Historical Attractions in CINCINNATI with kids

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

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

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  • SunWatch Indian Village Archaeological Park

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    (45 miles) Dayton

    Visit the original site of an 800-year-old American Indian village at this historically fascinating family attraction in Ohio.

  • National Aviation Hall of Fame

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    (52 miles) Dayton

    They created a world where the sky was no longer the limit. The NAHF honors them for their service to country, their ingenuity, their courage, and their vision. The stories of our NAHF enshrinees ...

  • Kentucky History Center

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    (65 miles) Frankfort

    With interactive exhibits, hands-on history activities, and exciting theatre performances, the Center for Kentucky History is a fun place for kids! General admission is always free for kids 5 and ...

  • Mary Todd Lincoln House

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    (73 miles) Lexington

    Explore the family home of Mary Todd, the future first lady of the 19th century President - Abraham Lincoln!

  • Hunt-Morgan House

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    (73 miles) Lexington

    A historic house offering an insight into 19th century life in Lexington, with a museum featuring original furniture and antiques, with Civil War relics.

  • Living Arts and Science Center

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    (73 miles) Lexington

    The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) was created as a not-for-profit organization in 1968 to "provide creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences." ...

  • Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate

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    (74 miles) Lexington

    Travel back in time to the 19th century with guided tours of an incredible historic Lexington 18-room mansion.

  • Piatt Castles

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    (90 miles) West Liberty

    Fascinating historical castles that showcase over 200 years of history of Ohio and it's people.

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  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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    Cincinnati

    A fascinating museum in Cincinnati that tells stories of freedom's heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to present day.

  • Cincinnati Fire Museum

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    The Cincinnati Fire Museum, the only museum that saves lives!Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum preserves and exhibits Greater Cincinnati's firefighting artifacts while ...

  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (1 miles) Cincinnati

    Fun for all ages, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, educational journey through over 140 years of Cincinnati Reds history. Movies, artifacts, and hands on activities, bring the game ...

  • Cincinnati Art Museum

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    (1 miles) Cincinnati

    The Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and ...

  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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    (1 miles) Cincinnati

    An incredible complex of museums, including history, natural history, children's museum and IMAX!

  • The Creation Museum

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    (15 miles) Petersberg

    The state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot museum in Kentucky that bring the Bible to life, with exhibits, planetarium, dinosaurs and a petting zoo!

  • The Dayton Art Institute

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    (49 miles) Dayton

    Visit us often to enjoy our diverse permanent collection, world class special exhibitions, interesting educational programs and unique special events.

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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    (50 miles) Dayton

    Explore the wonders of the world with a live animal zoo, the region's only public Planetarium and observatory, interactive science and technology exhibits, and more under one roof! One of the many ...

  • National Museum of the US Air Force

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    (52 miles) Dayton

    The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world's largest military aviation museum. This FREE attraction features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles in more than 17 acres of indoor ...

  • The Last Supper Museum

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    (55 miles) Greensburg

    The Last Supper Museum, LLC displays over 2,000 inspirational art pieces of Christ’s Last Supper as described in the Bible.

  • American Saddlebred Museum

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    (66 miles) Lexington

    The American Saddlebred Museum, located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, will be highlighting the special bond between children and Saddlebreds in its 2008 exhibition ...

  • Kentucky Horsepark

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    (66 miles) Lexington

    Not just a place to get up close to the beautiful horses, but also various museums included in the admission, horse-drawn tours, and picnics. Great animal family fun for your day out in Lexington!

  • Explorium Of Lexington

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    (73 miles) Lexington

    A fun, interactive, colorful and energetic experience for kids to create and learn.

  • The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

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    (80 miles) Urbana

    offers a comprehensive insight into the life and era of famous Johnny Appleseed.

  • National Model Aviation Museum

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    (86 miles) Muncie

    Visit the Museum and view the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. Discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation and examine the astonishing craftsmanship and ...

  • Muncie Children's Museum

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    (88 miles) Muncie

    A fun children's museum in Indiana where kids can learn and play in a safe and creative environment!

  • Louisville Slugger Museum

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    (89 miles) Louisville

    All things baseball! This museum and factory is all about that iconic Louisville Slugger bat, which has been iconic since 1884. A look into sporting history for the whole family in Kentucky on your ...

  • Kentucky Derby Museum

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    (92 miles) Louisville

    The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of our community. Graciously welcoming over 200,000 guests through the doors each year and ...

  • The Bicycle Museum of America

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    (92 miles) New Bremen

    A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.

  • Center of Science and Industry

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    (100 miles) Columbus

    Groundbreaking exhibits and hands-on experiences for kids to understand the connection between science and life. Amazing Columbus fun and discovery!

  • Stage One Family Theatre

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    (90 miles) Louisville

    A fun and cultural way in downtown Louisville to introduce children to the arts at an early age, and present top-quality, professional and educational theatrical experiences as they move through ...

  • Newport Aquarium

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    (1 miles) Newport

    Newport Aquarium offers families plenty to see and do during every visit. The world-class facility showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. There are dive ...

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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    (3 miles) Cincinnati

    Over 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo's award-winning exhibits annually and was recently rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It was ...

  • Red Wolf Sanctuary

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    (22 miles) Rising Sun

    A beautiful wolf sanctuary with visits by appointment only. Kids can experience rescued animals, from foxes, coyotes and of course, wolves.

  • Wolf Creek Habitat

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    (35 miles) Brookville

    A unique experience for the family where you can interact with amazing wolves IN their enclosures! A fun animal experience for your family day out in Indiana!

  • Dauset Trails Nature Centre

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    (73 miles) Jackson

    In the early 1980's, Dauset Trails was primarily a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wildlife.

  • Joe Huber Family Farm

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    (89 miles) Starlight

    Classic farm fun in Indiana, with rides, slides, fun events, fruit picking and even live music!