Historical Attractions in Colorado with kids

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

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

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  • Kit Carson Carousel Museum

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    Stratton

    Of the nearly 4000 wooden carousels carved in America between 1885 and the 1930s, fewer than 150 are still in existence. Kit Carson County and the Kit Carson County Carousel Association have ...

  • Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

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    Golden

    Transport back to the old west with this Buffalo Bill Museum with memorabilia from the life of one of the world's most infamous outlaws. Great family fun with Wild West Show, and Old West artifacts.

  • Childrens Museum of Denver

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    Denver

    Amazing hands-on adventures and discoveries for kids in this interactive museum, where they can create, learn, play and explore! Great creative fun in Denver, Colorado for the family.

  • The Colorado Railroad Museum

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    Golden

    Lose track of time year round at the Depot Museum featuring over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches. Frequent train ride opportunities throughout the year for guests to ride behind a vintage steam ...

  • Denver Art Museum

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    Denver

    There's a lot to see and do at this Denver art museum, from world-class art collection to special events, to kid-friendly areas and activities!

  • Denver Firefighters Museum

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    Denver

    Follow the bootprints of a firefighter on a tour of the Museum. Learn about the equipment firefighters used, how firefighters used horses and dogs to help fight fires, see real fire trucks and ...

  • Denver Museum Of Nature and Science

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    Denver

    A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe, respectively.

  • The Molly Brown House Museum

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    Denver

    The mission of Historic Denver's Molly Brown House Museum is to accurately portray the story of Margaret Tobin Brown within the context of her lifetime through ongoing research, artifact collection, ...

  • Leanin Tree Museum of Western Art

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    Boulder

    Come sit on the bronze donkey, or bronze saddle in our Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Come inside to see all the crazy cowboy humor inside the Museum. Both are FREE.

  • Fort Morgan Museum

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    Morgan

    he Fort Morgan Museum tells the story of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits that showcase the museum's collection. It also takes advantage of traveling exhibits ...

  • Buell Childrens Museum

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    Pueblo

    This 12,000 square-foot, two-level facility offers innovative, hands-on exhibits focusing on the arts, science and history for people ages 1 to 101. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • El Pueblo History Museum

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    Pueblo

    The "Cultural Crossroads on the Arkansas," El Pueblo History Museum has always been a gathering place for diverse people and cultures. The site includes an 1840s-style adobe trading post and plaza, ...

  • Trinidad History Museum

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    Trinidad

    Explore Trinidad's past and its place in the American West at the Trinidad History Museum. The museum features several attractions on one block in Trinidad's acclaimed historic district.

  • Koshare Indian Museum

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    La Junta

    The museum is unusual in that it was built by a Boy Scout troop under the inspired leadership of our founder, James Francis "Buck" Burshears, and the original 1949 structure is a registered state ...

  • Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum

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    Trinidad

    The museum offers visitors a unique look at millions of years of the area's history. On display are: * early geological formations * plant & marine-animal fossils * a dinosaur ...

  • Rosemont Museum

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    Pueblo

    Built in 1893, this 37-room mansion was home to the John A. and Margaret Thatcher family and named for Mrs. Thatcher's favorite flower. It remained a family residence for 75 years. Designed by noted ...

  • The Childrens Museum of Durango

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    Durango

    The Children's Museum of Durango is located on the second floor of the Durango Arts Center in historic downtown Durango. The 1,100 square foot exhibit gallery is packed with interesting things for ...

  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

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    Durango

    Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The ...

  • Ghost Town Museum

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    Colorado Springs

    Head back into the late 1800's and early 1900's at this amazing western museum - a true preservation of Colorado's past. A fun and historic family experience!

  • The Wildlife Experience

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    Parker

    The Wildlife Experience is an educational and entertaining museum that connects visitors with wildlife and habitats in a fun learning environment! A unique blend of interactive exhibits, large ...

  • Wings Over the Rockies

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    Denver

    If your looking for high flying aerobatics, loud airplanes, and fun for the kids, come join us this summer when we attend air shows and fly-ins through out Colorado. We offer a variety of hands on ...

  • WOW Childrens Museum

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    Lafayette

    Unique learning experiences for kids at this Colorado museum, with hands-on experiences for kids aged 1 to 11!

  • History Colorado Center

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    Denver

    A rich, family friendly experience designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history, through exhibits, media and artifacts.

  • Colorado Model Railroad Museum

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    Greeley

    Train and models fans will love this one-of-a-kind facility with over 600 railroad-related artifacts, and an incredible working model railroad that will captivate

  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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    Fort Collins

    Just 60 miles from Denver and 45 miles from Cheyenne, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery blends fun, science, history and culture into an interactive and engaging museum for kids and their families!

  • John McConnell Math and Science Center

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    Grand Junction

    A fun and exciting range of interactive learning activities that teaches science on a level perfect for kids.

  • Denver Museum of Miniatures- Dolls and Toys

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    Denver

    Featuring displays of mansions in miniatures, toy cars, giant teddy bears, a tiny circus, antique, international and iconic dolls and special temporary exhibition, the museum will amaze you. ...

  • Dinosaur Ridge

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    Morrison

    Dinosaur fun at Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado! Kids can learn all about these amazing prehistoric creatures, and even touch footprints!

  • Denver Zoo

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    Denver

    Over 4,000 animals for kids to learn about at Denver Zoo, that aims to create a better world for the animals through human understanding, with feedings, shows and more!

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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    Colorado Springs

    America's ONLY mountain zoo is ready and waiting for your family to explore it! This great Colorado zoo has hundreds of animals in a stunning setting. Perfect for a sweet, fascinating, and ...

  • Downtown Aquarium

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    Denver

    A great aquarium experience, but with the option of dining in their restaurant - which is like being underwater! A very fun experience!

  • Pueblo Zoo

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    Pueblo

    Animal fun in Colorado at this small friendly zoo with over 400 animals, 120 species and lots of close up encounters!

  • Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center

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    Westminister

    Butterflies, both tropical and local, are their specialty! The Tropical Conservatory is home to thousands of butterflies from around the globe.

  • Zippity Zoo Barnyard

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    Loveland

    Who's ready for barnyard fun!? Farm animals, tasty foods and family friendly fun await you at this working farm!

  • Elitch Gardens

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    Denver

    Family theme park fun in Colorado with Glitch Gardens - a theme park AND water park with attractions and excitement for all ages!