All visitor centers, pavilions, and auditoriums are wheelchair accessible.
Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center exhibits provide a wide range of accessibility features, including telephone handsets for audio description, a tactile model of an oak tree, a railing system that connects all the exhibits together, and tactile models of natural history objects including acorns, oak leaves, and a large gopher tortoise. The first loop of the Brackenridge Trail is now an accessible boardwalk with tactile waysides. An Orientation film is also offered with audio description.
Fort Barrancas Visitor Center has accessible museum exhibits including a small scale replica of Fort Barrancas and the Water Battery. Exhibits and the film of Fort Barrancas are audio described.
Fort Pickens Museum has new interactive and universally-designed exhibits which feature the natural and cultural heritage that is the legacy of Gulf Islands.
Access is limited to historic Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, and the Advanced Redoubt. Fort Pickens fishing pier is accessible.
Beach wheelchairs are available at Johnson Beach at the Perdido Key Area in Florida, Santa Rosa (Opal Beach), Naval Live Oaks and Fort Pickens Area. For Santa Rosa, Fort Pickens ask a lifeguard, or visitor centers for information. For Naval Live Oaks pick up at the Visitor Center. For Perdido Key, inquire at Entrance Station.
The Perdido Key Discovery Trail and six beach cross-over boardwalks (two to sound; four to Gulf) are wheelchair accessible.
On West Ship Island, in Mississippi, the lower level of Fort Massachusetts is accessible. A beach wheelchair is available on the island during tour boat season which runs from March through October. Visit the park's new accessible exhibits and outdoor waysides at the Davis Bayou Visitor Center. Boardwalk trails, campsites and fishing pier are accessible. For information please call 228-875-9057.
Did You Know?
Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.