Historical Attractions in ATWATER with kids

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

Atwater 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 Golden 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 Atwater’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 Atwater when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Forestiere Underground Gardens

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    (55 miles) Fresno

    Explore Ancient Roman architecture, underground rooms and passageways, and unique micro-climates at this listed Historical Site.

  • National Steinbeck Center

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    (74 miles) Salinas

    In the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall, literature jumps off the printed page and into your imagination. Discover Steinbeck\'s world through interactive, multisensory exhibits for all ages, rare ...

  • The Discovery Museum History Center

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    (98 miles) Sacramento

    The Discovery Museum History Center in Old Sacramento features exhibits that showcase Sacramento's vibrant history. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in ...

  • Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

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    (99 miles) Folsom

    The Folsom Powerhouse is part of a colorful chapter of Sacramento history and is also an example of the tremendous advance in the commercial application of electricity.

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  • Castle Air Museum

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    (2 miles) Altwater

    Represents history in a way the whole family can share with our awe-inspiring majestic warbirds. We have a total of 50 aircraft on display ranging from WWII to the present.

  • Angels Camp Museum

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    (50 miles) Angels Camp

    A fascinating history museum located on a 3-acre site of the historic Angels Quartz Mine, with collections to inspire understanding of the gold country history of Angels Camp!

  • Childrens Museum of Stockton

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    (56 miles) Stockton

    The Stockton Children's Museum is located in downtown Stockton, across from the Deep Water Channel and the Waterfront Warehouse. It is one of the most exciting places to visit in this part of the of ...

  • World of Wonders Science Museum

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    (65 miles) Lodi

    A huge collection fascinating hands on experiments kids can do! Enjoy fun learning experiences that cover almost anything scientific you can imagine!

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation

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    (70 miles) San Jose

    Find the innovator in you at this Tech museum in San Jose, where challenges, hands-on exhibits and themed galleries offer a fascinating learning experience for kids - that's fun!

  • Children's Discovery Museum

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    (71 miles) San Jose

    Learn through fun and exploration at this creative and exciting Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose. It's a great way to understand the world!

  • The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

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    (72 miles) San Jose

    Explore and experience the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on show in western North America! A fascinating and historic family day out in San Jose!

  • Dublin Heritage Park and Museums

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    (77 miles) Dublin

    Step back in time into Dublin's fascinating history, with original 1800's structures and a 10-acre park.

  • Monterey County Youth Museum

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    (88 miles) Monterey

    My Museum is a fun role play in Monterey for inquisitive and curious kids, with role play structures, and realistic environments perfect for the imagination!

  • Western Railway Museum

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    (91 miles) Suisun City

    Enjoy a historic trip though the Montezuma Hills in this living history museum, where kids can learn about the heritage of the railroad AND ride the train!

  • Sacramento Childrens Museum

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    (93 miles) Rancho Cordoca

    Sacramento Children’s Museum includes several interactive areas for exploring, playing, and learning. The Museum is designed for ages birth to eight-years-old to allow children to "learn-by-doing"!

  • California State Railroad Museum

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    (98 miles) Sacramento

    A complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North Americas most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone!

  • California Military Museum

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    (98 miles) Sacramento

    The museum, opened by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991, is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of California.

  • Discovery Museum Science and Space Center

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    (99 miles) Sacramento

    The Museum is home to the Challenger Space Program and Sacramento's only public planetarium. Inside, you will find a nature room with live animals, reptiles and insects on display. Exhibits include ...

  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo

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    (60 miles) Fresno

    Get inspired by the natural world at this Fresno zoo with around 190 species, and great animal encounters!

  • Micke Grove Zoo

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    (62 miles) Lodi

    Micke Grove Zoo is home to native animals and exotic species from all over the world, including several endangered species, such as the Chinese Alligator, the Snow Leopard and the Cotton Top ...

  • The Serpentarium

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    (64 miles) Lodi

    A privately owned 3,000 square foot, 2 story Museum and Reptile Store you are welcome to bring the kids and browse in. It's like a zoo you can buy!

  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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    (69 miles) San Jose

    A San Jose amusement park and zoo rolled into one! With a range of amazing animals, experiences and programs, overnight stays and some fun rides too!

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    (87 miles) Monterey

    A fascinating and wonderfully designed aquarium that really lets families enjoy our wonderful ocean creatures.

  • Sacramento Zoo

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    (96 miles) Sacramento

    More than 500 native, rare and endangered animals await you at this fascinating zoo in Sacramento!

  • Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

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    (97 miles) Folsom

    Since 1963, this small unique California zoo has been providing sanctuary to some very special animals. All are non-releasable. Many were raised, and rejected, as wild pets. Others were injured or ...

  • Rotary Storyland and Playland

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    (60 miles) Fresno

    A fun and charming theme park attraction in Central Valley for the whole family. Fantasy and excitement await for all ages!

  • Gilroy Gardens

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    (61 miles) Gilroy

    A sweet family theme park in Scotts Valley, California, with theme gardens, attractions, and of course - rides!

  • Californias Great America

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    (75 miles) Santa Clara

    Thrilling and family theme park fun in this exciting and adrenaline pumping California attraction! Thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides, live entertainment and even a water park will all fill ...

  • Small World Park

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    (83 miles) Pittsburg

    A fun and intimate amusement park in California perfect for families and younger kids, with boats, nature, a train, carousel and lots of activities!

  • The Island

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    (54 miles) Fresno

    Great COOL fun in California with this family friendly water park, with a tropical island theme.

  • Raging Waters

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    (66 miles) San Jose

    Enjoy Northern California 's Largest Waterpark with 23-acres and millions of gallons of family fun and attractions, including the newest ride Dragon's Den!

  • Wild Water Adventures

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    (68 miles) Clovis

    Water fun in Fresno, with over 20 water attractions for the whole family, including a wave pool, slides, and great fun for those little ones!

  • Antioch Waterpark

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    (77 miles) Antioch

    A small municipal water park great for kids on those hot days, with 5 fun water slides.

  • Raging Waters Sacremento

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    (97 miles) Sacramento

    Located in the heart of the city, Raging Waters Sacramento features more than 25 exhilarating water attractions, breath-taking slides, crystal clear pools and fun-filled activities for children and ...

  • Monterey Movie Tours

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    (86 miles) Monterey

    Whether you would like an introduction to the area, an alternative to attractions youâve already seen or an exciting rainy day option, Monterey Movie Tours® is your ticket to a star-studded ...