Historical Attractions in FORT WAYNE with kids

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

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

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  • The History Museum

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    (71 miles) South Bend

    Explore the second oldest historical society in Indiana! Spend your day exploring the fascinating history of the state through exhibits and original artifacts!

  • Piatt Castles

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    (94 miles) West Liberty

    Fascinating historical castles that showcase over 200 years of history of Ohio and it's people.

  • Historic Prophetstown

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    (98 miles) Battle Ground

    A fun outdoor trip back in time. Kids and adults can have fun on the farmstead, tall grass prairie and our Woodland Native American Village.

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  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art

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    Fort Wayne

    It's an art attack in Fort Wayne with the Museum of Art, featuring every changing exhibitions that introduce kids to the wonderful world of art.

  • Science Central

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    (1 miles) Fort Wayne

    Learning all things science whilst having FUN at this Indiana Science Center, with over 130 hands-on exhibits that will teach science in an engaging way

  • Allen County Museum

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    (58 miles) Lima

    The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Our campus includes the main Museum (including the Children

  • Grissom Air Museum

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    (59 miles) Peru

    WELCOME . . . to the Grissom Air Museum, one of the nation�s fastest growing aviation museums. Here you can learn about our historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting ...

  • The Bicycle Museum of America

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    (59 miles) New Bremen

    A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.

  • Hall of Heroes Museum

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    (59 miles) Elkhart

    Visit the world's ONLY superhero museum, and it's in Indiana!

  • National New York Central Railroad Museum

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    (60 miles) Elkhart

    A TIMETABLE TO THE PAST At the center of it all was the New York Central Railroad. Elkhart's National New York Central RR Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ...

  • Muncie Children's Museum

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    (63 miles) Muncie

    A fun children's museum in Indiana where kids can learn and play in a safe and creative environment!

  • National Model Aviation Museum

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    (63 miles) Muncie

    Visit the Museum and view the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. Discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation and examine the astonishing craftsmanship and ...

  • Hannah Lindahl Childrens Museum

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    (67 miles) Mishawaka

    There�s a place in Michiana made just for you! And this is it - the Hannah Lindahl Children�s Museum! Step inside and you�ll step back in time to a world your grandparents - even your ...

  • HealthWorks Kids Museum

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    (71 miles) South Bend

    HealthWorks!, a one of a kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children�s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin.

  • The Studebaker Museum

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    (71 miles) South Bend

    The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and ...

  • Wood County Historical Museum

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    (81 miles) Bowling Green

    Hands-on history exhibits with over 30 rooms within an old asylum that explore local and Ohio history. Many free family-friendly events and programs for children too!

  • Indiana Transportation Museum

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    (84 miles) Noblesville

    Our engineers are ready to take you on a wide range of train excursion experiences for the whole family, from caboose rides, our family-oriented Pizza Train and the popular Dinner on the Diner.

  • Toledo Police Museum

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    (90 miles) Toledo

    A FREE day out in Toledo designed with kids and families in mind where kids can enjoy interactive fun all about the police!

  • Toledo Museum of Art

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    (91 miles) Toledo

    The Toledo Museum of Art collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. In our more than 35 galleries, Sculpture Garden, and new Glass Pavilion, discover ...

  • Toledo Firefighters Museum

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    (92 miles) Toledo

    A history of local firefighting plus a training room where kids learn how to manage and escape from a fire in the home. Free, with very limited opening.

  • Hesston Steam Museum

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    (92 miles) La Porte

    History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

  • The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum

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    (99 miles) Urbana

    offers a comprehensive insight into the life and era of famous Johnny Appleseed.

  • Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo

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    (2 miles) Fort Wayne

    Animals from all around the world, plus train rides, rainforests, hands-on fun and an African Safari - all at this great Fort Wayne zoo perfect for kids!

  • Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

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    (27 miles) Albion

    Spend the day with beautiful, rescued exotic animals in this non-profit animal sanctuary.

  • Potawatomi Zoo

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    (69 miles) South Bend

    Explore over 160 species of animals over 23 acres in this very special zoo in South Bend, with a rich history and great learning fun for kids!

  • Toledo Zoo

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    (89 miles) Toledo

    With over 5,300 animals representing over 760 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the worlds most complete zoos and it features an aquarium too!

  • Indian Creek Petting Zoo

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    (93 miles) Lambertville

    A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!

  • Wolf Park

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    (96 miles) Battle Ground

    Explore this wolf conservation park with 18 wolves, as well as coyotes, red foxes and a herd of bison!

  • Splash House

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    (46 miles) Marion

    Wave Pool Kiddy Area Lazy River Therapeutic Pool Racer Slides The Big Flush (bowl slide) 2 Concession Stands 3 Cabanas

  • Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

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    (67 miles) Kokomo

    Waterpark for the whole family.

  • Splash Universe

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    (97 miles) Dundee

    Fun indoor water park in Michigan featuring adventure slides, lazy river, zero entry Lil’ Squirt Pool, a Treehouse area and a family spa!

  • Amish Acres

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    (52 miles) Nappanee

    80 acres of fascinating historic farm and heritage resort that lets families experience the lifestyle of the Amish through guided tours. With farm animals, musical theatre, food, crafts, and shops. A ...

  • Java Mama

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    (4 miles) Fort Wayne

    Indoor cafe for parents with a great play area and classes for those active and curious kids under 6 years! Great indoor play in Fort Wayne.

  • The Fun Centre at Paiges Crossing

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    (16 miles) Columbia City

    Enjoy mini golf, go karting, batting cages, climbing wall, driving range, arcade and several fairground style rides.

  • The Kangaroo Cave

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    (49 miles) Delphos

    Offering inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides; 9 hole safari themed glow in the dark mini golf; plus skill games. Please note limited public opening hours.