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Special Needs Family Fun Guide: Delaware

National Aquarium

The Delaware Valley has many cultural institutions and family attractions that make extra efforts to be inclusive to visitors of all abilities. From accommodations that go beyond ADA requirements to events just for those with special needs, there are ample ways for families to make the most of their day out. Here are some of the best for Delaware families.

The Grand Opera House, Wilmington
The theater’s sensory-friendly family programming initiative implements relaxed house rules that make it easier for families to sit back, relax and watch the show. Some performances feature small crowds, fidget toys, modified sound and

National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD
The aquarium hosts deaf awareness days, where sign-language interpreters narrate presentations, dives and animal encounters. Accessibility guides and maps are marked for those who need to follow a wheelchair/stroller route. Guests can also grab a touch bag stocked with tactile items and check out exhibits with hands-on elements.

Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD
This kids’ museum has won awards for its special-needs programs. In addition to Scripted Stories that play out scenarios so kids know what to expect and do in various areas of the venue, it also hosts Discovery Days for museum access in a sensory-friendly setting. 

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