Historical Attractions in FAYETTEVILLE with kids

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

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

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  • Pea Ridge

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    (27 miles) Garfield

    One of the most important battles in the Civil War, and THE most intact Civil War battlefield in the USA, Pea Ridge is a fascinating, eye-opening and educational experience for the whole family.

  • George Washington Carver National Monument

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    (65 miles) Diamond

    A park dedicated to Carver's life, with hands-on programs to help kids imagine young George's life on the Carver Farm. Many activities here are from the everyday life of the 19th century, like ...

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  • Arkansas Air Museum

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    (4 miles) Fayetteville

    A Museum That Flies...Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas through numerous displays of original artifacts and aviation memorabilia! One of the many fun family places to visit if ...

  • Fort Smith Museum of History

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    (49 miles) Fort Smith

    For 100 years,The Fort Smith Museum of History have been the "keeper and teller" of Fort Smith's rich and colorful history. It preserves, exhibits and interprets objects of historical significance ...

  • Harber Village Antique Historical Museum

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    (51 miles) Grove

    Offers an authentic pioneer village experience including some new hands on exhibits to keep kids interested plus the Ecology Center and scenic Nature Trail.

  • National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum

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    (57 miles) Afton

    Welcome to the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum, the only institution in the world dedicated to the preservation and display of classic Hot Rods and Custom Cars while honoring the ...

  • Ripleys Believe It or Not Odditorium

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    (63 miles) Branson

    The odd and unusual displays inside this Odditorium are not the only thing that draws visitors to see this place. The building itself is one of the most photographed buildings in the world!

  • Titanic Museum Attraction

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    (63 miles) Branson

    An incredible experience aboard this Titanic experience where kids can walk the Grand Staircase, touch a REAL live iceberg, learn to send an SOS message... and much more!

  • Hollywood Wax Museum Branson

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    (63 miles) Branson

    Rub shoulders with the stars at this Hollywood Wax Museum, with themed tributes to action, romance, sci-fi and comedy genres!

  • Three Rivers Museum

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    (71 miles) Muskogee

    Climb aboard the 1940's era switch engine, visit the statue commemorating the first Girls Scout Cookies, and try to solve the mystery of the tombstone! Preserves the multi-ethnic history and heritage ...

  • Five Civilized Tribes Museum

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    (73 miles) Muskogee

    A historic museum that preserves the culture, traditions and art of the five civilized tribes, with exhibitions and shows.

  • JM Davis Arms and Historical Museum

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    (83 miles) Claremore

    The 40,000 sq. ft. J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum on Historic U.S. Route 66 Highway houses a collection of items as diverse as the people and the culture it represents. The museum is operated ...

  • The Oklahoma Maritime Education Center

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    (89 miles) Catoosa

    Learn all about the history of the waterway, the port, and all the economic benefits of the system! Great FREE learning in Oklahoma

  • Tulsa Air and Space Museum

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    (97 miles) Tulsa

    The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium where the past and future meet to inspire today's visitors. Experience Tulsa's rich history in the aerospace industry by exploring 19,000 square feet of ...

  • Bransons IMAX Entertainment Complex

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    (63 miles) Branson

    Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex has three thrilling choices for Big Screen entertainment! Choose GIANT-Screen IMAX Adventures for jaw-dropping escapades throughout the world and thru history. ...

  • Dolly Partons Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show

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    (65 miles) Branson

    A fun-filled, action-packed Dinner and Show extravaganza for everyone! It's the perfect place for families, friends and groups to gather for spectacular special effects and amazing stunts by the most ...

  • Wilderness Drive Through Safari

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    (25 miles) Gentry

    African comes to Arkansas at this drive through safari, with over 400 acres of exotic animals. With a petting park, and seasonal pony and camel rides too!

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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    (28 miles) Eureka Springs

    is a licensed safe haven mainly for big cats, with up close habitat viewing points, Education Station, and the exciting feeding time in the evening, which you may come back for free of charge.

  • Promised Land Zoo

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    (40 miles) Eagle Rock

    An amazing drive thru animal park in Missouri, with over 500 animals, tours, feedings and fun!

  • Bransons Promised Land Zoo

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    (64 miles) Branson

    Branson's Newest and Wildest Animal Adventure is opening this Spring! We will be featuring many fun and exciting exhibits unlike anywhere else! Get up close and personal with your favorite animals ...

  • Oxley Nature Center

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    (98 miles) Tulsa

    Over 800 acres of nature to explore in Oklahoma, with hands-on exhibits for kids education too!

  • Tulsa Zoo

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    (98 miles) Tulsa

    Over 1500 animals of the world waiting at Tulsa Zoo, representing over 430 species - all spread out on 78 amazing acres! With train rides and a carousel too!

  • Silver Dollar City

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    (62 miles) Branson

    Travel back in time to an 1880s mining city, with this Missouri theme park that is perfect for family members of all ages!

  • Family Aquatic Center

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    (23 miles) Siloam Springs

    Enjoy a safe and enjoyable aquatic recreation experience. Swimming lessons, different course levels for Juniors. All staff, equipment, programs and services will reflect professionalism and the ...

  • Alma Aquatic Park

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    (39 miles) Alma

    Visit the largest outdoor water park in Western Arkansas with slides, a diving board, pools and walking trails!

  • Parrot Island Waterpark

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    (52 miles) Fort Smith

    A splashing time in Arkansas with Parrot Island Waterpark with kids fun, lazy rivers, slides and lots of water play!

  • White Water

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    (63 miles) Branson

    White Water fun at Branson's only outdoor water park! Kids and their families can spend the day enjoying very cool water rides & attractions!

  • Big Splash Waterpark

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    (99 miles) Tulsa

    Outdoor water park fun in Tulsa, with lazy rivers, wave pools, flumes, rock walls, and even family days every Sunday! Splashing Oklahoma fun!

  • Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway

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    (34 miles) Eureka Springs

    It's fun. It's exciting. It's educational, too! Step back in time to an earlier age of locomotive transportation and enjoy the Excursion Train or the Dining Car.See our 1940-era diesel locomotive in ...

  • Ride the Ducks

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    (64 miles) Branson

    Experience Branson sightseeing fun from a duck\\\'s eye view on Branson\\\'s only duck tour. Travel on land and water in one amazing vehicle. Now Ride The Ducks has 2 fun-filled Branson ...

  • National Tiger Sanctuary

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    (75 miles) Saddlebrooke

    A beautiful sanctuary near Branson, Missouri where kids can get right up close to some incredible tigers and learn all about their environment, and nature as these tigers are protected in a safe, ...

  • Boingo Bounce

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    (2 miles) Fayetteville

    Super fun bounce house, with open bounce, toddler time AND birthday parties! Bounce the day away in Arkansas!

  • Bounce U

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    (97 miles) Tulsa

    Fun open bounce sessions filled with colorful and fun inflatables, with parents night out and birthday parties too! Bouncing fun in Tulsa!

  • Devil's Den State Park

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    (20 miles) West Fork

    A beautiful picturesque state park in the Ozark mountains in Arkansas, with great hiking trails and outdoor adventure!

  • Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

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    (21 miles) Rogers

    Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area (HSP-CA) is in its initial development phase. Arkansas's largest state park in land area, Hobbs covers 12,045 acres along the southern shores of 28,370-acre Beaver ...