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Where Can I Take My Autistic Child on Vacation for Spring Break?

Updated: Mar 9



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Are you ready to make your 2021 vacations better than ever? I feel like we all are since everyone missed out on travel opportunities back in 2020. I completely understand if you are a little concerned about traveling with your autistic child though. But there are so many options when it comes to autism-friendly vacations. Therefore, I want you to remember that travel is for everyone!


I could spend hours telling you about every destination and attraction you can visit with your family. But I thought I would focus my thoughts on taking a spring break vacation in either Georgia or Florida. Both these states offer warm weather during the weeks of spring break. They also have a plethora of autism-friendly options for you to choose from. I guarantee you will find plenty of opportunities your entire family will love! If you are already loving this list and you need some information or help planning a trip reach out right now and I'll be more than happy to help!

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Spring Break Vacation in Georgia and Florida for Autistic Children

There are so many autism-friendly places to visit for spring break in Georgia and Florida. Many of these places have trained their employees so they interact properly with families with autism. Once you add in all the other accommodations they have made to ensure you have a fabulous experience, you won’t be able to deny that traveling with your autistic child is possible.


Autism-Friendly Attractions in Georgia


The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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There are two floors to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Your family will love exploring the multiple exhibit areas. This museum is currently open every day except Wednesday. You are welcome to visit at any time, but I recommend going during their Sensory Friendly Sundays. The admission price is lowered for these sessions. The lights and sounds are also adjusted so your autistic child will not become overstimulated. Planning is crucial because you must purchase your tickets in advance for this event.


Georgia Aquarium


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The Georgia Aquarium will make your visit extraordinary from the moment you arrive. They offer expedited entrances, quiet zones, and sensory bags to all their guests on the autism spectrum. The staff has been trained to help in difficult situations, so do not be surprised if they notice a meltdown beginning at the same time you do. They will do their best to ensure those meltdowns do not escalate by pointing you to the nearest quiet space or telling you about something going on that you can use as a distraction.


The Georgia Ballet

If your child loves ballet or the theater, you will be happy to know you can take them to the Georgia Ballet. The ballet has added sensory-friendly performances to its schedule. The productions they do are shortened to one hour. The house lights will also be on with minimal flashing lights. The sounds will be lowered, too, so no one gets overwhelmed.


Tybee Island


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Tybee Island is the perfect option for spring break vacations with autistic children. The beach is lovely when you want to take advantage of the water. You can even kayak through the salt marshes if your children love to kayak. Add in the other attractions on the island and the nearby places to eat and shop, and you have a fantastic destination your entire family will love! Do you need some help planning this trip? Contact me, and I'll be more than happy to chat with you about planning your next family vacation!


Autism-Friendly Attractions in Florida


Disney Theme Parks


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There are four Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida. They are Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. As we all know, each of these theme parks is crowded daily. And there is a lot of hustle and bustle, too. But Disney employees are excellent when accommodating families with special needs. Their program, DAS or Disability Access Service, will allow you to have your Magic Band scanned. Once your band has been checked, you can return to the ride at the end of your wait time. This program will eliminate any meltdowns that may come from you waiting in line for too long.


LEGOLAND Florida


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LEGOLAND Florida has gone above and beyond when it comes to being autism-friendly. It is the only LEGOLAND park to partner with Autism Speaks. The entire park has multiple quiet spaces and rooms. One quiet space has numerous sensory-stimulating and hands-on activities. Every employee has received training in working with families with autism. Volunteers have received the same training. A Hero Pass is also available for people with autism. These passes ensure you won’t need to stand in line longer than necessary for any of the rides.


SeaWorld


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Time at SeaWorld can be excellent for autistic children. SeaWorld offers an accessibility guide that shares which rides and attractions are best for your family. Their Ride Accessibility Pass ensures that you never need to wait in line for long for specific rides. You will be given specific times to go and ride each ride on the list.


Beaches

We all know how children with autism love to be in the water! A beach vacation is perfect for spring break vacations with autistic children because you get that relaxation component with the water. There are tons of beaches in the state of Florida. The best beaches in Florida include St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Vero Beach. However, if you want a beach without many people, I recommend checking out the beaches on Sanibel Island and Captiva.


The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium is located in Tampa, Florida. This aquarium worked with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, or CARD, at the University of South Florida to create online storyboards. These storyboards can be used before your visit to show your autistic child what they can expect at the aquarium. You can also use break areas at the aquarium when your child gets overstimulated.



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Zoo Tampa also worked with CARD to create storyboards so children with autism will know what to expect during their visit. Everything from the petting zoo to feeding the alligators is covered so that you can share all this information with your child before your vacation.


5 Tips for Traveling with Children with Autism

You can do several things before your vacation to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.


1. Always Plan Ahead


No matter what, you should always plan! This means planning which direction you will go when visiting theme parks. I also recommend learning where all the restrooms and quiet areas are located so you can get to them quickly as needed.


2. Be Prepared for the Heat


Vacations during spring break mean the temperatures can get quite warm, depending on where you visit. Since children with autism are sensitive to heat, you will want to have a plan to keep them as cool as possible. This can include taking frequent breaks inside air-conditioned spaces and anything else to keep your child from getting too hot.


3. Break Down the Long Walks


Walking for hours is not something any child with autism likes to do. Taking many breaks throughout the day is best so no one gets worn out too quickly. I also recommend riding at theme parks that are close together at the same time instead of walking from one end of the park to the other multiple times a day.


4. Bring Your Resources


I understand you cannot bring your entire home on vacation. However, you can get an extra dry-erase board and marker. You can use those two things to change your schedule as needed. A timer can be handy because it will let your child know when to move on to the next item on your list. Charging cords or batteries will be helpful when electronic devices begin to lose their charge. All these items can be a lifesaver during a trying day.


5. Always Create Down Time


You know your child cannot be on the go from sunup till sundown. So, don’t jam-pack your schedule; think they can. It never ends well! Instead, create some downtime and quiet time in your days. This will give you some time to breathe and allow your child to regroup before you move on to the next item on your itinerary.


There are so many places where you can go on a spring break vacation with your autistic child. But Florida and Georgia are excellent options because of the nice weather and an abundance of autism-friendly options.


I want you to know that with me doing the heavy lifting, you won’t need to worry about anything before or during your trip. I do all the hard work so you can keep up on your to-do list and get that much-deserved relaxation you need. Contact me today, and let’s get started planning your autism-friendly spring break vacation! I guarantee you will be ready to plan your summer vacation as soon as you return!


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