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US Landmarks Your Kids Won't Find Completely Boring (States M & N)

With summertime fast approaching, and many kids already enjoying the long break from school, many families are deep in the process of planning an upcoming vacation. The problem, I’ve found, is that many times parents plan vacations around what they think their kids will enjoy, but don’t stop to consider what their kids will actually enjoy.

Most kids have absolutely zero interest in perusing the birthplaces of past Presidents (oh look! An old chair…and an ancient broom!) but would be interested in visiting sites that have some kid appeal…like a retired Navy submarine or a Civil War battleground where they can act out the battles and get lost in their imaginations.

With that in mind, I gathered a list of some US Historical Landmarks that have the possibility of holding their interest, which will ensure that everyone has a lovely vacation.

And don’t miss my recommendations for states A-L here and states O-W here!

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  • Maine 1 of 16
    Maine
    Grace Bailey
    A two-masted schooner built in 1882, she sailed the world carrying goods, including granite used to construct NY's Grand Central Station. Now docked in Camden, Maine the Grace Bailey is available for 2 and 5-day cruises.
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  • Maryland 2 of 16
    Maryland
    Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
    Built in 1825 and located in Cheseapeake Bay, it is the only lighthouse of its type (screw-pile) that stands in its original site. Tours are only available during certain months of the year, so plan ahead!
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  • Massachussettes 3 of 16
    Massachussettes
    Nantucket
    Located off the coast of Cape Cod, the entire island of Nantucket was added to the Registry of National Historic Places. It contains the oldest windmill in the US, and also has the largest concentration of pre-Civil war structures.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Michigan 4 of 16
    Michigan
    SS Milwaukee Clipper
    Built in 1904, the Milwaukee Clipper (called the Juniata at the time), is the only remaining passenger steamship on the Great Lakes.
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  • Minnesota 5 of 16
    Minnesota
    Mill City Museum
    The museum is built in the ruins of Washburn A Mill, a flour mill that was built in 1874 and was, at the time, the largest flour producer in the world. It was capable of producing 2,000,000 lbs. of flour per day!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Mississippi 6 of 16
    Mississippi
    Vicksburg National Military Park
    A complex that preserves the site of the Civil War Battle of Vicksburg, the park contains, amongst many other highlights, 20+ miles of battlefield trenches, 1,325 historic monuments and markers, and the remains of the USS Cairo, which was sunk by a torpedo in 1862.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Missouri 7 of 16
    Missouri
    Anheuser-Busch Brewery
    Although maybe not the first thing that comes to mind for a family friendly visit, the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour takes place in the company's headquarters, which were built in 1852. While kids might not be interested in the beer making process, visiting the famous Clydesdale horse's historic brick and stained glass stable will definitely be a highlight.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Montana 8 of 16
    Montana
    Butte Historic District
    Famous for its history of copper production, Butte, and the surrounding areas, are home to almost 6,000 places of historical significance. Kids will enjoy the World Mining Museum, where they can view a large mineral collection and take part in an underground mine tour.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Nebraska 9 of 16
    Nebraska
    Fort Robinson
    Built in 1873, the fort played a major role in the Sioux Wars, from 1876 to 1890. It is also the site of the death of Crazy Horse, was used as a horse training facility after WWI, a K-9 training center and a German POW camp during WWII.
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  • Nevada 10 of 16
    Nevada
    Nevada Northern Railway Museum
    Of the remaining steam railroad complexes in the US, the Nevada Northern Railway Complex is the best-preserved, least altered, and most complete main yard complex around. Exhibits include steam, electric and diesel-electric locomotives and freight and passenger rail cars.
    Photo Credit: Flcikr
  • New Hampshire 11 of 16
    New Hampshire
    USS Albacore
    Launched in 1953, the Albacore was a test submarine, and its teardrop shaped hull was the prototype for the Navy's post-WWII nuclear powered subs.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • New Jersey 12 of 16
    New Jersey
    Lucy the Margate Elephant
    Built in 1882, Lucy is a 6-story tall structure built of nearly 1 million pieces of wood and tin sheeting. An example of novelty architecture, she was built to promote tourism, which she is still doing today, well over 100 years later.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • New Mexico 13 of 16
    New Mexico
    Puye Cliff Dwellings
    The cliff dwellings, carved out of the hillside by Pueblo Indians who lived in the area from AD 900 to 1500, contain hundreds of rooms where the native Americans lived in concentrated group settings.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • New York 14 of 16
    New York
    Statue of Liberty
    Arguably one of the most recognizable US Landmarks, she was dedicated in 1886 and still stands at the entrance to New York. Your kids might be bored by the story behind the green lady (until they're older, at least), but they will most certainly be impressed at the sight of her.
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  • North Carolina 15 of 16
    North Carolina
    Cape Hatteras Light
    The Cape Hatteras Light was erected to mark the dangerous sandbars that are present in North Carolina's Outer Banks, which had resulted in numerous shipwrecks.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • North Dakota 16 of 16
    North Dakota
    Fort Union Trading Post
    Until 1867, it was the most important fur trading post on the Upper Missouri and served to provide supplies for a number of American Indian tribes in exchange for buffalo robes and furs.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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