Research clearly demonstrates numerous health and social benefits for children and adults who routinely engage in recreational activities. Social bonds are improved when families recreate together and when seniors and individuals with disabilities are actively engaged in recreation activities by uniting families, encouraging cultural sensitivity, and supporting seniors and individuals with disabilities. Therapeutic recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with disabilities, health issues and other special needs to develop and enhance their health, independence and well-being.The benefits of recreation are endless.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other inclusion laws has advanced access to programs. Title II of the ADA applies to public entities and requires agencies to make reasonable modifications to its services and programs to make them readily accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. Many park and recreation providers are upgrading their services, programs, and facilities in order to accommodate all visitors. Advancing technology continues to create new adaptive and assistive equipment. Individuals with disabilities are finding more recreation opportunities available to them.

Excerpted from: The Health and Social Benefits of Recreation.

Family Unity

Family bonds are improved by sharing leisure time and essential in promoting well-being and healthy development. Families tend to be closer and more cohesive.

Improve Health

Numerous studies connect physical activity to reduced risks for chronic diseases and obesity. Some studies even demonstrate how physical activity can increase your life expectancy in measurable increments.

Improve Self-Esteem &Mental Stamina

Individual studies show how exercise, physical activity and even mentally recalling outdoor recreation activities can have positive effects on depression, stress and self-esteem. Two-thirds of Californians consider outdoor recreation important to their quality of life.

Enhance Relationships and Skills

Participating in group activities such as sports, art and crafts and social clubs fosters friendships, teaches individuals the concept of team play, positive conflict resolution, appropriate risk taking and a healthy sense of competition and sportsmanship – all important life skills.

Recreation and Leisure Activities

City Park & Recreation Programs

City of San Diego Program Guide
City of Chula Vista Program Guide
City of Coronado Program Guide
City of Imperial Program Guide

Horseback Riding

Helen Woodward Animal Center Therapeutic Riding
Ivy Ranch Park Association
Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center
San Diego Hippotherapy
The Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Center

Music & Dance

Coast Music Therapy
Culture Shock Dance Studio
Music Therapy Center of California
North Park Vaudeville STARS
Positive Action Community Theatre
Susie’s Dance Party
Wheelchair Dancing
Zumba (Inclusive) Classes

Social Activities & Camps

Arms Wide Open
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
Camp Paivika
Camp Tuolumne Trails
Capability Ranch
Friendship Circle
Teens in Motion
The Arc of San Diego PALS
Xcite Steps


Golf for Children with Autism
American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO)
American Youth Soccer Organization VIP
Challenged Athletes
Sports for Exceptional Athletes.
Challenger Football in North County
Miracle League of San Diego
San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation
San Diego Special Olympics
SMYBB Shooting Stars Basketball


Disabled Travelers
Transportation Security Administration Medical Notification Card
Medical Equipment Rental for San Diego Visitors