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The 2019 Top Spots Winners are Here to Help Families Find Accessible Activities

The third annual PHS Top Spots list has officially been released, and we are excited to see both some familiar faces as well as some newcomers to the winner circle.

Each year, we survey families of children with special needs across Minnesota to see what their favorite spots are for active lifestyle, pasttimes, and getaways. These local destinations are particularly considerate when assisting with medical equipment or unique accomodations, and in many cases were designed specifically for this population.

Check out the winners in 12 categories below, and watch for more highlights of some of these outstanding spots coming soon. Interested in downloading a PDF of the winners to keep handy in the future? We’ve put all the information in one downloadable file for you right here.


PHS Top Spots winners for active lifestyle

• Adaptive sports: Special Olympics Minnesota – Minneapolis, MN
Adaptive playground: Madison’s Place – Woodbury, MN
• Family support group/organization: HopeKids – Eden Prairie, MN
• Indoor play space: Mall of America – Bloomington, MN


PHS Top Spots winners for pastimes

• Parent blog/online group/podcast: Gillette Special Needs Support Group
• Museum: Science Museum of Minnesota – Saint Paul, MN
• Public library: R.H. Stafford Library – Woodbury, MN
• Entertainment venue: Target Field -Minneapolis, MN


PHS Top Spots winners for getaways

• Summer camp: Camp Friendship – Annandale, MN
• Place to recharge: A Lake or Up North
Family overnight getaway: Edgewater Hotel & Water Park – Duluth, MN
• State ParkGooseberry Falls – Two Harbors, MN

We hope this resource helps inspire you to get out and enjoy all the fun our state has to offer accessibly.

Originally published: June 7, 2019