Historical Attractions in RALEIGH with kids

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

Raleigh 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 Tar Heel 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 Raleigh’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 Raleigh when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Historic Yates Mill County Park

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    (5 miles) 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!

  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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    (25 miles) 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 ...

  • Historic Stagville

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    (26 miles) 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

  • Danville Science Center

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    (69 miles) Danville

    Danville Science Center delights all ages with its hands-on exhibits and special programs that make science fun for everyone. Friendly staff and volunteers stand ready to encourage you to explore ...

  • Piedmont Environmental Center

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    (75 miles) High Point

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

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  • 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!

  • 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 ...

  • Museum of Life and Science

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    (23 miles) 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 ...

  • Imagination Station Science Museum

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    (41 miles) 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!

  • Childrens Museum of Alamance County

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    (47 miles) 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.

  • Fascinate U Childrens Museum

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    (52 miles) 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.

  • Sampson County History Museum

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    (57 miles) Clinton

    A historic museum in North Carolina where you can search through your own life, and your place in history!

  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

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    (60 miles) 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 ...

  • Greensboro Childrens Museum

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    (67 miles) 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. ...

  • The Natural Science Centre of Greensboro

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    (71 miles) Greensboro

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

  • Go Science

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    (72 miles) Greenville

    A great museum for kids where they can learn about the STEM subjects through interactive exhibits and programs, to encourage, inspire and motivate!

  • Greenville Museum Of Art

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    (72 miles) Greenville

    Fascinating art collections and exhibits in this Greenville Art Museum, for those creative, art loving families

  • AAF Tank Museum

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    (73 miles) Danville

    The Tank Museum has the most extensive collection of International Tank & Cavalry artifacts in the world! - 117 Tanks & Artillery pieces + lots more

  • Discovery Place KIDS Rockingham

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    (86 miles) Rockingham

    Incredible discoveries for kids with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to teach kids as they play, in North Carolina!

  • Virginia Museum of Natural History

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    (93 miles) Martinsville

    Great Natural History Museum featuring that great family favourite - The Dinisour - check events for up to date info

  • Raleigh Little Theatre

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    (2 miles) Raleigh

    Raleigh Little Theatre is a community theater that produces 11 full productions annually and maintains a comprehensive youth and adult theater education programs.

  • Touchstone Farm

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    (7 miles) Temple

    For animal loving kids, Touchstone Farm in New Hampshire makes a fun day out where they can spend time with horses, as well as other farm animals

  • Winterpast Farm

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    (15 miles) Wake Forest

    A family farm experience for the family, with sweet animal encounters on 10 beautiful acres in North Carolina. With tubing, camp outs and bonfires too!

  • Aloha Safari Zoo

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    (42 miles) Cameron

    A beautiful rescue zoo in North Carolina currently caring for over 300 exotic creatures, including aviary, reptile room and extensive habitats.

  • Conservators Center

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    (50 miles) Burlington

    A beautiful non-profit organisation that rescues, preserves and educates about threatened species. The Conservators Center welcomes families to experience these beautiful creatures through pre-booked ...

  • North Carolina Zoo

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    (64 miles) Asheboro

    Kids and the family can experience wildlife from two different continents on 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats! Animal-tastic North Carolina fun!

  • Infinity Acres Petting Ranch

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    (86 miles) Ridgeway

    A fun interactive animal experience where kids can pet and hold a whole range of creatures! Ready to come face to face with a Llama at Infinity Acres!

  • Lynwood Park Zoo

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    (93 miles) Jacksonville

    10 acres of animal fun in North Carolina, with over 80 exhibits filled with animals from all over the world! Family zoo fun in Jacksonville!

  • Fantasy Lake

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    (60 miles) Hope Mills

    Beautiful white sand beaches and water park fun on a 6 acre man made lake. Great fun with the family in North Carolina!

  • Wet n Wild Emerald Pointe

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    (69 miles) Greensboro

    With over 36 rides & attractions, there's something for all at the LARGEST water park in the Carolina's!

  • White Lake Water Park

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    (78 miles) White Lake

    Cool family water fun with lots of water activities to spend the day in, including pools, slides, a lazy river and for something different, even indy karting!

  • Monkey Joes

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    (6 miles) Raleigh

    The place to go in Raleigh for jumping, bouncing, and sliding for kids under 12 years! A fun indoor inflatable play center packed with adventures, and FUN!

  • Coconut Charlies Bump N Bounce

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    (7 miles) Raleigh

    Super fun inflatables in Raleigh where kids can enjoy open play all day, celebrate birthdays, or visit the Toddler Room!

  • KidZ in a Minute

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    (7 miles) Raleigh

    “KidZ in a Minute” is a drop-in child care center with the reliability you require for children ages 12 months-12 to come explore, discover, and play.

  • MegaPlay

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    (46 miles) Spring Lake

    Get ready for 6,700 sq ft of indoor play fun, with play structures, wave slides, and obstacle bridges....and the list goes on! Playtime fun for kids in North Carolina!