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Special Needs Family Fun Guide: South Jersey

Sahara Sam's Oasis

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 South Jersey families.

Adventure Aquarium, Camden
Meet thousands of water dwellers including sharks, sea turtles, hippos, blue penguins and seahorses during Family Inclusive Special Hours, or F.I.S.H., Nights. In addition to discounted admission, visitors can experience the venue in a relaxed setting with modified lighting and sound.

BounceU, Cherry Hill
Sensory Bounce, offered on the first Monday of each month, encourages children with autism-spectrum and sensory-processing disorders to exercise and socialize.

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
The staff at this sculpture park receives ADA training. Visitors with limited mobility can tour the park on a specially equipped vehicle, which visits several first-floor and one-level exhibit spaces. Touch tours, closed-captioned videos and an accessibility map are available by request.

McCarter Theatre, Princeton
Sensory-friendly productions allow families to leave and return to the auditorium, bring their own snacks, fidgets or listening devices and cool down in the lobby’s relaxation and quiet area. 

Sahara Sam’s Oasis, West Berlin
Special Evenings at Sam’s provide families with a judgment-free evening at the waterpark at a reduced rate. Accommodations include modified lighting and sound, quiet rooms, limited lifeguard whistle use, a relaxed dress code, limited ticket sales and the option to bring your own snacks.

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