Accessible Connecticut — Welcoming to All Abilities Last Updated 8/19

Connecticut is filled with things to discover, from natural places to explore to cultural treasures to enjoy. And it’s important to our state that as many as possible of our hotels, attractions and experiences are open to as many visitors as possible. That’s why we’re working to reduce barriers and create new experiences designed to welcome visitors with disabilities, their families and friends. From wheelchair access to sensory-friendly events, here are just a few of the places in Connecticut already offering programs and services dedicated to welcoming guests of all ages and abilities.

Museums, Attractions & Theaters

  • Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
    Accessible space with services including listening devices and tactile displays, interactive displays accessible from a wheelchair and more
     
  • Hartford Stage, Hartford
    Providing guests with accessible theater entry, seating, parking, restrooms and emergency evacuation assistance; assistive listening devices; and open-captioned and audio-described performances. Each year the theater hosts a sensory-friendly performance of the holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas. Learn more.
     
  • Lake Compounce, Bristol
    America’s oldest continuously operating theme park offers wheelchair accessible rides, water park access, and special wristbands for visitors for whom waiting in line may be especially challenging.
     
  • Mystic Seaport, Mystic
    You’ll find accessible buildings, rest rooms and roads throughout the Seaport, as well as reduced admission for some special needs visitors. Learn more.
     
  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
    The Aquarium is fully wheelchair-accessible with buildings and grounds designed to provide access and a quality experience for guests with special needs.
     
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Mashantucket
    In addition to being accessible to wheelchairs, this museum offers a system for visually-impaired visitors including audio guide, interpretation and hands-on exploration.
     
  • Imagine Nation, Bristol
    On the second Saturday of the month, opens its doors early to children with special needs and their families, who experience a sensory friendly environment with lowered lighting and sound.
     
  • Prospector Theater, Ridgefield
    Not only does this first-run cinema hire employees with disabilities, but they also hold special Sensory Screenings for guests.
     
  • Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven
    Yale Rep offers their guests the most comprehensive accessibility services program. They include audio description, touch tours, open captioning, wheelchair and accessible entrances and seating, assistive listening devices, Braille program, and large print program. Learn more.
     
  • New England Air Museum, East Granby
    Wheelchair accessible, with wheelchairs, including a power wheelchair, available for rent.
     

Active Experiences

In addition, Connecticut is home to many summer camps that cater to kids with disabilities, including Camp Hemlocks in Hebron. And there are also programs including Leaps of Faith, an organization in Sandy Hook that offers adaptive skiing and water skiing for individuals with disabilities.

Accessibility for All

Accessibility for All is a collaboration of eleven attractions in Fairfield County, committed to providing outstanding experiences and services to all guests. The following attractions are working to make visits easier for guests with intellectual, sensory and physical challenges.

Norwalk: Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Westport: Earthplace
Fairfield: Connecticut Audubon Society
Bridgeport: Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo and Discovery Museum
Stamford: Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Greenwich: Audubon Greenwich and Bruce Museum
Ridgefield: Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Newtown: EverWonder Children's Museum

Connecticut State Parks & Campgrounds

The majority of Connecticut state parks provide accessible restroom facilities. Additionally, many of the bathhouse facilities at state campgrounds have an individual, unisex bath addition on the buildings.  The unisex bathroom enables a child or an adult to get assistance from any parent or partner.  
Campgrounds with accessible restrooms include:

•  American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted 

•  Black Rock State Park, Thomaston

•  Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison

•  Housatonic Meadows State Park, Sharon

•  Kettletown State Park, Southbury

•   Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston

•  Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic
 

Here are a few suggestions for freshwater and saltwater accessible fishing. And you can even find wheelchair accessible viewing spots for some of Connecticut’s top waterfalls too!