Historical Attractions in SAN DIEGO with kids

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

San Diego 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 Golden 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 San Diego’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 San Diego when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Rancho Los Alamitos

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    (92 miles) Long Beach

    A fascinating attraction listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a sacred Tongva village, traces of an 1800s ranch, and 1920s gardens.

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  • The New Children's Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Unstructured play to encourage healthy bodies and active minds at this San Diego children's museum!

  • San Diego Air And Space Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Celebrate... Educate... Inspire! Celebrate aviation and space flight history through preservation of significant artifacts, presentation of dynamic exhibits, and commemoration of the men and women ...

  • San Diego Automotive Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    An amazing collection of world-class automobiles, located at Balboa Park in San Diego.

  • Maritime Museum of San Diego

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Visit one of the finest collections of historic ships, with exhibits and artifacts depicting the fascinating maritime history of San Diego!

  • USS Midway Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Come aboard and visit 40 different stops around Midway and learn how this immense ship operates.

  • The Reuben H Fleet Science Center

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Over 100 interactive exhibits all about science in eight fun galleries, as well as always changing experiences! Science can be fun in San Diego!

  • San Diego Natural History Museum

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    Discover lost civilizations, come face to face with ancient fossils, and explore geology and nature at this fascinating San Diego museum of the natural world!

  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

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    (12 miles) San Diego

    A one of a kind Marine Aviation museum, with the most complete and largest collection of vintage aircraft flown by Marine pilots - in the entire WORLD!

  • San Diego Toy and Doll Museum

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    (19 miles) Poway

    A fun museum in San Diego that encourages play, interaction and learning through very cool toys and dolls from various times!

  • Escondido Childrens Museum

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    (29 miles) Escondido

    Pack a lot of fun into 4,500 square feet in Downtown Escondido! We're all about lifelong learning, and not just for the kids! Great idea if you're looking for fun places for kids in California

  • San Diego Childrens Discovery Musum

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    (29 miles) Escondido

    Kids can explore, experiment, imagine, learn and play in this fun children's discovery museum in San Diego! Family fun filled with hands-on exhibits for all ages.

  • Orange Empire Railway Museum

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    (71 miles) Perris

    The Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) is a railroad museum founded in 1956 in Perris, California as the "Orange Empire Trolley Museum." The museum also operates a heritage railroad on the museum ...

  • Pretend City Childrens Museum

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    (72 miles) Irvine

    A children's museum in Irvine that's ALL about the imagination, with interactive exhibits and activities that inspire kids to create, learn, and make believe!

  • ExplorOcean

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    (75 miles) Newport Beach

    Kids can learn about the ocean with exciting hands-on activities at this Newport Beach experience, so roll up those sleeves and dive-in!

  • Marconi Automotive Museum

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    (77 miles) Newport Beach

    First opened in 1994 by Founder Dick Marconi, this Non-Profit Museum and Special Event Venue has an impressive 30 million-dollar collection of historical, exotic, and classic cars. Discover the ...

  • Catalina Island Life Museum

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    (81 miles) Avalon

    The Catalina Island Museum celebrates the Island\\\'s rich cultural heritage. Current exhibits include an award-winning exhibit featuring the romantic era of Catalina\\\'s steamships, Native ...

  • March Field Air Museum

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    (81 miles) Riverside

    A fascinating museum home to over 70 historic aircraft, a dedicated in-house theatre, and thousands of artefacts from 1918 to present day. There are plenty of daily take offs and landings from the ...

  • Bowers Kidseum

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    (83 miles) Santa Ana

    An interactive and hands-on children's museum where families can learn about art and culture. Great art activities too! Museum fun in Santa Ana

  • Childrens Discovery Museum of the Desert

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    (85 miles) Palm Springs

    We hope that by visiting the Museum and participating in its programs or special interest activities you will be provided with an opportunity to better understand your child's interests and discover ...

  • Palm Springs Air Museum

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    (85 miles) Palm Springs

    The Palm Springs Air Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and operation of America's legendary fighters, bombers and trainers. It contains one of the world's largest collections of ...

  • Heritage House

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    (86 miles) Riverside

    An 1891 mansion that depicts Victorian life in Riverside.

  • Riverside Art Museum

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    (88 miles) Riverside

    Learn and be inspired by the art world at this Riverside Art Museum filled with exhibits from artists from all over the world.

  • Riverside Metropolitan Museum

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    (88 miles) Riverside

    Over 100,000 artefacts covering natural history, history, and anthropology relating to the amazing city of Riverside…with FREE entry!

  • Mission Inn Museum

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    (88 miles) Riverside

    An interesting local museum which tells the story of the Mission Inn Hotel, and the impacts it had on the Riverside community

  • Long Beach Museum of Art

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    (93 miles) Long Beach

    It's an art filled day to encourage creativity and inspire the whole family in Long Beach!

  • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

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    (94 miles) West Side

    The Intrepid's permanent flight deck exhibits include an A-12 Blackbird, an F-14 Super Tomcat, a British Scimitar, a French Entendard and a Polish MiG-21 among other many other fixed-wing aircraft ...

  • The Childrens Museum At La Habra

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    (95 miles) La Habra

    The Children's Museum at La Habra shows how important play is to learning. Through play, children develop skills, express creativity, discover the larger world and learn to work with others.

  • San Diego Zoo

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    (1 miles) San Diego

    One of the largest zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals - San Diego Zoo has all your favorite animals, animal encounters and special experiences!

  • Seaworld

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    (5 miles) San Diego

    Explore the creatures of our oceans at SeaWorld San Diego - with sea lions, dolphins, orcas and sharks all ready to play!

  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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    (12 miles) La Jolla

    This exciting Californian aquarium has been inspiring kids and families for over 100 years - that's pretty impressive! There are over 60 habitats with amazing marine life. Best go and check it out ...

  • Zoomars Petting Zoo

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    (62 miles) San Juan Capistrano

    Plenty of cuddly critters to get up close to, plus pony and miniature train rides, treasure panning at Miner's Gulch and adventure playground.

  • Centennial Farm

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    (79 miles) Costa Mesa

    Children and their families can view pigs, chickens, cattle, goats and more while strolling though gardens of lush vegetation. Also offers private tours.

  • Santa Ana Zoo

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    (81 miles) Santa Ana

    The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park in Santa Ana, California is a 20-acre site focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Orange County Zoo

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    (83 miles) Orange

    The Orange County Zoo is nestled within beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Tucked among coastal live oak and sycamore groves, this eight acre zoo displays flora and fauna native to the southwestern ...