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Recreational Activities

“The value of recreation is at the heart of one's ability to enjoy life, develop important life skills, and create social relationships and networks. [With recreation comes] the freedom to make choices, to initiate selected leisure activities, to develop and pursue life goals, and to develop and deepen relationships with family members and friends.”     --Easter Seals Online Network  

San Diego Regional Center -  Recreation Guide l Guía de Recursos Recreativos


Aquatic Rehab and Consulting - offers aquatic physical therapy.

Heart of Sailing - Introduces sailing for free to children and adults with developmental disabilities, as a form of education and recreational therapy.

Pool Pals - San Diego County Autism Society at Aqua Pros Swim School at the Boys & Girls Club in Clairemont. 619-209-2990.


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy - 760-522-3551.

Helen Woodward Animal Center Therapeutic Riding – 858-756-0667.

Ivey Ranch Park - Recreational activities, Therapeutic horseback riding, daycare and respite care. 760-722-4839.

Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship – in La Mesa. 619-469-9544.

Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center - Creek Road Ranch in Poway. 858-231-7889 or

REINS - in Fallbrook. 760-731-9168.

San Diego Hippotherapy - Occupational and physical therapy for children and adults with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, using the movement of horses in Lakeside. 760-440-0286.

The Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Center - in Lakeside. 619-672-6935.

Therapeutic Horsemanship Programs in Southern California

Expressive Arts: 

Ability Dances - adaptive dance program for children with physical disabilities in Point Loma. (617) 571-2446.

Arms Wide Open - a dance program for children and adults with special needs.

Coast Music Therapy– music lessons for individuals with special needs. 858.831.0387 ext 4.,

Culture Shock Dance Studio - Old Town call 619-299-2110.

Eveoke Dance Theatre – in San Diego, 619-238-1153.

InnerDancers - Performing Arts Dance Classes. 602-502-2743 or  

Movement & Music for Boys & Girls with Special Needs in Golden Hills. 619-980-5246.


Music Therapy Center of California - 877-620-7688.

North Park Vaudeville STARS - Theater arts program for individuals with cognitive disabilities. 619-647-4958 or

Piano Lessons for children with special needs. 760-274-3867.

Positive Action Community Theatre - life skills through expressive arts for kids with autism and other special needs in the North County. 760-815-8512

Susie’s Dance Party - Dance classes for people with Down syndrome and other special needs. (619)303-4685.

Time 2 Shine
- Dance class for children with special needs in 4S Ranch. 858-675-0772.

YMCA Toby Wells Adaptive GymVentures Class. 858.496.9622 x13014 or


Zumba® (Inclusive) Classes – all ages and all abilities. (619)971-3904 or

Access Pass - for US citizens with a permanent disability. Provides access to, and use of, any Federal recreation site that charges an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee.

The Arc of San Diego PALS Dept. - Provide local and travel recreational opportunities for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We also run 5 day sessions of Camp each summer for children, teens, and adults.  Contact information: 619-685-1175 or

Power Beach Wheelchairs - Available at Mission Beach. Manual Beach Wheelchairs are available at La Jolla Shores, Ocean Beach and South Pacific Beach
year-round at the lifeguard stations. 619-525-8247 or 619-525-8249TDD. 

San Diego Zoo, Sea World & Legoland - offer a Free Adult Ticket when you purchase a ticket for a person with a disability? You just need to show a doctor's note that states the person has a disability and needs supervision while in the community. 

Chaperoned Trips for Adults with Disabilities 

Camp Paivika - fully accessible camp, located in the San Bernardino National Forest, offers summer and winter overnight camp programs for kids and adults with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities.

Camp Tuolumne Trails - a new camp for children and adults with special needs is located just outside Yosemite National Park in California.

Transportation Security Administration Medical Notification Card - This is for use by individuals with medical conditions or disabilities which make the typical security check a challenge at the airport. 

Additional Resources: 

EFRC Recreational Activities Listing


Actividades recreativas

Recreación y amistades

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