Historical Attractions in MESA with kids

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

Mesa 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 Grand Canyon 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 Mesa’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 Mesa when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Tumbleweed Ranch

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    (10 miles) Chandler

    A great historic experience for the family in Chandler, with a collection of historic homes, farm equipment and buildings.

  • Sahuaro Ranch Historic Area

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    (23 miles) Glendale

    A fascinating look at history with one of the oldest ranches in the area, with 13 original buildings, gardens and historic tours - all FREE

  • Pioneer Living History Museum

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    (33 miles) Phoenix

    Historical fun in Phoenix with over 90 acres of an old 1800s town, without cars or smog! Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions.

  • McFarland State Historic Park

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    (37 miles) Florence

    The history of the park's building provides visitors with a look into the past. The building represents a transition between Sonoran and Anglo-American architecture with its wood-shingled pitched ...

  • Montezuma Castle Monument

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    (81 miles) Camp Verde

    Spend a few hours and discover the incredible legacy of an ancient people. Montezuma Castle National Monument.

  • Old Tucson Studios

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    (92 miles) Tucson

    Wild West Fun with gunfights and entertainment in Tucson, Arizona! Enjoy a day out with all things BBQ, saloon, and cowboy excitement!

  • Jerome State Historic Park

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    (94 miles) Jerome

    The "Billion Dollar" Copper Camp Jerome's modern history began in 1876 when three prospectors staked claims on rich copper deposits. They sold out to a group which formed the United Verde Copper ...

  • Flandrau The University of Arizona Science Center

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    (96 miles) Tucson

    The Standard Program includes a visit to the Design Garage's hands-on, interactive exhibits; a self-guided tour of our spectacular collection of gems and minerals in the Mineral Museum; and a ...

  • Trail Dust Town

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    (99 miles) Tuscon

    An authentic wild west day out with vintage rides, cavalry museum, stunt shows and more, all in Tucson!

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  • Arizona Museum of Natural History

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    Mesa

    A place where dinosaurs come back to life though fun and educational exhibits, as well as a fascinating insight into our planet!

  • Arizona Museum for Youth

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    Mesa

    As a semi-permanent art activity space for visitors, ages 5 and older, ArtZone is a great place to relax and explore art fundamentals. Emphasizing the elements of basic art, activities are open-ended ...

  • Hall Of Fire Museum

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    (7 miles) Phoenix

    The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire ...

  • Chandler Museum

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    (9 miles) Chandler

    A learning environment where families can come together and share stores of the community, and learn of the history of Chandler

  • Pueblo Grande Museum

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    (9 miles) Phoenix

    Explore an ancient 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin site in the heart of Phoenix. Along our trail the museum features a platform mound, ballcourt ruin, replicated houses, and native plants. ...

  • Arizona Railway Museum

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    (10 miles) Chandler

    A great experience looking at real railroad artifacts and equipment from Arizona and the Southwest.

  • Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery

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    (12 miles) Chandler

    An art gallery that focuses on Western American Art and Contemporary American Indian Art. A great collection with FREE entry to inspire kids in Chandler, Arizona.

  • Heard Museum

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    (14 miles) Phoenix

    Today, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is a must-see Arizona landmark -- a place of learning, discovery and an opportunity to share Native traditions that will touch your heart. With ...

  • Smoki Museum

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    (86 miles) Prescott

    The Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood. It was constructed with labor provided by the Civilian Works Administration and the Smoki People.The Smoki Museum as it appeared in the ...

  • Sharlot Hall Museum

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    (86 miles) Prescott

    The Sharlot Hall Museum is the largest museum in the central territory of Arizona. On June 11, 1928, Sharlot Mabridth Hall began a small museum in the Governor's Mansion and eighty years later her ...

  • The Phippen Museum

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    (89 miles) Prescott

    George Phippen, first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, died in 1966, leaving behind a group of artists interested in creating a facility that specifically represented artists in the ...

  • Arizona Senora Desert Museum

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    (90 miles) Tucson

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

  • The GPD Toy Train Museum

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    (92 miles) Tuscon

    If there's a little trainspotter in your household they're in for a real treat with this FREE entry museum, with displays of unique and extremely rare examples of toy trains and other railroadiana in ...

  • International Wildlife Museum

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    (93 miles) Tucson

    The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the diverse wildlife of the world as well as explaining the role of wildlife management in conservation. ...

  • The Mini-Time Machine

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    (96 miles) Tucson

    The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is state-of-the-art display of entertaining and interactive array of antique and contemporary miniatures as well as enchanting artifacts.

  • Arizona State Museum

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    (96 miles) Tucson

    Celebrate the cultures of the Southwest and northern Mexico at the Arizona State Museum - an educational and interesting family day out in Tucson!

  • Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

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    (96 miles) Tucson

    All things locomotive at this transportation museum in Southern Arizona. With depot tours, and actual locomotives for the kids to explore.

  • Tucson Childrens Museum

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    (97 miles) Tucson

    A visit to the Tucson Childrens Museum will find you enjoying the numerous interactive exhibits, the daily hands-on activities and the monthly special events.

  • Childsplay

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    (7 miles) Tempe

    Arizonas Strikingly Original Theatre for Young Audiences. Childsplay welcomes you to its 360 degree theatre experiencesâ

  • Great Arizona Puppet Theater

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    (15 miles) Phoenix

    With top quality puppet shows ranging from the classics like Cinderella and Goldilocks to more unusual fare such as 'The Princess, the Unicorn, and the Smelly Foot Troll', you're bound to find ...

  • Goldfield Ghost Town

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    (20 miles) Goldfield

    Come and visit Goldfield Ghost Town today! Walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and historic buildings. Tour the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and visit the Goldfield Museum. Pan for gold then ...

  • Challenger Space Centre

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    (30 miles) Peoria

    The Mission of the Challenger Space Center is to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live. Great idea if ...

  • Oracale State Educational Park

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    (84 miles) Oracle

    Oracle State Park is located in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near the town of Oracle. Ranging from 3,500 to 4,500 feet in elevation, the nearly 4,000-acre park consists ...

  • Phoenix Zoo

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    (7 miles) Phoenix

    Animal fun at Phoenix Zoo, with 1,400 animals waiting to say hello. Also animal encounters, events, and camps!

  • Sea Life Arizona

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    (8 miles) Tempe

    Over 5,000 creatures at this Arizona SEA LIFE aquarium, including sharks, seahorses and tropical fish, as well as a 360 degree ocean tunnel!

  • Butterfly Wonderland

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    (10 miles) Scottsdale

    A one of a kind experience at the LARGEST indoor butterfly pavilion in the entire USA!