Historical Attractions in HUNTSVILLE with kids

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

Huntsville 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 Heart of Dixie 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 Huntsville’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 Huntsville when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Alabama Constitution Village

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    Huntsville

    Transport back to 1819 at this historic Alabama museum, where kids can dress up, learn, and spend the day 200 years in the past!

  • US Space and Rocket Center

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    (4 miles) Huntsville

    From incredible artifacts of our nation's space program, to hands-on interactive exhibits and space travel simulators, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center experience is unlike any other. One of the many ...

  • Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center

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    (4 miles) Huntsville

    A hands-on science center with more than 100 permanent, interactive exhibits in 7 different subject areas.

  • Helen Kellers Birthplace

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    (63 miles) West Tuscumbia

    Learn about Helen Keller and experience her environment in authentic fashion with plentiful artefacts and memorabilia in this historic home in Alabama

  • Discovery Center At Murfree Springs

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    (77 miles) Murfreesboro

    Welcome! Located in downtown Murfreesboro, TN, the Discovery Center is a hands-on museum for children & adults of all ages!

  • Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

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    (84 miles) Birmingham

    Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks ...

  • Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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    (84 miles) Birmingham

    The ASHOF has over 5,000 sports artifacts elegantly displayed in the 33,000 square foot building. Out of ESPN's list of the top 100 athletes of the century, five out of the top fifteen greatest ever ...

  • Llamas Camps and Friends

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    (84 miles) Jasper

    Llamas, Camps, and Friends invite you to visit a working llama ranch in Goodsprings, Alabama. You can expirence first-hand, the calm and magic of the almost mystical llama. One of the many fun family ...

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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    (85 miles) Birmingham

    The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute documents the struggle of African-American citizens in Birmingham (BCRI) to become full participants in the city's government and business community.

  • McWane Science Center

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    (85 miles) Birmingham

    A nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, ...

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  • Huntsville Museum of Art

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    Huntsville

    The Museum fills its seven galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The ...

  • Earlyworks Children's History Museum

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    Huntsville

    Designed for children, it's the South's largest hands-on history museum where kids can learn through play and discovery!

  • Huntsville Art League

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    (2 miles) Huntsville

    Explore the galleries and find every almost theme and medium as created by Tennessee Valley artists, from sculptures and glass work through traditional oil paintings and contemporary photography.

  • Cullman County Museum

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    (41 miles) Cullman

    Interactive displays and modern exhibits stand ready for you to experience the rich German heritage, native American lifestyles, adventure of early pioneers and Deep South folklore when you visit ...

  • Childrens Museum of the Shoals

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    (61 miles) Florence

    The Children's Museum of the Shoals, Inc. offers hands-on exhibits and programs geared specifically to the developmental stages and needs of children. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Museum Columbia Childrens Museum

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    (66 miles) Columbia

    Everything here is designed to be interacted with or handled so parents can relax; most exhibits come with relevant period or topic dressing up resources, plus hands on activities and learning games, ...

  • Creative Discovery Museum

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    (76 miles) Chattanooga

    A fun, interactive and hands-on children's museum in Chattanooga, with attractions perfect for kids to learn, play and get creative!

  • Hunter Museum of American Art

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    (76 miles) Chattanooga

    Kids can understand American history in more detail through the art that was created through the centuries. Great inspiration in Tennessee

  • Southern Museum of Flight

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    (81 miles) Birmingham

    Visit one of the largest aviation museums in the Southeast, with 75,000 sq ft of aircraft from military to civilian, including memorabilia. Great aviation history in Alabama!

  • Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

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    (83 miles) Birmingham

    A great collection of over 1300 vintage and modern motorcycles, as well as the largest collection of Lotus Race Cars in the entire world! Great fun for those engine loving families and kids! Vroom ...

  • Anniston Museum of Natural History

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    (84 miles) Anniston

    Kids can explore the wilds of Africa, the mysteries of 2,000 year old mummies, and the wonders of the North American wilderness in this fascinating Alabama Natural History Museum. An educational AND ...

  • Berman Museum of World History

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    (84 miles) Anniston

    Featuring more than 8000 artifacts, Berman Museum of World History offers a unique opportunity to view ancient treasures and objects from all over the world.

  • Birmingham Museum of Art

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    (84 miles) Birmingham

    More than 17,000 objects represent a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American. Highlights include the Museum's collection of Asian ...

  • International Motorsports Hall of Fame

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    (85 miles) Talladega

    "One of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame's highlight features is the Motorsports Museum. Spanning three buildings and the enclosed courtyard, this collection of history making vehicles is ...

  • Southern Environmental Center

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    (85 miles) Birmingham

    A new interactive museum. Visitors of all ages can slide down the giant sewage pipe, attempt to lift a week's worth of garbage and interact with other fun and interesting exhibits.

  • Rome Area History Museum

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    (87 miles) Rome

    As a vital center for local historical research, the Rome Area History Museum is appropriately located on Broad Street in the heart of Historic Downtown Rome, Georgia.

  • Imagination Place

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    (60 miles) Gadsden

    Hands on exhibits and activities for children of all ages! An interesting and fun museum where imagination and creativity allow for a world of entertainment!

  • The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

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    (85 miles) Birmingham

    The museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the museum is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the accomplishments of ...

  • Birmingham Childrens Theatre

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    (86 miles) Birmingham

    Professional theatre complex for children, with different theatres and performances on offer for different age groups. High profile productions most children will recognise.

  • Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain

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    (50 miles) Attalla

    An exotic animal park and rescue preserve where families can enjoy over 80 large predators, including tigers, leopards and bears, that call this reserve home, as well as a full contact barnyard.

  • Lucky Ladd Farms

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    (71 miles) Eagleville

    An animal-tastic family fun day at Tennessee's largest petting farm!

  • Tennessee Aquarium

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    (76 miles) Chattanooga

    Explore one of the most popular aquariums in the USA, with creatures from all over the world, an IMAX 3D Theater, a boat trip, and so much more!

  • Chattanooga Zoo

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    (77 miles) Chattanooga

    Known as the best little zoo in the USA - this animal fun family attraction in Chattanooga will educate, excite and offer lots of fun animal encounters!

  • Birmingham Zoo

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    (87 miles) Birmingham

    Over 122 acres of amazing zoo space for the whole family to explore, with over 950 animals waiting to say hi! Animal fun in Birmingham, Alabama!

  • Lake Winnepesaukah

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    (78 miles) Chattanooga

    Kiddie rides, 14 story free fall, roller coasters...it must be the South's favorite family amusement park - Lake Winnie!