For over 40 years, Access Adventures has provided planned vacations for adults with differing abilities. The program places a focus on small group, community-based vacations to offer memorable experiences to people with differing abilities.
The Travel program is designed for individuals with differing abilities who are 18 years old or older. Access Adventures supports individuals in a 1:4 Travel Host (staff) to Traveler (participant) ratio. Accommodations are provided for individuals needing additional assistance. Some vacations are based out of the Melwood Recreation Center, a 108-acre property in Southern Maryland. This facility provides accessible cabins and meeting spaces, as well as programming including horseback riding, challenge courses, and swimming, all of which are designed to be adaptable for individuals with special needs.
These vacations range from overnights to weeklong retreats, some of which are themed to season, holiday, or activities. Access Adventures also offers a variety of destination experiences including cruises, beach resorts, and vacations to Atlantic City, Disney World, New York City, and more. Some trips are specifically designed for travelers in certain age groups (young adults and seniors) and others have itineraries developed specifically for travelers seeking a more active vacation or a more laidback and relaxed experience.
Cherry Blossom Retreat
Apr 6 - Apr 6, 2018
Kick start the 2018 travel season by spending time in Washington DC. Take part in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Stay at the Melwood Recreation Center and travel by bus into the nation’s capital. There will be an opportunity to meet the Recreation Center animals and relax by a campfire. There will be a large amount of walking in DC during this program.
Weekend in Historical Williamsburg
Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2018
Travel to historic Williamsburg by bus. Visit some of the historical areas, such as Jamestown and Yorktown. Also experience old town Williamsburg. Watch how the natives used to churn butter. “Shop till you drop.” Bring your walking shoes. There will be a large amount of walking in Williamsburg during this program.
Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018
Let’s explore the best that PA has to offer by visiting Lancaster! Satisfy your sweet tooth while visiting the Hershey chocolate factory. Explore the Strasburg Museum. End the day with a hearty Amish-style buffet. Enjoy shopping and visiting historical sites in Lancaster. We will travel by bus to Lancaster. Enjoy the buffet and the poolside service at the hotel. There will be a large amount of walking during this program.
Rehoboth Beach Getaway
Jun 25 - Jun 29, 2018
Spend time in tax free Delaware shopping, relaxing by the beach and walking the boardwalk. Take time to see one of the summer shows and explore the area! Travel by bus to Rehoboth. Activities may include swimming, spending time on the beach and boardwalk and a boat tour.
There will be a considerable amount of walking during this program.
Virginia Beach Getaway
Jul 2 - Jul 6, 2018
Come sun and fun on one of the world’s most famous beaches in Virginia Beach. Experience the white sands and the clear waters. Take a stroll along the boardwalk for t-shirts, hats, taffy, and more. Take a ride to the Norfolk Harbor. Enjoy lunch and shopping while there. Enjoy the Virginia Beach Aquarium and the Marine Science Center. Travel by bus to Virginia Beach. Activities may include swimming, chilling on the beach, shopping, visiting the aquarium, and a boat ride. There will be a large amount of walking during this program.
Smoky Mountain Getaway
Jul 9 - Jul 13, 2018
Experience the beauty of Knoxville, TN in the summertime. Visit the historical Dollywood and take a tour of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Visit the Clarence Brown Theatre and the Knoxville Zoo. Experience the different culture of food and enjoy some shopping. We will travel by bus to Tennessee. There will be a considerable amount of walking on this program.
Ride, Splash and Explore Williamsburg
Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018
Get your heart racing at Busch Gardens! Spend a day exploring Colonial Williamsburg. Travel by bus to Williamsburg, VA. Activities may include swimming, visiting Busch Gardens amusement park, US Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Williamsburg Pottery Outlets. There will be a considerable amount of walking on this program.
Summertime in Ocean City
Jul 23 - Jul 27, 2018
Soak up the sun at Maryland’s hottest beach. Shop till you drop” on the classic boardwalk and enjoy classic boardwalk food. Sample some of the wonderful seafood that Ocean City has to offer. Travel by bus to Ocean City, MD. Activities may include swimming, spending time on the beach, shopping, miniature golf, and a boat ride. There will be a considerable amount of walking during this program.
Discover Disney World and Orlando
Jul 29 - Aug 3, 2018
Enjoy the magic of Disney World. Visit the theme park and experience the warm beaches and the white sand. Take a stroll along the beach. Enjoy a day at Sea World. Enjoy shopping and trying different foods. Activities may include shopping, swimming, dining out, and sightseeing. We will also visit the space museum if time permits. There will be a large amount of walking during this program. Travel to Orland by plane.
Transitioning Youth Retreat
Aug 6 - Aug 10, 2018
Participants will spend the week focusing on personal empowerment, setting goals, making new friends, and developing new skills. Our staff will present these topics in an age appropriate and ability focused manner. Choose which sessions you want to attend, or choose from a variety of Recreation Center Activities. This retreat is eligible for LISS funding. Travel by bus to Nanjemoy, MD. This session is for travelers between the ages of 15 and 25.
Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018
Stay at Melwood Recreation Center and explore the local area! Set sail on a luxurious lunch cruise on Washington, DC’s Potomac River. Spend the afternoon dining and shopping with your friends! Hang at the pool, ride horses, canoe, and explore our ropes courses. End the week performing for the annual Club Adventure Talent Show! We will travel by bus to Nanjemoy, MD. Activities may include a lunch cruise, baseball game, a meal out, and typical camp activities. There will be a large amount of walking during this program.
Dude Ranch Getaway
Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018
Stay overnight at Melwood Recreation Center. Harness your inner Cowboy / Cowgirl roots as we ride horses and hang with the animals in the barn. Relax by the pool and enjoy a daily happy hour party. Spend your day choosing between canoeing, cooking, gardening, or crafts, or try a little of each. Relax at night by a campfire. We’ll tell stories, sing songs, and roast marshmallows. Learn how to lasso, square dance, and cook a down home-cooked meal just like the ranchers do. Travel by bus to Nanjemoy, MD. Traditional camp activities are offered throughout the day. We will visit the pool daily. A considerable amount of walking will take place during this program.
Camp Access Adventure
Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2018
Stay at Melwood Recreation Center and discover the beauty of the outdoors. Camp out in tents, roast marshmallows, tell stories, and watch the sunset. Enjoy daily life enrichment classes. Discover your inner self. Visit with the animals and take a horse ride. Enjoy swimming and outdoor games. Visit our greenhouse and take a nature walk around the grounds. We will travel by bus to Melwood Recreation Center in Nanjemoy, MD. There will be a considerable amount of walking during this program.
Weekend in Williamsburg
Sep 7 - Sep 9, 2018
Enjoy the day by taking a casual stroll throughout Historical Williamsburg. Visit the Old Country. Sun and fun at the water park and enjoy junk food at Busch Gardens. We will travel by bus to Williamsburg, VA. There will be a considerable amount of walking during this program. The trip may include Busch Gardens, the water park and the Williamsburg outlet stores.
Ocean City Fall Fest
Sep 21 - Sep 23, 2018
Enjoy the beaches and the beautiful sunshine as we transition into the fall season. Enjoy shopping along the boardwalk, the arcade, and all the hotdogs and hamburgers that you can eat. “Shop until you drop.” We’ll see a movie, while enjoying some tasty popcorn and soft drinks. We will travel to Ocean City by bus. This trip may include shopping, a movie, dining out and hanging out with new friends. This outing will include a considerable amount of walking.
Autumn in Annapolis
Oct 5 - Oct 7, 2018
Take a ride through Annapolis and observe the beautiful Fall Foliage. Enjoy the sun and the fresh air. Visit a greenhouse and experience some of the fine dining in Annapolis. Shop for gifts and clothes. We will enjoy the evening back at the Recreation Center, singing around the campfire. This outing may include dining out, shopping, and driving through the city observing the fall foliage. This outing will include a considerable amount of walking. We will be taking the bus to Melwood Recreation Center.
Halloween at Hershey Park
Oct 26 - Oct 28, 2018
Travel to Hershey Park by bus. Get in the Halloween spirit by riding some of the Roller “Ghosts” at the park. Sit with the Ghosts and Gobblers. Enjoy everything that the park has to offer, including entertainment. Activities may include amusement park rides, shopping, a train ride, and dining out. There will be a considerable amount of walking during this program.
Thanksgiving Harvest Retreat
Nov 9 - Nov 11, 2018
Overnight accommodations at the Melwood Recreation Center. Begin gearing up for the upcoming season by learning some new recipes while preparing a Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy the outdoors with daily nature walks and take the opportunity to meet the Recreation Center animals. Travel by bus to Nanjemoy MD. Activities may include cooking, hiking, arts and crafts, horseback riding, and other typical camp activities. There will be a considerable amount of walking for this activity.