Family vacations can be a fantastic opportunity for kids and parents alike to learn about history. Tours of historical destinations can make learning much more fun for kids. Seeing historic sites in person will certainly make school lessons come to life.
What should be at the top of the list for a family of history lovers? Well, in Massachusetts, families can visit the Plymouth Plantation, a living museum of the Colonial era, and walk the historic Freedom Trail in Boston. No history-loving family should miss a trip to Ellis Island in New York City to learn about America's long history as a nation of immigrants, or skip the Statue of Liberty. Finally, Philadelphia's Old Town neighborhood is filled with important historic sites such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
Our Nation's Capital
Washington DC is perhaps the most important destination for American history buffs, as it is home not only to the White House and the U.S. Capitol, but also the vast Smithsonian Institution, which comprises 19 important history-filled museums and galleries—most of them free. Nearby in Virginia, there is Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum that is a part of the Historic Triangle along with Jamestown and Yorktown.
Make Pre-history a Priority
Is your child fascinated by the prehistoric? Consider a trip to Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, where you can learn about the fossils of dinosaurs dotting the entire area. In the desert southwest, visitors can discover Taos Pueblo, an ancient pueblo belonging to the tribe of pueblo people.
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