The ride to your hotel (in an ADA compliant shuttle) is only the beginning part of your journey in the Big Easy. You’re aching to explore all its glory, from Creole cuisine to Jazz. Yet, for individuals with disabilities, adventurous spontaneity welcomes a long list of questions. Does this museum have elevators to access their upper levels? Will Jazz Fest have sign interpreters? Which restaurants in the city have entrance ramps and accessible bathrooms? What tours have ADA transportation services? Answering these questions can be exhausting, especially if your itinerary takes a beating. But by taking a trip to New Orleans, your travel wish list does not have to suffer.
You may have seen the video of Holly Maniatty during Snoop Dogg’s performance of “P.I.M.P.” by 50 Cent. She was one of many sign language interpreters at Jazz Fest who doubled as performers. Along with devoted sign language interpreters, the Fest has an Access Program. The program gives individuals with disabilities access to great services. Some of them include transportation services, accessible parking, entrance accessibility, and the access center.
The access center supplies:
Plan on coming to next year's Jazz Fest? If so, there's a bunch of time to fill the rest of your itinerary with great restaurants and side adventures.
With its Renaissance-inspired interior the Saenger is a great place for theater and a must-see when you’re coming to the Big Easy. Besides the design, the Saenger gives all their patrons the best entertainment. There's wheelchair accessible and mobility seating, assistive listening devices, and sign interpretive performances. The elevator entrance on Rampart is a plus. Check for a current list of interpretive performances here.
“About a 30-minute car ride from New Orleans is one of the best tours and activity you can do while down in Louisiana. For almost 2 hours you get on an airboat and drive thru the swamps of Louisiana. The captain makes pit stops to feed and show you the gators. They come right up to the boat and it is great for pics. If you are a nice group, you get to hold and feel a baby gator. One of the best things we ever did.” TripAdvisor Review by Presto67
Need we say more? Enjoy the swamp waters and gators without worrying about wheelchair accessibility. These tours also offer ADA compliant transports upon request, so make sure to call in advance at 504-293-2338.
If you’re not planning on coming down for Fat Tuesday, this tour will fulfill your Mardi Gras craving. Mardi Gras World’s talented artists and craftsmen work every year to design over 500 floats.
Our Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour has a stop right at Mardi Gras World and many of the busses have wheelchair accessible accommodations. We ask that guests with disabilities contact City Sightseeing New Orleans 24-hours in advance of your tour at 1-800-362-1811.
This museum is consistently ranked the number one attraction in the city of New Orleans and the number two museum in the world by Trip Advisor! With such great reviews, you can't miss this chance to step back in time and see the true American Experience, as told by personal stories and artifacts from this event that changed the world. The museum is fully ADA compliant; features include ramps in the entrance, elevators to access upper levels, and the convenience of on-site wheelchairs rentals.
The New Orleans Museum of Art has a collective range of French, American, Japanese, and African art. Right outside, a beautiful sculpture garden awaits. A 200-year-old Spanish moss-laden stands amongst the garden’s many reflective lagoons, pedestrian bridges, and magnolias. There is an entrance ramp located on its right side, elevators, and wheelchair rentals. Check out museum hours and ticket prices on their Visitor’s Information page.
There’s so much to see at New Orleans’ 1300 acre park. City Park’s botanical garden covers 12 acres, containing over 2,000 varieties of plant life. With oak trees as ancient as 800-years-old, fields of gorgeous tulips and wildflowers, and an abundance of outdoor activities, City Park is a great escape from the heartbeat of the city. The park’s paved paths and grounds allow visitors who rely on wheel transportation to travel with ease.
For $24, this tour gives a healthy glimpse into the lives of the wealthy Sugar Barons of River Road, Louisiana. Walking paths and sitting nooks allow for an easy walk among the gardens. New Orleans Tours can provide round-trips on ADA compliant buses, upon request.
This place is full of elegance and Creole cuisine. Executive Chef Slade Rushing brightens Louisiana’s traditional dishes. He has a light hand that recognizes new flavors flourishing in 21st-century New Orleans. There’s adequate mobility between tables and an accessible entrance.
The best ham you’ll ever eat is through these doors! We're talking serious decision making here; from Mae’s Omelet, Ferdi’s Special, or Randi’s Special. You can even get a side of ham with your entrée. There is an accessible entrance and restroom. Also, this place carries a family legacy worth asking about.
Don’t leave without having some delicious bivalves at ridiculously low prices during this happy hour. Luke pays tribute to the old Franco-German brasseries once popular in the city. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible, down to the interior of the restaurant. Try the $17 special; it includes a cup of soup, and your choice of entrees like cochon de lait jambalaya and Tabasco honey fried chicken.
Visit http://app.access-louisiana.org/global_search.html for more about New Orleans’ accessible travel spots, or download the Access LA App on your mobile device.
Written By Jasmine Holloway