Historical Attractions in Arizona with kids

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

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

Showing results 1 - 35 of 165

Filter by: Historical Attractions
Show all
  • Old Tucson Studios

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tucson

    Wild West Fun with gunfights and entertainment in Tucson, Arizona! Enjoy a day out with all things BBQ, saloon, and cowboy excitement!

  • Fort Verde State Historic Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Cape Verde

    Fort Verde State Historic Park is the best preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Spanning from 1865 through 1890 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and finally Fort Verde were home to ...

  • Jerome State Historic Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Jerome

    The "Billion Dollar" Copper Camp Jerome's modern history began in 1876 when three prospectors staked claims on rich copper deposits. They sold out to a group which formed the United Verde Copper ...

  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Flagstaff

    Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, the Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure - a remarkable ...

  • McFarland State Historic Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Florence

    The history of the park's building provides visitors with a look into the past. The building represents a transition between Sonoran and Anglo-American architecture with its wood-shingled pitched ...

  • Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tombstone

    Tombstone reached its pinnacle of riches and then faded, all within the short span of eight years. The West's wildest mining town owes its beginning to Ed Schieffelin, who prospected the nearby ...

  • Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tubac

    The church and the military were the vanguards of Spanish frontier expansion throughout New Spain. The Jesuit, Eusebio Francisco Kino, established missions from 1687 to 1711 to christianize and ...

  • Lowell Observatory

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Flagstaff

    Located just one mile west of historic downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell's scenic Mars Hill campus is the site of our 6500-square foot Steele Visitor Center. We offer daytime guided tours at 15 ...

  • John Wesley Powell Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Page

    The John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum and Visitor Information Center is the one-stop source for information of interest to people visiting Page, Arizona and the surrounding area.Within the museum, ...

  • Fort Apache Historic Park

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Fort Apache

    Within this beautiful and historic park are ruins, prehistoric petroglyphs, an old military cemetery, the Apache Culture Center, and a recreated Apache Village showing life in this historic period.

  • Flandrau The University of Arizona Science Center

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tucson

    The Standard Program includes a visit to the Design Garage's hands-on, interactive exhibits; a self-guided tour of our spectacular collection of gems and minerals in the Mineral Museum; and a ...

  • Navajo Village

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Page

    At the Navajo Village you have the change to take part in the story telling, the food preparation, the day-to-day, and to learn more about the Navajo culture. Unavailable in history books, you will ...

  • Pioneer Living History Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Phoenix

    Historical fun in Phoenix with over 90 acres of an old 1800s town, without cars or smog! Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions.

  • Montezuma Castle Monument

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Camp Verde

    Spend a few hours and discover the incredible legacy of an ancient people. Montezuma Castle National Monument.

  • Trail Dust Town

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tuscon

    An authentic wild west day out with vintage rides, cavalry museum, stunt shows and more, all in Tucson!

  • Tumbleweed Ranch

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Chandler

    A great historic experience for the family in Chandler, with a collection of historic homes, farm equipment and buildings.

  • Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Glendale

    A fascinating look at history with one of the oldest ranches in the area, with 13 original buildings, gardens and historic tours - all FREE

  • Check out other fun things to do below...

  • Arizona Senora Desert Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tucson

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

  • Hall Of Fire Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Phoenix

    The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire ...

  • Pima Air And Space Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tucson

    Pima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You'll see more than 275 aircraft ...

  • Pueblo Grande Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Phoenix

    Explore an ancient 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin site in the heart of Phoenix. Along our trail the museum features a platform mound, ballcourt ruin, replicated houses, and native plants. ...

  • Museum Of Northern Arizona

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Flagstaff

    Visitors to MNA can view exhibits relating to the Museum's four main disciplines: anthropology, biology, geology, and fine art. The Museum has permanent exhibitsin five galleries and changing ...

  • Heard Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Phoenix

    Today, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is a must-see Arizona landmark -- a place of learning, discovery and an opportunity to share Native traditions that will touch your heart. With ...

  • The Phippen Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Prescott

    George Phippen, first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, died in 1966, leaving behind a group of artists interested in creating a facility that specifically represented artists in the ...

  • Sharlot Hall Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Prescott

    The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona. On June 11, 1928, Sharlot Mabridth Hall began a small museum in the Governor's Mansion and eighty years later her ...

  • Butterfly Lodge Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Greer

    The storied past of a famous Western writer and his artist son springs to life at Butterfly Lodge Museum. Nestled on a knoll among towering pines near a spring that trickles to the Little Colorado ...

  • Smoki Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Prescott

    The Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood. It was constructed with labor provided by the Civilian Works Administration and the Smoki People.The Smoki Museum as it appeared in the ...

  • International Wildlife Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tucson

    The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the diverse wildlife of the world as well as explaining the role of wildlife management in conservation. ...

  • Arizona Museum of Natural History

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Mesa

    A place where dinosaurs come back to life though fun and educational exhibits, as well as a fascinating insight into our planet!

  • Arizona Museum for Youth

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Mesa

    As a semi-permanent art activity space for visitors, ages 5 and older, ArtZone is a great place to relax and explore art fundamentals. Emphasizing the elements of basic art, activities are open-ended ...

  • Tucson Childrens Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tucson

    A visit to the Tucson Childrens Museum will find you enjoying the numerous interactive exhibits, the daily hands-on activities and the monthly special events.

  • The Mini-Time Machine

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tucson

    The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is state-of-the-art display of entertaining and interactive array of antique and contemporary miniatures as well as enchanting artifacts.

  • The GPD Toy Train Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tuscon

    If there's a little trainspotter in your household they're in for a real treat with this FREE entry museum, with displays of unique and extremely rare examples of toy trains and other railroadiana in ...

  • The Spot Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Prescott

    Offers kids the chance to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through intriguing and interactive exhibits designed to teach through experimentation and play.

  • Arizona State Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    Tucson

    Celebrate the cultures of the Southwest and northern Mexico at the Arizona State Museum - an educational and interesting family day out in Tucson!