Historical Attractions in New York State with kids

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

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

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  • Statue of Liberty

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    NYC

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

  • Empire State Building

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    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!

  • Boldt Castle on Heart Island

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    Alexandria Bay

    At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on ...

  • Erie Canal Village

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    Rome

    Recreated mid-1800s village focused on the Erie Canal, which offers packet boat and narrow gauge train rides. Among the buildings such as a church, one room school, tavern and other buildings are a ...

  • Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

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    Manhattan

    Enjoy a one-hour behind-the-scenes guided walking tour of the World's Most Famous Arena. With over 600 events each year, you never know what you'll see!

  • South Street Seaport Museum

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    Manhattan

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

  • Hayden Planetarium

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    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.

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    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 ...

  • Fort Ticonderoga

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    Ticonderoga

    Immerse the family in nearly 2,000 acres of history at the fascinating Fort Ticonderoga! With living history programs and activities, as well as a fun corn maze!

  • Naval Military Park

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    Buffalo

    Explore vast halls of military heritage and history plus see historic vessels including military heliopters, a tank, armed personnel carrier, several jets and a patrol boat as well as 3 full naval ...

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  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab

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    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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    West Side

    The Intrepid's permanent flight deck exhibits include an A-12 Blackbird, an F-14 Super Tomcat, a British Scimitar, a French Entendard and a Polish MiG-21 among other many other fixed-wing aircraft ...

  • American Museum of Natural History

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    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

  • Children's Museum of the East End

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    Bridgehampton

    A fun and interactive museum showcasing what makes the East End special, with emphasis on those who call it home! Great learning experience for kids in New York!

  • Childrens Museum of Manhattan

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    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 ...

  • Explore and More Children's Museum

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    East Aurora

    Spark your kids' creativity, curiosity, and imagination at the region's only museum designed just for children. With cool hands-on activities, your kids can explore the world, learn about building, ...

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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    Cooperstown

    As they enter the Museum, kids under 12 can choose to participate in one of two Discovery Tours, which are self-guided educational scavenger hunts. The answers can be found throughout the Museum, and ...

  • Museum of the Earth

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    Ithaca

    With particular emphasis on New York State and the Northeast United States, the Museum of the Earth explores the history of the Earth and its life through the lens of geology and paleontology, ...

  • House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

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    Lake George

    Be warned the House of Frankenstein is not just another Wax Museum. No indeed. When you walk the steps of the haunted stairs you are on your own. Don't turn back, there is no turning back, you must ...

  • Staten Island Childrens Museum

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    Staten Island

    The Staten Island Children's Museum appeals to the intrepid explorer in every child. Interactive exhibitions and creative workshops offer plenty of opportunities for hands-on, first hand experiences ...

  • 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.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    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!

  • Guggenheim Museum

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    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.

  • Staten Island Museum

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    Staten Island

    Visitors can embark on a voyage through time in the Staten Island Ferry exhibit, get close to exotic insects, see rocks glow in the dark along with oddities in the Hall of Natural Sciences and ...

  • Queens County Farm Museum

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    Floral Park

    The Queens County Farm Museum's history dates back to 1697; it occupies New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and is the only working historical farm in the City. The farm ...

  • The New York City Police Museum

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    Manhattan

    The Police Museum gives visitors an insider's look at the history and traditions of the largest police force in the country. Kids can test out sirens used in an NYPD patrol car, take their friend's ...

  • Childrens Museum of the Arts

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    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.

  • Long Island Childrens Museum

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    Garden City

    Long Island Childrens Museum is a hands-on museum for kids and their grown-ups.

  • New York Transit Museum

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    Brooklyn

    The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier ...

  • 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 ...

  • ArtXplorers

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    NYC

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

  • Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

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    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

  • National Museum Of Play

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    Rochester

    The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play!

  • The Jewish Childrens Museum

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    Brooklyn

    Through innovative multi-media technology, Jewish history, values and culture come to life with hands on exhibits, and even a miniature golf course.

  • Buffalo Museum of Science

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    Buffalo

    Fun interactive stations with play themes focusing on a variety of science-based concepts, including energy, space, weather, light, and the environment!