Historical Attractions in LOUISVILLE with kids

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

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

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  • Kentucky History Center

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    (48 miles) 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 ...

  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Historic Site

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    (50 miles) 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 ...

  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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    (63 miles) Harrodsburg

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

  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

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    (68 miles) 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!

  • Lincoln Amphitheatre

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    (68 miles) Lincoln City

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

  • Waveland State Historic Site

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    (69 miles) Lexington

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

  • Mary Todd Lincoln House

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    (70 miles) Lexington

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

  • Hunt-Morgan House

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    (70 miles) 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.

  • Living Arts and Science Center

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    (70 miles) 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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    (71 miles) Lexington

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

  • Wonder Lab

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    (76 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 ...

  • Hummel Planeterarium

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    (86 miles) 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

  • Kentucky Derby Museum

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    (3 miles) 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 ...

  • General George Patton Museum

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    (27 miles) Fort Knox

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

  • Santa Claus Museum and Village

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    (63 miles) 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!

  • American Saddlebred Museum

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    (68 miles) 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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    (68 miles) 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!

  • Explorium Of Lexington

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    (70 miles) Lexington

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

  • The Last Supper Museum

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    (77 miles) Greensburg

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

  • The Creation Museum

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    (78 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!

  • Dinosaur World

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    (78 miles) Cave City

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

  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

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    (89 miles) Cincinnati

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

  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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    (89 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 Fire Museum

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    (89 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 ...

  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (89 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 ...

  • Cincinnati Art Museum

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    (90 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 ...

  • National Corvette Museum

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    (93 miles) 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 ...

  • Stage One Family Theatre

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    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 ...

  • Louisville Zoo

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    (4 miles) Louisville

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

  • Joe Huber Family Farm

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    (14 miles) Starlight

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

  • Red Wolf Sanctuary

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    (68 miles) Rising Sun

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

  • Dauset Trails Nature Centre

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    (71 miles) Jackson

    In the early 1980's, Dauset Trails was primarily a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wildlife.

  • Kentucky Down Under

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    (75 miles) 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.

  • Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum

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    (79 miles) 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 ...