Historical Attractions in GHENT with kids

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

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

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  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

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    (17 miles) Lenox

    A fascinating look into American history at the stunning Ventfort Hall, and American lives during the Gilded Age.

  • Dr Seuss National Memorial

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    (55 miles) Springfield

    In the centre of Springfield there is a park called The Quadrangle which contains sculptures of some of your favourite Dr.Seuss characters - great for photo opportunities

  • The Mark Twain House

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    (61 miles) Hartford

    A fascinating look at the history of Mark Twain, and where he used to spend some of his days. It's a great way to excite kids about history and one of the most influential novelists of all time. A ...

  • Robert Todd Lincolns Hildene

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    (64 miles) Manchester

    The mission of Hildene is to advance the Lincoln legacy through education, commitment to community and active stewardship of the family's home and land. It is an example of the "Great American Story" ...

  • Dinosaur State Park

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    (68 miles) Rocky Hill

    We are one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath our geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago.

  • Keeler Tavern

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    (73 miles) Ridgefield

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Keeler Tavern Museum has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers, home of noted architect Cass Gilbert and, ...

  • Connecticut Archaeology Center

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    (79 miles) Storrs

    The Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center are home to the University of Connecticut's Anthropological Collections and repre- sents the single largest repository of Connecticut ...

  • Old Sturbridge Village

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    (79 miles) Sturbridge

    A fascinating 1830s New England living history museum - one of the largest in the country! With 59 antique buildings, costumed historians, and a working farm, kids can enjoy year round fun at this ...

  • Fairfield Museum and History Center

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    (84 miles) Fairfield

    Commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a weekend of activities and events, free with admission including- The Life and Times of William Webb: An African American Civil War Soldier from ...

  • The Fort at No 4 Museum

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    (87 miles) Charlestown

    Travel back in time to Charlestown, New Hampshire in the 1740's and have an unforgettable experience in an authentically reconstructed fortified settlement.

  • Gillette Castle

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    (87 miles) East Haddam

    It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette.

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  • Animagic Museum of Animation

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    (19 miles) Lee

    You will see original models used in famous movies and a real Academy Award. You will discover how blockbuster movies as Chicken Run, Predator,X-Men,The Matrix was made.Special: $20 Workshop includes ...

  • Berkshire Museum

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    (20 miles) Pittsfield

    3,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and experiments, permanent collections plus travelling and special exhibitions, don't overlook the sub level aquarium and the Little Cinema.

  • New York State Museum

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    (23 miles) Albany

    A cultural family day out in New York State with exhibits and collections covering all forms of art, photography and artifacts that reflect the wonderful history of New York.

  • Kidspace at Mass MoCa

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    (36 miles) North Adams

    An interactive art gallery and studio designed for children offering hands on exhibitions and educational experiences.

  • The Bennington Museum

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    (43 miles) Bennington

    The Bennington Museum is known as the trusted caretaker of the largest collection of Grandma Moses art and memorabilia available to the public. Located in the heart of Vermont, our galleries evoke ...

  • Mid Hudson Childrens Museum

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    (46 miles) Poughkeepsie

    Series of large and intricate interactive exhibit rooms with learning through play design ideal for curious kids. Newest features include a Baby Park just for the smallest guests, plus a giant ...

  • Childrens Museum at Holyoke

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    (52 miles) Holyoke

    The Children's Museum at Holyoke provides a unique setting in which children and adults learn together about art, science and the world around them. Through hands-on exhibits, children challenge ...

  • Springfield Science Museum

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    (54 miles) Springfield

    Visitors to the Springfield Science Museum will find a world filled with the wonders of natural and physical science. The Museum also is home to a live animal center with fish, insects, reptiles and ...

  • Basketball Hall of Fame

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    (55 miles) Springfield

    The Hoop Hall features interactive and historic exhibits about every aspect of the game.

  • New England Air Museum

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    (55 miles) Windsor locks

    For some Family Fun, bring your kids to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, a ninety minute drive from Boston and only twenty minutes from Hartford CT.

  • Amherst History Museum

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    (56 miles) Amherst

    Housed in the 1750-era Strong House, the Amherst History Museum takes visitors on a journey from the town's colonial past, through its industrial age and into the computer-driven present.

  • The Chocolatorium

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    (56 miles) East Arlington

    The Chocolatorium is not only a chocolate exhibit, but a fun and tasty place to explore! Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of chocolate, the history, the culture, and how it's made!

  • Rex Museum

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    (57 miles) Gallup

    A museum on the history of Gallup displaying verious artifacts and information.

  • Imagine Nation Museum

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    (57 miles) Bristol

    The Imagine Nation Museum is a hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. The first area you will see when you come to the museum is the interactive exhibits that encourage ...

  • The Connecticut Trolley Museum

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    (60 miles) East Windsor

    The Connecticut Trolley Museum invites you to take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday.

  • The Childrens Museum

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    (60 miles) West Hartford

    The Children’s Museum provides rich learning experiences in science and nature for all ages. Exploration of our multi-level museum captures imaginations and develops a sense of curiosity about the ...

  • The Mattatuck Museum

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    (61 miles) Waterbury

    The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections ...

  • Timexpo Museum

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    (62 miles) Waterbury

    It's about TIME for family fun. Timexpo® The Timex Museum tells the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850's. A Time Tunnel leads to ancient mysteries. Magnificent timepieces, ...

  • Connecticut Science Center

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    (62 miles) Hartford

    Over 165 hands-on exhibits, programs, and endless exploration for the whole family at this Connecticut Science Center in Hartford! Learning AND fun for kids!

  • New Britain Museum of American Art

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    (62 miles) New Britain

    The collections now number approximately 5,000 works of American art: 680 oils, 1,050 drawings (including watercolors and pastels), 860 graphics, 160 sculptures, 25 photographs, and 1,460 ...

  • New Britain Youth Museum

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    (62 miles) New Britain

    The New Britain Youth Museum, founded in 1956, encourages children and families to explore the history and cultures of Connecticut and the world. Come explore with your child!

  • New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park

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    (64 miles) Kensington

    A fascinating and fun family day out as you explore the world around us together, at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park.

  • Danbury Railway Museum

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    (65 miles) Danbury

    The Museum, located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut, offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and ...

  • The Military Musuem Of Southern New England

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    (66 miles) Danbury

    We currently display a vivid cross section of 20th century American military history. Many of our vehicles are extremely rare, often the only example in the western hemisphere! The museum staff is ...