Historical Attractions in FORT BELVOIR with kids

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

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

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  • Mount Vernon

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    (4 miles) Mount Vernon

    Great place to go with the family as it has an interactive museum and hands on discovery centre, farm animals and movies about George Washington

  • Air Force Memorial

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    (11 miles) Arlington

    A moving experience at a Memorial in Arlington that honors those men and women who served, and still serve, the United States Air Force.

  • Arlington National Cemetery

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    (12 miles) Arlington

    Visit the final resting place of over 400,000 active duty service members, as well as one of the most famous Presidents - John F. Kennedy

  • Arlington House: The Robert E.Lee Memorial

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    (12 miles) Arlington

    Explore a historic mansion once belonging to Robert E. Lee and his family, that once owned the land that is now the Arlington National Cemetery

  • FDR Memorial

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    (12 miles) Southwest - Waterfront

    Spread over 7.5 acres, traces 12 years of the history of the United States through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR's terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict ...

  • Lincoln Memorial

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    (13 miles) Washington

    Kids know a lot about the 16th president from school, and are generally very interested to visit the memorial of Lincoln

  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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    (13 miles) SW Washington DC

    You'll see how paper money gets printed, cut, sorted and inspected for defects. There is a self guided 35 minutes tour which is one of DC's most populra.

  • The Old Post Office Pavillion

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    (14 miles) NW Washington DC

    A highlight of a visit to the Old Post Office Pavilion is always a 360-degree picturesque view of Washington. From the observation deck of the 315-foot granite Clock Tower, you can enjoy the city\'s ...

  • The White House

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    (14 miles) White House

    Public tours of the White House are available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one's Member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance.

  • Fords Theatre

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    (14 miles) NW Washington

    Re-live history at the site of President Lincoln's assassination in 1865 through the museum filled with fascinating exhibits. An amazing destination in Washington DC.

  • Old Post Office Tower

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    (14 miles) NW Washington DC

    Get a great view of Washington DC and the surrounding areas from the 270 foot observation deck on the Old Post Office Tower

  • Fort Verde State Historic Park

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    (15 miles) Cape Verde

    Fort Verde State Historic Park is the best preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Spanning from 1865 through 1890 Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and finally Fort Verde were home to ...

  • The Washington Monument

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    (15 miles) NW Washington

    The interior opened to the public in 1888. Today, an elevator takes visitors on the 70 second trip up to the 500 foot landing for magnificent views of the city.

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm

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    (16 miles) McLean

    The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a recreated 18th century farm. Costumed staff and volunteers work the land as it was done in the 18th century, and encourage visitors to help!

  • Frying Pan Farm Park

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    (20 miles) Herndon

    Preserving Fairfax County's rural heritage which recreates the era of 1920-1950 for educational value, while the younger kids greet the friendly farm animals and take a wagon ride through the fields.

  • Sotterley Plantation

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    (41 miles) Hollywood

    Whether you're looking for a tour of the plantation, a place for an educational program, classroom visit, or a beautiful place to just enjoy the scenery, Sotterley is the place!

  • Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

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    (53 miles) Harpers Ferry

    A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike ...

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

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    (76 miles) Gettysburg

    A fascinating way for kids to learn about the turning point in the Civil War, and the inspiration for Lincoln's Immortal "Gettysburg Address" - the battle site of Gettysburg.

  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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    (86 miles) Charlottesville

    An incredible journey through history in the very home Thomas Jefferson built, lived, and is now buried. History comes to life in Virginia.

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  • DEA Museum

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    (11 miles) Arlington

    A fascinating history on drugs, drug law enforcement and the DEA in the USA - an interesting museum for the older kids in Arlington

  • The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

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    (12 miles) Arlington

    A visitor education center and memorial for the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

  • United States National Holocaust Museum

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    (13 miles) SW Washington DC

    This internationally acclaimed museum tells the story of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photos, and oral histories.

  • National Museum of American History

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    (14 miles) NW Washington DC

    Lots for kids to do, check out the special kids section of the website. Lots of hands-on exhibits, old cars, trains - the kid of things that keep the small people amused - can get busy though, so ...

  • Corcoran Gallery of Art

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    (14 miles) NW Washington DC

    Apart from being a great art gallery, they also do great family programs - recommended for the small people as galleries can be hard work when you are little

  • National Air and Space Museum

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    (14 miles) Washington

    Hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The Steven F. ...

  • National Museum of the American Indian

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    (14 miles) SW Washington DC

    The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of Native cultures(check out the website)!!!

  • National Museum of Natural History

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    (14 miles) NW Washington

    Top tip for kids, you might want to make your first stop the first-floor Discovery Room, which is filled with creative hands-on exhibits "for children of all ages." Every now and then, the hall comes ...

  • Navy Yard

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    (14 miles) Washington DC

    Loads of hands on things to keep the kids occupied naval artifacts, model ships, undersea vehicles, sub periscopes, a space capsule, a decommissioned destroyer - feel tired just reading it!! Please ...

  • National Gallery of Art

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    (14 miles) Washington DC

    Loads of children's events - family specific things to do on the site and children's audio tour as well. Please visit our webiste for more details on family oriented activities.

  • Newseum

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    (14 miles) NW Washington DC

    15 main galleries, many of them hands-on interactive, which are fun and interesting for all ages telling the story of NEWS down the ages!

  • Madame Tussauds

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    (14 miles) NW Washington

    Visit Madame Tussauds Washington DC and experience our Presidents Gallery; a brand new exhibit that displays all 44 U.S. Presidents in an exciting and interactive environment. The Presidents Gallery ...

  • International Spy Museum

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    (14 miles) Washington

    The only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. An amazing array of public programs, workshops, demonstrations, and action-packed missions to go on!

  • Surratt House Museum

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    (14 miles) Clinton

    Restored in 1976 by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, today the museum presents a variety of programs and events, recapturing the history of mid-19th century life and ...

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

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    (14 miles) Penn Quarter

    Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nations first art collection, and covers the richness and diversity of America's artists

  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment

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    (14 miles) Washington

    Committed to offering an experience that the whole family can enjoy. While there may be some portions of the museum you choose to avoid with your child, there are numerous exhibits and interactives ...