Historical Attractions in MANHATTAN with kids

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

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

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  • Hayden Planetarium

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    (1 miles) Manhattan

    Featuring Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector and a Digital Dome Projection System, the Planetarium offers a varying range of fascinating shows, guides and spectaculars using their 3D star atlas.

  • Empire State Building

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    (3 miles) New York City

    Get ready to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World! The 86th floor observation deck offers impressive 360 degree panoramic views of the AMAZING New York City!

  • South Street Seaport Museum

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    (6 miles) Manhattan

    Home to the nation's largest fleet of privately maintained historic vessels: Stationary, Training, and Workhorses.

  • Statue of Liberty

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    (8 miles) NYC

    That iconic attraction everyone must go and visit in New York City - the Statue of Liberty! Hold that flame high!

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    (8 miles) Brooklyn

    A century ago, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's founders had the vision to transform a city ash heap into a premier botanic garden in the heart of the borough. Since the Garden first opened its gates to the ...

  • Dey Mansion

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    (17 miles) Wayne

    The historical revolutionary war headquarters of George Washington himself, giving kids an amazing day out in history!

  • Morris County Planetarium

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    (33 miles) Randolph

    Kids love looking at the stars - so what better than to take them to a Planetarium show?!

  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park

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    (41 miles) Manalapan

    Visit the site of one of the largest American Revolution battled, now with hiking, horse-riding and a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse! History and nature in this New Jersey state park

  • Keeler Tavern

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    (41 miles) Ridgefield

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Keeler Tavern Museum has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers, home of noted architect Cass Gilbert and, ...

  • Fairfield Museum and History Center

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    (44 miles) Fairfield

    Commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a weekend of activities and events, free with admission including- The Life and Times of William Webb: An African American Civil War Soldier from ...

  • Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

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    (70 miles) Doylestown

    Explore daily life circa 1850s through over 40,000 objects, plus guided tours of a castle in Pennsylvania!

  • Da Vinci Science Centre

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    (83 miles) Allentown

    Lots of hands on fun things to do with plenty of events and special exhibitions throughout the year. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in ...

  • Tuckerton Seaport

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    (85 miles) Tuckerton

    Many buildings and structures line the coastline of this recreated fishing village including Tucker's Island Lighthouse, Joy Dayton's Sawmill, and Jay C. Parker's Decoy Carving Shop.

  • Betsy Ross House

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    (85 miles) Philadelphia

    Explore the birthplace of the American flag at the Betsy Ross House, full of amazing history to learn through interactive experiences!

  • Battleship New Jersey

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    (85 miles) Camden

    An exciting museum open for tours, overnight camps and historic fun on a real live battleship in New Jersey!

  • Independence National Historical Park

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    (85 miles) Philadelphia

    The birthplace of America! Venture to Independence National Historical Park and witness Independence Hall, the infamous Liberty Bell, and Franklin Court!

  • Dinosaur State Park

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    (90 miles) Rocky Hill

    We are one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath our geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago.

  • Gillette Castle

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    (91 miles) East Haddam

    It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette.

  • The Blueberry Factory

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    (91 miles) Hammonton

    We give info about the farm and about blueberry farming in New Jersey and why Hammonton is the Blueberry Capital. The tour is broken up into two parts, outside and inside. One of the many fun family ...

  • The Mark Twain House

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    (94 miles) Hartford

    A fascinating look at the history of Mark Twain, and where he used to spend some of his days. It's a great way to excite kids about history and one of the most influential novelists of all time. A ...

  • Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

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    (97 miles) Media

    A fascinating living history museum depicting Pennsylvania farm life in the late 1700s. History comes back to life in this historical day out!

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  • The Jewish Museum

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    New York City

    Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of ...

  • Museum of the City of New York

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    Manhattan

    The exhibits have just about everything you ever wanted to know about New York City and then some.

  • Guggenheim Museum

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    (1 miles) Manhatten

    The iconic site of many celebrated special exhibitions, with smaller galleries devoted permanently to the Guggenheim's renowned collection, which ranges from Impressionism through contemporary art.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    (1 miles) Manhattan

    With a permanent collection of over 2 million works of art, you know this New York City museum is a great journey into the wonderful world of art!

  • American Museum of Natural History

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    (1 miles) Manhattan

    An amazing New York museum with 45 permanent exhibition halls including Dinosaur Halls, Hall of Ocean Life, and the Hall of Human Origins, as wel as hands-on fun for kids

  • ArtXplorers

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    (1 miles) NYC

    A creative, unique and interactive way for kids to enjoy and learn about art around New York City.

  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab

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    (2 miles) Manhattan

    The Sony Wonder Technology Lab (SWTL) is a FREE four-story, interactive technology and entertainment museum for all ages. Located in mid-town Manhattan, SWTL inspires creativity in a high-quality, ...

  • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

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    (3 miles) West Side

    It's all about sea, air & space at this New York museum, dedicated to history, science and service - all related to the aircraft carrier "Intrepid"!

  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not

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    (3 miles) New York

    Kids of all ages can experience the mysterious, the weird and the wonderful at this New York City museum of oddities from all over the world!

  • Madame Tussauds New York

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    (3 miles) New York City

    Fun for the whole family as you come face to face with your favorite stars of music, film, sport, and history! Be a celebrity in New York City!

  • Childrens Museum of Manhattan

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    (5 miles) Manhattan

    CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through the arts, literacy, media & communications, science & the environment and early childhood ...

  • Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

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    (5 miles) New York City

    An art museum with a difference. Spend the day reading comics and looking at cartoons in this fun New York museum with a range of fascinating exhibits

  • Childrens Museum of the Arts

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    (5 miles) New York City

    Kids can be inspired at this fascinating children's museum of the arts in New York City, with art exhibitions, workshops and camps.

  • 9/11 Memorial Museum

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    (6 miles) New York

    An eye opening and moving experience at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City - on the site of the WTC.