Here’s how accessible local attractions are in Norfolk and Virginia Beach

Local attractions in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach have just as much to offer to those with disabilities as they do to the rest of the public.

Accessible Virginia is a website dedicated to giving detailed descriptions of attractions in the state, lodging, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, outdoor recreation and shopping facilities, according to the website.

Attractions in both cities are listed with details for people with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities, giving them the opportunity to know if that facility is accessible to them.

Here’s a list of just a few of the places and their accommodations for the disabled:

Norfolk

Chrysler Museum of Art

  • Parking: Seven wheelchair accessible parking spaces.
  • Types of paths: Cement, tile floor and asphalt.
  • Entrance: At side, ramp is located at entrance. Steps inside building leading second level.
  • Public restrooms: Accessible stalls and located on first floor near gift shop.
  • Elevator: Wheelchair accessible. Located by ancient glass gallery. Serves all levels.
  • Special services:
    • Tours are given in American Sign Language for those with hearing disabilities. Must be arranged with advanced notice. Written scripts can also be arranged with tour department.
    • For those with visual disabilities special tours can be prearranged and there are documents in large print on a non-glossy surface.
    • For guests with mobility disabilities, the paths are carpet, wood and tile and do not have steep grades. There are lowered drinking fountains and there is a wheelchair accessible phone.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum at Nauticus

  • Parking: Three wheelchair accessible parking spaces.
  • Types of paths: Sidewalks and ramps to large dock.
  • Entrance: Front of the building with ramp provided.
  • Public Restrooms: Accessible stalls available.
  • Elevator: Wheelchair accessible.
  • Special services:
    • For guests with visual disabilities: Hands-on exhibits can be arranged ahead of time.
    • For guests with mobility disabilities: The paths are carpet and do not have steep grades. Lowered drinking fountains are available.

Harrison Opera House

  • Parking: Six wheelchair accessible parking spaces located at the right side of the building.
  • Paths at or around attraction: Concrete. Ramp is 165 feet from accessible parking.
  • Entrance: Front of the building, ramps provided.
  • Facilities: Increased wattage lighting in meeting areas, non-smoking area.
  • Public Restrooms: Located on all three floors with accessible stalls.
  • Elevator: Wheelchair accessible, serves all levels, buttons in braille, raised.
  • Special services:
    • For guests with hearing disabilities: There are amplified audio units. Signing interpreters are available with advanced notice. There is also an assistive listening system.
    • For guests with visual disabilities: There are documents in large print on non-glossy surfaces.
    • For guests with mobility disabilities: There are thirty wheelchair accessible seats available for reservation.

Nauticus, The National Maritime Center

  • Parking: Five wheelchair accessible parking spaces.
  • Types of paths: Ramps and aisles with no steep grades.
  • Entrance: Front of building, ramps provided.
  • Public Restrooms: On first, second and third floors with accessible stalls.
  • Elevator: Wheelchair accessible elevator.
  • Special services
    • For guests with hearing disabilities: Closed captioned exhibits throughout the building. Assisted listening devices available upon request in Nauticus theater. Movie scripts are available and sign language interpreters can be provided with two weeks notice.
    • For guests with visual disabilities: Hands on exhibits with buttons, roll balls, wheels and handles.
    • For guests with mobility disabilities: Wheelchair accessibility throughout the building and on board the main deck of the Battleship Wisconsin. There are reserved spaces available in the Nautics Theater and in Design Chamber: Battleship X.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

  • Parking: 12 Wheelchair accessible parking spaces.
  • Types of paths: Paved, clay, grass or gravel and some have steep grades requiring assistance for persons with wheelchairs.
  • Entrance: Main parking lot, ramps provided.
  • Public Restrooms: Accessible stalls available in all buildings with restrooms.
  • Special services
    • For guests with hearing disabilities: An Assistive Listening System is available.
    • For guests with visual disabilities: A fragrance garden with plants of distinctive scents is available. Some braille markers are on displays. Hands on exhibits including tactile plaques of wildlife. Documents in large print on non-glossy surface.
    • For guests with mobility disabilities: The Rose Overlook, an observation deck, is very accessible for wheelchairs.  Most trails are wheelchair accessible. All trams are wheelchair accessible.

Ohef Shalom Temple Archives

  • Parking: Three wheelchair accessible spaces.
  • Types of paths: Carpeted room, accessible to persons with mobility disabilities.
  • Entrance: At back of building, ramps provided.
  • Public Restrooms: Wheelchair accessible toilets
  • Special services
    • For guests with visual disabilities: There are documents in large print on non-glossy surfaces.

Virginia Stage Company

  • Parking: One wheelchair accessible parking space.
  • Types of paths: Brick sidewalk.
  • Entrance: Located on corner of Monticello and Tazwell. Ramp provided
  • Public restrooms: First floor, wheelchair accessible.
  • Special services
    • For guests with hearing disabilities: Amplified audio units, performances in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening System. Written scripts available.

Virginia Beach

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

  • Parking: Four designated accessible parking spaces, located adjacent to visitor center.
  • Types of paths: Hard-packed stone dust in combination with boardwalk trails.
  • Entrance: Located about 30 yards off main parking area. Ramps provided.
  • Public restrooms: Located on deck area outside visitor center.
  • Special services
    • Staff Training: Type of staff trained are field and supervisors. Personnel have been trained to serve guests using wheelchairs, and guests with mobility disabilities.
    • For guests with visual disabilities: There are hands-on exhibits and  signs in large print, with contrasting background, printed on a non-glossy surface.

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Parking: Five designated accessible parking spaces located at front of center.
  • Types of paths: Sidewalks and tile.
  • Entrance: Front of lobby.
  • Public Restrooms: Accessible stalls available.
  • Special services
    • For guests with hearing disabilities: Written scripts available.
    • For guests with visual disabilities: Signs are in large print, with contrasting background. Free audio tours with IPod at visitor center.

First Landing State Park

  • Parking: Four wheelchair accessible parking spaces.
  • Types of paths: Click here.
  • Public Restrooms: Accessible stalls available.
  • Special services
    • For guests with visual disabilities: Hands-on exhibits include touch and feel table containing plant and animal specimens from the area. Documents in large print on non-glossy surface.

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

  • Parking: Six wheelchair accessible parking spaces located near entrance of both buildings. Ramp nearby.
  • Types of paths: A 1/3 mile long asphalt path connecting both buildings. Interior pathways are accessible, no steep grades.
  • Entrance: At front of both buildings. Ramps provided.
  • Public restrooms: Located in main lobby area, accessible stalls.
  • Elevator: Wheelchair accessible located in main building, main lobby.
  • Special services
    • For guests with hearing disabilities: There are signing interpreters available with advance notice, and Assistive Listening Systems.
    • For guests with visual disabilities: There are hands-on exhibits among the 300 interactive exhibits. Signs with contrasting background, printed on a non-glossy surface. There is increased wattage lighting in dining and meeting areas.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

  • Parking: On-street accessible parking available.
  • Types of paths: Wood and concrete
  • Entrance: Access ramps are located at every beach access point from 1st to 58th streets.
  • Public restrooms: Permanent public restrooms located next to the boardwalk at 17th, 24th and 39th streets.

All of the information on this website is gathered by a group of persons with disabilities. As of Jan. 1, 2019 this information is correct and is updated yearly.

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