Historical Attractions in ELKINS with kids

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

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

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  • Prickett's Fort

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    (43 miles) Fairmont

    Visit the re-creation of Prickett's Fort from 1174, a historic rustic log cabin, in a stunning West Virginia state park.

  • Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

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    (58 miles) Hillsboro

    - located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg and is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle. Good idea if you're after fun places to go with kids in West ...

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

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    (63 miles) Wharton

    A fascinating and historical experience in Pennsylvania with Fort Necessity National Battlefield, with tours, demonstrations and history to be learnt!

  • Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

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    (95 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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  • Explore More Discovery Museum

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    (62 miles) Harrisonburg

    A hands-on, interactive museum where curious kids and their families can explore and learn together with activities including culture, science and technology!

  • Frontier Culture Museum

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    (70 miles) Staunton

    Go back in time to the lives of those early immigrants before they emigrated to the USA at this fascinating Virginia museum, showcasing traditional rural buildings from Germany, Ireland and even West ...

  • Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

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    (92 miles) Winchester

    Capture the sense of fascination and excitement you had as a child. At the Discovery Museum, families come to feel that wonder, together. The hands-on exhibits and programs, focused on the sciences, ...

  • Oil and Gas Museum

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    (95 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 ...

  • Adventure Quest Inflatables

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    (94 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.

  • Hovatters Wildlife Zoo

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    (40 miles) Kingwood

    Home to over 30 different species of native and exotic animals from all over the world, and even better you can feed over half the animals in the zoo!

  • West Virginia State Wildlife Center

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    (57 miles) Rock Cave

    The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife. The Wildlife Center is dedicated to presenting visitors a realistic and ...

  • Luray Reptile Center

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    (75 miles) Luray

    Seeing zookeepers interact with animals and know them personally. Having a zookeeper available to answer your questions. Getting Close and personal with animals is something Luray Zoo does ...

  • Splash Zone

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    (36 miles) Clarksburg

    Offers an extensive water play area with varying depths, tipping buckets, interactive jet features and more.

  • Mon View Park and Pool

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    (60 miles) Greensboro

    A family friendly park with a 200,000-gallon pool, diving board and diving pool, as well as sports courts and a roller rink.

  • Carmichaels Pool and Wana B Park

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    (65 miles) Carmichaels

    Pool and park fun with a 300,000-gallon pool, a diving board and diving pool, slides, ball fields and play areas.

  • Alpha Aquatics

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    (69 miles) Waynesburg

    Summer family fun with a competition size pool, kiddie leisure pool and fun water activities such as slides and a lazy river.

  • Massanutten Waterpark

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    (72 miles) Massanutten

    A year round indoor waterpark AND seasonal outdoor waterpark in Virginia - great family fun with slides, rivers and a fortress!

  • West Virginia Penitentiary Tours

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    (84 miles) Moundsville

    Unlike most of the people who've previously walked through the gates of the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, you can be fairly certain you'll be walking out again a few hours later.

  • Twincreeks Llama Trekking

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    (87 miles) Browntown

    A fun an unusual experience as you take the family out to trek with llamas! Head out into the Virginia wilderness and enjoy the local wildlife as the whole family enjoys this fun day out activity!

  • Valley Worlds Of Fun

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    (39 miles) Fairmont

    We are a family entertainment center dedicated to wholesome fun for kids of all ages. Furthermore, we are a tobacco and alcohol free facility. Seven acres of fun including 24 Bowling Lanes, Lasertag, ...

  • Audra State Park

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    (20 miles) Buckhannon

    Before the turn of the century, West Virginians were drawn to the natural beauty of the Middle Fork River and its surroundings. This area is now Audra State Park, a heavily wooded riverside ...

  • Blackwater Falls State Park

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    (23 miles) Davis

    Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge.

  • Holly River State Park

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    (32 miles) Hacker Valley

    The dense forests of Holly River State Park provide guests with a natural feeling of peaceful solitude. Located near the center of the state in Webster County, it is far from the hustle and bustle of ...

  • Tygart Lake State Park

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    (33 miles) Grafton

    Tygart Lake State Park is a cozy, quiet getaway for couples and families. It sits among West Virginia's rolling hills and alongside 10-mile long, 1,750-acre Tygart Lake.

  • Seneca State Forest

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    (38 miles) Dunmore

    Oldest of West Virginia's state forests, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County.

  • Watogo State Park

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    (50 miles) Marlinton

    Watoga State Park is located in the mountains of Pocahontas County just 14 miles south of Marlinton, West Virginia. The park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational ...

  • Coopers Rock State Forest

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    (54 miles) Bruceton Mills

    Coopers Rock State Forest is 13 miles east of Morgantown and 8 miles west of Bruceton Mills. Its 12,713 acres are bisected by Interstate 68. Although the forest serves as a recreation and ...

  • Beartown State Park

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    (58 miles) Hillsboro

    Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia. Development of the park has been minimal in ...

  • Constitution Park

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    (77 miles) Cumberland

    A great little Maryland park with playgrounds, a pool, museum and special events!

  • Babcock State Park

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    (87 miles) Clifftop

    Offers 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks.

  • Berkeley Springs State Park

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    (99 miles) Berkeley Springs

    Berkeley Springs State Park is located in the center of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The Bathhouse first opened in 1930. Since then, thousands have enjoyed the variety of baths and treatments in ...

  • Skateland Buckhannon

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    (21 miles) Buckhannon

    Skateland in Buckhannon, WV has been entertaining skaters of all ages since 1950. A family owned and operated business, Skateland has catered to families, church organizations, schools, and various ...

  • The Greenbrier River Trail

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    (50 miles) Marlinton

    The Greenbrier River Trail is a 78-mile long rail trail operated by West Virginia State Parks. Trail is great for bicycling, backpacking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding!

  • Virginia Canopy Tours

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    (83 miles) Bentonville

    Challenge yourself with zip lines and rope bridges in this fun canopy tour through the Shenandoah River State Park - perfect for those active kids over 10 years!

  • New River Gorge Adventure Center

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    (88 miles) Lansing

    A place for your family vacation in West Virginia. Rafting for kids as young as 6, rock climbing, horseback riding and fishing for children as young as 8, and biking for those 10 and up. You and your ...