Historical Attractions in PORTLAND with kids

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

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

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  • Fort Vancouver National Site

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    (7 miles) Vancouver

    A series of historically educational attractions and environments are spread across this expansive parkland, including interactive and immersive exhibits.

  • Cedar Creek Grist Mill

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    (29 miles) Woodland

    The only one remaining of it's type, offering working tours to see the impressive pulley systems and grindstones at work in traditional fashion. Please note weekend opening only.

  • Williamette Queen Sternwheeler trip

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    (46 miles) 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 ...

  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

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    (72 miles) 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.

  • The Pioneer Farm Museum

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    (95 miles) Eatonville

    A double trip into history as you visit the 1880s homestead, then travel back even further to experience the Ohop Indian Village. Educational and thoroughly entertaining day out for the family in ...

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  • Portland Art Museum

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    (1 miles) 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.

  • Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry

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    (1 miles) 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 ...

  • Portland's Children's Museum

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    (3 miles) Portland

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

  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - The Spruce Goose

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    (32 miles) 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.

  • AC Gilberts Discovery Village

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    (44 miles) Salem

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

  • Tillamook Air Museum

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    (55 miles) 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!

  • Veterans Memorial Museum

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    (79 miles) Chehalis

    Veterans Memorial Museum is dedicated to the men and women who have honorably served our nation in the Armed Forces, during peacetime and war, so we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.

  • Northwest Carriage Museum

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    (95 miles) Raymond

    Explore the world of the 19th century traveler at the Northwest Carriage Museum. The museum is home to 23 beautifully restored horse drawn vehicles. Many of the carriages in the museum were the ...

  • Oregon Childrens Theatre

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    (1 miles) Portland

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

  • Mudeye Puppet Company

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    (6 miles) 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 Zoo

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    (2 miles) 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 ...

  • Macaw Landing Wildlife Refuge

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    (4 miles) 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 ...

  • The Oaks Amusement Park

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    (4 miles) 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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    (50 miles) Turner

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

  • Southwest Community Center and Pool

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    (4 miles) Portland

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

  • North Clackamas Aquatic Park

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    (8 miles) Milwaukie

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

  • Chehalem Aquatic Center

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    (20 miles) Newberg

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

  • Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark

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    (32 miles) McMinnville

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

  • The Salvation Army Kroc Center

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    (41 miles) 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.

  • Portland Lan Su Chinese Garden

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    Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures—a powerfully inspiring experience that takes you through time, offering a window into Chinese culture, history and way of thinking. ...

  • Jetboat Excursions

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    (1 miles) Portland

    Willamette Jetboat Excursions was the very first company to offer Jet Boat tours on the beautiful Willamette River, beginning in 1997. And as of Summer 2007, over two hundred thousand passengers have ...

  • Electric Castles Wunderland

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    (6 miles) Milwaukie

    You will find more than one hundred games of all types with the latest video games and redemption games. Each location has a different variety of games to choose from. Tickets won from redemption ...

  • Pump It Up Beaverton

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    (6 miles) Beaverton

    From an indoor, gigantic inflatable filled arenas, to private party rooms, and fun open jump - great indoor play for those active kids in Oregon!

  • JJ Jump

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    (9 miles) Clackamas

    JJ Jump is pure family entertainment, featuring Open Gym times, Jump n goodtime birthdays, team & corporate events and Cosmic Jump! JUMP, SLIDE, SWING and BOUNCE in a 12,000 square foot indoor ...

  • Munchkin Playland

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    (9 miles) Portland

    The main play area was inspired by the state of Oregon, with several fun animals and structures for the children to explore.

  • JJ Jump Vancouver

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    (11 miles) Vancouver

    The inflatable equipment offers great low impact aerbic exercise in the forms of varying obstacles courses, slides, bounce houses and more.

  • Naydenov Gymnastics Fun Center

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    (11 miles) Vancouver

    Vancouver and Portland's best spot for birthday parties and indoor play. Open Gyms on Fridays and Sundays Teen Night Out every Friday night Parent's Night Out every Saturday night Gymnastics, ...

  • Dizzy Castle

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    (12 miles) Vancouver

    Dizzy Castle is the North Wests newest and best indoor playground. Over 8000 sq ft of fun. We feature a massive castle & pirate ship play structure, full Cafe, 3 party rooms, Free Ipads for the ...

  • Out Of This World

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    (12 miles) Hillsboro

    Multi level space themed adventure play, plus inflatable obstacle course, kid powered kart track, separate toddler area and modern gaming room.

  • Safari Sam's

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    (14 miles) Sherwood

    Indoor play fun, with the largest adventure play structure in Oregon for all ages, with a 9+ super assault course, Glow In The Dark mini golf, and inflatables!