Historical Attractions in HAYES with kids

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

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

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  • Nauticus

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    (32 miles) Norfolk

    Maritime adventures in Norfolk with the USS Wisconsin, exhibits covering maritime history and 3D movies too!

  • Pamplin Historical Park

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    (54 miles) Petersburg

    Throughout the Park there are hands-on things to do for the whole family. The Civil War Store also has a “Discovery Area” that features quality apparel, modern and period games, books, ...

  • Sotterley Plantation

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    (76 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!

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  • Virginia Living Museum

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    (14 miles) Newport News

    Virginia's natural heritage comes alive through living exhibits that encompass all the state's geographic regions from the mountains to the ocean. Each exhibit tells a story.

  • The Mariners Museum

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    (15 miles) Newport News

    Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings and much more.

  • Virginia Air and Space Center

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    (20 miles) Hampton

    Dozens of hands-on air and space exhibits await the whole family at this premiere interactive aviation gallery that spans 100 years of flight! With actual historic aircraft!

  • The Chrysler Museum of Art

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    (31 miles) Norfolk

    Although renovations have closed the main building until Spring 2014, the Glass Studio and Historic Houses remain open.

  • Childrens Museum of Virginia

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    (33 miles) Portsmouth

    Kids can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist and more in the roleplay settings, plus interactive fun: once your child has experienced standing inside a bubble, science will never be the sam!e Includes ...

  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary art

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    (41 miles) Virginia Beach

    Creative fun and learning at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, with permanent and changing exhibitions to immerse families in the amazing world of art.

  • Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

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    (42 miles) Virginia Beach

    A beautiful museum in Virginia Beach which hopes to preserve and exhibit the story of waterfowl - through the history, through artifacts and through art.

  • Virginia Aviation Museum

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    (48 miles) Richmond

    features the spectacular SR-71 Blackbird; 36 historic, vintage aircraft; reproductions of the Wright brothers' kite, gliders and famous 1903 Flyer; early flight memorabilia; a World War II diorama ...

  • Science Museum of Virginia

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    (56 miles) Richmond

    Everywhere you look there is something cool to do to — move the earth, explore space, solve a crime, see rats play basketball, ride a Segway and see a giant IMAX movie. This science museum in a ...

  • Children's Museum of Richmond

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    (56 miles) Richmond

    A museum dedicated to kids and their families learning through play, with exhibits designed to develop those inquisitive minds and bodies in Richmond!

  • Calvert Marine Museum

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    (72 miles) Solomons

    The museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. Explore the history, culture, and lighthouses of the ...

  • Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

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    (78 miles) St Leonard

    A place where history and nature surround you. Enjoy miles of trails, water views, tours, exhibits, events, and more.

  • Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

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    (90 miles) Falmouth

    Explore the historic home of artist Gari Melchers, with nature, art galleries, and trail.

  • Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

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    (90 miles) Salisbury

    The most comprehensive collection of wildfowl carving in the world invites you to explore this unique, indigenous North American art form from antique working decoys to internationally acclaimed ...

  • Surfing Museum and Surf Art Gallery

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    (94 miles) Chesapeake Beach

    Surfing and art fun all mixed into one at this unique surfing museum - the ONLY one in Maryland!

  • Virginia Zoo

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    (30 miles) Norfolk

    Meet over 350 amazing animals. Take a ride on the Zoo train. Explore gorgeous gardens or splash in fountains on pretty days. A fairytale family day.

  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

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    (43 miles) Virginia Beach

    Check out our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus you won't want to miss the 3D IMAX Theater. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Bear Path Acres

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    (57 miles) Franklin

    An animal sanctuary with native wildlife, exotics from all over the world, plus reptiles and farm animals. You can feed the horses, sheep, llama, and goats, pet the rabbits and play with the ferrets!

  • Metro Richmond Zoo

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    (70 miles) Moseley

    Hop aboard the Safari Train and take a fifteen minute ride into the African Savannah. Get up close and personal with free-ranging animals while receiving a guided tour.

  • Salisbury Zoo

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    (90 miles) Salisbury

    A fascinating collection of beautiful animals in Maryland, all the way from North and South America, as well as Australia!

  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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    (8 miles) Williamsburg

    Dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, ten main stage shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, and a magical children's area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the ticket to a world-class ...

  • Atlantic Fun Park

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    (42 miles) Virginia Beach

    A super fun amusement park in Virginia Beach with family fun rides, tasty foods and super awesome games!

  • Kings Dominion

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    (64 miles) Doswell

    Get ready for those hair raising thrills at Kings Dominion, with theme park fun AND water fun spills! Over 400 acres of Virginia entertainment awaits you!

  • Central Park Funland

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    (90 miles) Fredericksburg

    Over 20 rides and attractions in this fun indoor/outdoor amusement park, with 7 acres of rides, laser tag, go-karts, mini golf, and more!

  • Water Country USA

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    (7 miles) Williamsburg

    Water fun in Williamsburg with this super cool water park, with interactive river adventures, geysers, and pools all set to a 50s and 60th surf theme! Let's surf safari in Virginia!

  • Ocean Breeze Waterpark

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    (43 miles) Virginia Beach

    A family friendly Caribbean water park in Virginia Beach, with over 30 slides, rides and attractions! Make that SPLASH!

  • York River Charters

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    (3 miles) Yorktown

    Charter Boat Fishing and Sightseeing on Virginia's Chesapeake Bay convenient to Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, Richmond, Newport News, Hampton, and Gloucester, VA.

  • Bay Country Kayaking

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    (8 miles) Williamsburg

    Enjoy fun kayaking tours with Bay Country Kayaking - a family owned and operated kayak eco-tour company offering guided, narrated tours within Virginia - and fun for the whole family!

  • American Rover Sailing Cruises

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    (32 miles) Norfolk

    Venture into the smooth waters of Hampton Roads' historical harbor and rich maritime heritage. Day and evening cruises showcase the best of America's greatest seaport. Sail majestically by giant ...

  • Kayak Nature Tours

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    (38 miles) Virginia Beach

    Amazing kayak tours all around the Virginia Beach area - great for kids aged 3 and up!

  • RVA Trolley Tours

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    (54 miles) Richmond

    History tours, plantation tours, and more on these iconic Richmond Trollies. A great way to see the city! Perfect for the family

  • Segway Of Richmond Tours

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    (54 miles) Richmond

    Families with kids over 14 years can see Richmond in a whole new light - on a Segway! A fun way to see a city!