Historical Attractions in MADISON with kids

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

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

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  • Tommy Bartlett Exploratory

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    (41 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Inspire your imagination and unlock the secrets to a universe of fun! With over 150 hands-on activities, this interactive science center will have you guessing, thinking and exploring the world of ...

  • Old World Wisconsin

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    (48 miles) Eagle

    Who knew history could be so fun?! Explore life in the late 1800s/early 1900s in a very hands-on way. Dig into some 19th century chores, meet farmers and learn what life was really like working and ...

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  • UW Geology Museum

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    Madison

    Take a journey into the deep history of Wisconsin at this fascinating Geology Museum, with hands-on learning for kids!

  • Madison Childrens Museum

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    (1 miles) Madison

    Features include art studio, interactive gear and water exhibits, restored log cabin with period activities, and two unique and highly imaginative eco play areas with one for under 5s and one for ...

  • MacKenzie Environmental Education Center

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    (22 miles) Poynette

    Feaures include hands on in and outdoor live wildlife exhibits, self guided nature trails, museums, a fire tower and large picnic area.

  • Circus World Museum

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    (32 miles) Baraboo

    A fun and interesting collection of fascinating circus artifacts - it might even be the largest in the world! Historic circus fun for the whole family in Wisconsin!

  • Mid Continent Railway Museum

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    (36 miles) North Freedom

    Experience this outdoor, living museum recreating the "Golden Age of Railroading" back in the 19th century! Locomotive fun for kids in Wisconsin!

  • Burpee Museum of Natural History

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    (57 miles) Rockford

    Welcome! Burpee Museum is a natural history museum specializing in paleontology, geology, biology, and Native American life. We have three floors of exhibits.

  • Discovery Center Museum

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    (57 miles) Rockford

    The amazing Discovery Center Museum is full of over 250 exciting hands-on exhibits spread over a two-floor area. Out in the museum's backyard, visitors can explore Rock River Discovery Park, a giant, ...

  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum

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    (58 miles) Rockford

    A step back in time at one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the USA from the 1800s. Filled with Victorian Era furnishings and artifacts, it also has a fascinating Indian Burial ...

  • Midway Village Museum

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    (59 miles) Rockford

    Interpreters in authentic period clothing bring Northern Illinois history to life in authentic Midway Village and engage students through a variety of hands-on activities--from rope making to ...

  • Illinois Railway Museum

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    (73 miles) Union

    The Illinois Railway Museum, as you see it today, is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here ...

  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

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    (75 miles) Dubuque

    Fun and learning flow together along the Mississippi River! Hands-on features and interactive exhibits ready for kids to explore in both indoor and outdoor spaces!

  • Volo Auto Museum

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    (81 miles) Volo

    30 acres of automobile fun in Illinois, with Hollywood cars, classic cars and a Kids Zone!

  • Lake County Discovery Museum

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    (86 miles) Wauconda

    Showcases aspects of local history using intriguing exhibits and hands on features to keep learning fun. Permanent and travelling exhibitions.

  • Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bike Museum

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    (93 miles) Sparta

    The Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing an understanding and encouraging an interest and appreciation in the career of Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton, History of ...

  • Ghost Out-Post Haunted House

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    (41 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Are you afraid of the Dark?? Have you ever been hunted by a man-eating rat? Do you know how it feels to be trapped in a maze with twisted torture victims? In the Ghost Out-Post Haunted House you ...

  • Wizard Quest

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    (43 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Wizard Quest is the leader in computer interactive games played in a live setting. The setting is a 13000 square foot fantasy, themed labrynth (called the quadrasphere).

  • Great Scott

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    (53 miles) Mukwonago

    An entreatingly fun magic show with kid-sized fun suitable for the whole family.

  • Henry Vilas Zoo

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    (1 miles) Madison

    Free entry family zoo including multiple children's zoo features, discovery centre, herpetarium, plus train and carousel rides.

  • Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue

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    (38 miles) Rock Springs

    Offering self guided tours of the rescue facility, plus 3 varying led-tour types for a more intensive experience, including Morning Feeding and the thrilling Night Tour.

  • Timbavati Wildlife

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    (42 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Experience an up close and personal encounter with a variety of animals guaranteed to give you memories for a lifetime. Enjoy the new Camel Ride or a take stroll around the Storybook Gardens, this ...

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (61 miles) East Troy

    A fun and educational animal petting zoo with interactive animal experiences, pony rides, hay rides and even kittens!

  • Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

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    (62 miles) Byron

    Over 30 species of animal for observation, plus environmental education classes and workshops held largely aimed at children and a live snake exhibit in the Nature Centre. Green ski run and ...

  • Summerfield Zoo

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    (66 miles) Belvidere

    From the Alligators to the Zebra, this sweet Illinois zoo and farm has family fun, education, and entertainment! Great for those personal animal experiences!

  • Milwaukee County Zoo

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    (69 miles) Milwaukee

    More than 2,275 creatures are waiting in this family friendly zoo, with workshops, concerts and food festivals too! A fun animal filled day out for all ages in Milwaukee!

  • Mt. Olympus and The Bay

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    (42 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    With an indoor AND outdoor theme park, outdoor water park, AND indoor water park all waiting to be enjoyed - Mt Olympus is certainly an exciting place to visit for all ages!

  • Timber Falls Adventure Park

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    (43 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    How can you go wrong at an amusement park that measures fun in screams per second! Rides for all ages in this exciting Wisconsin attraction.

  • Santas Village Azoosment Park

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    (89 miles) East Dundee

    Great family fun spending the day in three amusement parks in one...as well as a zoo!

  • Kalaharis Indoor Outdoor Waterpark

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    (39 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Indoor AND outdoor fun with these water parks at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin, with and indoor theme park too!

  • Noah's Ark Waterpark

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    (41 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    Make a splash at America's LARGEST water park, with waterslides, wave pools, tube rides, mini golfs, arcades, and much more!

  • Rain Tree Resort

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    (42 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    With our indoor and outdoor waterparks, huge arcade, lounge and cafe. The RainTree Resort is the perfect Wisconsin Dells getaway for parents and children.

  • Polynesian Water Park Resort

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    (43 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    OVER 200,000 Sq. Ft. and nearly 500,000 Gallons of Indoor & Outdoor Water Park FUN! YEAR ROUND enjoy our 38,000 sq .ft. Indoor Waterpark Areas.

  • Chula Vista Resort Waterparks

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    (45 miles) Wisconsin Dells

    From the extreme to the sublime, the indoor and outdoor waterparks at Chula Vista Resort have been designed to meet the needs for everyone. With state of the art slides, relaxing lazy river, private ...

  • The Springs Water Park

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    (57 miles) Pewaukee

    Welcoming day visitors, the water park boasts several interactive zones for small children, a huge Water Works with cannons, geysers and it's own slides for older kids, and 3 serious thrill flumes ...