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US Landmarks That Your Kids Won't Find Completely Boring (States A-L)

I have vague memories of being a kid and visiting some really random historical landmarks. My dad is one of those people who sees a sign designating a landmark and screeches the car to a stop so he can check it out. My sister and I would collectively roll our eyes and begrudgingly get out of the car to read the sign and look at the old/falling apart/incredibly uninteresting house or building and feign a little bit of interest*. And also usually pose for a photo.

It’s not that I don’t have an appreciation for American history or historical places. I actually do…now that I’m an adult. I’m just realistic and recognize the fact that kids don’t find the same things interesting that adults do. Looking at an old house with papers from 100 years ago? Kinda lame when you’re 8.

Luckily, though, historical landmarks don’t have to be completely lame, they can actually hold some interest for children. I’ve put together a list of landmarks from every state that your kids won’t find totally boring, and they might even find interesting! You can check out the list for states A-L below and then get to planning your next family vacation!

You can find states M & N here, and states O-W here!

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  • Alabama 1 of 18
    Alabama
    USS Drum
    The oldest US Navy Gato-class submarine in existence, she is credited with sinking 15 enemy vessels during WWII. Decommissioned in 1946, the Drum is now on display at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile.
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  • Alaska 2 of 18
    Alaska
    Fort William Seward
    A 4,000 acre facility completed in 1902, it was the last of the military outposts that were established in Alaska during the Gold Rush.
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  • Arizona 3 of 18
    Arizona
    Titan Missile Museum
    A museum run by the nonprofit Arizona Aerospace Foundation, it includes an inert Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile, as well as the original launch facilities.
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  • Arkansas 4 of 18
    Arkansas
    Camden Expedition Sites
    This Historical Landmark encompasses a number of individual historic sites that were significant during the Civil War.
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  • California 5 of 18
    California
    Alcatraz
    A former maximum security prison located on a island in the San Francisco Bay, it was home to many (in)famous prisoners during its 29 years in operation.
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  • Colorado 6 of 18
    Colorado
    Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
    This stretch of railway has run continuously since 1881, and is one of the few US railways that has continuously run steam locomotives. The original Durango Depot, built in 1882, is still in its original form.
    Photo Credit
  • Connecticut 7 of 18
    Connecticut
    Charles W. Morgan
    A wooden US whaling ship that was active during the 19th and early 20th centuries, it is has the designation of being the oldest surviving merchant ship. It is on display at Mystic Seaport Museum.
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  • Delaware 8 of 18
    Delaware
    Hagley Museum and Library - Birkenhead Mills
    The first home of the du Pont family in the US, the surrounding property served as a gunpowder mill site used to manufacture explosives.
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  • Florida 9 of 18
    Florida
    Kennedy Space Center
    Located in Merritt Island, Kennedy Space Center has been the launch site for every manned space flight since 1968. A number of exhibits, displays and attractions are open to tourists at the visitors complex.
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  • Georgia 10 of 18
    Georgia
    Fort Jackson
    A restored 19th century fort located on the water, Fort Jackson defended Savannah's harbor and was used by the Confederacy during the Civil War.
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  • Hawaii 11 of 18
    Hawaii
    USS Arizona Memorial
    Located in Pearl Harbor, the memorial allows guests to view the sunken remains of the USS Arizona, which is the resting place of over 1,000 sailors who were killed when Japan attacked the US on December 7, 1941.
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  • Idaho 12 of 18
    Idaho
    Shoshone Ice Caves
    This 1,000 foot long volcanic lava tube remains frozen year round due to cold air currents that freeze subterranean water.
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  • Illinois 13 of 18
    Illinois
    Adler Planetarium
    Built in 1930, this is the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and is the oldest still in existence.
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  • Indiana 14 of 18
    Indiana
    Broad Ripple Park Carousel
    Now housed in the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, it is one of three remaining Dentzel menagerie carousels, with animals that were made prior to 1900.
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  • Iowa 15 of 18
    Iowa
    Dubuque Mines
    A historic district significant to Iowa's early mining history, it was originally under control of the Spanish Government, which controlled the territory until 1801.
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  • Kansas 16 of 18
    Kansas
    Boothill Museum
    Located in Dodge City, the museum occupies the location of the original Boothill Cemetary. Representing the way things were in 1876, it brings visitors back to the time of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson.
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  • Kentucky 17 of 18
    Kentucky
    Belle of Louisville
    The oldest river steamboat in operation, built in 1914, it is now available for public lunch and dinner cruises.
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  • Louisiana 18 of 18
    Louisiana
    USS Kidd
    A Fletcher-class Naval Destroyer, the Kidd served in World War II and the Korean War, and is the only Naval Destroyer that was never modernized and retains its WWII appearance.
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*Sorry dad, but the truth had to come out sooner or later.

 

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