Historical Attractions in Indiana with kids

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

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

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  • The History Museum

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    South Bend

    Explore the second oldest historical society in Indiana! Spend your day exploring the fascinating history of the state through exhibits and original artifacts!

  • Wonder Lab

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    Bloomington

    WonderLab is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages, especially children, to experience the wonder and excitement of science ...

  • George Rogers Clark Historical Park

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    Vincennes

    History comes back to life at this Historical Park! Your family day out can be fun and educational at this historic site that made a huge impact to the USA.

  • President Benjamin Harrisons Home

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    Indianapolis

    A historic look into the life of the 23rd president - Benjamin Harrison. A fascinating and educational family day out in Indiana for the whole family!

  • Koch Planetarium

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    Evansville

    A planetarium is a domed theater in which a realistic and scientifically-accurate simulation of the night sky is created, using a highly-specialized "star projector." One of the many fun family ...

  • Historic Prophetstown

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    Battle Ground

    A fun outdoor trip back in time. Kids and adults can have fun on the farmstead, tall grass prairie and our Woodland Native American Village.

  • Lincoln Amphitheatre

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    Lincoln City

    Lincoln Amphitheatre is a completely covered outdoor theatre featuring the musical drama Young Abe Lincoln in 2009's bicentential of his birth.

  • The USS LST Ship Memorial

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    Evansville

    Take a tour of a significant historic amphibious vessel and learn about life onboard from the mess deck to the Captain's cabin! Guaranteed to fascinate imaginative kids on your Indiana family day ...

  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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    Fishers

    It’s an amazing living history experience your whole family can enjoy in Indiana, with five historic areas, and a museum all over 1400 acres...experience Prairietown history first hand!

  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

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    Lincoln City

    Explore the boyhood of Abraham Lincoln in this fascinating and historic attraction in Indiana. Show kids they can be anything they want to be!

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  • HealthWorks Kids Museum

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    South Bend

    HealthWorks!, a one of a kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children�s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin.

  • The Studebaker Museum

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    South Bend

    The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and ...

  • Hannah Lindahl Childrens Museum

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    Mishawaka

    There�s a place in Michiana made just for you! And this is it - the Hannah Lindahl Children�s Museum! Step inside and you�ll step back in time to a world your grandparents - even your ...

  • Grissom Air Museum

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    Peru

    WELCOME . . . to the Grissom Air Museum, one of the nation�s fastest growing aviation museums. Here you can learn about our historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting ...

  • National Model Aviation Museum

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    Muncie

    Visit the Museum and view the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. Discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation and examine the astonishing craftsmanship and ...

  • Muncie Children's Museum

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    Muncie

    A fun children's museum in Indiana where kids can learn and play in a safe and creative environment!

  • Terra Haute Children's Museum

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    Terre Haute

    A fun science and tech learning experience for kids in Indiana, with hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play!

  • Museum of Miniature Houses

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    Carmel

    Come and see what is on display today! Explore our gift shop, which offers fine and unusual miniatures, books and periodicals about miniatures and dollhouses. Visiting children can play the Museum ...

  • Indiana Transportation Museum

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    Noblesville

    Our engineers are ready to take you on a wide range of train excursion experiences for the whole family, from caboose rides, our family-oriented Pizza Train and the popular Dinner on the Diner.

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art

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    Indianapolis

    Enjoy an afternoon exploring our galleries, strolling our gardens and grounds, or discovering the past at our historic home.

  • Indiana Medical History Museum

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    Indianapolis

    The Indiana Medical History Museum is located in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital on the near westside of Indianapolis.

  • The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis

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    Indianapolis

    Visit the LARGEST children's museum in the WORLD! Pretty amazing! The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is an incredibly fun and exciting hands-on experience for kids who can learn and discover ...

  • Hesston Steam Museum

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    La Porte

    History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

  • National New York Central Railroad Museum

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    Elkhart

    A TIMETABLE TO THE PAST At the center of it all was the New York Central Railroad. Elkhart's National New York Central RR Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ...

  • The Last Supper Museum

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    Greensburg

    The Last Supper Museum, LLC displays over 2,000 inspirational art pieces of Christ’s Last Supper as described in the Bible.

  • Koch Family Childrens Museum

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    Evansville

    18,000 square feet of hands on, multi media exhibits and activities encouraging skill development, self expression and the freedom to explore!

  • Santa Claus Museum and Village

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    Santa Claus

    All things Santa! Take the kids on a stroll through history at the Santa Claus Museum and Village, and visit various part of Santa's festive and magical world!

  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

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    Indianapolis

    Uncover secrets and stories of Indiana at this fascinating state museum, with three floors of surprises!

  • Imagination Station

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    Lafayette

    Enjoy hands on science exhibits including nanotechnology, archeology, microscopes and kaleidoscopes, plus a Mars Rover simulation!

  • Science Central

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    Fort Wayne

    Learning all things science whilst having FUN at this Indiana Science Center, with over 130 hands-on exhibits that will teach science in an engaging way

  • Hall of Heroes Museum

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    Elkhart

    Visit the world's ONLY superhero museum, and it's in Indiana!

  • Gattitown Evansville

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    Evansville

    Gattitown Evansville offers complete Family Entertainment! Over 20,000 sq. ft. of FUN! Our All-You-Care-To-Eat-&-Drink Buffet includes delicious pizzas, pastas, fresh salad bar over 50+ items, ...

  • The Washington Park Zoo

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    Michigan City

    Founded in 1928, this great Indiana zoo encompasses 15 acres ,and is home to more than 200 animals from all over the world!

  • Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo

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    Fort Wayne

    Animals from all around the world, plus train rides, rainforests, hands-on fun and an African Safari - all at this great Fort Wayne zoo perfect for kids!

  • Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

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    Albion

    Spend the day with beautiful, rescued exotic animals in this non-profit animal sanctuary.