Historical Attractions in WATERBURY with kids

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

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

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  • Dinosaur State Park

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    (21 miles) Rocky Hill

    We are one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath our geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago.

  • The Mark Twain House

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    (23 miles) Hartford

    A fascinating look at the history of Mark Twain, and where he used to spend some of his days. It's a great way to excite kids about history and one of the most influential novelists of all time. A ...

  • Keeler Tavern

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    (30 miles) Ridgefield

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Keeler Tavern Museum has been a farmhouse, tavern, stagecoach stop, post office, hotel for travelers, home of noted architect Cass Gilbert and, ...

  • Fairfield Museum and History Center

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    (31 miles) Fairfield

    Commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a weekend of activities and events, free with admission including- The Life and Times of William Webb: An African American Civil War Soldier from ...

  • Gillette Castle

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    (33 miles) East Haddam

    It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals the built-in couches, table trackway, and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette.

  • Connecticut Archaeology Center

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    (45 miles) Storrs

    The Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center are home to the University of Connecticut's Anthropological Collections and repre- sents the single largest repository of Connecticut ...

  • Dr Seuss National Memorial

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    (45 miles) Springfield

    In the centre of Springfield there is a park called The Quadrangle which contains sculptures of some of your favourite Dr.Seuss characters - great for photo opportunities

  • The DNA EpiCenter

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    (50 miles) New London

    Welcome to the DNA EpiCenter, where promoting the understanding of the science of life to people of all ages is our mission.

  • Historic Ship Nautilus

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    (51 miles) Groton

    Kids will get a great insight into the lives of the men who sail the depths of the ocean in this fascinating submarine visit, with an educational museum with the world's finest collection of ...

  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

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    (56 miles) Lenox

    A fascinating look into American history at the stunning Ventfort Hall, and American lives during the Gilded Age.

  • Old Sturbridge Village

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    (62 miles) Sturbridge

    A fascinating 1830s New England living history museum - one of the largest in the country! With 59 antique buildings, costumed historians, and a working farm, kids can enjoy year round fun at this ...

  • Hayden Planetarium

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    (72 miles) Manhattan

    Featuring Zeiss Mark IX Star Projector and a Digital Dome Projection System, the Planetarium offers a varying range of fascinating shows, guides and spectaculars using their 3D star atlas.

  • Empire State Building

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    (74 miles) New York City

    Get ready to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World! The 86th floor observation deck offers impressive 360 degree panoramic views of the AMAZING New York City!

  • Dey Mansion

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    (76 miles) Wayne

    The historical revolutionary war headquarters of George Washington himself, giving kids an amazing day out in history!

  • South Street Seaport Museum

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    (77 miles) Manhattan

    Home to the nation's largest fleet of privately maintained historic vessels: Stationary, Training, and Workhorses.

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    (78 miles) Brooklyn

    A century ago, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's founders had the vision to transform a city ash heap into a premier botanic garden in the heart of the borough. Since the Garden first opened its gates to the ...

  • Statue of Liberty

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    (79 miles) NYC

    That iconic attraction everyone must go and visit in New York City - the Statue of Liberty! Hold that flame high!

  • Biomes Marine Biology Center

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    (82 miles) North Kingstown

    Biomes is a privately owned marine science education center focusing on hands-on programs for students and families in Southern New England.

  • Smith's Castle

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    (82 miles) North Kingstown

    A step back in time as you experience Rhode Island in the 1600s! A fascinating historical experience for the whole family on your day out together.

  • Providence Athenaeum

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    (87 miles) Providence

    The Providence Athenaeum, founded in 1753 as an independent membership library, provides books and other materials to all, of any age, who love reading, appreciate literature, and enjoy cultural ...

  • Hannaway Blacksmith Shop

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    (87 miles) Lincoln

    Visitors can now experience the ring of the anvil and the odor of coal and hot steel as blacksmiths forge pieces of the metal into hinges, nails, and other household items.

  • Historic Fort Adams

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    (89 miles) Newport

    HISTORIC FORT ADAMS is off Harrison Ave. in Fort Adams State Park. Built 1824-57, Fort Adams is one of the largest coastal fortifications in the United States. Guided tours take visitors from the ...

  • Museum of Newport History

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    (90 miles) Newport

    The Museum provides the whole family with an engaging introduction to the area's rich history and the beauty of its architecture. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things ...

  • Newport Mansions

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    (90 miles) Newport

    Explore 250 years of American history at our 11 historic properties, located on 80 acres of gardens and parks.

  • Belcourt Castle

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    (90 miles) Newport

    Take a tour during the day of this elegant castle, with its medieval flavor, or walk among the many spirits of the past during a Ghost Tour, Belcourt Castle offers a unique opportunity to step back ...

  • Astors Beechwood Mansion

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    (91 miles) Newport

    Once the summer home of the Astors, this elegant mansion now features living history tours, including Victorian and Roaring Twenties tours, evening performances, seasonal events, and much more.

  • Coggeshall Farm Museum

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    (91 miles) Bristol

    Is a living history farm depicting Bristol's agrarian life in the year 1799 through live interpretation, historic structures, and heirloom plants and animals.

  • Morris County Planetarium

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    (93 miles) Randolph

    Kids love looking at the stars - so what better than to take them to a Planetarium show?!

  • Battleship Cove

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    (98 miles) Fall River

    Don't just learn about history, live it! At Battleship Cove, you will experience firsthand what it was like to serve on board a Navy warship in WWII. Plus Nautical Nights program where families stay ...

  • Lafayette Durfee House

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    (98 miles) Fall River

    Visit the historic home of Colonel Joseph Durfee who defended Fall River from the British. A historic adventure through the stories of the American Revolution.

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  • The Mattatuck Museum

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    Waterbury

    The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections ...

  • Timexpo Museum

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    (1 miles) Waterbury

    It's about TIME for family fun. Timexpo® The Timex Museum tells the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850's. A Time Tunnel leads to ancient mysteries. Magnificent timepieces, ...

  • Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum

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    (8 miles) Cheshire

    Cartoon fun away from the television! This fun museum has one of the largest collections of cartoon-themed artifacts and toys in the entire country - from Disney to Marvel - kids can check out all ...

  • Imagine Nation Museum

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    (9 miles) Bristol

    The Imagine Nation Museum is a hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. The first area you will see when you come to the museum is the interactive exhibits that encourage ...

  • New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park

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    (15 miles) Kensington

    A fascinating and fun family day out as you explore the world around us together, at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park.