Public accommodations

A public accommodation, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, is virtually any business that sells, gives, or offers something to the public. As a guide, the act lists 12 categories of businesses, but the list is not intended to be complete. The 12 categories are: 1) places of lodging, such as inns, hotels, and motels, except places where the proprietor resides and rents out no more than five rooms; 2) establishments serving food and drink, such as restaurants and bars; 3) places of exhibition or entertainment, such as theaters, concert halls, and cinemas; 4) places of public gathering, such as auditoriums, convention centers, and lecture halls; 5) sales or rental establishments, such as stores and shopping centers; 6) service establishments, such as dry cleaners, banks, beauty shops, and offices of doctors, lawyers, and other professionals; 7) public transportation stations; 8) places of public display, such as museums, libraries, and galleries; 9) places of recreation, such as parks, zoos, or amusement parks; 10) places of education, such as private schools including nursery schools; 11) social service centers, and 12) places of recreation such as gyms, health spas, bowling alleys, or golf courses.