10 Spring Break Destinations With A Fun, Kid-Friendly Historical Twist
You could probably take home the trophy for history buffs, but the truth is, you probably weren’t born with an appreciation for history. It’s something that has to be learned much like riding a bike, reading, and talking. So it should come as no surprise that our mini-mes, who are dragging their feet through museums, need a little guidance. And when history lessons come from a textbook, who can blame them?
So, let’s get our kiddos out of the classroom and make history come alive through educational travel this spring break (or, truly, any time of year!)
Not sure where to take them? Not to worry. We’ve put in the hard work to research ten kid-friendly destinations with a historical twist that are just perfect for you and your family of up and coming history buffs. Get ready to venture back in time!
See history come to life for your mini-mes in Colonial Williamsburg.
Here, you can tour the original 18th-century buildings still standing strong like the James Geddy, George Wythe, and Peyton Randolph Houses. Then, explore the Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury. It’s where your kiddos can learn how blacksmiths made supplies and assisted in the Revolutionary War.
For a change of pace, take the kiddos on a carriage ride through town! Then, head over to Merchants Square—one of the earliest, if not the first planned shopping districts in the United States—for some delicious food to fill your little ones’ bellies.
With this destination’s impeccably preserved colonial sites and costumed storytellers, your children’s passion for learning is sure to grow!
D.C. is the place to be to spark your kiddos’ interest in our nation’s past, but also history in the making.
Explore the Lincoln Memorial and learn about our former president in a way you haven’t before. Then, turn around and look down the spectacular reflecting pool at the World War II Memorial.
Next up, grab the kids a snack before strolling The National Mall to explore a few of the Smithsonian museums like the African American History and Culture Museum, Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, Natural History Museum, and more.
When your mini-mes are begging for a historical brain break, be sure to make your way down to Pennsylvania Avenue and stop to set your sights on the White House. Regardless of your political views, you’re sure to get chills just thinking about all the incredible leaders who have served in that house through the years!
3. Boston, MA
Home to the Boston Tea Party your kiddos are sure to learn about in school, Boston is one historical destination you don’t want to miss.
Aside from the strong culture sweeping the streets of this New England town, there’s a strong presence of history as well. Enjoy a trip to Faneuil Hall, which is a history lesson in disguise. With its world-class street performers and fashionable boutiques, your mini-mes are sure to be just as entertained today as everyone who’s visited in the past. Then, don’t forget to face history head-on and carve out time for a trip to Bunker Hill Monument and the JFK Presidential Library.
If there’s any place for a history buff to be born, it’s Boston!
This historic seaside city blends colonial charm with the best of a summer beach getaway. It’s quite easily the perfect spring break destination to reach maximum relaxation and soak in a history lesson or two.
After all, Newport is home to “Summer White Houses” of past presidents (Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy to name a few). That’s right, Newport was the summer getaway for a couple of our nation’s history makers!
And there’s no better way to vacation like a president than to soak up the breathtaking views from the Newport Cliff Walk or head out on the water by boat.
Experience southern charm at its finest while you take a peek at South Carolina’s oldest city.
Among the breathtaking scenery, infectious culture, and exquisite food, Charleston is one historical gem you don’t want to miss.
Stroll down Rainbow Row and take a look at the thirteen historic, colorful houses that represent the longest cluster of Georgian houses in the U.S. Visit the oldest public garden in the country and take a tour of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Then, climb aboard the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum where your kiddos are sure to feel a part of history.
6. Savannah, GA
With its horse-drawn carriages, antebellum architecture, and cobblestone squares, you can’t help but feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time when you explore Savannah.
You almost don’t need to visit museums and monuments to know what happened in these city limits years ago. But, while you’re here, you shouldn’t miss a trip to the Savannah History Museum. Not only is there so much history for your family to soak up, but the museum is housed in a 19th-century railway shed! Then, get outside and venture around the second most brutal battle of the Revolutionary War at Battlefield Memorial Park and Fort Pulaski National Monument where you can walk through a guided tour of a turning point in military history.
When you’re heads are full, and your bellies are empty, head to historic Savannah where you can sink your teeth into some crispy fried chicken, shrimp and grits, BBQ, and so much more!
New Orleans is no doubt one of the most fun places to venture through our nation’s history.
While you’re likely familiar with Bourbon Street and the festive culture many New Orleans visitors seek, there’s a great deal more beyond the adult entertainment. Sign the whole family up for a ghost tour and learn about the city’s unique history along with some tall tales. Next up, head to Jackson Square to set your sights on one of the oldest standing cathedrals.
When you’re famished from your explorations, feast on some of the Creole classics like gumbo or jambalaya. And when your kiddo’s sweet tooth speaks up, stop everything and step in line at Cafe du Monde for beignets and coffee. Just be sure to grab extra napkins because there’s no classy way to enjoy this tasty treat!
History lessons come in all shapes and sizes in this Tennessee city. Let your kiddos explore presidential history at Andrew Jackson’s plantation home, The Hermitage. Then, take full advantage of why they call this town “Music City.”
Let your mini-me’s spirit run wild at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry where music brings history to life in the forms of entertainment, kid-friendly activities, and good old-fashioned museum learning.
Load up your travel tribe and get ready to venture back in time as you visit what’s considered to be the mecca for history buffs—San Antonio, Texas!
Pack some snacks for the kids and spend a day exploring Missions National Historical Park. And, if you really want to make them feel special, sign the kids up to be a park ranger where they can wear a badge as you walk around and tour the different areas where the south Texas locals sought shelter in the 1700s.
Then, on your way to the lively River Walk—where you’re sure to find good food and fun—stop by The Alamo. Here, you’ll undoubtedly lose track of time as you enjoy a guided tour through the original footprint of the Spanish missions and the church. And, you’ll learn all about the Battle of the Alamo alongside your kids in a way you certainly can’t do from home.
10. San Francisco, CA
Known as the financial, naval, and commercial center of the American West of the 1800s, San Francisco is an incredible place to venture back in time with your family of history buffs!
Start your vacay off right and take the kids somewhere they’re sure to enjoy—the Cable Car Museum. Follow in their footsteps as they explore the different models created since the 1800s. Then, hop on a functioning one to take a ride to Fisherman’s Wharf! Here, you can grab a bite to eat, and walk around the area to learn about the Wharf’s fishing fleet and iconic Dungeness crab!
Before you make the trek home, however, be sure to budget time for a trip out to Alcatraz—an island that served as one of the world’s most legendary penitentiaries.
Let’s be honest. One of the greatest joys in parenthood is sharing our passion for something we love. This spring break, watch history come to life right before your mini-mes’ eyes and venture out to one of these ten destinations to explore the area like you never have before.
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