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Places in San Mateo that are Wheelchair Accessible

Offering its visitors cultural attractions, scenic beauty, beautiful neighborhoods, and several other landmarks, San Mateo remains an interesting and diverse place to visit. However, one of the interesting things about San Mateo that few people know is it is also wheelchair accessible, offering ample of public transportation, including subway, bus systems, streetcars, rental vehicles, and ferries.

Places that are Wheelchair Accessed

Landmark Sites

Physically challenged tourists and travelers can find several wheelchair-accessible San Mateo landmarks sites to choose from. For instance, they can easily visit Padre Junipero Serra Redwood Bust, a carved redwood bust of Junipero Serra in El Camino. Other remarkable tourist destinations include Menlo park, pigeon point, several restaurants, malls and streets. All these sites are wheelchair accessible, though sometimes navigating through the pedestrian traffic might become stressful.

Hiking Trails

Here are a few accessible hiking trails in San Mateo:

Chickadee Nature Trail – the trail is located in Huddart County Park. It loops around several native trees and plants. Because the place is not well-known, the limited handicap parking space should not be a problem.

Vasona Park – the park is located in Los Gatos, and boasts of miles of two-way, marked paved trails. There is a lot of scenery to enjoy as the trail lets the traveller hike along a creek, and under the trees. There are several handicap parking spots and wheelchair accessible bathrooms located through the park.

Rancho San Antonio- this open space preserve is situated in Santa Clara County. What makes it enjoyable is that it leads to a farm where the traveller can see pigs, cows, goats, and several other farm animals. The trail begins as a wide dirt trail that links up to a cemented service road. There are five handicap parking spots but has no accessible bathroom.

Sawyer Camp Trail – the trail is located in San Mateo County, and is normally flat and marked for two-way traffic. It offers beautiful views of Crystal Springs Reservoir while the adventurer manages his/her way through straightaways, hairpin turns, and more turns. It is has an accessible bathroom while the parking is limited. There are only a couple of handicap parking spots.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park –situated south of the Bay Area, it is a 0.8-mile loop trail that lets the adventurer hike through groves, and witness the majestic beauty. Parking is never a problem at the state park and there are accessible bathrooms everywhere. It can get extremely chilly because of the lack of sunlight so it’s important to dress accordingly.

Nightlife for the Wheelchair bound

San Mateo is a county with diverse nightlife choices that are wheelchair-accessible and enjoyable. Accessible bars include grape and grain, the Swingin door, O’Neill’s Irish Pub, and the like. Apart from this, there are several clubs that are accessible to wheelchair bound people. It is best to call in advance to inform the staff of the disability. This helps them prepare well.

Besides being extremely multicultural and diverse, the San Mateo area is also wheelchair accessible. Most of the beaches, parks, and hiking trails provide some type of wheelchair access. The place also boasts of several theaters that can be visited by wheelchair bound people. Also, to make life easier, the county has several non-medical transportation companies that provide wheelchair accessible vans. These vehicles can be used to travel around the county. Most drivers driving these vans are well versed with the hottest locations and shortest routes around to make sure the trip is comfortable. They also have GPS systems and CC machines to ensure complete convenience.

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