About Us

Special Vacations, Inc. offers vacations for adults with physical and intellectual challenges. Join Pat McFarlane, founder and director, and her experienced staff on a variety of trips all over the United States and other countries. Founded by Pat McFarlane nearly 20 years ago, the organization has expanded each year to offer an increasing variety of all-inclusive vacations in the Unites States and abroad, and to serve people from farther reaches.

Relax with a day of fishing or experience a day with the Amish in Lancaster, ride horses at a Dude Ranch in the Catskills, cheer on the Phillies at their training camp in Florida. Visit Ireland and tour the green countryside or experience the action of Disney World or Elvis’s Graceland. For those who enjoy basking in the sun we offer trips to exotic locations like Hawaii, Bahamas, and Cancun, along with several trips to the Jersey shore. A keen sensitivity to the individual needs and personalities of each person is what makes Special Vacations so special. Pat and her experienced staff ensure that each traveler has a fun, safe, and memorable experience on every vacation. To find out more about the many vacations available visit our Vacations page.

Two of Pat’s lifelong passions are working with people with special needs and traveling. She combined these two loves to form Special Vacations nearly 20 years ago. Pat has a Master’s Degree in special education and more than 30 years of experience working with the special needs community. She ran a group home for deaf and mentally challenged men in Philadelphia and taught at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She is fluent in sign language and worked for the school board in mainstreaming programs for deaf students at William Penn High School.

The Special Vacations slogan “for Special People with Unlimited Abilities” says it all about our philosophy. No matter how many challenges our travelers may have, we believe there is nothing they can’t do. Whether its riding a horse, singing in a talent show, or swimming with dolphins, Pat and her talented staff makes sure that each traveler experiences each vacation to the fullest.