Reader Michele F. asked us about things to do + places to go for wheelchair users, so we researched a few local businesses, attractions + outdoor experiences that keep mobility-challenged Richmonders in mind.
GRTC Transit | GRTC buses are wheelchair-accessible, but the service also offers CARE (Community Assisted Ride Enterprise) vehicles like cutaway vans and sedans.
Virginia Capital Trail | One of the most historic trails in the area has a variety of wheelchair ramps + accessibility points along its 52-mile route. This trail has both asphalt + boardwalk options.
Cannon Creek Greenway | At about 2 miles, this trail is a lot shorter than the Capital Trail, but is all paved. Anyone riding with wheels can enjoy the forest views safely.
Pro tip: Check out this site for maps + exact directions to wheelchair access points on any local trail.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | The VMFA’s main building, the Sculpture Garden, the Pauley Center, the Studio School, the Robinson House Virginia Tourism Center + all restrooms are accessible. If you need a wheelchair when you get there, the museum says to ask a security officer.
The Valentine | The entrance to the museum on 10th Street has a ramp, and the entire campus of exhibits + restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Richmond Metro Zoo | The Safari Train and Skylift are both equipped to ride for wheelchair users. Adult wheelchairs are also available for rental.
If you’re looking for more to explore, the user-generated website + app AXSMap can help you search Richmond businesses, restaurants or attractions to see if they have resources for your needs.
We know not all of these activities or locations will cater to every mobility-challenged person. Let us know what we missed + we’ll be happy to share it.