Wisconsin has many unique outdoor activities, natural resources and recreational opportunities that families can enjoy during the summer months. With a little advance planning and creativity families can find activities the whole family can enjoy!

Family Voices has compiled a list of accessible destinations and summer activity ideas.

Inclusive PlaygroundsTake a day trip to one of the many accessible playgrounds around the state. Check out  Kayla’s Playground in Franklin, Lakeside Park in  Fond du Lac,  the Camden Playground in Janesville or any of the dozen other fully  accessible playgrounds.

Boating and Fishing – Many communities have accessible fish piers and pontoon boats available for people with special needs. The Department of Natural Resources maintains a map of accessible platforms and piers and links to fishing clubs.

Splash Pads and Waiting Pools – Families can find splash parks/pads and waiting pools a safer and more accessible place for children who do not swim or who need close supervision in the water.  For those in Milwaukee County, check this listing of locations. For all others, check your town/city’s website.

Hunting, Fishing and Biking Events – To learn about fishing, boating, hunting and other outdoor events in western Wisconsin contact the North American Squirrel Association (

Travel Wisconsin’s 6 Outdoor Activities for all Abilities – kayaking, beaches, skydiving and more!

Wheelchair accessible trails in Wisconsin –  this is one of many lists of accessible trails around the state.

Adaptive Water Skiing – Colsac Skiers   –  this club offers adaptive water ski experiences on Lake Wisconsin as well as other lakes in southern Wisconsin.

Special Needs Travel Tips (from Special Needs Mom) – a blog with some great tips and ideas!

Access Pass: Your child may be eligible for an Access Pass which is a free lifetime pass into any National Park, National Monument, National Historic Site or other federal lands. Go to Special Needs Resources to read more or go to USGS to download an application.

National Travel: Want to go to a theme park or travel abroad with your child or teen with special needs?  Check out this blog called “32 Vacation Destinations for Individuals with Special Needs.”  (Please note: Family Voices does not endorse any of these organizations or agencies.)