Historical Attractions in Idaho with kids

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

Idaho is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Gem State  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 Idaho’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 Idaho when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Nez Perce National Historical Park

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    Lapwei

    Since time immemorial, the Nimiipuu or Nez Perce have lived among the rivers, canyons and prairies of the inland northwest. Despite the cataclysmic change of the past two centuries, the Nez Perce are ...

  • The Discovery Center Of Idaho

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    Boise

    Provides experiences and educational opportunities that inspire lifelong learning and interest in science, math and technology through interactive multi media exhibits.

  • Fort Hall Replica

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    Pocatello

    A visit to the Fort Hall Replica is to enter the 19th Century world of explorers, trappers, fur traders, Native Americans, pioneers, Gold seekers, historic figures, and common folk; all of whom ...

  • Faulkner Planetarium

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    Twin Falls

    Opened in November 1995, the Faulkner Planetarium is the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, and one of the best equipped in the northwestern U.S. The theater seats 144 under a 50' dome and ...

  • Old Idaho Penitentiary Tour

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    Boise

    Idaho Territory was less than ten years old when the territorial prison was built east of Boise in 1870. The penitentiary grew from a single cellhouse into a complex of several distinctive buildings ...

  • National Oregon California Trail Centre

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    Montpelier

    The Center interprets the story of the pioneers who braved the arduous, 6 month, 2,000 mile journey across the unsettled American West from Missouri to the Oregon Territory.

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  • Clearwater Historical Museum

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    Orofino

    Clearwater Historical Museum invites folks to come see our collections that focus on the people and history of Clearwater River Country and its environs including Clearwater County and parts of ...

  • Ketchum Heritage Museum

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    Ketchum

    The Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society was established in 1989 with the overlying goal of keeping the regional history alive for future generations. More specifically, the Society seeks to ...

  • Wallace District Mining Museum

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    Wallace

    The Silver Valley is the richest silver mining region in the world. In just one hundred twenty years, over 1.1 BILLION ounces of silver have been produced from mines in this valley. The museum ...

  • Museum of Rexburg

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    Rexburg

    Formerly the Teton Flood Museum, this fascinating museum tells the story of that famous Teton Dam failure, and also features a Children's Discovery Room

  • Basque Museum and Cultural Center

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    Boise

    The Basque Museum & Cultural Center provides a look into the heritage of the Basque communities of Idaho and surrounding areas. Boise, Idaho has long been a central location where Basque ...

  • Idaho Historical Museum

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    Boise

    The Idaho State Historical Museum, founded in 1907, is Idaho's largest and most visited museum. It has evolved from a simple collection of curios and relics sitting on shelves to the first museum in ...

  • Idaho Military History Museum

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    Boise

    Covering a broad spectrum of military history, via photos and artifacts, you will see Gowen Field as it was during World War II as well as Idahoans in the Philippine Insurrection through Operation ...

  • Idaho Potato Museum

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    Blackfoot

    A museum all about...yep...potatos! Idaho's favorite! A unique museum which showcases the world of the potato, from the first one planted through to potato crisps. A surprisingly historic experience ...

  • Bonner County Historical Society

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    Sandpoint

    The park has many amenities including picnic areas, a playground, tennis courts, and the Native Plant Society arboretum. Adjacent to Lakeview Park is Memorial Field which has a boat launch and is ...

  • Museum Of North Idaho

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    Coeur d'Alene

    Enjoy living history exhibit tours, seasonal galleries and varying exhibits representing the best of the area with heavy emphasis on appreciation of cultural heritage.

  • Boise Art Museum

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    Boise

    Boise's oldest visual arts organisation features many exhibitions reflecting a variety of artists, media and styles. The ARTexperience Gallery is full of hands-on activities geared specifically ...

  • Teton Flood Museum

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    Rexburg

    Extensive collections of flood memorabilia including films, photos, and other items related to the Teton Dam disaster. Plus Rexburg Children's Museum.

  • Warhawk Air Museum

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    Nampa

    Go back in time to learn about the role American Veterans have played in our future!

  • Shoshone Indian Ice Center

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    Shoshone

    Out in the blasted, treeless region that brought you Craters of the Moon National Monument lies Shoshone Ice Caves. Visitors are greeted by a looming dinosaur statue, ridden by a hairy caveman. A ...

  • Idaho Museum Of Natural History

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    Pocatello

    Idaho Museum of Natural History is a fascinating look at the states natural and cultural history. A fun and education day out for the whole family

  • Don Asletts Museum of Clean

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    Pocatello

    A staggering 75,000 sq ft of the most diverse range ever offered, with fun and fascinating hands on experiences of the theme of cleanliness applied to every possible connotation, and some of the ...

  • Museum of Idaho

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    Idaho Falls

    A fascinating and informative (and FUN!) museum of kids to learn all about the history of the amazing state of Idaho, including a Children's Discovery Room just for them.

  • Zoo Idaho

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    Pocatello

    Formerly Pocatello Zoo, here kids can experience the living symbols of the American West, and other North American species of animals!

  • Zoo Boise

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    Boise

    A beautiful zoo where kids can come face to face with over 300 animals from all over the world, be inspired about preservation, and learn about conservation.

  • World Center for Birds of Prey

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    Boise

    Interactive exhibits, multimedia shows, and even artwork at this center for birds of prey, featuring beautiful birds kids can come face to face with, as they learn about conservation!

  • Yellowstone Bear World

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    Rexburg

    Spend the day surrounded by roaming wildlife of North America at this drive-thru wildlife park, only 5 miles south of Rexburg!

  • Tautphaus Park Zoo

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    Idaho Falls

    Watch the flock of threatened African Penguins, experience a wallaby mob on the move, discover the gibbons aerobatic abilities or surround yourself with sights and sounds of South American birds in ...

  • Idaho Aquarium

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    Boise

    Have family friendly fun touching and feeding sharks, rays, tropical fish and puffins in their indoor 10,000 square foot aquarium! They also have fun hands on activities with kids, birthday parties, ...

  • Camas Wildlife Refuge

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    Hamer

    Home to huge amounts of bird life and small mammals, with year round hiking options, and winter sports.

  • Babby Farms

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    Caldwell

    An amazing non-profit animal experience for children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to interact with beautiful animals. Open to the public to raise money for this cause.

  • Silverwood Theme Park

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    Athol

    Have an adventurous family day out at the Northwest's LARGEST theme park! With rides, slides, and FUN, as well as live entertainment, a water park AND a steam engine! Theme park fun in Idaho!

  • Roaring Springs Water Park

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    Meridian

    A HUGE water park for splashing fun for the whole family in Idaho! Cool off on your family day out with slides, entertainment, thrill slides and NIGHT slides - all in a very cool day's work!

  • Downata Hot Springs Pool

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    Downey

    Offers family fun with waterslides, naturally heated pool, hot tub, water playground, campground, cabins,yurts, tepees and more.

  • Raptor Reef

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    Hayden

    Enjoy 25,000 square feet of indoor waterpark fun, with 2 story play areas, slides, and tupping buckets!