Historical Attractions in Vermont with kids

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

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

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  • St Johnsbury Athenaeum

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    St Johnsbury

    The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery.

  • Vermont Folklife Center

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    Middlebury

    The Vermont Folklife Center, founded in 1984, is dedicated to preserving and presenting the folkarts and cultural traditions of Vermont and the surrounding region.

  • Billings Farm and Museum

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    Woodstock

    The farm dates back to 1871, when native Vermonter, Frederick Billings, set out to build a farm and forestry operation that would serve future generations as a model of wise stewardship. His farm ...

  • Robert Todd Lincolns Hildene

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    Manchester

    The mission of Hildene is to advance the Lincoln legacy through education, commitment to community and active stewardship of the family's home and land. It is an example of the "Great American Story" ...

  • Wilson Castle

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    Proctor

    Visit an architectural masterpiece from the 19th Century, and the ONLY real castle in Vermont!

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  • Birds of Vermont Museum

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    Huntington

    The Birds of Vermont Museum is a delightful place where visitors can learn about birds and their role in the earth's ecosystems. A private, non-profit organization, the Museum features over 497 ...

  • Shelburne Museum

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    Shelburne

    Amazing Vermont art to be enjoyed with over 150,00 works exhibited over 39 exhibition buildings - some historic! Art fun for the family!

  • Old Stone House Museum

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    Brownington

    A charming historical village and museum. A memorial to 19th century history, and its builder, Alexander Twilight.

  • Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

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    St Johnsbury

    Visit New England's premiere museum of natural history, with over 175,000 objects on display - AND the state's first (and only!) public planetarium in Vermont!

  • Vermont Marble Museum

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    Proctor

    We have been presenting the past present and future of marble, as used in art, as building material and amazing world of everyday uses for more that 20 years!

  • Henry Sheldon Museum

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    Middlebury

    The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is the oldest chartered community history museum in the United States, welcoming visitors and researchers since 1882. It offers lively tours, exhibits ...

  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

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    Vergennes

    Whatever your interests, the museum offers opportunities for on-water adventures, gallery browsing, and armchair exploration.

  • Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont

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    Rutland

    Our nationally recognized collection of Norman Rockwell\'s art, established in 1976, commemorates Norman Rockwell\'s Vermont years and the entire span and diversity of his career (1911-1978). ...

  • Vermont Institute of Natural Science

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    Quechee

    It's all about science, nature and natural history at this Vermont institute with fascinating exhibits, fun live shows and kids programs!

  • The Bennington Museum

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    Bennington

    The Bennington Museum is known as the trusted caretaker of the largest collection of Grandma Moses art and memorabilia available to the public. Located in the heart of Vermont, our galleries evoke ...

  • The Nature Museum at Grafton

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    Grafton

    The Nature Museum is a dynamic and educational place to visit. The exhibits at The Nature Museum at Grafton encourage you to open the door to Vermont\'s natural beauty.

  • Vermont Ski Museum

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    Stowe

    The Vermont Ski Museum is located in the village of Stowe, it is in the Old Town Hall, which was built in 1818 and is on the National Register of Historic places, their mission being to collect, ...

  • Noyes House Museum

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    Morrisville

    The Noyes House, a two-story federal-style brick mansion built by the Safford family in the early nineteenth century, was the first location to be settled in the village of Morrisville.

  • Mary Bryan Memorial Art Gallery

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    Jeffersonville

    Visit Vermont\\\'s most dynamic gallery for the exhibition of the finest landscape painters in New England.

  • New England Maple Museum

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    Rutland

    The museum offers a trip through over 200 years of maple sugaring history starting with the Native American discovery that maple sap cooked over an open fire produces a sweet syrup.

  • The Chocolatorium

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    East Arlington

    The Chocolatorium is not only a chocolate exhibit, but a fun and tasty place to explore! Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of chocolate, the history, the culture, and how it's made!

  • Montshire Museum of Science

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    Norwich

    Fun hands-on science exhibits for kids - both indoors and outdoors - in one of the country's top science museums! Great family fun in Montshire!

  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

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    Burlington

    Over 70 species of marine life at this Vermont aquarium, dedicated to educating on ecology, history and culture too!

  • Bromley Sun Mountain Adventure Park

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    Peru

    Vermont thrills and spills with attractions for all ages - with a climbing wall, mini golf and water slides....to name a few!

  • Pump House Indoor Waterpark

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    Jay

    A fun indoor watermark in Vermont, with slides, surfing and rivers! Float, swim, splash and bob the day away in Jay.

  • Ben and Jerrys

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    Waterbury

    Guided tour around the Ben and Jerry's Factory - with sample tastes too! Learn all about the ice cream production process in this fun 30 minute tour

  • The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

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    Shelburne

    Take a tour round the factory and then design your own bear in the "Create a Friend for Life Factory. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in Vermont

  • Shelburne Farms

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    Shelburne

    Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, nonprofit environmental education center and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Our mission is to cultivate a ...

  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park

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    Woodstock

    Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls. This is a landscape of ...

  • Green Mountain Audubon Center

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    Huntington

    Year-round education programs reach thousands of Vermonters of all ages through school, camp, family, and adult programs and workshops, including 4,500 school-aged children.

  • Elmore State Park

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    Lake Elmore

    Elmore State Park has more than 700 acres, the area includes a large sandy beach, historic CCC bathhouse with a concession stand, restrooms and a rental pavilion, a picnic shelter, numberous tables ...

  • Smugglers Notch State Park

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    Stowe

    Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In the early days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed. The Park is a corridor park with ...

  • Kingsland Bay State Park

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    Ferrisburgh

    Kingsland Bay State Park is one of Vermont's newest parks and at present has limited services. Much of the 264 acres, along the shores of Lake Champlain, remains as a natural area. The historic ...

  • Little River State Park

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    Waterbury

    Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites and 20 leantos. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular ...

  • Burton Island State Park

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    St Albans Bay

    There are 3 miles of shoreline, hiking trails, a nature center/museum, park store and food service, rowboat and canoe rentals, and places to swim and picnic.