Accessibility in Southern Indiana

Travel Accessibility & Inclusion

Southern Indiana (Clark & Floyd Counties) strives to accommodate visitors with special needs. We're always working to make our systems and services even more accessible for all travelers.

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Accessible Attractions

Kevin Hammersmith Mem Park

Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park

4400 Lewis Endres Pwky. 
New Albany, IN 47150

Everyone should be able to play at the playground. Whether in a wheelchair, blind or hearing impaired, the new accessible playground is an inclusive playground for all.  

Built with the help of community grants, donations and other funding sources, the 12,000-square-foot playground has a “splash pad” play area next to it. The accessibility-focused playground is the first of its kind in the area.

Floyd County’s newest park, Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park, has 35.5 acres. It is home to the county’s largest shelter.  

Major features include:

  • Romeo Langford Basketball Court (received the "Court of the Month" from Nova Sports in July 2019) 
  • Elliott and Sue Phillips Pavilion (a covered basketball court with lighting) 
  • The KFC Amphitheater  
  • Playground
  • ¾-mile walking trail

Concerts at the Ogle Center

The Ogle Center at IU Southeast

4201 Grant Line Rd. 
New Albany, IN 47150

As Southern Indiana's center for the performing and visual arts, located on the campus of Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, the Ogle Center presents a variety of professional touring artists each year. 

The Ogle Center theatres and concert halls are set up perfectly to assist anyone with a disability. Assisted listening devices are provided for people with hearing aids, it is accessible to wheelchairs and service animals are of course allowed per Federal Law. To learn more or to reserve listening devices or to reserve a wheelchair spot, call 812-941-2525.

NoCo Story Trail

Jeffersonville Public Art - NoCo Story Trail

628 Michigan Ave. 
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

The story trail is located in Jeffersonville's, NoCo Arts & Cultural District, which is a downtown public art space. The story trail is a combination of an accessible, walkable path and a uniquely written story to enjoy. 

The story is broken into 12 segments, the storyboards are weatherproof, "elevated to children's" eye level, and there are questions on the back of each storyboard to make it more engaging. The stories that are created come from local 4th-7th graders. It's truly a delightful experience!

Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center

Falls of the Ohio State Park

201 W. Riverside Dr.
Clarksville, IN 47129

Falls of the Ohio State Park is known for its prehistoric fossil beds dating back 390 million years ago. There is a ramp that leads to the fossil beds offering incredible views of the Ohio River. Access to the fossil bed itself may be difficult, depending on the water levels. The ADA-accessible interpretive center offers visitors with vision and hearing disabilities a variety of hands-on experiences.

An old iron bridge at Charlestown State Park now makes a great footpath for visitors.

Charlestown State Park

12500 IN-62
Charlestown, IN 47111

Once a largely undeveloped Indiana Army Ammunition plant, Charlestown State Park is easily accessible. The endless hills, ravines and vistas are breathtaking. Other than scenic views, added bonuses are fossil outcrops and the bird watching is unbelievable in this park and in this region in general. Those needing ADA assistance can call the park office to arrange transportation to Rose Island Loop Trail.

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Derby Dinner Playhouse

525 Marriot Dr.
Clarksville, IN 47129

One of the oldest and longest-running continually operated dinner theatres in the country, Derby Dinner Playhouse is a must-stop in Southern Indiana. Great food, great entertainment and great accommodations. Their dinner theatre is ADA accessible, please contact the box office (812-288-8281) for wheelchair-accessible tables. 

Girl baking at the Mesa Kids Cooking School in New Albany, IN

MESA Kids Cooking School

154 E. Main St. 
New Albany, IN 47150

MESA KIDS Cooking School is specially designed for children who want to learn how to bake and cook. MESA teaches children both modern and classic techniques in the culinary industry. Classes are taught by culinary instructors who value the joy in the culinary arts. They encourage learning and creativity in a safe environment.  

Children with autism or other disabilities can participate in specialty classes at MESA Kids Cooking School. The staff is trained and certified by FEAT to cater to autistic children.  

MESA Kids also has a partnership with Kid Cancer Alliance and hosts classes for children who wish to take a break from everyday life.

Carnegie

Carnegie Center for Art & History

201 E. Spring St. 
New Albany, IN 47150

Carnegie Center for Art & History is an art gallery with rotating and permanent exhibits along with family activity workshops. Exhibits are wheelchair accessible and there is elevator access to all floors.

Accessible Hotels

hampton inn new albany

Hampton Inn New Albany Louisville West

411 W. Spring St. 
New Albany, IN 47150

Located right off I-64, this hotel is easily accessible, in the heart of downtown New Albany, walkable to shops and restaurants, and is only minutes from Caesars Southern Indiana. This Hampton Inn complies with ADA guidelines. 

Home 2 Suites Firepit

Home 2 Suites Clarksville Louisville North

1624 Leisure Way
Clarksville, IN 47129

Located right off I-65, this hotel is easily accessible, great for business travelers wanting to be close to business districts, and walkable to shops and restaurants. This Home 2 Suites complies with ADA guidelines. 

Accessible Restaurants

Taylor's Cereal Bowl

Taylor's Cereal Bowl Kitchen

438 Spring St. 
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

This new ice cream shop, Taylor's Cereal Bowl Kitchen, is serving up more than dessert, doubling as a sensory-inclusive space where families with neurodivergent children can explore interactive activities that build critical thinking and fine motor skills. With vegan options on the menu as well, Taylor’s provides food and fun that can be enjoyed by all.

Owners Marshall and Donique Pence provide a space for children with autism or neurodivergence. Technology in the space has a machine that can take a child’s drawing and insert it into a 3D animation.

 

MISSION BBQ

MISSION BBQ

1213 Veterans Pkwy.
Clarksville, IN 47129

A regional BBQ chain dedicated to providing for service men and women across the United States! MISSION BBQ offers accessible parking that is close to the entrance and is clearly marked, walkways are clear of low-hanging objects, entrances are wheelchair accessible, and door handles are low and reachable. 

 

Board and You

Board and You Bistro & Wine Bar

434 Pearl St.
New Albany, IN 47150

A premier restaurant in downtown New Albany with hand-crafted dishes, custom cocktails, and unmatched wine listings. Board and You offers accessible parking that is close to the entrance and is clearly marked, entrances are wheelchair accessible as well.

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