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Historical Attractions in EMPORIA

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

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

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  • Pamplin Historical Park

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    (35 miles) Petersburg

    Throughout the Park there are hands-on things to do for the whole family. The Civil War Store also has a “Discovery Area” that features quality apparel, modern and period games, books, ...

  • Historic Yates Mill County Park

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    (92 miles) Raleigh

    Historic Yates Mill County Park a great historic day out for the family.

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  • Virginia Aviation Museum

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    (59 miles) Richmond

    features the spectacular SR-71 Blackbird; 36 historic, vintage aircraft; reproductions of the Wright brothers' kite, gliders and famous 1903 Flyer; early flight memorabilia; a World War II diorama ...

  • Science Museum of Virginia

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    (61 miles) Richmond

    Everywhere you look there is something cool to do to — move the earth, explore space, solve a crime, see rats play basketball, ride a Segway and see a giant IMAX movie. This science museum in a ...

  • The Mariners Museum

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    (64 miles) Newport News

    Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings and much more.

  • Virginia Living Museum

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    (64 miles) Newport News

    Virginia's natural heritage comes alive through living exhibits that encompass all the state's geographic regions from the mountains to the ocean. Each exhibit tells a story.

  • Imagination Station Science Museum

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    (70 miles) Wilson

    Imagination Station Science Museum exists to stimulate an interest in science and technology while improving the quality of informal science education through dynamic hands-on science learning, plus ...

  • Childrens Museum of Virginia

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    (70 miles) Portsmouth

    Kids can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist and more in the roleplay settings, plus interactive fun: once your child has experienced standing inside a bubble, science will never be the sam!e Includes ...

  • The Chrysler Museum of Art

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    (70 miles) Norfolk

    Although renovations have closed the main building until Spring 2014, the Glass Studio and Historic Houses remain open.

  • Virginia Air and Space Center

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    (70 miles) Hampton

    Dozens of hands-on air and space exhibits await the whole family at this premiere interactive aviation gallery that spans 100 years of flight! With actual historic aircraft!

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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    (87 miles) Raleigh

    Lots of hands-on exhibits, highlights include the world's most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur; Willo, the only dinosaur discovered with a fossilized heart. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Marbles Kids Museum

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    (87 miles) Raleigh

    Marbles Kids Museum delivers purposeful play in a BIG way. Children imagine, discover and learn in dozens of interactive exhibits, daily educational programs, field trips, camps and classes, birthday ...

  • Museum of Life and Science

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    (88 miles) Durham

    A world-class science center, interactive inside and out, you’ll find hundreds of state-of-the art, hands-on exhibits. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Raleigh Little Theatre

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    (88 miles) Raleigh

    Raleigh Little Theatre is a community theater that produces 11 full productions annually and maintains a comprehensive youth and adult theater education programs.

  • Music Explorium

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    (93 miles) Durham

    Creating hands-on rhythm events for fun, education and community building. Lots of drums and creative hand percussion, fun and instructional experience, which will aid participants in creating a ...

  • Bear Path Acres

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    (33 miles) Franklin

    An animal sanctuary with native wildlife, exotics from all over the world, plus reptiles and farm animals. You can feed the horses, sheep, llama, and goats, pet the rabbits and play with the ferrets!

  • Metro Richmond Zoo

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    (50 miles) Moseley

    Hop aboard the Safari Train and take a fifteen minute ride into the African Savannah. Get up close and personal with free-ranging animals while receiving a guided tour.

  • Its a ZOO Life

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    (63 miles) Pinetops

    If you're traveling into Pinetops North Carolina on Hwy 111 South, and just so happen to catch a glimpse of what looks like a zebra or even a few miniature animals, you're not seeing things, and your ...

  • Virginia Zoo

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    (71 miles) Norfolk

    Meet over 350 amazing animals. Take a ride on the Zoo train. Explore gorgeous gardens or splash in fountains on pretty days. A fairytale family day.

  • Winterpast Farm

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    (79 miles) Wake Forest

    A family farm experience for the family, with sweet animal encounters on 10 beautiful acres in North Carolina. With tubing, camp outs and bonfires too!

  • Touchstone Farm

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    (82 miles) Temple

    For animal loving kids, Touchstone Farm in New Hampshire makes a fun day out where they can spend time with horses, as well as other farm animals

  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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    (62 miles) Williamsburg

    With dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, ten main stage shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, and a magical children's area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the ticket to a ...

  • G-Force Karts

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    (63 miles) Richmond

    Your top location in Richmond for go-kart racing. Great for families, kids, and adults.

  • Kings Dominion

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    (80 miles) Doswell

    Get ready for those hair raising thrills at Kings Dominion, with theme park fun AND water fun spills! Over 400 acres of Virginia entertainment awaits you!

  • Water Country USA

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    (64 miles) Williamsburg

    Water fun in Williamsburg with this super cool water park, with interactive river adventures, geysers, and pools all set to a 50s and 60th surf theme! Let's surf safari in Virginia!

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