Written by Chillie Falls, February 26, 2023 for AccessAdventure.net
Yesterday Enchantment of the Seas had a port of call in Charleston, South Carolina. I had already discovered that there were no accessible excursions offered by Royal Caribbean. So, three of my dinner friends, Dan, Mike and Lois, met to go in town for lunch.
Mike and Lois had a favorite spot that they suggested, so we started in that direction. Unfortunately, we found out that the Noisy Oyster had closed so one of the tour operators suggested the Charleston Crab House had a similar menu and was similarly priced. As it turned out, the suggestion was perfect and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch.
My problem is with Charleston and their extremely poor condition of their sidewalks. As a longtime Scooter user, I struggled in such a lovely city. Cracks, broken sections, even holes in concrete, and constant bumps made for a very difficult ride for me on my scooter, and it would be the same or worse for wheel chairs or power chairs.
I am not saying don’t try it. I did. Braved the issues, and had a lovely outing. But, by all means. Be on your guard. Take your time and go ever so slowly. Be very careful. Dial up your patience to a 10. And you can enjoy Charleston. I would strongly suggest a little extra butt padding because it is super bumpy and rough. At least there were some type of curb ramps at every intersection. Again, not the best. But something.
On a scale of 1-10, I gave New Orleans a 1 a couple of weeks ago. And I loved my time in NOLA. But for the mobility challenged, it was awful. I would give Charleston a 2. It was awful too and needs a complete redo, but just a half step better than New Orleans.
Join me tomorrow for a post on a city that does it right.