Historical Attractions in HAMILTON with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Hamilton, Ontario!)

Hamilton is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this Ontario city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Hamilton’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Hamilton when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Chiefswood National Historic Site

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    (18 miles) Ohsweken

    Chiefswood stands testament to the legacy of the Johnson Family and within the societal sphere of Six Nations in the 19th century. Home to a Mohawk Confederacy Chief, and infamous daughter-Emily ...

  • Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead

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    (22 miles) St. George

    Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead is a National Historic Site. It is the birthplace and childhood home of one of Canada's most eminent citizens. Growing up on a mid-19th century farm with its ...

  • Benares Historic House

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    (22 miles) Mississauga

    With more than 160 years of history, this exquisite estate was home to four generations of the Harris and Sayers families. Feel the warmth and pride of workmanship in this home which has been ...

  • Bell Homestead National Historic Site

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    (23 miles) Brantford

    Discover the household of Alexander Melville and Eliza Bell, the events surrounding the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, and the origins of Canadian Telephone operations to 1880.

  • Applewood Shaver House

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    (31 miles) Etobicoke

    Located in the City of Toronto, Applewood or Shaver House, as it is commonly known, provides a lovely setting for marriage ceremonies, parties and meetings. It has been in operation for over 20 years ...

  • CN Tower

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    (36 miles) Toronto

    Defining Toronto's skyline at 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 in.), Canada's National Tower is an architectural triumph, engineering Wonder and world-renowned dining and entertainment destination.

  • Brubacher House

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    (37 miles) Waterloo

    Learn first hand from knowledgeable tour guides about the life of a Pennsylvania German Mennonite family during the mid-nineteenth century. See an authentic depiction of a Pennsylvania German farm ...

  • Casa Loma

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    (37 miles) Toronto

    Explore an incredible castle from the 1910s, with tunnels, suites, secret passages, and a wealth of history!

  • Deaf Culture Centre

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    (38 miles) Toronto

    The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE is a symbol of the Deaf community celebrating Deaf life. It is a public forum both historical and forward-looking. The CENTRE is contemporary, a fun gathering place that is ...

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village

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    (40 miles) Toronto

    Step into Canada's past and explore an authentically re-created 1860's Ontario country village. Enjoy more than 40 restored homes, trade shops, farm buildings, interpreters and artisans in period ...

  • Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

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    (48 miles) Scarborough

    Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a vibrant arts hub housed in a historic mansion. Built as a family home in 1912, Cedar Ridge is surrounded by lush gardens and scenic woods with a variety of walking ...

  • Canada's First Forestry Station

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    (48 miles) St. Williams

    Learn about the history of the Canadian forests, and those who played roles in the development of Canada's First Forestry Station.

  • Annandale National Historic Site

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    (51 miles) Tillsonburg

    Nationally designated for its magnificent interior, Annandale House serves as a monument to the Victorian style of design known as the Aesthetic Art Movement.

  • Backus Mill Heritage and Conservation Centre

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    (52 miles) Port Rowan

    Truly a chance to step back in time for a glimpse of our pioneer past. The Village has more than a dozen restored or reconstructed buildings to explore.

  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village

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    (68 miles) London

    Every season brings a calendar filled with a wide variety of special events for all the family to enjoy. Harvest Fest and Haunted Village Hayrides and our magical Christmas at The Village.

  • First Hussars Museum

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    (71 miles) London

    Artifacts and memorabilia of the 1st Hussars, open by appointment.

  • Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives

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    (71 miles) Keswick

    Located near the south shore of beautiful Lake Simcoe, this ten-acre site is now home to sixteen structures that interpret the rich history of Georgina between 1850 and 1920, including a one-room ...

  • Backus Page House Museum

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    (91 miles) Wallacetown

    The Backus-Page House Museum is a living history museum located in the heart of the Talbot Settlement. The Georgian style house has been restored as closely as possible to its 1850’s state.

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  • Adventure Village

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    (5 miles) Hamilton

    Adventure Village is set on over 3 acres of beautiful rolling hills with lush vegetation, 5 waterfalls, 6 fish ponds, rapids, shipwrecks, and features a wide range of fun things to do including, ...

  • Centreville Amusement Park

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    (32 miles) Toronto

    A 20-acre family theme park with over 30 rides and attractions on the Toronto Islands. Old Ontario village main street has lots of food, games, shops and rides including our antique carousel, log ...

  • Bingemans Conference and Recreation Centre

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    (33 miles) Kitchener

    The area's largest water park, offers days of fun and entertainment for kids of all ages. there is also the newest and largest indoor family playground in the region with 25,000 square feet of fun.

  • Fantasy Fair

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    (35 miles) Etobicoke

    Come out and enjoy Fantasy Fair - the perfect place for the whole family. Little ones love the bumper boats and the play village while older children can enjoy the bumper cars, the spinner and the ...

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

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    (43 miles) Vaughan

    New! Now Open! . LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto - it's like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO® bricks ever! • Come share our LEGO world of colour, creativity and family ...

  • Canada's Wonderland

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    (44 miles) Vaughan

    Experience the most exhilarating collection of rides and roller coasters in all of Canada! Test your level of thrill being spun 360 degrees, or free falling 230 feet!

  • Belmont Corn Maze

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    (67 miles) Belmont

    This 4-hectare (10-acre) maze has over 5 km (3 miles) of twists and turns to explore! There's also a mini maze hay bale pyramid for little ones to play on.

  • Storybook Gardens

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    (76 miles) London

    Storybook Gardens provides families with fun and special memories to last a lifetime. We have something for the whole family, with animals, rides, games, play areas, Slippery's splash area, ...

  • Ontario Place

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    (35 miles) Toronto

    Visit Toronto's only downtown waterfront playground and enjoy dozens of rides and attractions for kids of all ages Live children's entertainment, day camps and fireworks festival held June 27, July 1 ...

  • Wild Water Kingdom

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    (36 miles) Brampton

    Canada's only salt water park offers unlimited use of bumper boats, batting cages, minigolf, and rock climbing under a waterfall!

  • Waves Indoor Water Park

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    (38 miles) Niagara Falls

    Ride the waves and slides in Waves, our 25,000 square foot indoor water park with a retractable roof for year-round fun!Our Water Park comes complete with a beach entry wave pool, tube slides, body ...

  • Fallsview Indoor Water Park

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    (41 miles) Niagara Falls

    The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is Niagara’s newest and largest indoor waterpark, located on North America’s largest hotel and indoor waterpark complex, the Falls Avenue Entertainment Complex. ...

  • The Wave

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    (48 miles) Richmond Hill

    Ride the wave at York Region's first and only indoor wave pool...all year long!! Swim and surf in four-foot waves, frolic on water mats or try bodysurfing! Ride the thrilling 160-foot twisting water ...

  • Plunge! at Blue Mountain

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    (91 miles) Blue Mountains

    Plunge! is the ultimate, all ages, four season water adventure at the base of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada, located near Collingwood - just a 90-minute ...

  • Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

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    (15 miles) Brantford

    Learn about the animals of the world, explore nature trails, and even see baby animals up close - all at this Ontario zoo!

  • African Lion Safari

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    (18 miles) Cambridge

    Go “On Safari!” and get closer than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals from around the world! See majestic lions, rare cheetah, a herd of graceful giraffe, and a crash of ...

  • Marineland

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    (41 miles) Niagara Falls

    A swimmingly fun day out for the whole family full of fun aquatic displays and performances, as well as 16 thrilling rides for all ages (and bravery levels!)