Historical Attractions in GAINESVILLE with kids

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

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

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  • Museum of Science and History MOSH

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    (61 miles) Jacksonville

    Fun hands-on activities and exhibits at this Museum of Science and History, inspiring and educating kids as they explore and discover!

  • Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center

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    (61 miles) Jacksonville

    Free maritime fun and fascinating museum showcasing the intricate history of Jacksonville.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

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    (61 miles) Jacksonville

    MOCA Jacksonville offers top-quality programming for children and families. In addition to the interactive ArtExplorium Loft, every Sunday is Bank of America Family Free Sundays, where children and ...

  • Hands-on Childrens Museum

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    (63 miles) Jacksonville

    Amazing hands-on fun for kids aged 1 to 12 years, with interactive exhibits ready to teach kids as they have a great time! Fun indoor play in Jacksonville

  • Museum Of Arts And Sciences

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    (84 miles) Daytona Beach

    The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, history and science museum in Central Florida. Located on a 90-acre Florida preserve the 86,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 ...

  • Amelia Island Museum

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    (87 miles) Fernandina Beach

    Have you always wondered what it would be like to travel through time? Come for an unforgettable journey at the Amelia Island Museum of History. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Holy Land Experience

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    (96 miles) Orlando

    The Holy Land Experience is a beautiful, educational, and fun experience that offers kids a unique and interactive way to experience God and the bible.

  • Ripleys Believe It Or Not

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    (98 miles) Orlando

    An amazing museum that appears to be sinking into one of Florida's infamous sinkholes! Filled with oddities from all around the world...including shrunken heads and a spinning vortex!

  • The Teaching Zoo

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    (7 miles) Gainesville

    The Teaching Zoo is operated as a part of Santa Fe Colleges Zoo Animal Technology Program; it is the premier wild animal technology program in the United States. Supervised by the professional staff ...

  • Petting Zoo Ocala

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    (32 miles) Ocala

    A fun petting zoo for all ages with exotic animals and farm animals. Kids can also enjoy pony rides and even camel rides! Florida animals fun for the family!

  • Homosassa Wildlife Park

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    (61 miles) Homosassa

    Showcasing native Florida wildlife, including an underwater manatee observatory, plus a children's hands on education centre, daily encounter programs and a boat tour is included in your admission.

  • Tree Hill Nature Center

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    (65 miles) Jacksonville

    Hands-on educational programs in this Jacksonville Nature Center. 50 acres of ecosystems to explore, walking trails and a butterfly house.

  • Jacksonville Zoo

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    (66 miles) Jacksonville

    Zoo fun in Florida, with the only walking safari in NE Florida, a kid-friendly Play Park, ever-changing gardens and exhibits filled with 1,800 wonderful animals!

  • Marineland

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    (67 miles) Saint Augustine

    Amazing marine encounters in St. Augustine at the world's first oceanarium, with interactive programs, swimming with dolphins, and other beautiful marine life!

  • Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (83 miles) Sanford

    Nestled in lush tropical foliage, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts over 400 animals, 23 acres of native gardens, animal encounters, train and carousel rides and ZOOM Air Adventures. ...

  • Giraffe Ranch

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    (84 miles) Dade City

    45 minutes north of Tampa is 47 rolling acres of countryside teeming with wildlife that kids can play with, feed, look at, and even ride! This wildlife preserve offers intimate safari expeditions for ...

  • Dade City's Wild Things

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    (89 miles) Dade City

    Embark on an adventure that will take you closer to amazing animals than ever before, with 22 acres of Florida animal fun!

  • Wild Adventures Theme Park

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    (95 miles) Valdosta

    With rides from the thrilling, to those kiddie rides and water attractions, this fun theme park even has amazing animal attractions too. Entertainment for the whole family at Wild Adventures Theme ...

  • Universal Studios

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    (96 miles) Orlando

    The iconic epitome of theme parks, they're bigger and better than ever with new additions including Hogsmeade!

  • Walt Disney World

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    (96 miles) Orlando

    A magical theme park with eight different lands, that hold over 40 attractions for kids of all ages, and the young at heart. A magical, unforgettable experience in Florida for kids and the family!

  • Fun Spot Action Park

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    (97 miles) Orlando

    Theme park fun in Orlando with coasters, go-karts, arcades, and even alligators! Snapping fun in Florida for kids!

  • Wonderworks

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    (99 miles) Orlando

    An amusement park for the mind with over 100 interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages to experience! Great family fun in Orlando!

  • Wild Waters

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    (34 miles) Ocala

    Florida water fun at Wild Waters, with water attractions for all ages. From slides to wave pools, cool off in The Sunshine State!

  • Daytona Lagoon

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    (84 miles) Daytona Beach

    Twists, slides, turns, and over 1 million gallons of water at this Daytona water park, great for the whole family!

  • Wet N Wild

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    (97 miles) Orlando

    30 acres of flumes, slides, sun and surf are waiting for YOU in Orlando with the classic Wet N Wild! Great family fun for the day in Florida!

  • WaterPlay At Zephyr Park

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    (99 miles) Zephyrhills

    A FREE entry 7,000-square-foot water playground with fun water features including jets and cannons!

  • Diamond D Horse Stables

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    (45 miles) Jacksonville

    The beautiful 600 acre ranch is still a working horse and cattle ranch and a place where families and friends can go to enjoy a fun filled day of entertainment. Offering to the visitors: Horseback ...

  • EcoMotion Tours

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    (75 miles) Jacksonville

    EcoMotion Tours, in the Amelia Island-Jacksonville area, Fort George Island - is the only Segway tour of its kind - one that combines the fun, new sensation of riding a Segway with a special eco-tour ...

  • Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory

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    (84 miles) Daytona Beach

    Free chocolate factory tours! One word...Yum!

  • Titanic The Artifact Exhibition

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    (97 miles) Orlando

    Come face to face with artifacts that were actually on board the iconic Titanic when she sank back in 1912.

  • Jumperz Fun Center

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    (47 miles) Orange Park

    14,000 sq feet of indoor fun in Jacksonville, with themed inflatables for kids ages 2 to 12 years, as well as paint ball and laser tag! Too much fun!

  • Pump It Up Jacksonville

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    (65 miles) Jacksonville

    Great open play on hug inflatables in Jacksonville, with Glow Jump and Bounce N Bubbles - with a fun bubble machine!

  • Jump N Joeys

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    (83 miles) Clermont

    This climate controlled play zone offers a large selection of obstacle courses, giant slides and jumpers that provide endless fun for children of all ages. They offer a separate toddler area with ...

  • Lucky Monkey Orlando

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    (87 miles) Altamonte Springs

    Indoor play fun for kids up to 8, with a bubbles party, heaps of toys and inflatables, and great for birthday parties!

  • Bounce Party

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    (89 miles) Hudson

    9,000 square feet of inflatable fun from slides and obstacle courses to classic bounce houses and more besides.