Historical Attractions in TOLEDO with kids

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

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

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  • Sauder Village

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    (31 miles) Archbold

    Experience how families lived over 100 years ago! Visit with costumed interpreters, watch working craftsmen, and try various hands-on activities. Lots of special events too like Quilt Show, Dairy ...

  • Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center

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    (31 miles) Fremont

    See where Civil War hero and 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes lived, and learn about his life as a soldier, Congressman, Ohio governor and President!

  • Piatt Castles

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    (98 miles) West Liberty

    Fascinating historical castles that showcase over 200 years of history of Ohio and it's people.

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  • Toledo Museum of Art

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    Toledo

    The Toledo Museum of Art collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. In our more than 35 galleries, Sculpture Garden, and new Glass Pavilion, discover ...

  • Toledo Firefighters Museum

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    (2 miles) Toledo

    A history of local firefighting plus a training room where kids learn how to manage and escape from a fire in the home. Free, with very limited opening.

  • Toledo Police Museum

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    (2 miles) Toledo

    A FREE day out in Toledo designed with kids and families in mind where kids can enjoy interactive fun all about the police!

  • Wood County Historical Museum

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    (22 miles) Bowling Green

    Hands-on history exhibits with over 30 rooms within an old asylum that explore local and Ohio history. Many free family-friendly events and programs for children too!

  • University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

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    (43 miles) Ann Arbor

    Exhibits for the kids to explore and learn from that include displays on prehistoric life with the most extensive dinosaur exhibits in all of Michigan, as well as Michigan wildlife, anthropology, ...

  • Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

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    (44 miles) Ann Arbor

    Science and Technology Center with 4 floors filled with over 250 interactive hands-on exhibits to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, math and technology.

  • Merry Go Round Museum

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    (46 miles) Sandusky

    "Grab The Brass Ring" at 'the funnest museum ever.' Rare and unusual carousel animals abound at The Merry-Go-Round Museum's newest exhibit. Enjoy a ride on the antique carousel, visit with wood ...

  • Automotive Hall Of Fame

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    (47 miles) Detroit

    he Automotive Hall of Fame is both a visitor attraction and an educational resource for inspiring others to higher levels of achievement in their own work and lives. Visitors will experience ...

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit MOCAD

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    (54 miles) Detroit

    A cultural day surrounded by art at this Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, with exhibits, programs, and activities for kids.

  • Motown Historical Museum

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    (54 miles) Detroit

    Feel the beat at the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit! A rhythm filled family day out that's all about those great sounds of Motown.

  • Detroit Historical Museum

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    (54 miles) Detroit

    Explore 300 years of rich Detroit history at this Historical Museum. Step back in time for your family day out in Michigan!

  • Detroit Institute of Arts

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    (54 miles) Detroit

    Over 100 galleries to explore, enjoy the art world with guided arts tours, talks, and special exhibitions. Art fun in Detroit!

  • Walter P Chrysler Museum

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    (55 miles) Detroit

    Plan a visit to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum where automotive history is learned and explored. Take an hour, or spend the day to experience the history of Chrysler vehicles, learn from interactive ...

  • Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum

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    (60 miles) Farmington Hills

    A unique museum featuring Marvin's personal collection of coin operated machines plus amusing and confusing oddities, covering nearly 6,000 tightly packed square feet.

  • Michigans Museum of Natural History

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    (65 miles) Bloomfield Hills

    Explore the wonders of the world and space at Michigan's Museum of Natural History, located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. A hands-on day out for all ages!

  • Allen County Museum

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    (70 miles) Lima

    The Allen County Museum has something for everyone. Our campus includes the main Museum (including the Children

  • Kids N Stuff Childrens Museum

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    (73 miles) Albion

    An exciting and highly interactive museum in Michigan with fun, hands-on programs for kids under 10 years!

  • Allen Memorial Art Museum

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    (73 miles) Oberlin

    Comprising more than 12,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art, the AMAM's collection is a vital cultural resource for the students, faculty, and staff of ...

  • The Little Buckeye Childrens Museum

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    (82 miles) Mansfield

    A series of delightful role play scenarios including Bank, Vet, Market and Laboratory! Dress up, musical instruments and creative play round off this open ended learning environment.

  • Abrams Planetarium

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    (87 miles) Lansing

    Astronomy and space exploration for the whole family at this fascinating planetarium in Michigan.

  • Impression 5

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    (90 miles) Lansing

    Kids can learn all about science through interactive play that focuses on their senses! Great hands-on fun for curious kids in Lansing!

  • The Bicycle Museum of America

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    (95 miles) New Bremen

    A beautiful museum with one of the largest collection of bicycles in the world.

  • Toledo Zoo

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    (3 miles) Toledo

    With over 5,300 animals representing over 760 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the worlds most complete zoos and it features an aquarium too!

  • Indian Creek Petting Zoo

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    (8 miles) Lambertville

    A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!

  • African Safari Wildlife Park

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    (38 miles) Port Clinton

    Head to Africa for the day at African Safari Wildlife Park! Over 400 beautiful and exotic animals on the 100-acre preserve will give you a fun and educational day out in Ohio!

  • The Creature Conservancy

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    (40 miles) Ann Arbor

    The Creature Conservancy

  • Dominos Petting Farm

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    (46 miles) Ann Arbor

    20 acres of beautiful petting farm for kids to explore in Ann Arbor, with cute domestic animals waiting to make friends!

  • Great Lakes Zoological Society

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    (46 miles) Ann Arbor

    A fascinating indoor zoo experience for kids and families featuring unusual reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and other exhibits.

  • The Detroit Zoo

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    (60 miles) Royal Oak

    Learn about the Detroit Zoo's mission, the SSP program and the orgin of the animals at the Zoo. You'll see how the Zoo participates in world and state conservation efforts and the role of the Zoo in ...

  • Potter Park Zoo

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    (89 miles) Lansing

    The Potter Park Zoological Society, a non-profit private sector organization, is dedicated to the support of the Potter Park Zoo through preserving, protecting, and exhibiting selected members of the ...

  • Cedar Point

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    (47 miles) Sandusky

    Over 75 awesome rides featuring the world's biggest coaster collection, including Maverick and Millennium Force. Plus family rides and kiddie thrills aplenty too!

  • Splash Universe

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    (21 miles) Dundee

    Fun indoor water park in Michigan featuring adventure slides, lazy river, zero entry Lil’ Squirt Pool, a Treehouse area and a family spa!