Historical Attractions in COLUMBIA with kids

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

Columbia 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 Show Me 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 Columbia’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 Columbia when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • The National Churchill Museum

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    (22 miles) Fulton

    An insight into the life and times of one of the world's most memorable political leaders in an accessible way for kids. Fascinating day of history in Missouri.

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  • Museum of Art and Archaeology

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    Columbia

    The Museum of Art and Archaeology is the art museum of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Its galleries are free and open to the public, and showcase a wide range of archaeological and artistic ...

  • Auto WorldCar Museum and Kingdom Expo

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    (21 miles) Fulton

    The Backer Collection of vintage Automobiles consists of over 120 vintage cars, trucks and other vehicles dating from 1903 to 1993. 84 of these vehicles are displayed at Auto World; sitting ...

  • Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

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    (74 miles) Hannibal

    The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum properties includes eight buildings; six historically significant buildings and two exciting, interactive museums whose collections include fifteen original ...

  • Big Surf Waterpark

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    (66 miles) Linn Creek

    The biggest, fastest, funnest, safest, cleanest, number one-en-est family fun at the Lake of the Ozarks! For any age, for anybody, Big Surf Waterpark has a variety of rides and attractions! The only ...

  • Mark Twain Riverboat

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    (56 miles) Hannibal

    The Mark Twain has been a unique feature on the Hannibal riverfront for more than twenty years. We strive to offer visitors and residents of Hannibal a uniquely authentic riverboat experience on the ...

  • Going Bonkers

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    (3 miles) Columbia

    Amazing indoor fun in a HUGE play structure, with an arcade too, perfect for toddlers, right through to the grandparents! Everyone can play!

  • Going Bonkers

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    (86 miles) Quincy

    Experience a HUGE indoor playground, with bouncers, slides, play structures, toddler area, and arcade...where kids AND adults can play!

  • Katy Trail State Park

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    (5 miles) Columbia

    Explore one of the longest rail-to-trails in the entire USA in this Missouri state park. Some of the sections are even part of the history Lewis & Clark Historic Trail!

  • Lazer Lanes

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    (3 miles) Columbia

    Great fun for active kids in Missouri with bowling, laser tag, and an arcade. Who is up for the challenge?

  • Lazer Force Osage Beach

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    (60 miles) Osage Beach

    Painless, mess-less action combat game, with blacklight, fog, flashing lights and heart pumping music! Perfect for those active kids over 5.

  • Scotties Fun Spot

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    (88 miles) Quincy

    2 acres of kids fun in Illinois with go-karts, roller skating, laser tag, bumper cars and more!

  • Shryocks Callaway Farms

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    (14 miles) Columbia

    Located in Callaway County, Missouri, our working family farm is the perfect fall get-away for family and friends. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy our life-size corn maze, group ...

  • Miner Mikes

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    (58 miles) Osage Beach

    35,000 sq ft of family fun with rides, games and simulators, PLUS 12,000 sq ft of high-tech playground for kids to enjoy!

  • Sawyer's Creek Funpark

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    (74 miles) Hannibal

    Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Water Wars, a Bounce House and much more at this Missouri family fun park!

  • Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park

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    (69 miles) Camdenton

    Guided tours around one of the most scenic caves in the country, with the Bridal Cave in Missouri. With trails, lakes, and picnic areas too!

  • Mark Twain Cave

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    (74 miles) Hannibal

    Fascinating 55 minute tours into the Mark Twain Caves, as well as fun activities like special seasonal tours and Mark Twain shows.

  • Meramec Caverns

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    (83 miles) Stanton

    Natural wonders to explore in Meramec Valley, with cave tours for the whole family - and handicap accessible!