Historical Attractions in ARLINGTON with kids

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

Arlington 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 Lone Star 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 Arlington’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 Arlington when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

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    (2 miles) Arlington

    Get ready to bowl! Just across the street from Six Flags, explore early Egyptian bowling games, see what middle age lawn bowling was like and actually bowl on our 'Highway 66' mini lanes! You won’t ...

  • Log Cabin Village

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    (15 miles) Fort Worth

    Step back in time into the 19th century at Fort Worth's living history museum, that preserves the heritage of Texas

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  • Planetarium at UT Arlington

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    Arlington

    Enjoy live stargazing and fascinating programs at this state of the art planetarium, located at the University of Texas!

  • National Scouting Museum

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    (13 miles) Irving

    The Museum preserves, collects, organizes, and displays Scouting's treasures documenting the movement's unique influence on American culture.

  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

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    (15 miles) Fort Worth

    Enjoy a celebration of the women who have shaped the American West in this National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in that yee haw town of Fort Worth!

  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

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    (15 miles) Fort Worth

    With fascinating exhibits, a planetarium, and a Children's Museum, this hands-on museum in Fort Worth makes science and history FUN!

  • Frontiers Of Flight Museum

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    (17 miles) Dallas

    Aviation history for the whole family at this fascinating museum that brings to life the stories from our aviation past - with real life aircraft on display.

  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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    (18 miles) Dallas

    A fascinating, moving and educational exhibition all on the life and assassination of that great man - John F. Kennedy - in the location where it supposedly happened.

  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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    (18 miles) Dallas

    5 floors of fascinating and interactive exhibit galleries, including a specific interior museum for under 5s, 3D animations and interactive games.

  • The African American Museum

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    (20 miles) Dallas

    The African American Museum is an institution dedicated to the research, identification, selection, acquisition, presentation and preservation of visual art forms and historical documents that relate ...

  • The Heritage Farmstead Museum

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    (29 miles) Plano

    Step back in time at this fascinating and fun farmstead experience! What was it like to live in Texas in the 19th century? Just head to this museum to find out! An educational and brilliant family ...

  • Dinosaur World

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    (53 miles) Glen Rose

    The past comes to life with over 150 life size dinosaurs to experience in this outdoor museum, with a fossil dig, museum and dinosaur walk!

  • Mayborn Museum

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    (82 miles) Waco

    A terrific collection of fascinating Texan exhibits, as well as cultural, historic and hands-on experiences.

  • Fort Worth Stockyards

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    (14 miles) Fort Worth

    Forth Worth Stockyards is yee haw fun with attractions like rodeos, mazes, gunfights, museums, and cattle herds.

  • Nickelmania

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    (23 miles) Carrollton

    Play games with real nickels! - Over 125 of the latest video games! - Large assortment of prizes! - Birthday party packages! - Special discounts for groups! - Daycare specials! One of the many fun ...

  • Fort Worth Zoo

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    (14 miles) Fort Worth

    Visit the oldest zoo in Texas, with 16 permanent exhibits, animals from all around the world, a water park and great learning opportunities for kids!

  • Dallas Zoo

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    (17 miles) Dallas

    95 acres of amazing animal attractions for the family to enjoy in Dallas - with additional exhibits and animals encounters!

  • The Dallas World Aquarium

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    (18 miles) Dallas

    Explore under the oceans at Dallas World Aquarium, with creatures from all across the globe ready to be experienced by kids!

  • In Sync Exotics

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    (41 miles) Wylie

    Join the weekend self-guided tours of this amazing facility dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines. Texas animal fun!

  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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    (56 miles) Glen Rose

    1800 acres of wildlife in this self drive-through safari experience, with animals from all over the world, including that special white rhino.

  • Frank Buck Zoo

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    (61 miles) Gainesville

    Plenty of contented animals to watch, animal exhibits, events and programs. The kids will love feeding the giraffes, you can do this daily at 10.30am so head out early!

  • Cypress Lake Ranch Amazing Animal Adventures

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    (74 miles) Bonham

    A great experience for animal lovers out on the farm. Kids will love spending the day with the ponies and all the other cute animals! They are also great for birthday parties.

  • Cameron Park Zoo

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    (81 miles) Waco

    Get kids out of the house and into a world of nature, in Waco's 52-acre natural habitat, featuring everything from orangutans to komodo dragons!

  • Six Flags Over Texas

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    (2 miles) Arlington

    Big thrills and more gentle adventures at this iconic theme park in Texas. Great family fun for all ages!

  • Zero Gravity Thrill Park

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    (16 miles) Dallas

    EXTREME rides for EXTREME families at this Texas thrill park, with rides that will test your bravery to the limit!

  • Legoland Discovery Center

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    (16 miles) Grapevine

    Explore educational activities and kids' attractions inside the biggest box of LEGO at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Dallas Fort Worth.

  • Sandy lake Amusement Park

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    (19 miles) Carrollton

    Over 20 fun packed rides for kids AND adults in this charming amusement park in Dallas.

  • Hurricane Harbor

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    (2 miles) Arlington

    Ocean sized thrills perfect for the whole family on that hot summers day, with over 24 rides of varying intensity, and a great way for an active family to stay cool!

  • NRH2O Family Water Park

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    (9 miles) North Richland Hills

    17 amazing acres of water fun in this Dallas / Fort Worth water park for those water lovers of ALL ages! Lagoons, rivers, slides and a children's area await you!

  • Hawaiian Falls Mansfield

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    (12 miles) South Mansfield

    A fun Hawaiian themed water park for the whole family to enjoy on those hot Texas days! Rides, wave pools, and lots of family fun to be had!

  • Bahama Beach

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    (15 miles) Dallas

    Cool off in summer with this family water park, with slides, playground, fortresses and dumping buckets! It can only be Bahama Beach in Texas!

  • Pirates Cove Fun Zone

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    (20 miles) Burleson

    Arrr…..it be a fantastic pirate themed outdoor water park for kids! Set sail for Pirates Cove Fun Zone and pirate Texas-style!

  • Hawaiian Falls The Colony

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    (27 miles) The Colony

    An amazing water park experience for the whole family in The Colony, Texas! A splashing choice for your family day out!

  • Hawaiian Falls North Garland

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    (31 miles) Garland

    Texas water park fun with this Hawaiian Falls attraction in Garland. Rides, slides, and plenty of water fun for all ages!

  • Splash Bash

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    (32 miles) Cleburne

    An all year round water park with water play, slides, and great water fun for the whole family!