Historical Attractions in ERIE with kids

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

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

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  • Century Village Museum

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    (71 miles) Burton

    An authentic representation of a Western Reserve Village from 1798, with over 22 historically accurate buildings and over 15,000 museum artefacts. Historic Ohio fun!

  • Naval Military Park

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    (80 miles) Buffalo

    Explore vast halls of military heritage and history at the largest inland naval park in the USA!

  • USS Cod

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    (93 miles) Cleveland

    A fascinating and historical experience on a real life submarine! USS Cod was active during WWII, and makes a great step back in time for kids!

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  • Experience Childrens Museum

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    Erie

    Come explore over 55 hands-on exhibits in a "please touch" environment that teaches children and adults the natural sciences, social studies, arts, and life experiences. A balance between education ...

  • Erie Maritime Museum Flagship Niagara

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    (1 miles) Erie

    Offering a wide range of multi-media and interactive exhibits coupled with interpretive programs, vividly illustrating Niagara's history and the region's rich maritime heritage.

  • Albright Knox Art Gallery

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    (83 miles) Buffalo

    One of the world’s most extraordinary art collections with changing exhibitions and permanent masterpieces. An inspiring and educational trip for those cultural kids!

  • Buffalo Museum of Science

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    (83 miles) Buffalo

    Fun interactive stations with play themes focusing on a variety of science-based concepts, including energy, space, weather, light, and the environment!

  • Explore and More Children's Museum

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    (87 miles) East Aurora

    Spark your kids' creativity, curiosity, and imagination at the region's only museum designed just for children. With cool hands-on activities, your kids can explore the world, learn about building, ...

  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

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    (88 miles) North Tonawanda

    Kids can explore the history of the carrousel production industry and try out the vintage rides! Super fun!

  • Castellani Art Museum

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    (88 miles) Niagara University

    A great cultural resource for those kids interested in the art world. Works from contemporary artists and traditional folk arts are featured - as well as greats from Dali, Picasso, Warhol...and many ...

  • Niagara Aerospace Museum

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    (89 miles) Niagara Falls

    A collection of amazing artifacts from a rich aerospace and military history - including helicopters and rockets. A fascinating museum for kids in Niagara Falls, New York.

  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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    (89 miles) Cleveland

    Explore all that we have to offer � from the earth to the sky. We have dinosaurs inside and out, a hands-on Discovery Center for children of all ages, outdoor gardens and wildlife habitats, live ...

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art

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    (89 miles) Cleveland

    The Cleveland Museum of Art permanent collection includes more than 40,000 objects. As one of the nations top museums, the Cleveland has long exhibited leadership in acquisitions, presentation, and ...

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

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    (90 miles) Cleveland

    An interactive, informative, educational and fun experience to immerse the family in contemporary art

  • The Childrens Museum of Cleveland

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    (92 miles) Cleveland

    The Children's Museum is the only institution in Cleveland completely dedicated to the overall development of kids, ages 6 months to 8 years!

  • International Womens Air and Space Museum

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    (93 miles) Cleveland

    A fascinating and insightful look into the history of women in aviation and space - an inspiring experience for kids, especially those little girls!

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (93 miles) Cleveland

    Rock and Roll is here to stay! Give kids a lesson in how incredible music used to be and introduce them to all the greats!

  • Great Lakes Science Center

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    (93 miles) Cleveland

    Enjoy a fun-filled, brain-building and interactive experience! Kick back and enjoy the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX Theater and get hands-on with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center ...

  • Peninsula Art Academy

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    (97 miles) Peninsula

    Located in the popular Village of Peninsula’s Historic District Peninsula Art Academy includes a fine art gallery and exhibit hall, performing arts stage and working artist studios. Walking ...

  • Theatre Of Youth

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    (81 miles) Buffalo

    Experience live theatre in a place that gives a voice to the wonders of childhood, where kids can be entertained, enlightened, and amazed!

  • Erie Zoo

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    (2 miles) Erie

    11 beautifully themed and landscaped gardens, plus nearly 400 animals representing 100 species with self guided or ranger led educational tours. Carousel and train ride also available.

  • Wagon Trails Animal Park

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    (70 miles) Vienna

    Feed over 350 animals at this Ohio animal park!. Camels, zebra, bison, water buffalo, ostrich and antelope are just a few of the creatures from 6 continents you will experience on safari!

  • Buffalo Zoo

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    (84 miles) Buffalo

    Fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and year round fun, adventure and history in Buffalo!

  • Aquarium of Niagara

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    (85 miles) Niagara Falls

    Explore all things ocean at the Aquarium of Niagara, with feedings, shows, and wonderful creatures of the ocean ready to be explored!

  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium

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    (94 miles) Cleveland

    Kids can get up close to the creatures of the ocean at Greater Cleveland Aquarium, and learn about all the wonderful creatures, including sharks!

  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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    (96 miles) Cleveland

    One of Cleveland’s most popular attractions and foremost conservation organizations, with 3,000 animals representing 600 species.

  • Waldameer Park and Water World

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    (4 miles) Erie

    A family friendly theme and water park with roller coasters too! Best bit? It's FREE to enter! Just pay and ride.

  • Conneaut Lake Park

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    (36 miles) Conneaut Lake

    Traditional fairground in with a wonderful family vibe, boasting roller coasters through pony rides, located on the largest natural glacier lake in Pennsylvania!

  • Martin's Fantasy Island

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    (84 miles) Grand Island

    Thrill rides including the Silver Comet rated one of the top 45 wooden coasters and loads of family rides, plus water park featuring a wave pool, lazy river and the cannon bowl and shows.

  • Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort

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    (6 miles) Erie

    Explore over 100,000 sq ft of fun at Pennsylvania's LARGEST indoor water park, with slides, ropes courses, wave pools, lazer tag, and much more - ALL YEAR ROUND!

  • Pioneer Waterland and Dry Fun Park

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    (64 miles) Chardon

    Family fun in Ohio, split into Water Fun Land, Kidsland and Sportsland, offering between them great entertainment to keep the kids happy, from six story high water slides to paddle boats, mini golf ...

  • Wildwater Kingdom

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    (85 miles) Aurora

    Water fun galore in Aurora, with slides, thrills, kiddie activities, lessons and lots of family fun!

  • Waterworks Family Aquatic Center

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    (98 miles) Cuyahoga Falls

    Cool off in Ohio with flume slides, water sprays, tube slides and a lazy river...just to name a few! Great waterpark fun for kids.

  • Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours

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    (84 miles) Niagara Falls

    Super fun helicopter tours of Niagara and Horseshoe Falls with amazing views!

  • Niagara Power Project Power Vista

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    (88 miles) Lewiston

    FREE self guided tours with loads of hands on educational fun learning about power, exciting demonstrations and workshops, plus visit the observation deck 350 feet above the Niagara River!