Historical Attractions in INDIANAPOLIS with kids

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

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

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  • President Benjamin Harrisons Home

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    (1 miles) 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!

  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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    (16 miles) 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!

  • Wonder Lab

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    (46 miles) 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 ...

  • Historic Prophetstown

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    (62 miles) 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.

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  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

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    (1 miles) Indianapolis

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

  • The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis

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    (3 miles) 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 ...

  • Indiana Medical History Museum

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    (3 miles) 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.

  • Indianapolis Museum of Art

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    (4 miles) Indianapolis

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

  • Museum of Miniature Houses

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    (15 miles) 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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    (21 miles) 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.

  • The Last Supper Museum

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    (46 miles) Greensburg

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

  • Muncie Children's Museum

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    (50 miles) Muncie

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

  • National Model Aviation Museum

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    (52 miles) 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 ...

  • Imagination Station

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    (60 miles) Lafayette

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

  • Grissom Air Museum

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    (62 miles) 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 ...

  • Terra Haute Children's Museum

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    (70 miles) Terre Haute

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

  • The Creation Museum

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    (87 miles) Petersberg

    The state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot museum in Kentucky that bring the Bible to life, with exhibits, planetarium, dinosaurs and a petting zoo!

  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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    (98 miles) Cincinnati

    An incredible complex of museums, including history, natural history, children's museum and IMAX!

  • Cincinnati Fire Museum

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    (99 miles) Cincinnati

    The Cincinnati Fire Museum, the only museum that saves lives!Located in a 1907 National Register firehouse, the museum preserves and exhibits Greater Cincinnati's firefighting artifacts while ...

  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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    (99 miles) Cincinnati

    A fascinating museum in Cincinnati that tells stories of freedom's heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to present day.

  • Cincinnati Art Museum

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    (99 miles) Cincinnati

    The Museum features an unparalleled art collection of more than 60,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the Art Museum also hosts several national and ...

  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (100 miles) Cincinnati

    Fun for all ages, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, educational journey through over 140 years of Cincinnati Reds history. Movies, artifacts, and hands on activities, bring the game ...

  • Indianapolis Zoo

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    (1 miles) Indianapolis

    Since opening in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo has grown into a world-class facility hosting a million visitors each year and playing a major role in worldwide conservation and research. One of the many ...

  • Columbian Park Zoo

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    (58 miles) Lafayette

    Columbian Park Zoo is home to over 190 animals representing 79 different species. The zoo offers a variety of education programs throughout the year, inspiring an appreciation for the world's ...

  • Wolf Park

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    (64 miles) Battle Ground

    Explore this wolf conservation park with 18 wolves, as well as coyotes, red foxes and a herd of bison!

  • Wolf Creek Habitat

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    (64 miles) Brookville

    A unique experience for the family where you can interact with amazing wolves IN their enclosures! A fun animal experience for your family day out in Indiana!

  • Red Wolf Sanctuary

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    (89 miles) Rising Sun

    A beautiful wolf sanctuary with visits by appointment only. Kids can experience rescued animals, from foxes, coyotes and of course, wolves.

  • Joe Huber Family Farm

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    (94 miles) Starlight

    Classic farm fun in Indiana, with rides, slides, fun events, fruit picking and even live music!

  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

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    (98 miles) Cincinnati

    Over 1.2 million people visit the Cincinnati Zoo's award-winning exhibits annually and was recently rated the #1 attraction locally and one of the top zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It was ...

  • Strickers Grove

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    (86 miles) Hamilton

    A family friendly amusement park open to the public four times in a year, with great activities for active kids - including roller coasters!

  • Caribbean Cove

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    (11 miles) Indianapolis

    50,000 square feet of indoor tropical water fun in Indiana, where you can spend the day on an island of sprays, slides, and fun surprises!

  • Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

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    (49 miles) Kokomo

    Waterpark for the whole family.

  • Splash House

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    (59 miles) Marion

    Wave Pool Kiddy Area Lazy River Therapeutic Pool Racer Slides The Big Flush (bowl slide) 2 Concession Stands 3 Cabanas

  • Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park

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    (87 miles) French Lick

    Enjoy 40,000 sq ft of water park fun in Indiana, with a host of water park fun for the whole family of swashbuckling buccaneers!

  • CoCo Key Water Resort Cincinnati

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    (97 miles) Cincinnati

    Where we have over 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park adventures, where it’s always 84 degrees, kids can have a blast with slides, play island, adventure river and more!