Historical Attractions in New Jersey with kids

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

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

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  • Battleship New Jersey

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    Camden

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

  • Morris County Planetarium

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    Randolph

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

  • The Blueberry Factory

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    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 ...

  • Tuckerton Seaport

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    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.

  • Absecon Lighthouse

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    Atlantic City

    An amazing historic journey up 228 steps to the top of this 1857 lighthouse, overlooking Atlantic City!

  • Monmouth Battlefield State Park

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    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

  • Historic Cold Spring Village

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    Cape May

    Open air living history museum with costumed characters and craft demonstrations, restored architecture, family activities, interactive games, dress up and free horse and wagon rides.

  • Dey Mansion

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    Wayne

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

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  • Franklin Mineral Museum

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    Franklin

    The museum has over 4,000 mineral specimens on display in the local room including those that are on display in the 33 foot long fluorescent display in the fluorescent room. The museum\'s ...

  • Garden State Discovery Museum

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    Cherry Hill

    Touch, explore and create in the museums many interactive exhibit areas - loads of things to do all under one roof

  • Liberty Science Center

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    Jersey City

    The interactive museums three exhibit floors, each having a different theme, are dedicated to exploration through hands-on experimentation. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking ...

  • Morris Museum

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    Morristown

    The museum offers a full calendar of special events, festivals, classes, and activities for the entire family - with an ever changing hands on exhibitions varying from arts and science to historical ...

  • NJ Childrens Museum

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    Paramus

    Explore over 30 different play and learning areas, each designed to attract and engage the imagination! Your child is your guide.

  • Newark Museum

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    Newark

    Whatever your child is passionate about, let the Junior Museum be your partner as your child explores their creative self, expands their mind, and above all, has fun while learning something new!

  • Insectropolis The Bugseum of New Jersey

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    Toms River

    Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. There is plenty to see and do here! Our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these ...

  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not Atlantic City

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    Atlantic City

    Visit the home of weird family fun, with 2 floors with ALL NEW galleries, shows and nearly 300 unusual and fascinating exhibits!

  • MWV Children's Museum

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    North Conway

    Active and curious kids up to 7 years can learn through play in this fun children's museum, dedicated to their development in New Jersey!

  • The Lambert Castle Museum

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    Paterson

    Fascinating museum set inside and about Lambert Castle. The Garret Mountain Reservation observation tower is right by you, as is the Rifle Camp Park with it's own natural history museum and ...

  • Sterling Hill Mining Museum

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    Ogdensburg

    Deep family fun with more than 700 objects on display, as well as cool mines accessible by guided tour.

  • Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

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    Cape May

    All manner of engines, aircraft and interactive displays, plus climb a control tower, sit in a cockpit, try the pilot seat in the flight simulator and have a close look at over 20 real planes and ...

  • Hunterdon Museum of Art

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    Clinton

    Fascinating and captivating art exhibits at this New Jersey Museum of Art, with classes and workshops for kids too!

  • Montclair Art Museum

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    Montclair

    Experience a day of American and Native American art, programs and exhibitions where kids can get lost in that magical art world in New Jersey

  • IMAX Theatre at Tropicana

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    Atlantic City

    Treat your senses to the most powerful and involving movie experience yet created. Our Academy Award winning IMAX technology brings images to life like no other. Experience an arm chair adventure ...

  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

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    Lyndhurst

    In the Lyndhurst Castle's grand ceremonial arena, weapons are brandished and an authentic medieval jousting tournament ensues. Our Knights' dazzling displays of skill and athleticism demand the same ...

  • Turtle Back Zoo

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    West Orange

    Over 100 different species call this popular New Jersey zoo home, with a petting zoo and miniature train rides too!

  • Adventure Aquarium

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    Camden

    Explore under the ocean in New Jersey with this family fun aquarium, with a shark tank, walk through tube and interactive exhibits!

  • Atlantic City Aquarium

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    Atlantic City

    There is a touch tank, as well as fish tanks with exotic fish, lots of activities to keep the kids entertained - let the kids have great fun while learning about the sea and sealife

  • Paws Farm Nature Center

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    Mount Laurel

    All visitors enjoy and learn from the many interactive exhibits and the more that 80 birds and animals housed here.

  • Six Flags Wild Safari

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    Jackson

    Visit the largest drive-thru safari outside of Africa. This 350-acre wildlife preserve is home to 1,200 animals, including several endangered species.

  • Marine Mammal Stranding Center

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    Brigantine

    The Center, which has the privilege of housing the only marine mammal stranding facility within New Jersey, is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded or otherwise stressed marine ...

  • Bergen County Zoo

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    Paramus

    The Bergen County Zoo offers education programs for everyone: children and adults; individuals and groups; at the zoo, or at your facility. A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. ...

  • The Cohanzick Zoo

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    Bridgeton

    The Cohanzick Zoo, established in 1934, is New Jerseys First Zoo. Located in the beautiful Bridgeton City Park, this little zoo is set on 15 acres and is home to approximately 100 animals. Admission ...

  • Popcorn Park Zoo

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    Forked River

    Popcorn Park Zoo is a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon ...

  • Space Farms

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    Sussex

    Come alive with nature and history. Explore the wild side of Space Farms Zoo and Museum. Space Farms offers educational fun for all ages. Where else can you step back in time and head for the ...

  • Jenkinson's Aquarium

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    Point Pleasant Beach

    A fun family aquarium located within Jenkinson's Boardwalk in New Jersey, where kids can get up close with sharks, seals, and even touch star fish and sting rays!