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Autism Travel Directory

IBCCES is working to improve travel options for families. We certify organizations in the following ways:

A Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) is a facility or organization in which at least 80% of their staff is highly trained, fully equipped and certified in the field of autism. A CAC can range in specific specialty areas such as educational facilities, healthcare, recreational etc. A CAC would primarily be a facility or organization that has a dedication to serving individuals with autism and are committed to ongoing training in autism.

Advanced Certified Autism Center (ACAC) level 2 certification were created by board of industry experts including physicians, therapist, parents, travel executives and individuals with autism and other cognitive disorders. The goal is to take the industry leading CAC program to the next level and recognize organizations that are going above and beyond to prepare for guest with cognitive disorders.

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Autism Certified City (ACC) ensures that all areas of a city, including healthcare, education, local government, hospitality, leisure, manufacturing and corporate members are trained and certified to deliver their product or service to guests or staff with autism and other cognitive disorders.

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Certified Autism Destination (CAD) makes visitors with autism or sensory needs feel welcomed, safe, and above all, have fun! Becoming a CAD means a majority of tourism related organizations have completed autism and sensory disorder sensitivity and awareness training and completed an onsite review with IBCCES.

Do you know a business you would love to see become a Certified Autism Center?

Fort Worth Zoo

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been voted the No. 1 zoo in North America by USA Today, the Best Zoo in Texas by..

Wonder Universe, A Children’s Museum

Wonder Universe, A Children’s Museum, located in Christiansburg, Virginia, in the New River Valley Mall. We believe that play is powerful. Play is how we..

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

Located across from the waterfront in downtown Southport, N.C., the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport helps tell the story of the North Carolina coast and..

Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the City of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona’s..

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona Museum of Natural History. The premier natural history museum in Arizona. A “must see” for dinosaur lovers, the main attraction is Dinosaur Mountain, with..

The GRAMMY Museum

Established in 2008, the GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits,..

i.d.e.a. Museum

The i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, Ariz., provides art and hands-on activities that support early learning, nurture creative thinking and engage families in quality time together..

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Founded in 1909, the purpose of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has always been to “enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural..

Alligator Attraction

Florida is home to some of the most unique and interesting animal species, and Alligator Attraction is the ultimate destination to meet these species up..

Elmwood Park Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, Pennsylvania features over 100 exotic and endangered species spread over 16 acres, and is a perfect destination for families seeking..

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, GA that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of..

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of 1.5 million-gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, birds and amphibians…

Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through original objects, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital..

OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium, located in Scottsdale, was recently voted Kids Best Indoor Entertainment. This multi-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than two million gallons of water and..

Reading Public Museum

The Reading (PA) Public Museum, Arboretum, and Neag Planetarium in Pennsylvania is a unique experience for the entire family! With ever-changing hands-on exhibitions and planetarium..

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is one of North America’s largest indoor aquariums featuring 9 galleries that exhibit over..

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is located in Broadway-at-the-Beach, an entertainment and dining complex that features restaurants, rides, shops and the 85,000 square foot Ripley’s..

Santa Barbara Zoo

Known as one of the world’s most beautiful zoos, the Santa Barbara Zoo has 30 acres of botanic gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Zoo..

Space Center Houston

Come see the Real Thing at Space Center Houston Texas, a nonprofit science and space exploration learning center and the Official Visitor Center of NASA..

True Garden Urban Farm

True Garden is the premier vertical aeroponic food farm in the Southwest U.S. This first-ofits-kind facility, operated by solar power, was designed in partnership with..

McFarland State Historic Park and Florence Visitor Center

Nestled in the Town of Florence, McFarland State Historic Park is the oldest standing courthouse in Arizona. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places,..

The FRIENDS™ Experience: The One In New York City

“The One in New York City” is located at 130 East 23rd Street (the corner of 23rd St and Lexington Ave). The interactive space features..

Knoebels Amusement Resort

Knoebels Amusement Resort is America’s largest free-admission amusement park, and also offers free parking, free daily entertainment and free picnic facilities. From family rides, to..

Macayo’s Mexican Food: Surprise (part of Kind Hospitality)

Arizona’s Favorite Since 1946! Macayo’s is grateful to have been a part of families traditions and celebrations every day and on special occasions for 75..

Macayo’s Mexican Food: Superstition Springs (part of Kind Hospitality)

Arizona’s Favorite Since 1946! Macayo’s is grateful to have been a part of families traditions and celebrations every day and on special occasions for 75..

Macayo’s Mexican Food: Mesa (part of Kind Hospitality)

Arizona’s Favorite Since 1946! Macayo’s is grateful to have been a part of families traditions and celebrations every day and on special occasions for 75..

Macayo’s Mexican Food: Goodyear (part of Kind Hospitality)

rizona’s Favorite Since 1946! Macayo’s is grateful to have been a part of families traditions and celebrations every day and on special occasions for 75..

Macayo’s Mexican Food: Glendale (part of Kind Hospitality)

Arizona’s Favorite Since 1946! Macayo’s is grateful to have been a part of families traditions and celebrations every day and on special occasions for 75..

Macayo’s Mexican Food: ASU Tempe (part of Kind Hospitality)

Arizona’s Favorite Since 1946! Macayo’s is grateful to have been a part of families traditions and celebrations every day and on special occasions for 75..

Macayo’s Mexican Food: Ahwatukee (part of Kind Hospitality)

Arizona’s Favorite Since 1946! Macayo’s is grateful to have been a part of families traditions and celebrations every day and on special occasions for 75..

Panera Bread: U of A, Tucson (part of Kind Hospitality)

Panera believes that good food brings out the best in all of us – food that not only tastes food, but leaves you feeling good..

Panera Bread: Oro, Tucson (part of Kind Hospitality)

Panera believes that good food brings out the best in all of us – food that not only tastes food, but leaves you feeling good..

Panera Bread: Broadway, Tucson (part of Kind Hospitality)

Panera believes that good food brings out the best in all of us – food that not only tastes food, but leaves you feeling good..

Panera Bread: Grant, Tucson (part of Kind Hospitality)

Panera believes that good food brings out the best in all of us – food that not only tastes food, but leaves you feeling good..

Panera Bread: Corner, Tucson (part of Kind Hospitality)

Panera believes that good food brings out the best in all of us – food that not only tastes food, but leaves you feeling good..

Panera Bread: Sky Harbor Airport Gate C (part of Kind Hospitality)

Panera believes that good food brings out the best in all of us – food that not only tastes food, but leaves you feeling good..

Panera Bread: Sky Harbor Airport (part of Kind Hospitality)

Panera believes that good food brings out the best in all of us – food that not only tastes food, but leaves you feeling good..

Copper Plate, an American Grill: Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport (part of Kind Hospitality)

Copper Plate, an American Grill located at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. Our guests return time and time again thanks to our consistently high performance, our..

OHSO Brewery: Sky Harbor Airport (part of Kind Hospitality)

OHSO Brewery is a restaurant, local nano-brewery, distillery and dog-friendly social hot-spot. With over 40+ beers o tap as well as wine and house cocktails,..

OHSO Brewery: Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport (part of Kind Hospitality)

OHSO Brewery is a restaurant, local nano-brewery, distillery and dog-friendly social hot-spot. With over 40+ beers o tap as well as wine and house cocktails,..

Barrio Brewing Company: Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport (part of Kind Hospitality)

Barrio Brewing Company is Arizona’s oldest brewery, opening back in 1991. After nearly three decades of growth our beers have reached all corners of the..

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel, one of Michigan’s most visited waterparks, is 40,000 square feet of weatherproof family fun. With 243 comfortable rooms and suites,..

Kings Island

With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. Guests can experience the park’s..

Water World

Hyland Hills Water World is one of the nation’s largest family water parks boasting 51 thrilling and unique attractions on 70 beautiful acres. Now in..

Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch

The historic Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch is one of the most scenic guest ranches in the Southwest and one of Arizona’s hidden treasures. On the..

Forest Preserve District of Will County – Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is dedicated to protecting, conserving, enhancing and promoting Will County’s natural heritage for the educational, recreational and environmental..

Myrtle Beach Parks, Recreation, & Sports Tourism

The Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department includes a variety of functions and responsibilities. The Recreation Division oversees the successful operations of the city’s recreation..

Ramon’s Village Resort

Nestled among swaying palms and lush tropical foliage, overlooking the white sand beach and the world’s second largest Barrier Reef, and just a 5 minute..

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Fla. With its..

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Branson

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  Where seeing is Believing!  Come check out our new renovations and our ever-changing collection of over 450 unique artifacts, amazing..

Ripley’s Super Fun Zone of Branson

If it is family amusement you are seeking, Ripley’s Super Fun Zone is what you want.  Bring the family closer together by taking your experience..

Oakland Athletics – Hohokam Stadium

Situated just two miles from downtown Mesa, Hohokam Stadium is the Spring Training home of the Oakland Athletics.   The Athletics have always been innovators…

Blu Water Scuba

Blu Water Scuba is a full service dive training Center, serving the dive community since 2010. Interested in diving? We can take care of all..

Go Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City sits comfortably on the eastern shore of Lake Havasu along the Colorado River border of California and Arizona. The city was established..

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, located in Scottsdale, Arizona is the largest butterfly conservatory in the United States featuring a 3D movie, Chrysalis Emergence Gallery, 10,000-square feet butterfly-filled..

Arizona Goat Yoga

Goat Yoga is a fun yoga class for all ages, levels and abilities! Specially trained yoga goats interact with you through out the entire class…

All Aboard America!

At ALL ABOARD AMERICA! our entire team of professionals is dedicated to providing charter bus tours and travel experiences that ensure your safety and comfort..

Bowlero Lanes & Lounge

Bowlero Lanes & Lounge is a restored 1950’s-era retro-boutique bowling alley, vintage arcade, and cocktail lounge. Independent and locally-owned since 1957, the building recently underwent..

Riverbound Sports Paddle Co.

Riverbound is a licensed outfitter with the Tonto National Forest and the staff is certified through the American Canoe Association (ACA), PaddleFit and World Paddle..

Mesa, AZ

Mesa is the first-ever Autism Certified City in the world. The autism designation was launched by Visit Mesa, the leading regional destination marketing organization, to..

Arizona Office of Tourism

The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is a state government executive agency dedicated to developing, implementing and maintaining research-based marketing programs that promote Arizona’s tourism..

Aquatica Orlando

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, voted USA’s #1 waterpark, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is..

Courtyard Phoenix Mesa

Take in a perfect blend of comfort and convenience at Courtyard Phoenix Mesa. Our hotel features easy access to popular desert destinations including Hohokam Stadium..

Colonial Quarters Tour – St. Augustine, FL

Take an immersive, captivating journey through centuries of St. Augustine’s rich history, brought to breathtaking life at the Colonial Quarter—the revitalized two-acre signature attraction in..

Delta Hotel Phoenix Mesa

Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa is located in the heart of downtown Mesa, Arizona and a short 12 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport…

Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove® in Orlando is an all-inclusive day resort where guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel with rays and tropical..

Dive Georgia

Dive Georgia is your full service Scuba, Snorkel, and Travel Center in downtown Woodstock, GA that has it’s own full service Open Water Dive Spring..

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a 10,000-acre slice of alluring Ozarks paradise located in Lampe, Missouri. The vision of Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris,..

Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios

Proud to be a certified and socially responsible company, Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios by Dolphin Discovery is the # 1 company where you can live..

Dorney Park

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom features two great parks for the price of one. There are more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, guests can..

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Your DoubleTree experience begins with our signature chocolate chip cookies, stylish guest rooms, and complimentary shuttle service to neighboring SeaWorld parks. Soak up the sunshine..

Four Points by Sheraton at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport

When it comes to a great hotel stay, discover the things that matter most like soft beds, delicious breakfasts, fresh coffee and more. You’ll also..

Gotham Divers

Gotham Divers is a small, personable dive shop dedicated to providing you with the very best recreational and technical training. We offer courses from most..

Island H2O Live!

Island H2O Live! is Central Florida’s newest and most immersive water park. Located on Highway 192 next to Margaritaville Hotel, the water park offers 20..

Juve Travel Peru

Welcome to Juve Travel Peru! We are located in the heart of the majestic city of Cusco, capital of the Incas. Everyone at Juve Travel..

Kennywood Park

Kennywood Park is America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park!! The Pittsburgh-area park offers modern thrills and classic rides, including eight roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, lands..

KidzMondo Doha, Qatar

KidzMondo Doha is an international edutainment concept, designed to provide a complete solution for children in a unique indoor theme park. It is a kid-sized..

Mall of America

At 5.6 million square feet, Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America with more than 520 world-class retail stores..

Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

The Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department is a forward thinking and quick responding department that brings over 200 parks, 5 recreation centers, 9..

Nickelodeon Universe

Located in the center of Mall of America®, Nickelodeon Universe features seven acres of unique attractions and entertainment, including 27 rides and attractions for guests..

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This is a digital magazine for individuals, families and travel professionals that highlights industry leading organizations who have gone above and beyond to certify their destinations and make them more accessible for autistic guests and those with other cognitive disorders.