwalk

On the right as you cross over the bridge to Eastern Neck Island, you will find a universally-accessible boardwalk with two viewing scopes. This is a great place for viewing wintering waterfowl and for crabbing and fishing.

Tidal Marsh Overlook Trail

Located behind the Headquarters/Visitor Center, this accessible boardwalk offers visitors a chance to meander through a native meadow to a photo blind overlooking the Chester River. In early morning, look for waterfowl and other water birds starting out their day in the pond just beyond the photo blind.

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Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park, in the Catoctin Mountains is divided into two separate areas. “The William Houck Area located three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77 has the lake area, falls and camping area. There is a 1/4 mile accessible boardwalk that ends at the Cunningham Falls.

Accessibility:

​Accessible fishing pier located at the William Houck Area
Accessible campsites in Deer Spring campground loop of William Houck Area
All Campground bathhouses are accessible
Accessible bathhouse in South Beach of William Houck Area
Beach wheelchair available upon request

​Check the Cunningham Falls State Park Website for more information.

 

Downs Park

Downs Park has paved trails on over 5 miles of trails throughout the park, from tree covered trails to water front trails. Please review the map for trail layout and details. The fishing pier is wheel chair accessible.  It is open during normal park hours of 7:00 am – dusk, unless otherwise posted.  The park is closed on Tuesdays.

Western Maryland Rail Trail

From their website: “The Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) is about 28 miles long and parallels the C&O Canal Towpath for its entire length. A paved, linear trail, it is suited to anyone seeking a pleasant, leisurely outdoor experience – walking, running, biking, and inline skating. The easy grade and paved surface make this trail ideal for families, the elderly, and persons with limited mobility. The WMRT is wheelchair accessible. Pets are permitted on the trail.”

Ft. McHenry

The majority of Fort McHenry is handicap accessible, including the parking lots, Visitor and Education Center, Seawall trail, picnic area and lawns. The Star Fort is accessible from the Visitor Contact Station via a paved pathway. Entrance to the Star Fort and buildings are ADA accessible. The interior of the Star Fort is mostly accessible. Some interior exhibits are voice narrated and activated by motion detectors. The theater, restrooms and gift shop are all located in the Visitor and Education Center, and are all handicap accessible.

Check out the Ft. McHenry website for more information.

Related: Check out more fun things to do with kids in Baltimore

Lake Waterford Park, Adaptive Facility

From their website: “Lake Waterford Park and Adaptive Recreation Complex is located on the corner of Pasadena Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. This community park is 108 acres of diverse recreational and natural areas. There is a 12-acre lake where you may enjoy observing the waterfowl or doing a little shoreline fishing.” There is a “Boundless” playground nestled in the picnic area and an adaptive recreation athletic field is scheduled by permit only. The adaptive recreation baseball field includes a multipurpose field overlay, which is covered with a rubberized, wheelchair accessible surface. 

Schucks Road Regional Park

This great regional park in Harford County recently added a sensory trail for all ages. The trail includes 10 interactive features including chimes, a roller table, drums, and brightly colored sensory panels. 

Check out the Harford County Parks and Rec website for more information.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is awesome for visitors with accessibility needs. The pathways are not terribly hilly and they are all paved. All of the rides and attractions are also accessible. Plus you can get really close to the animals in this amazing zoo. 

Bonus: You can bring your own food and drinks to the zoo, and there are plenty of seating areas.

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Check out our in-depth review of the Maryland Zoo!

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve

The little zoo in Thurmont, MD is totally awesome with tons of close-up animal experiences. It is also mostly great for guests with accessibility issues.

From their website, “Our main paths are hard-surfaced and wheelchair accessible. Some of the trails are hard-packed earth or gravel. All-terrain wheeled transports will be able to travel on these as well.”

catoctin wildlife preserve and zoo

We’ve been to the Catoctin Zoo too! Check out our review!

Salisbury Zoo

Not only is this a great zoo right on the way to Ocean City. It also happens to be free and very accommodating to guests with accessibility issues.

The Salisbury Zoo’s paved pathways and ramped board walks make the Zoo very accessible. Restrooms are equipped with changing tables and are ADA compliant.

There is a special program that is really awesome too: From their website: “Thanks to a generous gift from Mary Cameron the Zoo is able to provide a limited number of devices, such as wheelchairs, to assist individuals whose disabilities might otherwise limit their opportunity to visit the Zoo.”

Therapeutic Riding Centers

There are a number of places in Maryland that offer horseback riding for guests with limited mobility or sensory needs. Here are two locations you might want to check out:

Six Flags America

From their website: “Six Flags’ Attraction Access Program is designed to accommodate guests with disabilities or certain other qualifying impairments so they may participate in the enjoyment of our Parks. Each attraction at Six Flags has been evaluated for the criteria necessary for an individual to ride safely. We strive to make sure that Six Flags is fun and accessible for everyone and lots of guests with disabilities enjoy the park every day.”

On the website Six Flags also includes a comprehensive guide to attractions for guests with limited mobility as well. 

Note: There are regional amusement parks that also have robust accommodations for guests with limited mobility or sensory needs. Check out these amusement parks that are close to Maryland:

King’s Dominion

Sesame Place

Knoebels

Hershey Park

Related: Tips for maximizing your trip to Hershey Park with kids!

Annmarie Sculpture Garden

This fantastic sculpture garden and art center in southern MD is very friendly for guests with limited mobility. From their website: “The Murray Arts Buiding is handicap accessible, as is the paved Sculpture Walk that meanders through our woods.  Please note that some of our natural footpaths and trails may not be suitable for wheelchairs or guest with mobility issues.”

Here is a link to their accessibility page.

Check out our in-depth review of Annmarie Sculpture Garden too!

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Ladew Topiary Gardens

One of the most magical places in Maryland also goes out of their way to accommodate guests with mobility issues. From their website: “Ladew Topiary Gardens offers one-hour tours on our golf cart, led by trained volunteer Gardens docents, weather and ground conditions permitting. The cart can accommodate up to three passengers. These tours are a wonderful opportunity for those who may not otherwise be able to experience the full spectrum of our gardens. Tours are offered between 10 am and 3 pm from April 1 through October 31. Accessible Cart Tour is available, at no charge, once the Garden Admission has been paid in the Visitor Center/” Click here for more information on additional ways Ladew Topiary Gardens makes their lovely topiaries fully accessible. 

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Indoor Places

Port Discovery

Port Discovery has always been designed to welcome children of all ages and abilities. The museum incorporates universal design principles in all of its programs and exhibits. All exhibits and bathrooms are handicap accessible for visitors both big and small. Port Discovery is a BlindSquare enabled location, and service animals are always welcome.

In 2019 though, Port Discovery renovated, and that included some great fully accessible discovery options for kids!

Check out this Ultimate Guide to Port Discovery!

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Roger Carter Community Center

This is a great indoor pool in Ellicott City, MD (and no, you don’t have to be a Howard County resident to use it). For folks with limited mobility, it offers a zero slope entry pool and an ADA accessible experience with remote control chair lift and pool wheelchair.

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Abingdon Library Sensory Room

The Children’s Sensory Room is a unique and calming space for children up to age 14 and of all abilities to interact with an array of multi-sensory experiences. This state-of-the-art sensory room for the community opened in October 2019. It is located within the Children’s Area of the Abingdon Branch of Harford County Public Library and is designed for children to seek, explore and relax through touch, light and sound. The Children’s Sensory Room is a low-stress, fun environment for children, along with their families, to work through their emotions, explore their senses, develop coping strategies, and improve focus. Some of the sensory experiences include:

We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

The Gym for All Kids

From their website: “We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gyms was founded to provide a place for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. This is such a fantastic concept and there are so many features for kids with accessibility needs. Some of the features include:

  • Suspended equipment with swings – for balance and vestibular treatment
  • Crash mats and crash pillows – for fun, motor planning, and strength
  • Zip line – for stress release and joint and body relaxation
  • Trampoline – for building leg and core strength
  • Indoor play structure – for climbing and increasing playground skills
  • Sensory-based toys – for improved auditory processing and fine motor skills
  • Fine Motor and Arts and Crafts Area – for improved hand-eye coordination
 

AMC Sensory Friendly Films

Sensory Friendly Films

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month. Please check your local theatre listings for specific showtimes, and don’t forget to share your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center is fully wheelchair accessible, from the exhibits to the IMAX theater. Elevators and ramps are located throughout the building to assist those in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters to make their way around. The Science Center also has a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for use, free of charge. Click here for their accessibility guide.

The Maryland Science Center also has a number of accessibility aids that guests may borrow, including:

  • Braille Guides
  • Large Print Exhibit Scripts
  • Weighted Lap Covers (for those needing comfort in dark or loud spaces)
  • Squishy Balls (to help with anxiety and to help focus)
  • Noise Reducing Ear Muffs (for those sensitive to noise)

Read more about the Maryland Science Center here.

Inner Harbor Attractions for Kids

National Aquarium

The National Aquarium offers express entry and early entry to visitors with disabilities for a crowd-free visit. Parking is accessible, and guests may also be dropped off in the circular drive. Also, The First Saturdays & Sundays program allows all visitors with disabilities and their guests to enter 30 minutes before the Aquarium opens on the first Saturday and the first Sunday of each month, for a leisurely, crowd-free visit.

And the aquarium is committed to the needs of visitors with sensory issues as well. A private space is available for any visitors who need a quiet moment away from the crowds. The Guest Relations Room is located on Level 1 of the Pier 3 Pavilion, behind the bubble tubes. This room contains a TV and a microwave, as well as coloring supplies for children. The room is always unlocked and available for guests who need a quiet or private space; there is a sign to hang on the door when the room is in use.

Find out all the ‘not-to-miss’ things to experience at the National Aquarium here.

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The Aquarium is fully handicap accessible to guests in wheelchairs or using mobility scooters. This includes the entrances, exhibits, theaters, restrooms, and elevators. The “no stroller” rule does not apply to children or parents with disabilities. A limited number of manual wheelchairs are also available at no cost on a first-come basis.

In addition, the aquarium holds special tours for visitors who are:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Visually impaired
  • On the autism spectrum

Service animals are also welcome and you can Click here for a comprehensive guide to what the National Aquarium offers guests with special needs. 

B&O Railroad Museum Sensory Friendly Days

The B&O offers Sensory Friendly Days about 4 times a year. Click here for details and to RSVP.

This more accessible museum experience features added signage and modified lighting & sounds, as well as the presence of additional volunteers and staff to support visitors throughout their stay. Sensory kits will be stationed throughout the Museum’s campus and include feeling charts, break timers, fidgets, stress balls, and noise canceling headphones. If smaller crowds, specialized activities, less sound and light stimuli, and a designated quiet room will make it easier for you or your child to explore all that the B&O has to offer, this is the day for you!

Read more about the B&O Railroad Museum here.

I Can Do It Too, Inc., Rebounders Gymnastics

This is a great Gymnastics program in Timonium that has, in addition regular classes, specific classes and programs for kids with limited mobility. 

Sensory/Motor/Gymnastics program for children of all ages with any minimal to severe physical, mental, emotional, social, language, and/or sensory challenges including:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Attention Deficit
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Visual Auditory/Speech Deficits
  • Sensory
  • Emotional/Behavioral/Social
  • Hypo/Hyperactivity
  • Coordination
  • Fear of Movement

Click here for more information about how to sign up!

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Imagination Stage

Sensory Friendly Performances

From their website: “Each production within our Lerner Family Theatre Season features a Sensory-Friendly performance designed to be more accessible for those individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Our Sensory-Friendly performances aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment where families can simply relax and be who they are. Tickets to Sensory-Friendly Performances are $12-$25 and 100% refundable up until the show begins.” These performances include low lighting in the theatre so patrons can easily move around or exit the theatre as well as limited crowds and “seating holes” to allow space between families. 

Chuck E Cheeses- Sensory Friendly Sundays

Sensory Sensitive Sundays

Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. We now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Our trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit. The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes:

  • Less crowding and noise

  • Dimmed lighting

  • Show and music turned off or down

  • Limited appearances by Chuck E.

  • Food and games are offered

iFly

All Abilities Night

All Abilities Night at iFLY is a unique event that makes the dream of flight a reality for those in the special needs community. This program has been custom designed for those with physical and cognitive challenges to create an environment of support and inclusion, while focusing on making what seems impossible, possible.​

Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum is fully accessible to those with mobility issues. The main entrance has a wheelchair lift and all of the public areas are accessible for wheelchairs / mobility scooters. Walters Art Museum also has accessible parking and they welcome service animals. 

Walters offers special tours for patrons who are blind or partially sighted. Assistive listening devices are available from the Visitor Services Desk for all auditorium programs. 

Walters Art Museum also offers Sensory Morning and Sensory Evening programs for individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders four times each year. The program is offered in partnership with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Participants will have access to hands-on activities, including art making, tactile resources, and visual supports. For those in need of a respite, a Sensory Break Area will be available as well.

For more details on these amenities, click here.

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Baltimore Museum of Art

The Museum and tiered Sculpture Gardens are accessible to wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at each Checkroom, on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Service animals are welcome in the Museum. Also, with a minimum of 6-weeks notice, BMA can arrange ASL interpretation for tours and tours for visitors with low vision. This is such a great option!

More information about what the Baltimore Museum of Art offers, click here. 100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

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