Historical Attractions in Oregon with kids

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

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

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  • Oregon Coast History Museum

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    Newport

    Explore a time just past when our beaches were highways and tall ships graced our coastline. A sturdy ship's wheel, an intricate Native American basket, a rugged crosscut saw, an 1890s ...

  • Williamette Queen Sternwheeler trip

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    Salem

    "Step back in time and enjoy the unchanged natural beauty of the Willamette River aboard our authentic Sternwheeler" Life returns to the Willamette River where once sternwheelers were the main ...

  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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    Newport

    A historic day out at a stunning Oregon lighthouse where you can climb to the top, and find out what it's like to be a lighthouse keeper!

  • Springfield Museum

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    Springfield

    The Springfield Museum hosts changing exhibits of art and historic collections in the Main Street Gallery. The Historic Interpetive Center pays homage to the strong men and women who built a ...

  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

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    Astoria

    A historical day out in Oregon as you discover the rich history of the Native people, as well as the footsteps of the iconic Lewis & Clark explorers.

  • Applegate Trail Centre

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    Sunny Valley

    Applegate Trail Centre offers a glimpse into the colorful history of this rugged area through the stories of the pioneer settlers, the naming of Grave Creek, the discovery of gold, the impact of the ...

  • Lane County Historical Museum

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    Eugene

    The Lane County Historical Museum was created to collect, preserve and interpret Lane County's rich heritage. It is the only county-wide historical museum in Lane County. Lane County was a ...

  • Oregon Caves National Monument

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    Cave Junction

    Kids must be over 42" and able to pass a test before being allowed in on the fascinating cave tour, no carrying permitted.

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  • Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry

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    Portland

    Founded in 1944 and one of the nations top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that puts the WOW! in science ...

  • The Science Factory Children's Museum and Planetarium

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    Eugene

    Curious kids can learn all about science through hands-on exhibitions, as well as explore the stars at this Oregon Children's Museum!

  • Four Rivers Cultural Centre and Museum

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    Ontario

    For centuries, the Snake, the Malheur, the Owyhee and the Payette have supported life here, attracting people from all points of the compass. Four Rivers Cultural Center is named for these ...

  • Portland Art Museum

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    Portland

    The Museum’s collection of more than 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. Enjoyable at every age.

  • Portland's Children's Museum

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    Portland

    Dedicated to inspiring imagination, creativity, and the wonder of learning by inviting moments of shared discovery. Playing with and touching exhibits strongly encouraged!

  • Grant County Historical Museum

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    Canyon City

    Explore the Pioneer era with life sized costumed mannequins, gold mining artifacts, Chineses artifacts, three large rock collections and much, much more.

  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - The Spruce Goose

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    McMinnville

    From the Wright brothers' work to a 2,000 mile an hour Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, all things aeronautical including a recreation of the infamous Spruce Goose.

  • Tillamook Air Museum

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    Tillamook

    See one of Americas finest collections of over 30 War Birds including our P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina and SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Climb into a jet simulator!

  • AC Gilberts Discovery Village

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    Salem

    An innovative and educational children's museum in downtown Salem where kids can be inspired by creative play through exhibits, camps and parties!

  • Mudeye Puppet Company

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    Portland

    Kids can enjoy an exciting roster of interactive, 25 minute puppet shows for all ages. Every show is followed up with a meet and greet where kids are encouraged to see the puppets up close and learn ...

  • Oregon Childrens Theatre

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    Portland

    Kids can experience the atmosphere of live theater at the Oregon Childrens Theater that tell well loved stories with fantastic characters.

  • Oregon Zoo

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    Portland

    The Oregon Zoo is home to animals from all corners of the world, including Asian elephants, Peruvian penguins and Arctic polar bears! Kids can experience mist-filled Africa Rain Forests to the ...

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium

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    Newport

    In an underwater adventure. visitors are immersed in Keiko's former home through acrylic tunnels surrounded by several feet of sea water. Passages of the Deep has proven to be an unique attraction. ...

  • Wildlife Safari

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    Winston

    Over 500 animals in their natural habitat at this family park, where you can drive through a 4.5 mile trek to see animals from Africa, Asia and the America's!

  • Cascades Raptor Center Home

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    Eugene

    An intimate experience with eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and more! With over 60 non-releasable, permanent resident birds on display, of 33 native species, Cascades Raptor Center provides an ...

  • Great Cats World Park

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    Cave Junction

    An interactive, exciting and educational day out in Oregon with the big cats of the world, with guided tours and a chance to get interactive with the animals!

  • Macaw Landing Wildlife Refuge

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    Portland

    Back in 1992, just after the foundation was formed, we opened a public viewing exhibit with eight macaws, five large macaws and three miniature macaws, in the Jantzen Beach Shopping Center in ...

  • West Coast Game Park

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    Bandon

    Highly interactive zoo experience with contented, free roaming stock. Visitors of all ages are amazed, entertained and astonished by the original and innovative way of meeting, mingling, petting and ...

  • The Oaks Amusement Park

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    Portland

    Visit the oldest continually operating amusement park in the entire country in Oregon, with rides, attractions, and fun activities for the kids

  • Enchanted Forest

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    Turner

    Come and visit a world of fantasy in the beautiful, lush forest of this land of enchantment.

  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park

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    Milwaukie

    Water fun in Oregon at this family friendly water park, with a wave pool and laps for all ages!

  • Pendleton Family Aquatic Center

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    Pendelton

    Features gigantic water slides, over 200' of open and closed tubes, three pools, family picnic facilities with gas grills, children's water features and concessions. One of the many fun family places ...

  • Splash Lively Park Swim Center

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    Springfield

    Join us for a romp in the waves, a slip down the slide, a dunk at the water basketball hoop and more. Enjoy water exercise, splashing in the kiddie pool and relaxing in the adult spa. Convenient ...

  • Southwest Community Center and Pool

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    Portland

    A great community pool with lessons, lap pool and water features.

  • Chehalem Aquatic Center

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    Newberg

    A fun local aquatic center, with lap pools, diving board, classes and hot tub for adults!

  • The Salvation Army Kroc Center

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    Salem

    Indoor and outdoor facilities comprise full sized pool plus leisure pool with fun features, lazy river and outdoor splash pad. Plus rock climbing and other activities.

  • Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark

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    McMinnville

    Water fun with a hands-on museum experience for kids, and slide out of a real Boeing 747 - unique waterpark fun in Oregon!