Historical Attractions in RENTON with kids

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

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

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  • Sky City Cultural Center

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    (19 miles) Acoma

    Take a guided tour of the ancient pueblo village atop a 367-foot sandstone bluff, Discover the traditional Native American culture and living history of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.

  • Fort Nisqually

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    (19 miles) Tacoma

    Explore, discover and connect with history in Washington Territory during the fur trade era with skills demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids of all ages!

  • The Pioneer Farm Museum

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    (43 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 ...

  • San Juan Island National Historic Park

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    (82 miles) Friday Harbor

    San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands and orca whales. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over a ...

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  • Museum Of Flight

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    (4 miles) Seattle

    Experience flight as you never have before. Step into the Personal Courage Wing and experience stories of courage as told through a collection of 28 fighter aircraftin a setting that will simply ...

  • KidsQuest Childrens Museum

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    (7 miles) Bellevue

    Explore, play and learn together at KidsQuest Children's Museum! Enjoy hours of delight and discovery at this innovative hands-on museum to engage kids from infancy to age eight.

  • Northwest African American Museum

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    (8 miles) Seattle

    Presents the stories, history and culture of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Engaging exhibitions, hands-on projects, and docent led tours available.

  • Seattle Art Museum

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    (10 miles) Seattle

    SAM is one museum with three sites: the Seattle Art Museum Downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront in Belltown.

  • EMP Museum

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    (11 miles) Seattle

    A fun and fascinating pop culture museum in Seattle for kids and parents, with exhibits on Star Wars, Jimi Hendrix, and other amazing topics!

  • Pacific Science Center

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    (11 miles) Seattle

    Tropical Butterfly House, Planetarium and Science Demonstration Stage shows, Discovery Carts, Imax, Laser Show and much more. One of many places to go if you're looking for fun things to do in ...

  • Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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    (13 miles) Seattle

    Welcomes all visitors who are curious about the natural wonders of Washington state, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim. Discovery awaits you!

  • Childrens Museum of Tacoma

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    (19 miles) Tacoma

    Core early childhood experiences form the platform for play in the Museum’s five main areas: Woods, Water, Voyager, Invention, and Becka’s Studio. Covering between them physical, imaginative, ...

  • Washington State History Museum

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    (19 miles) Tacoma

    In The Washington State History Museum people of all ages can explore and be entertained from Washington's past speak about their lives. Through interactive exhibits and theatrical storytelling. One ...

  • Harbor History Museum

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    (20 miles) Gig Harbor

    TheHarbor History Museumis a 14,500 square foot facility where you will find high-quality exhibitions, larger than life experiences, and a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning and ...

  • Phillips County Museum

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    (21 miles) Malta

    Included in our displays are; early plains Indian artifacts, homesteading days, ranching and farming in Phillips County, mining, early day schools, mercantile, doctor's office, and many wildlife ...

  • Bremerton Bug and Reptile Museum

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    (21 miles) Bremerton

    A FREE children's museum where you can experience cool LIVE bugs, explore bizarre bugs under the microscope and watch busy ants in their giant 8 foot long Ant Farm!

  • Flying Heritage Collection

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    (29 miles) Everett

    A premier aviation attraction for all ages, offering a glimpse into a powerful era of history that changed our world.

  • Imagine Children's Museum

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    (34 miles) Everett

    Where FUN begins and LEARNING never ends with hands-on exhibits for kids ages 12 months to 12 years and their family, school group or other organizations.

  • Hands On Children's Museum

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    (44 miles) Olympia

    Where fun and learning go hand in hand! Featuring more than 60 fun, interactive exhibits for kids ages birth to 10 and their parents or caregivers. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • Olympic Flight Museum

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    (47 miles) Olympia

    A fascinating collection of working aircraft, educational exhibits, historic information, and interactive displays for kids. Something for all at this aviation museum in Washington State!

  • Veterans Memorial Museum

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    (67 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.

  • Childrens Museum of Skagit County

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    (68 miles) Burlington

    Several role, imagination and construction play settings with fun educational bias. There's a toddler farmyard and an underwater themed sandbox for the smaller ones, plus painting and gluing for all ...

  • The Whale Museum

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    (82 miles) Friday Harbor

    Come and visit The Whale Museum.In the Gallery of Whales you'll learn about the natural history of marine mammals, with a special focus on the orcas of J, K and L pods living in the waters of the San ...

  • The Aberdeen Museum Of History

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    (83 miles) Aberdeen

    Throughout its history the Aberdeen Armory Building has been a source of civic pride and activity. Indeed, at the time of its construction, the Armory was hailed as a truly imposing structure. An ...

  • Polson History Museum

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    (85 miles) Hoquiam

    Of the twenty-six rooms we occupy, we use seventeen for exhibits. We display thousands of artifacts, documents, and photos upstairs and down. Upstairs you'll see, besides the Little Hoquiam ...

  • Orcas Island Historical Museum

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    (90 miles) Eastsound

    We serve Orcas Island residents and visitors to the island by offering new exhibits, presentations and speakers, tours, research assistance, the annual Historical Day Fair, open house celebrations, ...

  • Northwest Carriage Museum

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    (90 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 ...

  • The Blue Fox Drive In and Karting

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    (58 miles) Oak Harbor

    Classic drive in experiences at the Blue Fox in Washington State, with great kids films and a karting track!

  • Seattle Aquarium

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    (10 miles) Seattle

    - offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you! One of the many fun places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Seattle with kids

  • Woodland Park Zoo

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    (14 miles) Seattle

    For more than 100 years, Woodland Park Zoo has been a cherished community resource and a unique urban oasis. Generations of Puget Sound families have come to the zoo to marvel at the animals and be ...

  • Zoomazium

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    (14 miles) Seattle

    Zoomazium is the newest addition to Woodland Park Zoo, world-renowned for our naturalistic animal exhibits and education programs. Zoomazium is an indoor, all-weather facility that incorporates ...

  • Remlinger Farms

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    (18 miles) Carnation

    Bunnies, goats, piggies, cows...PLUS county fairs, pony rides, steam trains, ferris wheels...an amazing fun family farm!

  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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    (19 miles) Tacoma

    Spend the weekend at the Zoo enjoying free hands-on activities, games and crafts and visit with local environmentally-focused organizations.

  • Old McDebbie's Farm

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    (33 miles) Spanaway

    Forget Old McDonald...in Spanaway, it's Old McDebbie's Farm! Great animal fun for kids in Washington State

  • The Outback Kangaroo Farm

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    (52 miles) Arlington

    A zoo with a difference in Washington, with exotic animal tours where you can interact! Great family fun!