Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Michigan

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see:  http://pvamag.com/sns/article/4772/get_out_enjoy_life_2012 

Surrounded by 3200 miles of shoreline and four freshwater seas, the Great Lakes, Michigan is a four-season destination with nearly 100 public beaches and 100 state parks.  In fact, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan was voted by Good Morning America viewers as the most beautiful place in America.

 

Camp Grace Bentley

Camp Grace Bentley hosts campers with a range of physical and mental challenges. Campers ages seven through sixteen are invited to sign up for a nine day session beginning late June and running through mid-August.

Located in Burtchville, Michigan, just north of Port Huron, a total of 11 cabins line the shore of Lake Huron, giving campers a truly rustic and authentic camping experience. Individual cabins for campers and counselors each with their own bed, closet, nightstand and private bathroom.

Website: http://www.campgracebentley.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Camp-Grace-Bentley/179114562125724?v=wall
Email: campgrace@hotmail.com

 Accessible Spots in Holland, Michigan

Great news! You don’t have to venture across the big pond to experience old world culture; in fact, it’s alive and well right here in the U.S. in places like Holland, Mich.  The Dutch influence is evident throughout downtown Holland and at local spots like the Holland Museum, Windmill Island and DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Delftware Factory.

Holland Museum

This excellent museum features a ramped side entrance and barrier-free access throughout the building. Inside this former post office, you’ll find exhibits about the local history, gifts from the Netherlands, and even a display from the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. And don’t miss the Dutch gallery, featuring 55 Dutch paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries and more than 150 cultural objects, from fine furniture and Delftware to silver and original Dutch costumes.

 

Source: http://www.disaboom.com/destinations/accessible-travel-in-holland-michigan-gives-a-taste-of-holland-closer-to-home
Website: http://www.hollandmuseum.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Holland-MI/Holland-Museum/117888696762?ref=s
Phone: 1 (616) 796-3329

 

Windmill Island

For a real taste of Holland, head over to Windmill Island, a 30-acre park that boasts a miniature Dutch village, a variety of shops, and of course a windmill. Access is good throughout the park, with level access to all the shops and buildings, and wheelchair access across the flat bridge to the windmill.

The highlight of Windmill Island, the 240-year-old De Zwann windmill is America’s only authentic Dutch windmill. It was carefully disassembled and shipped from Zaandam in 1965. There is level access to the bottom floor of the windmill, but the upper levels can only be accessed by stairs.

Website: http://www.cityofholland.com/windmillislandgardens

Phone: 616-355-1030

Email: windmill@cityofholland.com

Michigan Lighthouses

Michigan lighthouses are stars of the shore, beacons of brilliance and luminaries of lore. More than 115 Great Lakes lighthouses form a stellar constellation along the Michigan coastline, guiding sailors and capturing imaginations. Some still shine for ships. Others share their stories with us first-hand as museums. As bed and breakfasts and as Michigan history in the making. So let Michigan lighthouses light our way.

See the following video tour of Detour Reef Lighthouse in Michigan below.

Get a map of 34 accessible Michigan lighthouses at: http://www.michigan.org/Topics/Michigan-Lighthouses/Default.aspx   The web page also includes addresses and contact information for each. Here’s where they are located:

NATIONAL PARKS GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT 

National and state parks abound in Michigan and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
202-208-4747

To order online, visit www.nps.gov

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:

 

About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

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