Historical Attractions in CARMEL with kids

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

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

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  • Keeler Tavern

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    (14 miles) Ridgefield

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Keeler Tavern Museum has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers, home of noted architect Cass Gilbert and, ...

  • Fairfield Museum and History Center

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    (30 miles) Fairfield

    Commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a weekend of activities and events, free with admission including- The Life and Times of William Webb: An African American Civil War Soldier from ...

  • Dey Mansion

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    (46 miles) Wayne

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

  • Hayden Planetarium

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    (47 miles) Manhattan

    Featuring Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector and a Digital Dome Projection System, the Planetarium offers a varying range of fascinating shows, guides and spectaculars using their 3D star atlas.

  • Empire State Building

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    (50 miles) New York City

    Get ready to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World! The 86th floor observation deck offers impressive 360 degree panoramic views of the AMAZING New York City!

  • South Street Seaport Museum

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    (53 miles) Manhattan

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

  • Statue of Liberty

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    (55 miles) NYC

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

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    (55 miles) Brooklyn

    A century ago, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's founders had the vision to transform a city ash heap into a premier botanic garden in the heart of the borough. Since the Garden first opened its gates to the ...

  • Dinosaur State Park

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    (55 miles) Rocky Hill

    We are one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath our geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago.

  • The Mark Twain House

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    (56 miles) Hartford

    A fascinating look at the history of Mark Twain, and where he used to spend some of his days. It's a great way to excite kids about history and one of the most influential novelists of all time. A ...

  • Morris County Planetarium

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    (61 miles) Randolph

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

  • Gillette Castle

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    (65 miles) East Haddam

    It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette.

  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

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    (67 miles) Lenox

    A fascinating look into American history at the stunning Ventfort Hall, and American lives during the Gilded Age.

  • Dr Seuss National Memorial

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    (73 miles) Springfield

    In the centre of Springfield there is a park called The Quadrangle which contains sculptures of some of your favourite Dr.Seuss characters - great for photo opportunities

  • Connecticut Archaeology Center

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    (78 miles) Storrs

    The Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center are home to the University of Connecticut's Anthropological Collections and repre- sents the single largest repository of Connecticut ...

  • The DNA EpiCenter

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    (81 miles) New London

    Welcome to the DNA EpiCenter, where promoting the understanding of the science of life to people of all ages is our mission.

  • Historic Ship Nautilus

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    (83 miles) Groton

    Kids will get a great insight into the lives of the men who sail the depths of the ocean in this fascinating submarine visit, with an educational museum with the world's finest collection of ...

  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park

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    (87 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

  • Old Sturbridge Village

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    (94 miles) Sturbridge

    A fascinating 1830s New England living history museum - one of the largest in the country! With 59 antique buildings, costumed historians, and a working farm, kids can enjoy year round fun at this ...

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  • The Military Musuem Of Southern New England

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    (12 miles) Danbury

    We currently display a vivid cross section of 20th century American military history. Many of our vehicles are extremely rare, often the only example in the western hemisphere! The museum staff is ...

  • Danbury Railway Museum

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    (12 miles) Danbury

    The Museum, located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut, offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and ...

  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center

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    (22 miles) Stamford

    Seasonal fun awaits you at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Bring friends and enjoy a picnic on the Meadow, walk over 80 acres of nature trails, drop in to the Hecksher Farm and say hello the ...

  • Mid Hudson Childrens Museum

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    (23 miles) Poughkeepsie

    Series of large and intricate interactive exhibit rooms with learning through play design ideal for curious kids. Newest features include a Baby Park just for the smallest guests, plus a giant ...

  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children

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    (26 miles) Norwalk

    Lots of hands on and fun learning for children under 10 years in this entertaining museum in Connecticut!

  • Bridgeport Discovery Museum and Planetarium

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    (27 miles) Bridgeport

    With three floors of hands-on fun with science, and daily Planetarium shows all included with admission, this family friendly discovery museum is great for those active kids who just love learning!

  • The Bruce Museum

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    (28 miles) Greenwich

    The Bruce Museum is an educational institution which, through its varied exhibitions and collections in the arts and sciences, provides programs for diverse audiences.

  • The Barnum Museum

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    (31 miles) Bridgeport

    On January 1, 1842, P.T. Barnum opened his first museum on lower Broadway in New York City. Almost 166 years later, The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut carries on the extraordinary legacy of ...

  • National Helicopter Museum

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    (33 miles) Stratford

    The Museum contains hundreds of photographs and models tracing the history of the helicopter both in the United States and around the world. Stratford is the birthplace of the American helicopter ...

  • The Mattatuck Museum

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    (34 miles) Waterbury

    The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections ...

  • Timexpo Museum

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    (35 miles) Waterbury

    It's about TIME for family fun. Timexpo® The Timex Museum tells the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850's. A Time Tunnel leads to ancient mysteries. Magnificent timepieces, ...

  • NJ Childrens Museum

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    (38 miles) Paramus

    Explore over 30 different play and learning areas, each designed to attract and engage the imagination! Your child is your guide.

  • Vanderbilt Museum

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    (40 miles) Centerport

    A look into the life of one of the richest men in the world at this fascinating museum, mansion and planetarium!

  • Peabody Museum of Natural History

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    (40 miles) New Haven

    From Egyptian mummies to saber-toothed cats to the once mighty dinosaurs — you can find it all at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History!

  • Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum

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    (41 miles) Cheshire

    Cartoon fun away from the television! This fun museum has one of the largest collections of cartoon-themed artifacts and toys in the entire country - from Disney to Marvel - kids can check out all ...

  • Imagine Nation Museum

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    (41 miles) Bristol

    The Imagine Nation Museum is a hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. The first area you will see when you come to the museum is the interactive exhibits that encourage ...