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New Florida Guidebook Highlights Wheelchair-Accessible State Parks

RIPON, CA — December 18, 2016 — If a trip to Florida is on your travel calendar, then pick up a copy of Barrier-Free Travel; Favorite Florida State Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers, ($7.95, C&C Creative Concepts) and prepare to be wowed by the natural beauty and accessibility of some of the Sunshine State’s popular state parks.

Penned by accessible travel expert Candy Harrington, this new travel guide highlights trails, attractions, and lodging options for wheelchair-users and slow walkers in twelve of the author’s favorite Florida State Parks.

Filled with updated access details the book includes information about:

  • Accessible Trails and Boardwalks
  • An Accessible Glass Bottom Boat in the Florida Keys
  • Accessible Wildlife Viewing Opportunities
  • Barrier-Free Camping
  • Access Details and Photos of Park Cabins
  • A Crystal-Clear Spring with a Wheelchair Lift
  • Accessible Auto, Tram and Boat Tours
  •  Discounts on Park Admissions, Tolls and Campsites
  • Nearby Accessible Trails and Attractions

Says Harrington, “I’m very impressed with the accessible facilities in these Florida State Parks, including a bounty of accessible boardwalks, and one of the most accessible pontoon boats that I’ve ever seen. I even uncovered an accessible snorkeling tour! No mater what your ability, you’ll be able to get up-close-and-personal with Mother Nature, and even spend the night in some of the parks.”

The book also includes information about recent access improvements, such as the newly renovated historic cabins in Myakka River State Park. “One of the cabbage palm log cabins even has ramp access and a spacious bathroom with a roll-in shower. Even better — it’s surrounded by a pine and palm forest for optimal wildlife viewing opportunities”, adds Harrington.

This inclusive book is the fourth in a series of accessible travel guides to popular destinations throughout the United States. Says Harrington, “Although it’s written for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, moms who have stroller-aged kids will appreciate the access information in this guide. In the end, good access really benefits everyone.”

Known as the guru of accessible travel, Candy Harrington has covered this niche exclusively for over 20 years. She’s the founding editor of Emerging Horizons and the author of several accessible travel titles, including the classic, Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. She also blogs regularly about accessible travel issues at

Barrier-Free Travel; Favorite Florida State Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers ($7.95, ISBN: 978-0998510309) is available at