Historical Attractions in ROANOKE with kids

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

Roanoke 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 Old Dominion 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 Roanoke’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 Roanoke when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Natural Bridge Wax Museum

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    (33 miles) Natural Bridge

    features scenes of Virginia and Natural Bridge history where the curtain opens on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Confederacy, all perched on narrated sets.

  • Amazement Square

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    (45 miles) Lynchburg

    Amazement Square is Central Virginias first multidisciplinary, hands-on childrens museum! Climb, slide and discover as you make your way through four floors of exciting, interactive exhibits, ...

  • Danville Science Center

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    (57 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 ...

  • Major Graham Mansion

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    (57 miles) Max Meadows

    A historic, and HAUNTED, antebellum mansion for those curious travelers in Virginia.

  • The Mansion At Fort Chiswell

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    (59 miles) Fort Chiswell

    A trip through history at this fascinating 19th century mansion listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

  • Patrick Henry National Memorial

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    (60 miles) Brookneal

    Visit the home and burial place of Patrick Henry - the voice of the American Revolution. Great historic and family fun in Virginia.

  • Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park

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    (62 miles) Hillsboro

    - located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg and is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle. Good idea if you're after fun places to go with kids in West ...

  • Korner's Folly

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    (80 miles) Kernersville

    Explore the fascinating historic home from 1880, with 22 rooms and original furniture, taking you back to life over a century ago!

  • Piedmont Environmental Center

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    (88 miles) High Point

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

  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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    (96 miles) Charlottesville

    An incredible journey through history in the very home Thomas Jefferson built, lived, and is now buried. History comes to life in Virginia.

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  • ArtVenture Interactive Center

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    Roanoke

    Art Venture is a hands-on interactive gallery and art center that is fun for EVERYONE! You can paint a portrait, play a musical painting, design a chair, stage a puppet show, drive a circus wagon, or ...

  • Science Museum of Western Virginia

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    Roanoke

    Providing hands-on, interactive exhibits. Utilizing our planetarium as an educational and entertaining resource. Offering a variety of innovative programs, both on-site and in the community.

  • History Museum of Western Virginia

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    Roanoke

    Exhibits offer a glimpse of how life was lived in southwestern Virginia, creating a vivid cultural and educational experience. Rotating exhibits allows focus on a variety of people, industries and ...

  • Museum of Transportation

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    Roanoke

    Houses lots of steam locomotives including the J611, diesel engines, railcars, trucks, trolleys, carriages, vintage cars, an O-gauge layout (which the small people love) plus many special exhibits ...

  • Toy Museum At Natural Bridge

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    (35 miles) Natural Bridge

    The largest collection of childhood memorabilia on display in the world. The museum collections feature many full sets and series of collectible toys particularly since 1975.

  • Virginia Museum of Natural History

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    (41 miles) Martinsville

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

  • Rightmire Childrens Museum

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    (45 miles) Lynchburg

    A four-level structure also known as Amazement Square. This fab family-friendly learning center offers loads of hands-on interacting fun, including America's highest indoor climbing tower, a ...

  • AAF Tank Museum

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    (53 miles) Danville

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

  • Hinton Railroad Museum

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    (59 miles) Hinton

    Historic railroad museum int he fromer cox's department store with many artifacts of years gone by on the railroads.

  • Frontier Culture Museum

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    (76 miles) Staunton

    Go back in time to the lives of those early immigrants before they emigrated to the USA at this fascinating Virginia museum, showcasing traditional rural buildings from Germany, Ireland and even West ...

  • SciWorks

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    (77 miles) Winston Salem

    With a state-of-the-art Planetarium, 17 acre Environmental Park and 35,000 square feet of exhibits, learning about science is fun at SciWorks. Newest feature: Sportsology Exhibit.

  • The Natural Science Centre of Greensboro

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    (79 miles) Greensboro

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

  • Greensboro Childrens Museum

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    (83 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. ...

  • Childrens Museum of Winston Salem

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    (83 miles) Winston Salem

    Galleries include multi level climbing zones, soft and hard construction area, kids' library, plus the Enchanted Forest which itself comprises over a dozen separate play stations associated with ...

  • Old Salem Museums and Gardens

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    (83 miles) Winston-Salem

    Learn about the historic town of Salem through, and experience history right before your eyes in this historical museum attraction!

  • Childrens Museum of Alamance County

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    (88 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.

  • Mill Mountain Zoo

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    is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, including 21 vulnerable species! The Zoo offers year round educational and recreational opportunities.

  • The Natural Bridge Zoo

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    (34 miles) Natural Bridge

    Home of the most complete collection of exotic zoo animals and birds in the state, a breeding and rescue zoo for rare and endangered species. Pet and hug many occupants!

  • Virginia Safari Park

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    (37 miles) Natural Bridge

    Virginia Safari park is Virginia's only Drive-Thru Zoo. A great place to visit to get up close and personal to some of the amazing animals.

  • Infinity Acres Petting Ranch

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    (47 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!

  • Fort Chiswell Animal Park

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    (59 miles) Max Meadows

    Animal fun with this free-range zoo, filled with creatures from 6 continents, and a petting zoo to hand feed llamas, deer and goats!

  • Flying Flowers Butterfly House

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    (68 miles) Wytheville

    All things butterflies at this butterfly house, with programs, walks, and a fun experience for kids to walk through these colorful creatures

  • Conservators Center

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    (78 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 ...

  • West Virginia State Wildlife Center

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    (84 miles) Rock Cave

    The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife. The Wildlife Center is dedicated to presenting visitors a realistic and ...

  • Splash Valley

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    (5 miles) Roanoke

    Featuring two 34-foot high water slides, a current river, and a children's play area with spray features, Splash Valley is fun for everyone!