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Top 10 Accessible Attractions in Miami
By: Danielle Max

There’s so much to do in Miami, if you can manage to drag yourself away from the city’s endless beaches, beautiful street life and gorgeous architecture. Miami is especially blessed with museums, making it easy to get an insight into the wide range of communities that make up this vibrant and dynamic city.  

North Shore Open Space Park. Photographer: Human Picures | Photo courtesy of the GMCVB – http://Miami andBeaches.com

1. Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) | Provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com

The Miami Children’s Museum is for kids, and those who are kids at heart, who love to play and explore through playing. The museum, one of the 10-largest children’s museums in the US, has 14 galleries with interactive exhibits, programs and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.

There are Sensory Saturday events for children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders on the second Saturday of the month where kids can explore the museum in a sensory modified supportive setting with limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. Pre-registration is required.

For special requests, email or call 305-373-5437 ext. 100 at least a week in advance.

Parking: Paid parking available. 

Public Transport: Bus routes C, K, M, and S.

Top Tip: The museum is free of charge every third Friday of the month from 3 p.m.-9 p.m., but watch out, it gets crowded. 

2. HistoryMiami Museum
101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130
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History Miami MAM | Provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com

If you want to learn more about the diverse history of Miami, HistoryMiami Museum, is a must-see. The museum is committed to collecting, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history and tells the story of the city’s communities, individuals, places and events. HistoryMiami also offers various tours to discover Miami’s varied neighborhoods and hidden spots.

The museum is wheelchair-accessible with complimentary wheelchairs available at the Visitor Services Desk. There are elevators and accessible restrooms in both of the museum’s buildings.

Sign language interpretation for a scheduled program is available with two weeks advance notice.

Large print handouts of the text panels for the temporary exhibitions are available from the Visitor Services Desk.

Service animals are welcome.

Click here to find out more.

Parking: Accessible parking is available at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center Garage, 50 NW 2nd Avenue and at the Accessible Street-Level Parking Lot – NW 1st Avenue (between NW 1st Street and Flagler Street).

Public Transport: Miami Avenue Metromover Station (7-minute walk) or Government Center Metromover Station (6-minute walk)

 Top Tip: The museum offers free admission on the second Saturday of each month between 10am-5pm. 

3. Zoo Miami
12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177

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Zoo Miami Giraffe African Elephant at Zoo Miami. Photographer: Human Pictures. | Provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com

See more than 3,000 animals, including highly endangered creatures, during a visit to Zoo Miami. Set on 346 acres, there’s a lot to see and discover, including ‘Meet the Zookeeper’ talks where visitors can hear keepers talk about their animals and watch the frenzy at feeding time.

The zoo is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs and electric scooters are both available to rent.

To make getting around easier, an air-conditioned monorail runs through the zoo, giving visitors an aerial view of the canopy and animals. The monorail can accommodate two wheelchairs (extra fees apply).

A safari tram narrated tour of Asia and Africa on the public walkway runs throughout the day and can fit two wheelchairs at a time.

The zoo can provide material in accessible format, as well as sign language interpreters. Email or call 305-755-7848, TTY users can call 711 (Florida Relay Service) at least a week in advance. 

Click here to find out more.

Parking: On-site parking.

Public Transportation: The bus no longer stops at the zoo’s main entrance on weekdays. The closest bus stop is on SW 124 Avenue and 152 Street, which is 2 miles (40 minutes) from the main entrance one way. Call the zoo 305-251-0400, ext. 0 or 5084950 from 10am-4pm. for a complimentary ride to the entrance.

Bus route 252 operates on weekends and New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.  

Top Tip: You can’t bring food into the zoo, but you can store it in the lobby of the Administration Building. Picnic tables are located in front of the zoo entrance. 

4. Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
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Man holding a Capuchin monkey at Jungle Island on Watson Island. Photographer: Human Pictures. | Provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com

If you want to get up close and personal with endangered creatures, a visit to Jungle Island is a must. As well as interacting with feathered and furry friends of all sorts, Jungle Island is home to Parrot Cove, Miami’s only private beach, making it the perfect place to cool off when the Florida sun becomes just too hot.

Jungle Island is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available for rent. Rentals also require valid photo ID.

The outdoor stage shows have several areas reserved for guests in wheelchairs.

Sign language interpreting services can be arranged by calling Guest Relations at least a week in advance at 305-400-7275.

Click here to find out more.

Parking: On-site parking. 

Public Transportation: Bus routes C, M, S, and #120.

Top Tip: Ask at the Ticket Booth or Guest Relations for any special event or show information. 

5. The Jewish Museum of Florida
301 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com

You don’t have to be Jewish to visit and enjoy the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, the only museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The museum is housed in two adjacent restored Art Deco buildings that both served as synagogues. The museum offers guided tours for all visitors.

The museum is wheelchair-accessible. Enter via the east and south sides of the building. Email Executive Director Jo Ann Arnowitz or call 786-972-3180 at least five days in advance to request materials in accessible format or sign language interpreters.

Parking: Paid street parking. 

Public Transport: Bus routes #113, #123 and #150

Top Tip: The museum’s café and store are closed on Saturdays due to the Sabbath, so plan on getting something to eat and drink elsewhere. 

6. Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
3280 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129
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Aquarium Mezzanine at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science | Frost Science

The new Frost Science – opening in spring 2017 – is committed to creating a welcoming and enriching learning environment for all. The museum includes an aquarium and planetarium and the MeLaβ that explores the human body. Wherever possible, the museum uses a multi-sensory approach to content delivery, appealing to different learning styles and abilities.

Courtesy wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first served basis (photo ID needed). Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are found throughout the museum. Wheelchair-accessible family restrooms equipped with showers and changing stations for babies and adults are located next to the main restrooms on each floor.

Assistive listening is available for all Frost Planetarium shows. Receivers and headsets are available at the Frost Planetarium entrance. Wheelchair-accessible seating is available. A limited number of seats have removable armrests.

Frost Science is testing a mobile app to deliver audio descriptions of selected tactile exhibits in the Aquarium and the Feather to the Stars exhibition. Guests may download the free app to their own device to activate this feature. 

All major exhibitions, including the Florida Bay stingray touch exhibit and the Dive Bar in the Aquarium, have tactile experiences. Select tactile exhibits are accompanied by audio descriptions delivered via the free Frost Science mobile app.

Click here to find out more.

Parking: Guest drop off is available near the main entrance (follow the signs for the parking garage on Museum Drive). Accessible parking spaces are available in the museum garage for vehicles bearing valid DMV parking stickers for people with disabilities or license plates.

Public Transportation: Metromover Museum Park Station (1-minute walk)

7. The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133
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The Barnacle Historic State Park, built in 1891. Photographer: Human Pictures | Photo courtesy of the GMCVB – http://Miami andBeaches.com

The Barnacle Historic State Park, one of Miami’s more laid back sites, is located on the shore of Biscayne Bay in the Coconut Grove area of the city. The Barnacle, the oldest home in its original location in Miami-Dade County, offers visitors a glimpse into frontier life during the Era of the Bay, when the boat was the only way to travel to and from Miami. The house was home to Ralph Middleton Munroe, a pioneer of Coconut Grove and yacht pioneer. Due to preservation, the area looks much as it did in Munroe’s time, and is a prime destination for birding.

Only the ground floor of the house is wheelchair accessible. The second floor can be seen through a photographic tour. The trail, gift shop, pavilion and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.

The short concrete trail is just 0.1 miles long with a typical grade of 1.2 percent.

Parking: On-site parking.

Public transport: Bus routes #22 and #42 from Douglas Road Metrorail station. Bus #27 from Coconut Grove Metrorail Station. Bus #48 from Government Center and Douglas Road Metrorail Stations.  

Top Tip: Take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful preserved forest and just let the world pass you by. 

8. Olympia Theater
174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131
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Statue inside of the Gusman Center, Olympia Theater. Photo: Human Pictures | Photo courtesy of the GMCVB – http://Miami andBeaches.com

The Olympia Theater has been entertaining Miami since 1926. The gorgeous Moorish building is a destination in its own right and has played host to big names such as Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti and Etta James. Today it’s a thriving venue for music, comedy and theater. 

The theater’s Flagler Street entrance is wheelchair accessible and there is an automatic power-assisted door. The orchestra level has 19 wheelchair positions located. Some seats are also equipped with removable armrests. An accessible, unisex restroom is located at the foot of the grand staircase in the front lobby.

The theater has complimentary assisted-listening devices available from the House Manager.

For further assistance, email or call (305) 575-5057.

Parking: There is accessible parking near the entrance to the theater and along Flagler Street. Nearby garages operated by the Miami Parking Authority and others are equipped with elevators.

Public transport: Metromover NE 1st Street Station (2-minute walk)

Top Tip: The Olympia Theater offers free jazz on the second Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 6:30 p.m., cocktails are available at the bar and guided tours of the building are offered during intermission.

9. Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
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PAMM, at night | Photo courtesy of Pérez Art Museum Miami, by Angel Valentin.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the city’s flagship art museum, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum’s exhibitions are designed to highlight Miami’s diverse community and pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas.

All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the visitor services desk.  

Large-print gallery notes and assistive listening devices (ALD) are available. 

The museum’s access programs include touch and audio tours. For these and sign language interpretation, CART or printed matter in an alternative format, email PAMM's access coordinator or call (786) 345-5629 at least three weeks in advance. 

Parking: Spaces are available in the PAMM garage for vehicles bearing valid DMV disabled parking stickers or license plates, on a first come first served basis, for vehicles with a clearance of 8'2". For information on accessible spaces for vans greater than 8 feet tall, email or call visitor services at (305) 375-3000, press 2.

Public Transport: Museum Park Metromover Station (5-minute walk).

Top Tip: Visitors may be dropped off at the front of the museum by driving up the south promenade driveway to gain ramp access to the building.

10. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129
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The front of Vizcaya. Photographer: Human Pictures | Photo courtesy of the GMCVB – http://Miami andBeaches.com

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering. Described as the “finest private house ever built in America,” the house was intended as a refuge for Deering to regain his health, if not his pocket. The 38,000-square foot house cost about $26 million to build in the early 20th century (at least $338 million today).

Due to its age and designation as a National Historic Landmark, certain areas of the property are not wheelchair accessible. There are also a number of steps and uneven floors. Access to the second floor of the main house is limited. A DVD of the second floor and tower rooms is available and plays continuously on a monitor in the north arcade.

Wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first served basis. A map of the property, indicating the location of ramps and lifts is available from the ticket booth attendant or a security officer. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on the south side of the main house (near the accessible entrance) as well as in the Oval Plaza near the Garden Mound. The central portions of the formal gardens are accessible, but the paths are mainly dirt and gravel.

Braille and large-print guidebooks are available to rent for $3 at the ticket booth. Sign Language interpreters are available to accompany a guided tour of the main house. Email or call (305) 250-9133 at least five working days in advance.

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Parking: Free on-site parking.

Public Transport: Metrorail to Vizcaya Station (12-minute walk) – not wheelchair accessible. 

Top Tip: Visitors who need to be dropped off by the wheelchair lift can alert the security officer in the main parking lot and drive down to the service area.

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