Published on October 3, 2014 by Lola Augustine Brown

If you’re yet to visit New York and have concerns over how much of the city you’ll actually be able to navigate if you have mobility issues, then let us put your mind at rest: New York is set up very well indeed for those who use scooters or other mobility aids. In fact, as this handy page on the official New York tourism site spells out, the city is committed to accessibility and has a number of initiatives dedicated to making sure all visitors can enjoy their visit, whatever their individual needs may be. Consequently, many top attractions in New York also pride themselves on being accessible too. Here are the attractions you should be sure to see on your next New York visit:

The Empire State Building. This iconic piece of New York architecture is a must see, and despite the building’s age (it was built in 1931) it has been made fully accessible to those using wheelchairs and scooters. So, ride the elevator 1050 feet up to the 86th floor observation deck and be treated to incredible views out over New York. This is definitely one of those once in a lifetime bucket-list experiences. Line-ups can be long, so you’re best off getting there early to avoid those. 


Grand Central Station. Built in 1836, this New York landmark is another must see. While it is incredibly busy – it is a working station – you can easily navigate your way around and enjoy the sheer decadence of the place. When you’re done oohing and ahhing over the beauty of the building, head to the lower level and indulge in a spot of people watching and oyster slurping at the fantastic Grand Central Oyster Bar (also fully accessible), or grab a cupcake at the Magnolia Bakery concession.



Macys. Spread out over nine floors, you’ll no doubt find lots of amazing things to splurge on here, in the world’s largest store. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, visiting is a trip, and well worth carving a little time into your itinerary for.



The Statue of Liberty. Seeing Lady Liberty for the first time is such a thrill, and if you want to get up close to her then it really isn’t that hard – You can take a cruise out to Liberty Island with Statue Cruises, where you’ll be able to explore the Island and all of the statue related attractions (museum etc). Alternately, if you don’t feel the need to do a full tour, you can ride the Staten Island Ferry for free to get incredible views over Manhattan from the water (the ferry is fully accessible too).


Times Square. Expect crowds whatever time you visit, but you’ll be able to navigate your way around this fascinating and crazy part of the city so that you can drink it all in. Under massive digital billboards you’ll find novelty acts such as the Naked Cowboy (don’t worry, he is wearing tighty-whiteys!) and street performers, and interesting stores such as a Toys R’ Us that has its own Ferris wheel inside, M&Ms World, and Hershey’s Chocolate World just across the street.


American Museum of Natural History. From dinosaurs to marine life to outer space, this huge and much loved museum has an amazing array of exhibits. Every part of the museum is accessible, from food service areas to theatres and all exhibits.

These are just a few of the fabulous New York attractions you’ll be able to visit with ease should you rent a scooter or take your own along for the trip.


If you are headed to the Big Apple soon, Scootaround offers a range of scooter rentals in New York. Contact us for more information on how we can make your trip more enjoyable by easing your mobility concerns.


Images Used in This Article
Article feature image, “New York Sunset - HDR” by Jerry Ferguson is licensed under CC BY 2.0
The Statue of Liberty Image,  "Statue of Liberty" by Sue Waters is licensed under CC SA 2.0
Empire State Building Image, "The Empire State Building" by Ivo Jansch is licensed under CC SA 2.0
Grand Central Station Image, "Grand Central Station" by Rex Boggs is licensed under CC BY ND 2.0
Macys Image, "Macy's Herald Sq" by Guyermo is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Times Square Image, "Times Square 2010" by Greg Knapp is licensed under CC BY 2.0
American Museum of Natural History Image, "American Museum of Natural History" by Rach is licensed under CC BY 2.0