Historical Attractions in ALLENTOWN with kids

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

Allentown is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Keystone State 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 Allentown’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 Allentown when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Da Vinci Science Centre

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    (2 miles) Allentown

    Lots of hands on fun things to do with plenty of events and special exhibitions throughout the year. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in ...

  • Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

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    (28 miles) Doylestown

    Explore daily life circa 1850s through over 40,000 objects, plus guided tours of a castle in Pennsylvania!

  • Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

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    (45 miles) Media

    A fascinating living history museum depicting Pennsylvania farm life in the late 1700s. History comes back to life in this historical day out!

  • Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine and Steam Train

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    (47 miles) Ashland

    Kids can take a step back in time with this immersive historical experience understanding a life as a coal miner.

  • Independence National Historical Park

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    (49 miles) Philadelphia

    The birthplace of America! Venture to Independence National Historical Park and witness Independence Hall, the infamous Liberty Bell, and Franklin Court!

  • Betsy Ross House

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    (49 miles) Philadelphia

    Explore the birthplace of the American flag at the Betsy Ross House, full of amazing history to learn through interactive experiences!

  • Battleship New Jersey

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    (50 miles) Camden

    An exciting museum open for tours, overnight camps and historic fun on a real live battleship in New Jersey!

  • Morris County Planetarium

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    (51 miles) Randolph

    Kids love looking at the stars - so what better than to take them to a Planetarium show?!

  • New Castle Historical Society

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    (66 miles) New Castle

    Offers opportunities for children to experience the life of Dutch colonists and revolutionary patriots in historic New Castle, Delaware.

  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park

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    (66 miles) Manalapan

    Visit the site of one of the largest American Revolution battled, now with hiking, horse-riding and a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse! History and nature in this New Jersey state park

  • Dey Mansion

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    (69 miles) Wayne

    The historical revolutionary war headquarters of George Washington himself, giving kids an amazing day out in history!

  • Fort Delaware State Park

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    (70 miles) Delaware City

    One of the state's first state parks, and one of the most historical fascinating! Fort Delaware State Park is a fun and eye-opening island adventure for the family, and will take you back in time to ...

  • Statue of Liberty

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    (76 miles) NYC

    That iconic attraction everyone must go and visit in New York City - the Statue of Liberty! Hold that flame high!

  • The Blueberry Factory

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    (76 miles) Hammonton

    We give info about the farm and about blueberry farming in New Jersey and why Hammonton is the Blueberry Capital. The tour is broken up into two parts, outside and inside. One of the many fun family ...

  • South Street Seaport Museum

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    (78 miles) Manhattan

    Home to the nation's largest fleet of privately maintained historic vessels: Stationary, Training, and Workhorses.

  • Tuckerton Seaport

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    (92 miles) Tuckerton

    Many buildings and structures line the coastline of this recreated fishing village including Tucker's Island Lighthouse, Joy Dayton's Sawmill, and Jay C. Parker's Decoy Carving Shop.

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  • America On Wheels

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    (2 miles) Allentown

    23,000 sq ft of cars, racing vehicles, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles in a series of changing exhibits and events - great for motor loving kids!

  • Hunterdon Museum of Art

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    (30 miles) Clinton

    Fascinating and captivating art exhibits at this New Jersey Museum of Art, with classes and workshops for kids too!

  • American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

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    (43 miles) West Chester

    The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nations premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. We collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the ...

  • Philadelphia Museum

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    (47 miles) Philadelphia

    Overlooking one of the nation's most culturally vibrant cities, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes nearly a million visitors each year, encouraging them to embark upon a walk through time that ...

  • Please Touch Museum

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    (48 miles) Philadelphia

    Fun play experiences for those under 7 years in this interactive museum, with a number of exhibit zones, and a special toddler area too!

  • National Museum of American Jewish History

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    (49 miles) Philadelphia

    Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History will join Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the ...

  • Independence Seaport Museum

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    (49 miles) Philadelphia

    Take a seat for your choice of seafaring lesson and join us on an exciting voyage through our region's rich maritime history.

  • Americana Museum of Bird-in-Hand

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    (53 miles) Bird in Hand

    Take a nostalgic walk through small town America at the dawn of the 20th century. Museum exhibits include a barber shop, woodworking shop, tea parlor, print shop, millinery, toy store, blacksmith ...

  • Hands-on House Childrens Museum

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    (55 miles) Lancaster

    A children's museum dedicated to helping kids ages 2 to 10 learn and making sure they have lots of fun in the process! Discover, play, and have fun on the interactive exhibits!

  • National Toy Train Museum

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    (55 miles) Strasburg

    Hundreds of toy trains in a modern museum built like a historic train station! Toy trains are for kids of all ages! While real trains go back to the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the early ...

  • Everhart Museum

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    (55 miles) Scranton

    Kids can learn about natural history, science and art in this fascinating and educational museum.

  • Garden State Discovery Museum

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    (55 miles) Cherry Hill

    Touch, explore and create in the museums many interactive exhibit areas - loads of things to do all under one roof

  • Morris Museum

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    (56 miles) Morristown

    The museum offers a full calendar of special events, festivals, classes, and activities for the entire family - with an ever changing hands on exhibitions varying from arts and science to historical ...

  • Delaware Museum of Natural History

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    (56 miles) Wilmington

    Kids can get up close to life-sized dinosaurs, explore beneath our oceans, experience an animal friendly African watering hole, and come face-to-face with a spectacular jaguar... just some of the ...

  • Sterling Hill Mining Museum

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    (57 miles) Ogdensburg

    Deep family fun with more than 700 objects on display, as well as cool mines accessible by guided tour.

  • Children's Museum

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    (57 miles) Bloomsburg

    Loads of interactive hands-on exhibits which bring out the imagination in every child and the child in every visitor. Over 50 interactive exhibits, presentations, live animals, and special ...

  • The Houdini Museum

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    (58 miles) Scranton

    The museum is devoted entirely to the world's greatest magician, Harry Houdini. Fabulous guided exhibit and fantastic fun magic show with live magician and animals.

  • Delaware Art Museum

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    (58 miles) Wilmington

    Regularly presents major traveling exhibitions, offering the community an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of artists and artistic movements. The Museum also displays smaller ...

  • Franklin Mineral Museum

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    (59 miles) Franklin

    The museum has over 4,000 mineral specimens on display in the local room including those that are on display in the 33 foot long fluorescent display in the fluorescent room. The museum\'s ...