Historical Attractions in Nevada with kids

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

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

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  • Carson City Ghost Walk

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    Carson City

    Join us on this very special weekend in Carson City and Carson Valley when historic ghosts will rise from their resting places to tell you their stories and guide you through our colorful ...

  • Bonnie Springs Ranch Old Town

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    Blue Diamond

    Gunfights hangings, museums....and a gift shop? It can only mean you are back in the 1880s with this super fun western town where cowboys walk the streets! Wild West family fun in Nevada!

  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

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    Austin

    Experience a turn of the century mining town in a preserved state of decay, with the remains of the giant Ichthyosaurs surrounding you in fossil form. An amazing Nevada experience!

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  • Lied Discovery Childrens Museum

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    Las Vegas

    The mission of Lied Discovery Children's Museum is to provide a vibrant and engaging experience, through exhibits and programs, where children from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds ...

  • Las Vegas Art Museum

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    Las Vegas

    Like most 58-year-old organizations in Southern Nevada, what is now the Las Vegas Art Museum came from humble beginnings. In 1950, a group of of visionaries created the Las Vegas Art League with the ...

  • National Automobile Museum

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    Reno

    The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) lets you travel through time like few other places. Like people, every car has a story, a little tale about who and where and why. Especially ...

  • Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum

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    Boulder City

    The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum tells the story of the Boulder Canyon Project as it was experienced by the men and women who braved the desolation of the Southern Nevada desert to build Hoover Dam ...

  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum

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    Las Vegas

    A life size T-Rex and live sharks await inquisitive kids at this Las Vegas Natural History Museum!

  • Guinness World Of Records

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    Las Vegas

    Here you will find hands-on displays and lots of records pertaining specifically to Las Vegas. Videos display actual record-breaking feats of individuals and teams. The tour takes at least a ...

  • Nevada State Railroad Museum

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    Carson City

    A museum all things railroad in Nevada, with actual locomotives and cars, some pre-dating 1900. Fascinating for the kids!

  • The Childrens Museum of Northern Nevada

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    Carson City

    We are a children's play-based learning environment. Exhibits include a pre-school area with manipulative problem-solving activities. Exhibits are geared for 1 year olds and up.

  • Atomic Testing Museum

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    Las Vegas

    The Atomic Testing Museum portrays world history through varied representations of the story of the Nevada Test Site and its programs.

  • The Discovery

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    Reno

    The Discovery (Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum), is a 67,000 square foot hands-on science center location in downtown Reno, Nevada, with learning and fun for visitors of all ages.

  • Marjorie Barrick Museum

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    Las Vegas

    Offering a range of performances, exhibitions, lectures and film series in opulent and contemporary surroundings.

  • Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

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    Las Vegas

    Located in The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, come face to face with your favorite stars at this iconic wax figure museum - Madame Tussauds!

  • Wilbur D May Center

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    Reno

    An adventure for all ages with a museum that houses a rare collection of artifacts, and a botanical garden gilled with flowers, courtyards and meadows.

  • Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center

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    Reno

    An adventure into the world of space and science for the whole family in Reno! With a theater, and FREE exhibit hall with fascinating displays for an interactive experience!

  • Nevada Museum Of Art

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    Reno

    A family day out surrounded by art and culture, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno gives kids an education and insight into some incredible art through their many exhibitions.

  • Clark County Museum

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    Henderson

    An amazing 30 acre site that offers an insight into the history of Southern Nevada, from pre-historic to modern times through historic buildings

  • Discovery Children's Museum

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    Las Vegas

    Explore a place where learning is made fun, at this children's museum in Vegas filled with hands-on and interactive exhibits perfect for kids of all ages!

  • The Planetarium

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    North Las Vegas

    Southern Nevada's only public planetarium and observatory with multimedia shows in astronomy and hemisphere motion pictures. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to ...

  • Tournament of Kings Dinner Show

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    Vegas

    Step back in time to the Medieval realm of Knights, Maidens and the great King Arthur at this entertaining live performance dinner show!

  • Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre

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    Las Vegas

    The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets.

  • Circus Circus Midway Acts

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    Las Vegas

    Acts include high end performance featuring skates, silks, trampolines, juggling, trapeze artistry, acrobatics and shows from the house clowns. Free to watch.

  • Wynns Lake of Dreams

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    Las Vegas

    Boasting a 40 ft waterfall and mountain landscape backdrop, the light based performance shows begin around dusk. No charge for this entertainment!

  • Fashion Show Mall Runway Shows

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    Las Vegas

    Offers open access professional shows on an 80ft catwalk runway for your little divas to get a free fashion fix. No charge for this entertainment!

  • The Mirage Volcano

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    Las Vegas

    Offering free shows hourly throughout the evening using fire based pyrotechnics, exciting music and explosive effects. No charge for this entertainment!

  • Sirens of Treasure Island

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    Las Vegas

    Drop in for a free show every evening, detailing a battle between Pirates and Sirens through the mediums of song and dance. Family suitable. No charge for this entertainment!

  • Streetmosphere at the Grand Canal Shoppes

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    Las Vegas

    Wandering performance artists displaying everything from living statues to singers, musicians and mimes are waiting to entertain you in St Mark's Square. No charge for this entertainment!

  • Sunset Stampede at Sams Town

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    Las Vegas

    Offers several complimentary shows nightly comprising high tech water jets, music and cutting edge laser lighting, chronicling the Western Pioneer experience. No charge for this entertainment!

  • Shark Reef Aquarium

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    Las Vegas

    14 exhibits allow visitors to view up-close 100 aquatic species, 15 types of sharks and a Giant Pacific Octopus.

  • Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

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    Las Vegas

    Experience an exotic, enchanting and wondrous outdoor world at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat and come face to face with white lions, white tigers, panthers, leopards, and our ...

  • Sierra Safari Zoo

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    Reno

    Visit Nevada's LARGEST zoo and the ONLY zoo in Northern Nevada, with animals from all over the world for that WILD family day out!

  • Animal Ark

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    Reno

    Animal Ark provides an ideal place to house non-releasable wildlife and allows the public a unique opportunity to view these animals in natural habitat exhibits. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary

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    Las Vegas

    Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary offers a safe haven for animals of all types. Here, you can see birds of many species, including quail, ducks, ostriches, parrots; and various animals like turtles, goats, ...