Whether you live in or are visiting Pittsburgh, you probably want to participate in the fun activities this city offers. However, if you or a loved one also need certain accessibility accommodations, you may worry that the traditional activities you hear about in the area aren’t safe or enjoyable. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most accessible activities in Pittsburgh for individuals with various accessibility needs so you can fully participate in everything this city has to offer.
Andy Warhol Museum
This museum has the largest collection of Andy Warhol art in the world and spans seven impressive stories! People who use mobility aids such as knee scooters or wheelchairs can enjoy the exhibits on all seven floors since there is an accessible elevator. Additionally, several exhibits feature interactive art that people with visual impairments can touch for a full artistic experience.
The Andy Warhol Museum is part of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, many of which have similar levels of accessibility. All provide elevators for those who need mobility assistance, and many locations also provide interactive exhibits.
Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium features almost a dozen exhibits with excellent accessibility. People who need mobility assistance for big ventures such as this can rent wheelchairs for $5/day and electric scooters for $30/day. Representatives suggest reserving these devices in advance since this system is so popular. People with sensory processing needs can check out sensory bags and weighted lap blankets at no cost at the Guest Services Booth. Sensory bags include noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, and other resources that allow everyone to enjoy the zoo and aquarium.
PNC Park is home to Pittsburgh’s baseball team, the Pirates. The stadium has many accommodations for people with accessibility needs, such as an open captioned scoreboard for people with hearing impairments and seating with electrical outlets for individuals who use oxygen therapy. One benefit of using a portable oxygen concentrator for oxygen therapy is that you may not need that outlet. Still, it’s a good resource to be aware of. Keep in mind that the stadium does have a “No Bag” policy that allows you to bring in bags for medical purposes only, including an oxygen concentrator. You consent to bag searches when you buy a ticket.
Pittsburgh is a wonderful city to live in or visit. Even if your health or the health of a loved one requires certain accommodations, you can enjoy many of the accessible activities and attractions this city has to offer.
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