Historical Attractions in Kentucky with kids

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

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

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  • Waveland State Historic Site

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    Lexington

    An original Antebellum house with guided tours to take you back through history at this Lexington attraction!

  • Kentucky History Center

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    Frankfort

    With interactive exhibits, hands-on history activities, and exciting theatre performances, the Center for Kentucky History is a fun place for kids! General admission is always free for kids 5 and ...

  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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    Harrodsburg

    3,000 acres of village exploration where a remarkable Kentucky society once flourished.

  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Historic Site

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    Hodgenville

    he Site focuses on Lincoln's life in Kentucky. The Birthplace Unit demonstrates his humble beginnings with a symbolic birth cabin enshrined within a neo-classic Memorial Building. The Boyhood Home ...

  • Hummel Planeterarium

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    Richmond

    The Arnim D. Hummel Planetarium, located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, is open each week for School Programs, Public Programs, and Special Events. Please see our ...

  • Living Arts and Science Center

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    Lexington

    The Living Arts & Science Center (LASC) was created as a not-for-profit organization in 1968 to "provide creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences." ...

  • Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate

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    Lexington

    Travel back in time to the 19th century with guided tours of an incredible historic Lexington 18-room mansion.

  • Hunt-Morgan House

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    Lexington

    A historic house offering an insight into 19th century life in Lexington, with a museum featuring original furniture and antiques, with Civil War relics.

  • Mary Todd Lincoln House

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    Lexington

    Explore the family home of Mary Todd, the future first lady of the 19th century President - Abraham Lincoln!

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  • National Corvette Museum

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    Bowling Green

    Okay Corvette enthusiasts, it\'s time to rev up your engines and pack up the \'Vette for a road trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky ... Home of the National Corvette Museum (NCM). True \'Vette lovers ...

  • The Kentucky Museum

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    Bowling Green

    An insight into the South Central Kentucky history and culture, with exhibits, artifacts, and displays that educate and inform all who visit! An experience for the whole family surrounding you in ...

  • Kentucky Derby Museum

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    Louisville

    The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of our community. Graciously welcoming over 200,000 guests through the doors each year and ...

  • American Saddlebred Museum

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    Lexington

    The American Saddlebred Museum, located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, will be highlighting the special bond between children and Saddlebreds in its 2008 exhibition ...

  • Kentucky Horsepark

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    Lexington

    Not just a place to get up close to the beautiful horses, but also various museums included in the admission, horse-drawn tours, and picnics. Great animal family fun for your day out in Lexington!

  • Louisville Slugger Museum

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    Louisville

    All things baseball! This museum and factory is all about that iconic Louisville Slugger bat, which has been iconic since 1884. A look into sporting history for the whole family in Kentucky on your ...

  • Speed Art Museum

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    Louisville

    Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum with over 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ...

  • Explorium Of Lexington

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    Lexington

    A fun, interactive, colorful and energetic experience for kids to create and learn.

  • The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center

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    Ashland

    History and heritage along with energy and excitement come together on the Country Music Highway at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. From 6 months to 96 years old, visitors find activity and ...

  • The Museum of the American Quilters Society

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    Paducah

    The Museum of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS) is a non-profit institution established to educate, promote, and honor today's quiltmaker.Throughout the year, MAQS offers a variety of educational ...

  • General George Patton Museum

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    Fort Knox

    An historic trip into the life and times of General George Patton, a key figure in US Army history.

  • Historic RailPark & Train Museum

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    Bowling Green

    Active a model railroad;experience the hobo life; learn about the Conductor, Cook and Engineer's experience on the train; hear the story of the Great Locomotive Chase; watch movies in the theater and ...

  • The Creation Museum

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    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!

  • Dinosaur World

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    Cave City

    Over 150 life sized dinosaurs await the kids in Kentucky, with fossil digs, a mammoth garden, and dino gem excavations!

  • Stage One Family Theatre

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    Louisville

    A fun and cultural way in downtown Louisville to introduce children to the arts at an early age, and present top-quality, professional and educational theatrical experiences as they move through ...

  • Kentucky Down Under

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    Horse Cave

    Have you ever met a kangaroo? Ever played a didgeridoo? Ever fed a lorikeet? You could travel 9,500 miles to Australia to do these things, or just come see us at Kentucky Down Under.

  • Newport Aquarium

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    Newport

    Newport Aquarium offers families plenty to see and do during every visit. The world-class facility showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. There are dive ...

  • Louisville Zoo

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    Louisville

    Home to more than 1,400 exotic animals in beautiful, naturalistic habitats amid an amazing botanical garden on 134 acres.

  • Kentucky Reptile Zoo

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    Slade

    There are few reptile collections that can compare to the diversity of animals on display at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. Animals on exhibit range from an 18 foot reticulated python, our largest ...

  • Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum

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    Cave City

    You don't have to travel to Africa, India, or a big city zoo to see some of the rarest animals on the face of the earth. Since 1969 the MAMMOTH CAVE WILDLIFE MUSEUM has featured some of the greatest ...

  • Venture River Family Water Park

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    Eddyville

    Make a SPLASH in Kentucky with this fun water park, with tubes, wave pool, lazy rivers, and even zip lines!

  • Paradise Breeze

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    Maysville

    Great family swimming with lap pool and slides, perfect in this community aquatic complex in Kentucky!

  • SomerSplash

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    Somerset

    Something for everyone is this great outdoor waterpark! 20,000 square-foot wave pool, huge tipping bucket, tube slides and three tall body slides - cool Kentucky fun!

  • Beech Bend Park

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    Bowling Green

    Amusements and rides for big kids and small, plus waterpark with slides, lazy river, wave pool and interactive wet play.

  • Kentucky Splash Waterpark

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    Williamsburg

    The Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center is home to the Kentucky Splash Water Park. The center includes an 18,000 square ft. wave pool, a drift river, a kiddy activity pool, a triple slide complex, ...

  • Paradise Cove

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    Richmond

    Outdoor water fun for kids with the numerous play features suitable for all ages!