Louisiana is Accessible to Everyone!

A wide range of travel options are available for visitors with disabilities — here are just a few of the highlights.

Louisiana State Parks

From the bayous of Cajun Country to the rolling hills and freshwater lakes of north Louisiana, Louisiana’s 22 state parks offer outdoor fun for all visitors. These parks were designed with accessibility in mind, and many have paved trails and wide boardwalks. Golf carts are available in some parks, and most parks have ADA-compliant cabins for overnight visitors. Eight state parks have all-terrain chairs available to provide users with the ability to navigate trails and areas of the park not suitable for conventional wheelchairs. There is no fee to use the chairs. Chairs must be reserved 48 hours in advance. 

Reserve an all-terrain chair at one of the following parks by clicking on the park below:

Fontainebleau State Park

On the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain is Fontainebleau State Park, where visitors can enjoy gorgeous lakefront views and hiking trails. One of the Louisiana State Parks offering the all-terrain, electric wheelchair, guests with mobility disabilities have the freedom to explore trails and terrain that would otherwise be inaccessible. 

Fishing Charters

One of Louisiana’s nicknames is “Sportsman’s Paradise,” an apt description for a state with endless opportunities to get outside and explore. Saltwater fishing is especially popular, and many charter boat outfitters welcome travelers who use wheelchairs. Check out Strictly Business Fishing Charters, a Slidell company that takes guests of all skill levels out in their 21-foot Bay Boat to catch redfish, drum, trout and flounder. Bourgeois Fishing Charters, based in Lafitte, offers full-day packages and overnight accommodations at their onsite lodge, and can even clean, package and ship your fish home to you after the trip. Fish Venice Charters welcomes wheelchair users, and is based at the legendary Venice Marina.

Louisiana State Museum

The Louisiana State Museum is actually a network of 10 independent museums operated by the state, many of which are wheelchair accessible. Uncover the past at New Orleans’ Cabildo and Presbytere, where you’ll find centuries of Louisiana history and lesser-known, fascinating facts about Mardi Gras. Other standouts include The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S Mint, which houses more than a century of jazz history (the musical genre originated in the city, after all), and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.

Swamp Tours

Go deep into south Louisiana’s swamps on a guided tour. Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours’ pontoon boats, which are wheelchair-accessible, take visitors on a journey through the Barataria Preserve, where you’ll float under the canopy of cypress trees while learning about the area’s history and ecology. Louisiana Tour Company and Airboat Adventures, also in the Barataria region, have wheelchair-friendly swamp boat tours.

Tabasco Country Store Exterior

See Tabasco sauce being made.

Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans

Enjoy the Cabildo and Presbytere

National WWII Museum

Exhibits at the National WWII Museum

Airboat Swamp Tour

Explore the swamps

Culinary Experiences

Louisiana is the land of Creole and Cajun cuisine, and what better way to explore this than with activities that are accessible to all? In addition to dozens of restaurants, you can get an up-close look at how dishes are made and hear about the history behind them. Learn how to make great gumbo at one of the New Orleans School of Cooking’s in-person demonstrations. Head to Cajun Country of south Louisiana, where you can embark on a tour of the TABASCO® factory to see the world-famous pepper sauce being made, where tours are self-guided and wheelchair accessible.

New Orleans Area Attractions

New Orleans’ reputation for hospitality is well-earned, and when it comes to those with disabilities, visitors have plenty of options. Take a ride on the city’s Canal, Rampart or Riverfront line streetcars, or the Algiers Point ferry; all are wheelchair-accessible. Enjoy dinner on the water while listening to the sounds of Dixieland jazz aboard the Steamboat Natchez, Riverboat City of New Orleans and Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. The National WWII Museum and nearby Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Contemporary Arts Center are ADA compliant, as are other major attractions including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Crescent Park, New Orleans City Park and Audubon Institute sites (Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas). Many local restaurants have visitors with disabilities in mind; the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar, Arnaud’s, Mr. B’s Bistro, Domenica and GW Fins are accessible. Pick up a souvenir at the wheelchair-friendly French Market or the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk before departing the Crescent City.

Wheelchair-Friendly Trails

The Tammany Trace is one of the must-do attractions on Louisiana’s Northshore. This 31-mile trail between Slidell and Covington is paved, and with multiple access points, you can go for a daylong journey or a shorter trip to the forests and towns along the way.

There are many more miles of trails to explore, too. Check out the Baton Rouge levee bike path that overlooks the Mississippi River and passes through the capital city’s downtown. In north Louisiana, check out Ruston’s Rock Island Greenway, and, deep in the heart of Cajun Country, the boardwalk portion of the Acadiana Park Nature Station’s trails in Lafayette are wheelchair accessible.

Explore More

This is only a partial list of vacation destinations in Louisiana that go the extra mile to accommodate disabled and differently abled guests. Find more info on accessible New Orleans attractions and Baton Rouge attractions and Lafayette attractions.