Historical Attractions in North Carolina with kids

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

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

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  • Emerald Village

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    Little Switzerland

    Explore the historic Bon Ami Mine with authentic mining equipment, mine for gemstones in our fresh water flume, watch artisans cut and mount jewelry, and then picnic in our indoor or outdoor picnic ...

  • Piedmont Environmental Center

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    High Point

    Make environmental education fun for children and adults of all ages. We have 11 miles of hiking trails on 376 acres

  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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    Chapel Hill

    Morehead offers multimedia star shows, interactive exhibits, live science demonstrations, and a variety of classes, lectures, camps, and other special events year-round. Explore this North Carolina ...

  • Discovery Place

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    Charlotte

    A great hands-on experience for any child looking for adventure. The Science Centre and Observer IMAX Dome Theatre offer something fun and educational for everyone in the family!

  • Korner's Folly

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    Kernersville

    Explore the fascinating historic home from 1880, with 22 rooms and original furniture, taking you back to life over a century ago!

  • Battleship USS North Carolina

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    Wilmington

    Self-guided tours around this authentically resorted USS North Carolina warship - families: to your battle stations!

  • Fort Macon State Park

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    Atlantic Beach

    Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast—as well as a historic landmark.

  • Historic Yates Mill County Park

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    Raleigh

    A historic day out in Raleigh with experiences and exhibits that preserve the history of the agricultural heritage - all in 174 acres of wildlife refuge!

  • North Carolina History Center

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    New Bern

    A fun and kid friendly revolutionized museum experience, with portable interactive devices to accompany the displays and a virtual time machine trip to the 1800s!

  • Reed Gold Mine

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    Midland

    History and GOLD at this site that was the FIRST documented location where gold was discovered in the USA!

  • Historic Stagville

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    Durham

    Head back in time in North Carolina to one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War! An incredible glimpse of the past for kids

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  • SciWorks

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    Winston Salem

    With a state-of-the-art Planetarium, 17 acre Environmental Park and 35,000 square feet of exhibits, learning about science is fun at SciWorks. Newest feature: Sportsology Exhibit.

  • Museum of Life and Science

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    Durham

    A world-class science center, interactive inside and out, you’ll find hundreds of state-of-the art, hands-on exhibits. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do ...

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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    Raleigh

    Lots of hands-on exhibits, highlights include the world's most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur; Willo, the only dinosaur discovered with a fossilized heart. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Greensboro Childrens Museum

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    Greensboro

    A hands-on, interactive, and educational play place for children ages 0-10 years and their families. Visitors learn while they play, touch, explore and discover in a variety of "Our Town" exhibits. ...

  • Imagination Station Science Museum

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    Wilson

    Kids can enjoy fun through science and technology through dynamic hands-on science learning, plus some live exhibits at this North Carolina science museum!

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

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    Maggie Valley

    A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.

  • Frisco Native American Museum

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    Frisco

    Housed in a building with a 100 years of history, the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center contains a nationally recognized collection of Native American artifacts, exhibits, and ...

  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

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    Southern Pines

    The Sandhills region consists of nearly one million acres in south-central North Carolina. In the midst of this sandy terrain—famous for golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms is Weymouth ...

  • Discovery Place KIDS

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    Huntersville

    Fun exhibits themed around a small town which let kids play, learn and build confidence all in the one fun Discovery Place KIDS in North Carolina!

  • Catawba Science Center

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    Hickory

    Science made fun at this kids museum in Hickory, with interactive exhibits, amazing aquariums and even a planetarium!

  • The Natural Science Centre of Greensboro

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    Greensboro

    Combines an accredited science museum including Herpetarium; zoological park including petting zoo; 3D Omnisphere Theatre performances and an aquarium in development.

  • Old Salem Museums and Gardens

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    Winston-Salem

    Learn about the historic town of Salem through, and experience history right before your eyes in this historical museum attraction!

  • Marbles Kids Museum

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    Raleigh

    Imaginative and creative learning through play at this Raleigh children's museum, complete with interactive exhibits and an IMAX movies!

  • Fascinate U Childrens Museum

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    Fayetteville

    offers a large number of fun and educational hands on exhibits and displays, plus Mini City where kids can enjoy equipped roleplay settings including deli, grocery, emergency dispatch and law court.

  • Childrens Museum of Wilmington

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    Wilmington

    Features include teddy bear hospital, under the sea area, arts zone, grocery store roleplay, imagination circus and a lot more. Aimed at 10s and under.

  • Imaginarium Childrens Museum

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    Plattsburgh

    is a vast facility aimed at educating families through fun and interactive discovery, features include Glow Room, Science Lab, Dentist, climbing wall, crawler and toddler soft play zone, climbing ...

  • Hands On Museum

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    Hendersonville

    Features include mountain landscape indoor play, equipped roleplay settings, theatre, music room, arts and crafts, art studio and baby doll area.

  • Schiele Museum of Natural History

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    Gastonia

    Indoor and outdoor installations in all mediums and sizes help coalesce to form an indelible impression of the region's natural history and cultural development.

  • Childrens Museum of Winston Salem

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    Winston Salem

    Galleries include multi level climbing zones, soft and hard construction area, kids' library, plus the Enchanted Forest which itself comprises over a dozen separate play stations associated with ...

  • The N.C Transportation Museum

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    Spencer

    57 family friendly acres of transportation history at the North Carolina Transportation Museum - fun and educational!

  • Childrens Museum of Alamance County

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    Graham

    A fun and interactive way for kids to exercise their curiosity and develop their incredible imaginations through exploration - and where kids and adults can create together.

  • North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort

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    Beaufort

    Kids can get lost in the world of maritime heritage and shipwrecks, even learn how to fish or enjoy boatbuilding classes! Ahoy maties!

  • North Carolina Maritime Museum Southport

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    Southport

    Introduce kids to the story of the region of Southport and Cape Fear - the people and their relationship to the water. A fascinating insight into the maritime history of North Carolina, and the tales ...

  • Charlotte Nature Museum

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    Charlotte

    A fun nature museum with a focus on those little ones 3 to 7 years, with live animals, nature trails, and hands-on exhibits in North Carolina!