The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990. It is a "civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else." With that in mind, I wanted to find some fun places for those with disabilities to visit easily around our beautiful state.

There are so many destinations in Louisiana to enjoy that are wheelchair accessible, and available to those who are hearing impaired, mobility impaired, or have special needs. Many in Baton Rouge are ADA compliant by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are planning a trip to our state capital, check them out below, but make sure you call ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some hours and days might have changed.

  • Louisiana State Capitol. We're talking about the "new" capitol building. The tall one with the amazing (accessible) observation deck. It is also the tallest capitol building in the United States, and definitely worth a trip to North Street in downtown Baton Rouge. And don't forget to look for the bullet holes in the wall where Huey P. Long was shot at in 1934.
  • Capitol Park Museum. This place has a pretty cool array of permanent and rotating exhibits and artifacts that celebrate the unique history of Louisiana. Mardi Gras floats, Louis Armstrong's childhood bugle, and a shrimp boat are just a few of the fun things you'll encounter at this award winning museum on 4th Street
  • Levee path on the Mississippi River. Accessible ramps at various trailheads lead to an asphalt path that make this a great place for outdoor adventure. It doesn't get much more beautiful than meandering down the banks of our state's most famous river.
  • Knock Knock Museum. Located in the City-Brooks Community Park, the museum offers Inclusive and accessible play for all kids. It was designed to make sure that kids of all abilities have the opportunity to learn through play. They even offer adults only night programs.
  • Baton Rouge Zoo. One of the most popular destinations in the city, the paved paths in the 125 acre park are accessible to all with special needs. Over 800 animals to visit, and you can even rent a wheelchair while visiting the zoo, which is located about 15 minutes north of downtown Baton Rouge.