Historical Attractions in SOUTH BEND with kids

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

South Bend 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 Hoosier 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 South Bend’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 South Bend when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

Showing results 1 - 35 of 112

Filter by: Historical Attractions
Show all
  • The History Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (1 miles) South Bend

    Explore the second oldest historical society in Indiana! Spend your day exploring the fascinating history of the state through exhibits and original artifacts!

  • Historic Prophetstown

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (87 miles) Battle Ground

    A fun outdoor trip back in time. Kids and adults can have fun on the farmstead, tall grass prairie and our Woodland Native American Village.

  • Check out other fun things to do below...

  • HealthWorks Kids Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    South Bend

    HealthWorks!, a one of a kind place that merges the best of both worlds from children�s museums and health education centers with our own creative spin.

  • The Studebaker Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (1 miles) South Bend

    The Mission of the Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and ...

  • Hannah Lindahl Childrens Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (4 miles) Mishawaka

    There�s a place in Michiana made just for you! And this is it - the Hannah Lindahl Children�s Museum! Step inside and you�ll step back in time to a world your grandparents - even your ...

  • Hall of Heroes Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (13 miles) Elkhart

    Visit the world's ONLY superhero museum, and it's in Indiana!

  • National New York Central Railroad Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (15 miles) Elkhart

    A TIMETABLE TO THE PAST At the center of it all was the New York Central Railroad. Elkhart's National New York Central RR Museum recaptures the days when locomotives were symbols of progress, and ...

  • Hesston Steam Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (23 miles) La Porte

    History comes alive at the Hesston Steam Museum as real steam locomotives take you on a spectacular two and a half mile journey through deep woods, past lakes and farm fields.

  • Curious Kids Discovery Zone

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (32 miles) Saint Joseph

    Come to where Learning is Fun! Offering permanent and traveling hands-on exhibits for toddlers to teens. This beach side setting is the perfect place to explore six water exhibits, a climbing wall, ...

  • Air Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (52 miles) Portage

    A fun packed science and aeronautical day for the whole family to spend flying around this exciting flight based theme park!

  • The Kalamazoo Valley Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (55 miles) Kalamazoo

    A museum for all ages in Kalamazoo, with hands-on exhibits featuring science experiments, the natural world, history, cultures, and self-guided tours just for kids!

  • Museum of Science and Industry

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (69 miles) Chicago

    One of the worlds largest science museums, home to more than 35,000 artifacts - nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Great family place to visit ...

  • Grissom Air Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (70 miles) Peru

    WELCOME . . . to the Grissom Air Museum, one of the nation�s fastest growing aviation museums. Here you can learn about our historic aircraft, climb the Observation Tower, view exciting ...

  • DuSable Museum of African American History

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (70 miles) Chicago

    The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first museum of its type in the country and is the only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the ...

  • Science Central

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (70 miles) Fort Wayne

    Learning all things science whilst having FUN at this Indiana Science Center, with over 130 hands-on exhibits that will teach science in an engaging way

  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (71 miles) Fort Wayne

    It's an art attack in Fort Wayne with the Museum of Art, featuring every changing exhibitions that introduce kids to the wonderful world of art.

  • Adler Planeterium

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (71 miles) Chicago

    Great fun in Chicago - and space! - at the Adler Planetarium, with three theatres and a number of fascinating exhibits.

  • Chicago Childrens Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (71 miles) Chicago

    Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect. One of the family places to visit if you're looking for fun things to do in Chicago with kids.

  • The Field Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (72 miles) Chicago

    Travel back in time across 4.6 billion years, where kids can come face to face with a T-Rex, explore an Egyptian Tomb and shrink down to the size of a bug! Great Chicago fun!

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (72 miles) Chicago

    Explore the world of art as it has been since 1945, with paintings, sculptures and even performance! A very cultural day out for kids in Chicago!

  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (73 miles) Chicago

    An amazing experience in the heart of Chicago, where the family can have a nature and science filled family day out at this Nature Museum.

  • Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (74 miles) Chicago

    offers children (ages 4-12) and families the opportunity to learn about art and culture through our weekend, after-school and summer classes.

  • Kohl Childrens Museum of Greater Chicago

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (86 miles) Glenview

    - of Greater Chicago is a hands-on learning laboratory for children ages birth to 8. Our 17 hands-on, interactive exhibits are designed to make learning fun for young children. One of the many fun ...

  • Exploration Station

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (92 miles) Bourbonnais

    A fun interactive museum in Illinois where kids can climb inside a medieval castle, fly a jet plane, and sail on a ship - all part of the hands on discovery experience.

  • Imagination Station

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (93 miles) Lafayette

    Enjoy hands on science exhibits including nanotechnology, archeology, microscopes and kaleidoscopes, plus a Mars Rover simulation!

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (94 miles) Grand Rapids

    Visit one of the oldest historic museums in the Midwest, where kids can learn about the history of Grand Rapids!

  • Grand Rapids Childrens Museum

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (94 miles) Grand Rapids

    An interactive and fun environment that inspires learning and exploration for kids of all ages, as they learn about the world and how it works.

  • Potawatomi Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (2 miles) South Bend

    Explore over 160 species of animals over 23 acres in this very special zoo in South Bend, with a rich history and great learning fun for kids!

  • The Washington Park Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (34 miles) Michigan City

    Founded in 1928, this great Indiana zoo encompasses 15 acres ,and is home to more than 200 animals from all over the world!

  • Deer Forest Petting Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (37 miles) Coloma

    Deer Forest is an animal petting zoo and fun park. You can feed the deer and other animals up close. It also offers kiddie amusement rides, storybook lane, miniature golf, large playground, ...

  • Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (46 miles) Albion

    Spend the day with beautiful, rescued exotic animals in this non-profit animal sanctuary.

  • Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (60 miles) Athens

    Visit hundreds of rescued reptiles, where kids can get up close to alligators, tortoises, bearded dragons and more!

  • Binder Park Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (69 miles) Battle Creek

    Seasonal zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan where kids can spend the day with animals from all over the world, with conservation education too!

  • Fort Wayne Childrens Zoo

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (69 miles) Fort Wayne

    Animals from all around the world, plus train rides, rainforests, hands-on fun and an African Safari - all at this great Fort Wayne zoo perfect for kids!

  • Shedd Aquarium

    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
    5. 5

    (71 miles) Chicago

    Shedd aquarium has over 32,000 animals you can come and see (with plenty you can touch!) Underwater family fun in Chicago!