Wheelchair Accessible Weekend Itinerary

Visiting Jacksonville Local Ambassador and Accessibility Advocate Steffi G. shares some of the most accessible places around Jacksonville.

day 1

Welcome to Jacksonville, let me help you with a quick guide on how to spend the best all-inclusive weekend!

Located in the heart of Atlantic Beach, One Ocean Resort & Spa is a true local gem. It is close to shops, restaurants, bars, and most importantly it is right on the beach with direct access to the water.

The hotel is fully accessible throughout, and one of the best features to access is their text communications. After checking in as a guest, you will receive a text message from the front desk wishing you a pleasant stay and offering assistance for anything from requesting towels to the more complex assistance requests that can be made through a text message.

The room has a soft beach vibe that brings instant calm, and the partial ocean view is unbeatable. The ADA room is accessible with a low bed, one nightstand out of the way for better wheelchair access and a fully accessible bathroom including shower chair.

After you settle down, it’s lunch time

Azurea at One Ocean is an award-winning restaurant that was recently named among the “Best in the World” by Forbes Travel Guide. They are spacious with wheelchair-friendly tables of excellent height. The restaurant has an open view of the patio and pool area, which also overlooks the ocean. The staff are the friendliest I’ve encountered in a long time; They explain the menu in detail and make some recommendations.

The full bar can cater to a variety of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. I went with a classic Prosecco and a drizzle of Raspberry Chambord.

The local fishing trio is a definite option because you get three different flavors of white fish: bronze, purée blanc, and cilantro. For dessert, my heart was a Chocolate Raspberry Chambord Tart, but I also sampled the classic Vanilla Crème Brulee and the famous Florida Keys Lemon Cheesecake.

After lunch, and maybe a relaxing nap in your room, let’s go kayaking – but make it adaptable

Jacksonville has several adaptive kayak launches spread across the city, in partnership with Brooks Adaptive Sports and Recreation who run monthly clinics with volunteers to help out with a fun-filled day.

The volunteers really take the kayaking experience to a new level. Their goal is to tailor the kayak for you and tailor the entire experience to individual needs. Some modifications include cushions to sit higher and comfortably, lining the front end of the kayak so there’s no extra space and foam cushions touching your feet, and kayaking assistance.

I don’t know about you, but animals have my heart and I have the best (and accessible) place to meet the best farm animals

Celestial Farms is a not-for-profit farm, education and animal rescue center that provides sheltered homes for a variety of animals. The farm provides a unique opportunity for people of all ages to visit, connect and learn about nature and farm life. They cater to people of all abilities making the farm fully inclusive.

The animals are friendly and adorable, and many are ready for cute and sweet pets. An afternoon at Celestial Farms is the perfect way to unwind.

After a day full of activities, try the true gem of Jacksonville – Crane Ramen

Without a doubt the best ramen in town, Crane Ramen, is located in five historic spots. The restaurant is easily accessible and has plenty of space to choose from, both indoors and outdoors seating. The service is friendly and the food comes out very quickly. Their Shio crab meat is the best I’ve had, and the noodles are home made, making fresh ramen every time.

the second day

Time to enjoy a relaxing Southern breakfast

Maple Street biscuits:

Founded in Jacksonville, Maple Street Biscuit is comfort food with a modern twist in many locations around the area. Seating is available inside and out and the restaurant is spacious with staff on hand to help. Orders are made and paid for in advance, and food is brought to the counter or straight to the table. The helpful staff greeted me right away for coffee and anything else I needed.

The pie is mind blowing. A mixture of waffles, eggs and your choice of meat, served with crispy fries. Their maple blend coffee not only smells delicious, it tastes great as well.

If you visit the San Marco site, you can stroll the neighborhood before or after breakfast. The main street is full of unique shops with a picturesque garden right in the middle.

Visit Treasure, the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens. It’s where you take all your ‘gram selfies (and TikToks makes the most scenic) and have a picnic-style alfresco lunch.

The Arboretum & Gardens is a 120-acre estate with award-winning trails and conservation efforts dedicated to protecting, sustaining, and enhancing biodiversity. The opinions are inspiring and they have made it their mission to be as accessible as possible. Most of the trails are wheelchair and mobility aid suitable, and the organization is currently finalizing an entire trail that runs around the lake.

This epic scene makes a great place for a picnic. Stop at Las Tapatias on your way to the arboretum and garden. This is an authentic Mexican restaurant full of colorful options. From tacos to fresh fruit juice to fresh fruit in a bowl of pineapple that can be sweet, spicy, or a bit of both, this unbeatable Florida summer must-haves.

Have you ever made a candle? Let me give you the best accessible place to make one. Spoiler alert: You’ll have a hard time choosing from a wide variety of scents.

The experience at Wick: A Candle Bar can be completely tailored to your needs. For me specifically, a table was propped up to be at my height and it was great to accommodate. The candle bar is owned by the mother and son duo, and their job is to connect you with a scent either by memory or discovery. Their customer service is driven by the senses, which makes the scent experience more accessible, authentic and individual. Hampton was willing to help me with any candle I wanted to smell from the top shelf, but most of her shelves are relatively accessible.

I went with a blend of scents: papaya, jasmine, and mango. What would your unique candle look like?

Time for dinner, time to enjoy the best rooftop views.

Dinner with a view? Say no more. Estrella Cocina’s rooftop kitchen and bar has one of the best views in all of Jacksonville.

With Southern Baja, coastal Mexican cuisine, you’ll have a delicious dinner. Do yourself a favor and order the chips with salsa, guacamole and queso – their chips are gluten-free and arguably the best in town.

The restaurant is very accessible and equipped with a lift and ramps throughout, with the outside open and many seating options. I was ecstatic to see the view was unobstructed by a balcony or any kind of structure. They have chosen a glass enclosure that allows wheelchair users to enjoy a full view.

day 3

I hope you got some rest, because Jacksonville is such a big city and we’re not done exploring.

Several staff members at One Ocean told me the breakfast was exceptionally good, and I should try the pancakes. I’m here to report that they were 100% right, and you will offend yourself if you don’t try them.

Home made, along with delicious syrup, the waffles are very good. Before pancakes, I started with a fruit bowl with yogurt on the side, now I can’t eat watermelon without dipped it in yogurt.

If you use a wheelchair or use a mobility aid that doesn’t use sand, we’ve got you covered

Located at 2 Ocean Front N. in Jacksonville Beach, the Volunteer Life Saving Corps offers beach wheelchairs to the public. They currently have six and you can go and order one. Their only request is that you return it in the same condition you rented it in by 5pm. These wheelchairs allow anyone with movement restrictions to roll on the sand, with assistance, and get close to the water.

Since we’re all talking beach vibes today, let’s grab lunch with an ocean view at the Landshark Bar & Grill in the Margaritaville Beach Hotel.

This deck is a must if you love beach vibes and ocean views. They have everything from sandwiches, tacos, and burgers to fresh salads and seafood entrees. I enjoyed the nachos loaded with non-alcoholic pina colada and the ambiance was immaculate.

The restaurant is accessible – you can stay on the first floor or take the elevator to the rooftop (best for ocean views). Both floors have indoor and outdoor seating options, a must when Florida summer is in full swing.

Get your Jax Ale Trail Brewery Passport – let’s get your first stamp

In the heart of Jacksonville Beach, the Ink Factory Brewing is a locally owned and operated brewery, taproom, and espresso bar full of good vibes and vibrant colours. What I loved about it is that unlike many breweries, this one has multiple seating options and not just a bar. You can sit in the games room if you are a wheelchair user and cannot make use of the bars or high tables and chairs.

Their espresso lives up to the hype, and they gave me purple and pink matcha tea.

The drinks were unique and varied in flavour. It is noteworthy that it also smelled of delicious fruits.

Try international cuisine to end an epic weekend

Jacksonville is home to endless dining options. One of my favorite restaurants is Salento Steakhouse, a family owned Colombian restaurant with the authentic flavors of the beautiful country.

From natural fruit juices like passionfruit, mango and blackberries, to appetizers like empanadas (corn pancakes stuffed with shredded meat and potatoes) and aribas (corn pancake with melted mozzarella cheese) to the original barilla filled with a variety of meats, they have the best variety of options for you to come out and experience. International cuisine.

The restaurant is very spacious with low tables ideal for wheelchair users and the staff are always happy to serve and accommodate you.

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