Rolling Around Boston, MA in My Wheelchiar

The port is about a mile away from anything central so you do need to figure out how to get to the city centre. Once you do get downtown everything historical is close to each other.

Beantown can be fun in a wheelchair. Its rich history is all accessible and convenient if you do a bit of planning.

The view of the city skyline from the Prudential Center Observatory is breathtaking. Looking to the east, you’ll see Logan Airport, on clear days, planes pass over Boston Harbor and the Waterfront in single file.The Longfellow Bridge can be seen to the north along with Hatch Shell, Public Garden, Beacon Hill, Museum of Science, and the Charles River contrast with the historic Back Bay brownstones and Government Center skyscrapers. Off in the distance you might be able to see the crimson spires of Harvard University and Cambridge.

It’s easy to spot Fenway Park’s Green Monster barrier between the Lansdowne Street revelers and the thousands of members of Red Sox Nation who gather to watch the team play well into October each year.

The view of the city from the Observatory is completely free to those in wheelchairs.

Exit the Prudential Center at street level and board a Duck Boat tour on a converted military amphibious craft. You’ll cruise by all the sites that make Boston the birthplace of freedom incuding: State House to the Old North Church, fashionable Newbury Street, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market.

Every Duck Boat is equipped for two wheelchairs but you should make advanced reservations to ensure that the wheelchair lift is ready and there is space.

The red brick pathway that lines most city sidewalks is called The Freedom Trail.The 2.5 mile path will take you by historic sites, including the U.S.S. Constitution, Bunker Hill, the Charlestown Bridge, the North End, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, the Boston Massacre Site, Old South Meeting House, Corner Bookstore, and finally to Boston Common. The trail is fully wheelchair accessible, and 90-minute public tours are available through the Freedom Trail Foundation. This is a rough ride but worth it.

The MBTA, subway or “T.” is accessible along the Red, Green, Blue and Orange lines. You can hop on and get to things like the New England Aquarium, Harvard Square, the John F. Kennedy Library and Chinatown. Discount fares for wheelchair users and their guests are available on the MBTA, and attendants are available at most stations to offer assistance and give directions.

If you want to see graveyards and haunted houses of Salem you should be able to find an accessible bus tour.

You can even get into Cheers. The original restaurant and bar is located in the basement of the Hampshire House and is accessible by lift and elevator.

While there don’t forget to have some chowder, beans and lobster rolls, yum!

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