Visiting Charleston, SC in a Wheelchair

Visiting Charleston, SC in a Wheelchair

Charleston is one of the American South’s most beautiful and popular destinations. Traveling to Charleston with disabilities can sometimes make your vacation more complicated, but it’s no reason to miss out on all that the city has to offer. Like many cities, Charleston is very handicapped-accessible, with major sights and attractions easy to enjoy even in a wheelchair.

Historic Charleston is one of the most iconic areas to visit. The beautiful architecture, 19th century war remnants, and more make it an ode to American history. There are several options to tour historic Charleston:

  • Download a podcast or map and take yourself on a self-guided tour
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage tour with Charleston Historic Carriage Tours, which is handicapped-accessible (note: getting into the carriage may still be difficult for some)
  • Cruise down the river on a boat tour from Charleston Harbor Tours

Much of Charleston’s sights come from just wandering around the city, but there are some great museums to check out too. The Charleston Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art, Old Exchange Building, and more are all wheelchair-friendly. The Old City Market is also a great stop for an authentic shopping experience.

Since many of the best restaurants in downtown Charleston have been around for quite a while, it can sometimes be hard to find good places to eat that are wheelchair-accessible. Call ahead to check if the restaurant is accessible and be sure to make reservations, especially if only part of the restaurant is accessible. Here are a few great Charleston restaurants:

  • 82 Queen- homestyle dining (patio is wheelchair-accessible)
  • Blossoms- fine dining
  • Nick’s Bar-B-Q (bathroom is not wheelchair-accessible)
  • Hominy Grill- classic Charleston flavor

Many hotels offer handicapped-accessible lodging in Charleston, but the best way to get the Charleston experience is to stay in one of the many bed and breakfast inns in the historic district. The Governor’s House Inn and many others offer handicapped-accessible rooms and luxury amenities to really enjoy Southern hospitality. Call ahead to make sure that your chosen lodging fits your needs.

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