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The best summer vacation spots for autistic kids in 2022 (that isn’t Disneyland)

Autism-friendly vacations: Best vacation spots for autistic kids

Updated: February 22, 2024 · 9 Minute Read

Amy Gong

Reviewed by:

Amy Gong, Neurodiversity Advocate


  • We love these vacation options because they were built specifically with autism families in mind.
  • We thoroughly researched each vacation spot and received input from Certified Autism Travel Professionals (CATPs) to bring you the best.
  • Myrtle, Mesa, Visalia, and Tradewinds are the most safe, fun, and low-stress vacation destinations for autism families.

Autism-friendly vacation spots can be hard to come by. It’s estimated that only 13% of autism families take vacations.1 This surprised us at first, but it makes sense —most vacation spots aren’t made with autism and neurodivergent families in mind. There are so many questions and unknowns. Will my kids be safe? Will they have fun? Where will we stay, eat, and play? Will people understand our needs and challenges? As many autism parents know, it’s not easy to escape judgment and find a place that welcomes neurodiversity.


That’s why we’ve put together a detailed list of incredible vacation options, selected through rigorous research and interviews, to ensure an experience without stress or judgment from beginning to end. Grab your flip-flops (or hiking boots) and scroll on to see the best autism-friendly summer vacation destinations in the United States!


(Pssst. If you’re curious about how we chose these destinations, check out the “How this article was written” section at the bottom of this article to learn more about our strict criteria.)


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Article References

1. Family Travel Association. IBCCES. Accessed May 9, 2022.