Historical Attractions in SARASOTA with kids

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

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

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  • Historic Spanish Point

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    (10 miles) Osprey

    An interactive waterfront museum where you can connect to the past with 30-acres of nature trails, a large butterfly garden, pioneer buildings, a footbridge over the bay for viewing marine life, ...

  • Heritage Village

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    (41 miles) Largo

    A historical 21 acre living history museum where kids can explore 19th century life!

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  • The South Florida Museum

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    (11 miles) Bradenton

    The South Florida Museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present with stunning life-size dioramas and dramatic exhibits based on its extensive collections of anthropological ...

  • The Dali Museum

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    (30 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A museum in St. Petersburg dedicated to that master artist we know as Dali.

  • Florida Holocaust Museum

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    (31 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A moving and eye opening museum that honours the memory of those who were involved in the Holocaust. Suitable for the older children.

  • Museum of Fine Arts

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    (31 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A trip through the wonderful world of fine arts in Florida, with a permanent collection, rotating exhibitions and special kid events!

  • Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

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    (37 miles) Pinellas Park

    Car loving families will love tis automobile museum, just a short drive from Tampa, with an amazing collection of vintage vehicles.

  • Armed Forces History Museum

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    (41 miles) Largo

    A fascinating museum with incredible displays and exhibits that honour the armed forces, and tell their story.

  • Glazers Childrens Museum

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    (43 miles) Tampa

    There are equipped role play settings, elemental experiment sections and construction zones plus art and crafts, computers and plenty more besides.

  • Museum of Science and Industry

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    (50 miles) Tampa

    A science-tastic day out for kids under 12 where they can play, interact, learn and understand science and the world around them. Perfect for the whole family in the countries largest kids science ...

  • Dinosaur World

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    (52 miles) Plant City

    Come face to face with over 200 life size dinosaurs in a natural Florida setting, with animatronics, fossil digs, playgrounds and more!

  • The Florida Air Museum

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    (54 miles) Lakeland

    Floridas “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center” features a dynamic display of the best examples aviation has to offer including one-of-a-kind designs, classics, ultra-lights, antiques ...

  • Replay Amusement Museum

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    (58 miles) Tarpon Springs

    Visit the WORLDS biggest pinball machine at this fun Florida museum, with over 100 pinball games, and amusements from history. No quarters needed here!

  • Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum

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    (58 miles) Tarpon Springs

    The history of Tarpon Springs is ready to be explored at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. Fascinating and educational experience for the whole family

  • Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

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    (67 miles) Fort Myers

    Indoor and outdoor facilities including museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries.

  • Circus Sarasota

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    (4 miles) Sarasota

    Circus Sarasota intersperses high drama and glamour with traditional circus acts to create a sophisticated and inspirational showcase of exciting family entertainment.

  • Rolling Video Games of Tampa

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    (51 miles) Tampa

    Video Game Party. It is a game truck trailer with FOUR widescreen high-def TVs that cover the walls in front of custom stadium seats with built-in vibration motors synched to the on-screen action ...

  • Broadway Palm Childrens Theatre

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    (67 miles) Ft Myers

    Offers a full children's theatre program, with the pleasing addition that the cast come back on stagfe afterwards to answer kids' questions, and then pose for photos and autographs too.

  • Old Town

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    (93 miles) Kissimmee

    Old Town has amusement rides that the whole family will enjoy! You'll be "blown away" by the Windstorm Roller Coaster...1,437 feet of steel tracks which twist and turn over 80-degree banks! Ride the ...

  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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    (3 miles) Sarasota

    Visit an independent marine research institution with an aquarium that allows you to meet the fish and the scientists!

  • The Florida Aquarium

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    (42 miles) Tampa

    Tens of thousands of marine plants and animals from all around the world are ready to be explored at this Florida Aquarium, with dive programs and a splash pad too!

  • Lowry Park Zoo

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    (47 miles) Tampa

    With more than 2,200 animals, this fun Tampa zoo has interactive exhibits for kids, as well as fun rides! Bumper boats, flumes, carousels - an amazing family zoo day out in Florida!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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    (48 miles) Clearwater

    Not your typical aquarium, this Florida attraction is a marine life rescue center where kids can learn about rescue, rehabilitation and release!

  • Old McMickys Farm

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    (57 miles) Odessa

    Farm fun in Florida with maze hay rides, animals, pony rides, cow milking - a great spot for birthday parties too! Guided tours only.

  • Tarpon Springs Aquarium

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    (58 miles) Tarpon Springs

    Journey into the world under the ocean with this spectacular living reef.

  • Dade City's Wild Things

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    (74 miles) Dade City

    Embark on an adventure that will take you closer to amazing animals than ever before, with 22 acres of Florida animal fun!

  • Giraffe Ranch

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    (80 miles) Dade City

    45 minutes north of Tampa is 47 rolling acres of countryside teeming with wildlife that kids can play with, feed, look at, and even ride! This wildlife preserve offers intimate safari expeditions for ...

  • Gatorama

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    (82 miles) Palmdale

    It's all things alligator at this fun Florida attraction for families! From gator shows, to fun wildlife encounters, there is lots of animal fun to be had!

  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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    (88 miles) Naples

    Open to the public 365 days a year-(except in severe weather) The sanctuary offers a 2.25 mile boardwalk that winds through the swamp- A 1 mile short-cut is also available. There is an admission ...

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (91 miles) Kissinnee

    Hands-on interactive education at this friendly petting farm in Florida: a sensory learning experience with over 300 animals as your teachers!

  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

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    (93 miles) Naples

    A nationally accredited zoo and historic tropical garden featuring a full day of fun activities including a cruise through natural island habitats for monkeys. Much more than a walk through zoo, a ...

  • Gatorland

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    (98 miles) Orlando

    A one-of-a-kind family park within 110 acres of protected habitat where adventures lurk around every corner!

  • Discovery Cove

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    (99 miles) Orlando

    A one of a kind experience where you can SWIM with dolphins, play near otters and walk on the ocean floor!

  • Seaworld Orlando

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    (99 miles) Orlando

    Get ready for a one of a kind journey to explore under our amazing ocean, at Sea World! With up close animal encounters, exhibits, rides and lots of family fun!

  • Busch Gardens

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    (49 miles) Tampa

    Part theme park and part safari, Busch Gardens is a great option for thrill seekers and animal lovers alike.