Historical Attractions in Texas with kids

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

Texas is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Lone Star State  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 Texas’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 Texas when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Space Center Houston

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    Houston

    It's fun, history and wonder at NASA's famous Houston space center. Guided tours, moon rocks, shuttle launches, and up close with real life space vehicles!

  • The Alamo

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    San Antonio

    A fascinating and eye opening journey into a significant part of Texas history - of course, we're talking about The Alamo in San Antonio!

  • Sunset Station

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    San Antonio

    Explore Historic Sunset Station on your own with a guided tour that brings the complex and St. Paul Square to life. Discover the history beyond the walls of each one of a kind venue and surrounding ...

  • Fort Concho

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    San Angelo

    The national historic landmark includes a visitor center, museum and parade grounds. 17 buildings on the fort grounds have been restored and 5 have been reconstructed, giving an authentic feel for ...

  • The Orange Show

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    Houston

    The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is a non-profit organization, founded in 1980, to preserve and present works of extraordinary imagination and provide people the opportunity to express their ...

  • Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum

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    Burnet

    An historic frontier fort and museum. See log cabins, stage stop, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and old farm implements. In the museum see over 1200 historic artifacts from the Burnet County area. ...

  • International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

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    Arlington

    Get ready to bowl! Just across the street from Six Flags, explore early Egyptian bowling games, see what middle age lawn bowling was like and actually bowl on our 'Highway 66' mini lanes! You won’t ...

  • Pioneer Farms

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    Austin

    Five historic farm themed areas for the kids to learn from and explore which will take them back to the Blackland Prairies of the 1800s! Set on over 90 acres of beautiful Texan woodland, it also ...

  • USS Lexington

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    Corpus Christi

    A fascinating WWII vintage aircraft carrier for kids to learn about and explore, as well as a museum - a great experience for kids in Corpus Christi!

  • Log Cabin Village

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    Fort Worth

    Step back in time into the 19th century at Fort Worth's living history museum, that preserves the heritage of Texas

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  • The Grace Museum

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    Abilene

    THE GRACE MUSEUM houses three museums in the historic Grace Hotel -- The Art Museum, The History Museum and The Children's Museum.

  • The National Museum of the Pacific War

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    Fredericksburg

    The National Museum of the Pacific War is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II. Located on a ...

  • Childrens Museum of Houston

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    Houston

    Learning made fun in this popular children's museum, with a range of interactive and hands-on exhibits covering science, culture, animals, and more!

  • Houston Museum of Natural Science

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    Houston

    Explore the far reaches of space, roam with dinosaurs, wander through Africa's Serengeti, and marvel at the world's most beautiful minerals - and that's just in Houston!

  • The Museum of Printing History

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    Houston

    The Museum of Printing History displays a dynamic collection of historical documents, fine art prints, and antique printing equipment. Our Museum is more, though, than its permanent collection. It ...

  • McNay Art Museum

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    San Antonio

    Since opening five decades ago, the McNay Art Museum continues to build on an already strong collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture by significant artists ...

  • Frontiers Of Flight Museum

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    Dallas

    Aviation history for the whole family at this fascinating museum that brings to life the stories from our aviation past - with real life aircraft on display.

  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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    Dallas

    A fascinating, moving and educational exhibition all on the life and assassination of that great man - John F. Kennedy - in the location where it supposedly happened.

  • The African American Museum

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    Dallas

    The African American Museum is an institution dedicated to the research, identification, selection, acquisition, presentation and preservation of visual art forms and historical documents that relate ...

  • National Scouting Museum

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    Irving

    The Museum preserves, collects, organizes, and displays Scouting's treasures documenting the movement's unique influence on American culture.

  • The DoSeum

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    San Antonio

    Explore the ONLY museum in San Antonio that is JUST for kids! They can create and experiment instead of just looking!

  • The Heritage Farmstead Museum

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    Plano

    Step back in time at this fascinating and fun farmstead experience! What was it like to live in Texas in the 19th century? Just head to this museum to find out! An educational and brilliant family ...

  • The Center for Earth And Space Science Education

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    Tyler

    A dynamic public science facility, offering educational and entertainment programming to encourage an interest in science education. Enjoy traveling hands-on science exhibits and large-screen movies ...

  • Mayborn Museum

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    Waco

    A terrific collection of fascinating Texan exhibits, as well as cultural, historic and hands-on experiences.

  • Fire Museum of Texas

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    Beaumont

    Historical fun with this fascinating museum all about the history of fire fighting! Kids even get to dress up in fire fighting gear. Great Texas fun!

  • International Museum of Art and Science

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    McAllen

    Unique hands-on science exhibits and creative artwork for kids and families to enjoy, at the IMAS galleries, where the exhibits change each year for something new.

  • Museum of South Texas History

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    Edinburg

    A fascinating and educational look into the Rio Grande Valley area, with prehistoric plants and animal fossils, native history and European colonization exhibits.

  • Nuevo Santander Gallery

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    McAllen

    Kids and famililes can journey back to the Old West with this museum of art walks, excellent gallery pieces and the amazing collection of colonial and old west guns and antiques.

  • Mission Historical Museum

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    Mission

    MHM strives to engage and inform their visitors about local history through innovative exhibits and programs.

  • The African American Library

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    Houston

    The first library of its kind in Houston and one of the few African American libraries in the country, offering incomparable collections of multi-type resources, exhibits and innovative programs. ...

  • Dinosaur World

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    Glen Rose

    The past comes to life with over 150 life size dinosaurs to experience in this outdoor museum, with a fossil dig, museum and dinosaur walk!

  • Strill Down Memory Lane

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    Pasadena

    Bring your old Photos, Memories and stories to share with there over refreshments. Tour the Pomeroy Homestead, Strawberry House, Anna's House and the Prairie House to remember Pasadena from 1900's ...

  • Stark Museum

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    Orange

    Offers an impressive selection of American Western art and artifacts on permanent display. Other areas of speciality include rare books and manuscripts, plus Decorative and American indian Arts.

  • Northeast Texas Childrens Museum

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    Commerce

    Exciting kids about knowledge through hands on exhibits, informed performance, workshops, classes and planned activities.

  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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    Dallas

    5 floors of fascinating and interactive exhibit galleries, including a specific interior museum for under 5s, 3D animations and interactive games.