Historical Attractions in PROVINCETOWN with kids

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

Provincetown 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 Bay 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 Provincetown’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 Provincetown when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Plimoth Plantation

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    (24 miles) Plymouth

    A fascinating historical attractions for the family and kids as they can learn all about the the stories and tales about actual people who were part of the colony in 1627. A living history adventure ...

  • Maritime Gloucester

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    (45 miles) Gloucester

    Features include an aquarium with touch tanks and maritime exhibit gallery with interactive stations plus summer classes and programs aimed at families. Plus go sailing or lobstering!

  • The House of the Seven Gables

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    (48 miles) Salem

    Uncover 359 years of Salem's history at this collection of historic buildings, and museum. A great family historical experience in Massachusetts!

  • Phillips House

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    (49 miles) Salem

    Experience a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family with this historic 1821 house in Salem.

  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium

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    (51 miles) Boston

    Walk though the world of 1937, quite literally, as you step into a one-of-a-kind, three-story, painted-glass globe. Once inside, watch a sound and light presentation, experience the unique acoustics ...

  • Lafayette Durfee House

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    (56 miles) Fall River

    Visit the historic home of Colonel Joseph Durfee who defended Fall River from the British. A historic adventure through the stories of the American Revolution.

  • Battleship Cove

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    (56 miles) Fall River

    Don't just learn about history, live it! At Battleship Cove, you will experience firsthand what it was like to serve on board a Navy warship in WWII. Plus Nautical Nights program where families stay ...

  • Coggeshall Farm Museum

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    (63 miles) Bristol

    Is a living history farm depicting Bristol's agrarian life in the year 1799 through live interpretation, historic structures, and heirloom plants and animals.

  • Providence Athenaeum

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    (65 miles) Providence

    The Providence Athenaeum, founded in 1753 as an independent membership library, provides books and other materials to all, of any age, who love reading, appreciate literature, and enjoy cultural ...

  • Hannaway Blacksmith Shop

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    (65 miles) Lincoln

    Visitors can now experience the ring of the anvil and the odor of coal and hot steel as blacksmiths forge pieces of the metal into hinges, nails, and other household items.

  • Museum of Newport History

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    (71 miles) Newport

    The Museum provides the whole family with an engaging introduction to the area's rich history and the beauty of its architecture. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things ...

  • Newport Mansions

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    (71 miles) Newport

    Explore 250 years of American history at our 11 historic properties, located on 80 acres of gardens and parks.

  • Astors Beechwood Mansion

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    (71 miles) Newport

    Once the summer home of the Astors, this elegant mansion now features living history tours, including Victorian and Roaring Twenties tours, evening performances, seasonal events, and much more.

  • Belcourt Castle

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    (72 miles) Newport

    Take a tour during the day of this elegant castle, with its medieval flavor, or walk among the many spirits of the past during a Ghost Tour, Belcourt Castle offers a unique opportunity to step back ...

  • Historic Fort Adams

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    (72 miles) Newport

    HISTORIC FORT ADAMS is off Harrison Ave. in Fort Adams State Park. Built 1824-57, Fort Adams is one of the largest coastal fortifications in the United States. Guided tours take visitors from the ...

  • Smith's Castle

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    (74 miles) North Kingstown

    A step back in time as you experience Rhode Island in the 1600s! A fascinating historical experience for the whole family on your day out together.

  • America's Stonehenge

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    (75 miles) Salem

    A mysterious historical attraction - possibly the oldest man-made attraction in the entire country - our very own Stonehenge! Right in New Hampshire.

  • Americas Stonehenge

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    (75 miles) Salem

    Explore the mysteries of America's Stonehenge, and try and work out how it was built! Most likely the oldest man-made structure in the USA!

  • Biomes Marine Biology Center

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    (75 miles) North Kingstown

    Biomes is a privately owned marine science education center focusing on hands-on programs for students and families in Southern New England.

  • The Robert Frost Farm

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    (79 miles) Derry

    The Robert Frost Farm was home to Robert Frost and his family from 1900-1911. Frost, one of the nation's most acclaimed poets whose writings are said to be the epitome of New England, attributed many ...

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  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

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    (21 miles) Brewster

    There are two floors of exhibits about the flora and fauna of Cape Cod, including exhibits on whales, indigenous birds, and coastal change, and several aquaria holding different species of ...

  • Plymouth National Wax Museum

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    (26 miles) Plymouth

    The Wax Museum, gives a graphic portrayal in the magic of light, sound, and animation, recreating the persecuted years in England, the escape to Holland, the Mayflower voyage, and the landing at ...

  • Cape Cod Childrens Museum

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    (36 miles) Mashpee

    A place where families and children can learn and play together. The museum features lots of hand on exhibits such as: A Pirate Ship, A Plantarium, the Puppet Theatre and Toddler Play Area.

  • Fuller Craft Museum

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    (45 miles) Brockton

    Free for kids, this is an ever changing range of consistently excellent exhibits, covering a diverse range of themes and mediums. Obviously for the less boisterous child, this is a fun afternoon for ...

  • Children's Museum of Easton

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    (47 miles) North Easton

    There are 3 floors of interactive educational but fun exhibits and over 100 programs that allow kids children ages 1 through 8 to explore the world around.

  • The New England Pirate Museum

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    (48 miles) Salem

    Relive the swashbuckling adventures of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard, with a walking tour and authentic pirate treasures!

  • Salem Wax Museum

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    (48 miles) Salem

    This compelling museum is composed of eerily life-like London made wax figures that depict Salems vivid history from its founding in 1626 through the terrifying Hysteria of 1692. Come face to face ...

  • Peabody Essex Museum

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    (49 miles) Salem

    Spend the day surrounded by art and culture in this popular Salem museum, with exhibits, programs and activities!

  • Salem Witch Museum

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    (49 miles) Salem

    Step back in time to 1692, to a time when the Witch Trails of Salem were in full force. Fascinating for the older kids, this museum gives the family a dramatic history lesson with life-size figures, ...

  • Witch History Museum

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    (49 miles) Salem

    Explore the untold stories of 1692 with live presentations and real life scenes depicting the stories of the trials in Old Salem village.

  • Witch Dungeon Museum

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    (49 miles) Salem

    Experience a live re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trial! Go back in time to 1692 to hear real transcripts from the actual trials, before touring the dungeon!

  • Boston Childrens Museum

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    (49 miles) Boston

    Loads of great hand-on exhibits to keep kids entertained in Boston - which focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness and the arts.

  • Museum of Science

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    (50 miles) Boston

    Over 700 interactive exhibits perfect for kids in Boston, where their imagination can run wild with science and technology!

  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum

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    (52 miles) Brookline

    Located in beautiful Larz Anderson Park the Larz Anderson Auto Museum is a great Museum for kids and adults of all ages! Learn about the history of the automobile and have some fun along the way! ...

  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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    (53 miles) Cambridge

    The Peabody Museum is among the oldest archaeological and ethnographic museums in the world where kids can enjoy and learn from one of the finest collections of human cultural history found anywhere. ...