Historical Attractions in GROSSE ILE with kids

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

Grosse Ile 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 Great Lakes 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 Grosse Ile’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 Grosse Ile when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Sauder Village

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    (43 miles) Archbold

    Experience how families lived over 100 years ago! Visit with costumed interpreters, watch working craftsmen, and try various hands-on activities. Lots of special events too like Quilt Show, Dairy ...

  • Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center

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    (54 miles) Fremont

    See where Civil War hero and 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes lived, and learn about his life as a soldier, Congressman, Ohio governor and President!

  • Great Lakes Maritime Center

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    (69 miles) Port Huron

    The Great Lakes Maritime Center (GLMC) offers a variety of opportunities to learn about the history and current events of the Great Lakes. A variety of video formats, displays, and speaker programs ...

  • NASA Glenn Research Center

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    (83 miles) Cleveland

    Located inside Glenn's main gate, the Visitor Center features 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits.

  • USS Cod

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    (86 miles) Cleveland

    A fascinating and historical experience on a real life submarine! USS Cod was active during WWII, and makes a great step back in time for kids!

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  • Automotive Hall Of Fame

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    (13 miles) Detroit

    he Automotive Hall of Fame is both a visitor attraction and an educational resource for inspiring others to higher levels of achievement in their own work and lives. Visitors will experience ...

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit MOCAD

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    (16 miles) Detroit

    A cultural day surrounded by art at this Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, with exhibits, programs, and activities for kids.

  • Detroit Historical Museum

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    (16 miles) Detroit

    Explore 300 years of rich Detroit history at this Historical Museum. Step back in time for your family day out in Michigan!

  • Detroit Institute of Arts

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    (16 miles) Detroit

    Over 100 galleries to explore, enjoy the art world with guided arts tours, talks, and special exhibitions. Art fun in Detroit!

  • Motown Historical Museum

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    (16 miles) Detroit

    Feel the beat at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit! A rhythm filled family day out that's all about those great sounds of Motown.

  • Walter P Chrysler Museum

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    (18 miles) Detroit

    Plan a visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum where automotive history is learned and explored. Take an hour, or spend the day to experience the history of Chrysler vehicles, learn from interactive ...

  • Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum

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    (30 miles) Farmington Hills

    A unique museum featuring Marvin's personal collection of coin operated machines plus amusing and confusing oddities, covering nearly 6,000 tightly packed square feet.

  • Michigans Museum of Natural History

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    (31 miles) Bloomfield Hills

    Explore the wonders of the world and space at Michigan's Museum of Natural History, located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. A hands-on day out for all ages!

  • University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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    (32 miles) Ann Arbor

    Exhibits for the kids to explore and learn from that include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in all of Michigan, as well as Michigan wildlife, anthropology, ...

  • Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

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    (33 miles) Ann Arbor

    Science and Technology Center with 4 floors filled with over 250 interactive hands-on exhibits to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology.

  • Toledo Firefighters Museum

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    (37 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.

  • Toledo Museum of Art

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    (39 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 Police Museum

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    (39 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!

  • Merry Go Round Museum

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    (52 miles) Sandusky

    "Grab The Brass Ring" at 'the funnest museum ever.' Rare and unusual carousel animals abound at The Merry-Go-Round Museum's newest exhibit. Enjoy a ride on the antique carousel, visit with wood ...

  • Wood County Historical Museum

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    (59 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!

  • Sloan Museum

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    (67 miles) Flint

    Regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science are major features of the Sloan Museum. Dramatic settings, video programs and hundreds of artifacts and photographs portray the area’s ...

  • Flint Childrens Museum

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    (68 miles) Flint

    A friendly, child oriented museum in Flint, packed with fascinating exhibits and hands-on learning experiences for kids from ages 2 to 10. Learn through play!

  • Allen Memorial Art Museum

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    (75 miles) Oberlin

    Comprising more than 12,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art, the AMAM's collection is a vital cultural resource for the students, faculty, and staff of ...

  • Abrams Planetarium

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    (79 miles) Lansing

    Astronomy and space exploration for the whole family at this fascinating planetarium in Michigan.

  • Kids N Stuff Childrens Museum

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    (83 miles) Albion

    An exciting and highly interactive museum in Michigan with fun, hands-on programs for kids under 10 years!

  • Impression 5

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    (83 miles) Lansing

    Kids can learn all about science through interactive play that focuses on their senses! Great hands-on fun for curious kids in Lansing!

  • Great Lakes Science Center

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    (86 miles) Cleveland

    Enjoy a fun-filled, brain-building and interactive experience! Kick back and enjoy the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX Theater and get hands-on with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center ...

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (86 miles) Cleveland

    Rock and Roll is here to stay! Give kids a lesson in how incredible music used to be and introduce them to all the greats!

  • International Womens Air and Space Museum

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    (86 miles) Cleveland

    A fascinating and insightful look into the history of women in aviation and space - an inspiring experience for kids, especially those little girls!

  • The Childrens Museum of Cleveland

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    (88 miles) Cleveland

    The Children's Museum is the only institution in Cleveland completely dedicated to the overall development of kids, ages 6 months to 8 years!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

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    (89 miles) Cleveland

    An interactive, informative, educational and fun experience to immerse the family in contemporary art

  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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    (90 miles) Cleveland

    Explore all that we have to offer � from the earth to the sky. We have dinosaurs inside and out, a hands-on Discovery Center for children of all ages, outdoor gardens and wildlife habitats, live ...

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art

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    (90 miles) Cleveland

    The Cleveland Museum of Art permanent collection includes more than 40,000 objects. As one of the nations top museums, the Cleveland has long exhibited leadership in acquisitions, presentation, and ...

  • Mid Michigan Childrens Museum

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    (99 miles) Saginaw

    Over 16,000 square feet of interactive exhibitions solely for under 12s, spanning a world's worth of topics.

  • The Detroit Zoo

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    (24 miles) Royal Oak

    Learn about the Detroit Zoo's mission, the SSP program and the orgin of the animals at the Zoo. You'll see how the Zoo participates in world and state conservation efforts and the role of the Zoo in ...