Visiting places steeped in history can be so much fun that kids may not even realize they’re learning as they explore a city, site or museum. History comes alive as families peruse historic neighborhoods, watch a real cattle drive, navigate galleries with interactive exhibits and delve into American history in Washington, D.C.
Whether your’re planning an outing, weekend trip or summer vacation, check out where TravelingMoms enjoy taking a peek into the past with their kids.
Most, if not all, Texans know what “Remember the Alamo” means. For those who don’t (or even if you do), bring the family to The Alamo for a history lesson you’ll remember.
As the hub of U.S. government, Washington D.C. is a great destination for history-minded families who want to touch the names on the Vietnam War Memorial wall, gaze up at a benevolent President Lincoln or wander around the World War II Memorial .
Southern California is home to two impressive presidential libraries. What better place to soak up American history and get the facts about two of America’s famous presidents – Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan?
One of the best places in the country to learn about the history of American immigrants is the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. Be sure to book a tour, many of which take place in the surrounding neighborhood.
Theaters, shopping, restaurants and nightlife is what most people plan to see and do when visiting New York. But it’s got a long and interesting history. For example, worth visiting is the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace historical site, a short jaunt from Union Square and Fifth Avenue shopping.
History abounds in scenic Amsterdam, where visitors will find classic architecture, historic paintings in famous museums, and picturesque canals.
The Fort Worth Stockyards, a historic district comprised mainly of shops and restaurants, pays homage to the cattle drive history. Twice daily you can see a cattle drive just as it was in the late 1800s.
Visiting Philadelphia with kids is a great way to immerse children in the history of the United States with an expansive and interactive historic area as well as immersing them in scientific and cultural learning at the many museums.
Settled in 1779, St. Charles MO is surrounded by the Old World history with some modern day luxury.
Historic Jackson Square, in the French Quarter, is home to local artists, who display their work in free open-air galleries. Musicians also perform freeing this lively setting.
Paris conjures up images of posh France, n’est-pas? But there’s another city with the same name – in Texas. Situated 112 miles to the North East of Grapevine, Texas near the Oklahoma border lies the lovely little historic town of Paris, Texas.