Historical Attractions in COLUMBUS with kids

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

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

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  • Olentangy Indian Caverns

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    (16 miles) Delaware

    An exciting excursion into ancient Indian lore with a maze of beautiful winding passages to explore. Follow up with a challenging 18 hole course themed on the caverns.

  • Slate Run Historical Farm

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    (16 miles) Winchester

    A living history museum set in the 1880s, with costumed characters going about their daily lives for the time, and plenty of animals to see!

  • Piatt Castles

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    (43 miles) West Liberty

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

  • National Aviation Hall of Fame

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    (60 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 ...

  • SunWatch Indian Village Archaeological Park

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    (68 miles) Dayton

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

  • Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

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    (90 miles) Parkersburg

    Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and the Friends of Blennerhassett, its volunteer group, are pleased that you will visit our park. The Island is open May 1 through October of each year. ...

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  • Ohio Statehouse

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    Columbus

    A fascinating trip through the Ohio Statehouse, with free guided tours that can take you through it's amazing history and architecture.

  • Center of Science and Industry

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

  • Columbus Museum of Art

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    (1 miles) Columbus

    Explore the art world at the Columbus Museum of Art, with a fascinating collection and a range of exhibitions that will inspire and amaze!

  • The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

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    (41 miles) Urbana

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

  • National Museum of the US Air Force

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    (60 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 Little Buckeye Childrens Museum

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    (61 miles) Mansfield

    A series of delightful role play scenarios including Bank, Vet, Market and Laboratory! Dress up, musical instruments and creative play round off this open ended learning environment.

  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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    (65 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 ...

  • The Dayton Art Institute

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    (65 miles) Dayton

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

  • Allen County Museum

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    (80 miles) Lima

    The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Our campus includes the main Museum (including the Children

  • The Bicycle Museum of America

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    (80 miles) New Bremen

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

  • Oil and Gas Museum

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    (90 miles) Parkersburg

    Both oil and natural gas were discovered in western Virginia by the first explorers in the mid-1700s. George Washington acquired 250 acres in what is now West Virginia because it contained an oil and ...

  • Cincinnati Art Museum

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    (99 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 ...

  • Adventure Quest Inflatables

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    (91 miles) Parkersburg

    We offer the cheapest, cleanest inflatables for all of your event needs! We do all day rentals, and this includes setup and delivery.

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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    (15 miles) Powell

    A beautiful world of adventure home to more than 9,000 animals that are just waiting to be visited!

  • The Wilds

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    (68 miles) Cumberland

    The Wilds is one of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world. Located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, it is home to rare and endangered species from around ...

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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    (98 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 ...

  • Newport Aquarium

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    (100 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 ...

  • Kings Island

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    (80 miles) Kings Mills

    Thrills and spills at the largest amusement and water park in the entire Midwest! With over 80 rides, attractions and shows, it's great fun for the whole family in Ohio.

  • Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark

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    (7 miles) Columbus

    Yee haw! 60,000 sq ft of wet and wild waterpark action with a western-themed resort setting....Jeepers!

  • Zoombezi Bay

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    (15 miles) Powell

    Over 20 acres of water park fun with 17 state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, private cabanas, a kiddie play pool and a whole lot more!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Columbus

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    (28 miles) Newark

    Gather your family and friends and come experience one of Ohio's Newest Indoor Water Parks. Join us for the day at CoCo Key Water Resort where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park ...

  • Baylor Beach Park

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    (89 miles) Navarre

    Nature's waterpark with tube slides, paddleboats, and water fun, as well as mini golf, and sports! Great family fun in Ohio!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Cincinnati

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    (90 miles) Cincinnati

    Where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park adventures, where it’s always 84 degrees, kids can have a blast with slides, play island, adventure river and more!

  • The Santa Maria

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    In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail searching for a direct trade route to the Indies. Carrying him was the Santa Maria - and kids can visit this incredible replica!

  • Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

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    (54 miles) Nelsonville

    The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is an organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of historic railroad equipment for the education and entertainment of the general public.

  • Laser Web

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    (66 miles) Dayton

    Laser Web is Dayton's Premier Laser Tag facility. Awesome birthday parties, group events or just a great time for friends and family

  • Jump Stop Safari

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    (75 miles) Lebanon

    Indoor fun for kids in Ohio with this multi-level mega-playground slides, inflatables, cannonball air blasters, and more - including a virtual reality game system!

  • Jump and Jacks

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    (84 miles) West Chester

    Visit the LARGEST multi-level play structure in Ohio, with play areas, a toddler room and interactive play floor. Inflatables play yard on limited availability.

  • Pogo Play

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    (88 miles) Cincinnati

    Inspiring and creative indoor play in Ohio, with imagination play, toddler areas, sports and great fun for those developing minds and bodies!