Go. Play. See. Accessible Playgrounds and Attractions in the Triad

Enjoy these area family-friendly places that make fun easy for children with disabiliites


Richard Childress Racing Museum in Welcome

Image courtesy of Richard Childress Racing Museum

Every child loves to go, play and see, regardless of personal limitations. For families who have children with a disability, the following Triad-area attractions offer accessibility and welcome exceptional guests.

Alamance County

Burlington City Park
S. Church St. and Main St., Burlington

For parents who are able to transfer their child from a wheelchair, the mini-train and Dentzel Carousel offer a bench seat and a larger pad to accommodate the transition. Open during spring and summer through October. Call for ride prices.
The City Park Playground is open year-round and currently offers hands-on interactive play equipment and accessible swings. There are asphalt trails for easy access throughout the park.  Free.

Special Populations Programs

1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington
A variety of programs and structured activities, such as dance and bingo, designed for children of all ages with developmental or physical disabilities are offered. Most activities are free, but a few have minimal costs. Call for details.

Davidson County

Whether your child is an airplane enthusiast or NASCAR fan, parents will find a couple of great attractions with wheelchair access. Both venues suggest calling about a week ahead of time to check availability or to schedule a tour.

Richard Childress Racing Museum
236 Industrial Drive, Welcome

The museum has more than fifty race cars and trucks on display, boasting over 47,000 square feet of race car history. It offers elevator access to the observation area. Tours are self-guided. It is recommended that guests call for availability and admission fees.  

Davidson County Airport
1673 Aviation Way, Lexington

Tours are available for small groups. The picnic area is accessible and offers a place to watch planes land and take off.  Free.

Davie County

Farmington Friends Special Needs Program
1723 Farmington Road, Mocksville

Interactive programs, such as movie socials and art activities, are available for children who have physical or neurological disabilities. Parents are encouraged to attend with their child to connect with other parents. Programs held on the fourth Saturday of every month from 5-7 p.m.  Free.  

Forsyth County

400 West Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem

This interactive children’s science museum is ADA accessible and offers sensory friendly exhibits for all cognitive and physical ability levels. For admission fees and groups of 10 or more, please contact the museum coordinator.

​Tanglewood Park
4201 Manor House Circle, Clemmons

The park offers a beautiful recreational area with paved trails (see image at right) for easy access. Included are accessible gardens, woods, playground and picnic areas. The playground at Shelter #4 is equipped with a wheelchair access point so that children may transition onto the play structure. Passenger Vans $8; all other vehicles $2. Image courtesy of Forsyth County Parks.

Guilford County

Greensboro Science Center
4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro

The center, which includes a museum, aquarium and zoo, is wheelchair accessible and offers plenty of hands-on sensory activities. Call for admission prices.

Inclusive Recreation
Greensboro Parks and Recreation

Inclusion services are available for children with varying degrees of abilities. Children have access to camps, sports and programs, all of which include reasonable accommodations and modified activities. During the registration process, parents can request an accommodation though the Main Stream Resources Unit. Some fees apply.

Hagen-Stone Park
Bradley’s Fun For All Playground
5920 Hagen-Stone Park Road, Pleasant Garden

This is an interactive, accessible playground for children who have developmental disabilities or mobility challenges. It offers a concrete path, complete with wheelchair access and accessible swings. Free.

High Point Athletic Complex
2920 School Park Rd., High Point

This completely accessible playground equipment includes a wheelchair swing, rubberized ground surface and picnic shelters.  Free.

Randolph County

North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro

The paved trails and an accessible tram helps people with a disability navigate the terrain. The 4-D theater is wheelchair accessible and the carousel is ADA compliant with a “swan” bench seat to accommodate wheelchairs. Based on a first-come, first-served basis, parents who would like to rent a wheelchair may do so for a small fee. For medical needs that require certain foods or beverages, parents can check a cooler at the zoo entrance.

Stokes County

Germantown Park
NC Hwy. 65, Walnut Cove

This park includes a wheelchair-accessible swing and playground equipment suitable for children with varying degrees of abilities. Free.  

For parents who would like to travel outside of the Triad, the Access North Carolina brochure offers details of vacation and travel spots that meet various accessibility needs.  

C.C. Malloy is a Greensboro-based writer and disability advocate. She writes Piedmont Parent's An Exceptional World blog. Visit her website, Bizigal’s Exceptional Blooms.

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