Handicap services and wheelchair access to the beach can sometimes be difficult if you don’t know where to look. Virtually all of our hotels/motels, restaurants and shopping centers offer access facilities for the handicapped.
Ramps from the boardwalk to the beach are located at every street along the boardwalk. Additionally the boardwalk and streets are easily navigable by a wheel chair, crutches or any other handicap aid.
Wheelchairs are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Beach wheelchairs are FREE.
There is a limited supply.
Available on a first-come first-served basis.
Only available during tourist season (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend)
Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm
Beach wheelchairs are to remain in the general beach area (1 block) of the shed where it was obtained.
You must have a valid ID to obtain a wheelchair
This is an unmanned shed and if you would like to obtain a handicap wheelchair you must call the number posted on the signage
Office: 757-213-3000 ext: 5300
Lifeguards are NOT responsible for managing any handicap beach wheelchairs
Local Beach Wheelchair and/or Scooter Rental Companies
If you cannot find satisfaction with any of the above FREE options or if you want to secure your chair for a longer duration and not just daily, please contact one of these local companies for rental options.
The streets were there is an extended wood walkway for you to get closer to the beach are at
30th St and
HANDICAP ACCESS RESTROOMS
Permanent Restrooms (with running water)
24th Street/Atlantic Ave. (24th Street Park)
30th Street/Atlantic Ave.
31st Street/Atlantic Ave.
8th Street (May 1-Nov. 1)
Croatan South End (Year-round)
Grommet Island Park Handicap Park
Grommet Island Park, located at the end of the boardwalk near 1st street, is the first handicapped accessible beach park of its kind in the nation. It is mostly for kids but it will allow a wheel chair to have access to the sand.
Ramps and wood polymer decking lead to beach seating areas. The playground includes modified slides, monkey bars, and raised sand tables for building sandcastles. Visitors may also rent beach wheelchairs that can be used on sand.