15 Ways to Celebrate Presidents’ Day for Kids That Will Teach Them All About U.S. History

Turn your Presidents’ Day school break into a chance for a fun and educational family getaway. From historic sites featuring Abraham Lincoln and George Washington to hiking trails and national parks, your kiddo will be full of fun facts when they head back to school this winter.

15 Ways to Celebrate Presidents’ Day for Kids That Will Teach Them All About U.S. History

It’s one thing to read about history or watch Presidents’ Day videos; it’s another to experience history. There are a few things you can do to make this day special, no matter how your family celebrates Presidents’ Day. The first is to stay close to home. Start your search by looking for “historic places to visit near me” with your kids. You could also check out your local state parks, or you can travel to one of our national historic sites. Here are our top choices for taking a quick trip on Presidents’ Day for kids. 

Massachusetts

Boston was host to many of the most important political reforms and meetings that led to the American Revolution. 

1. Visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

If sneaking aboard a ship and throwing tea into Boston Harbor at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum isn’t the best way to experience this moment in United States history, we don’t know what is! 

Key Information: $29.95 – Strollers must be parked – Closes early on Tuesday and Wednesday

Good To Know: The tea room lets you taste the same kind of tea thrown in the harbor.
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2. Hike the Freedom Trail

Whether you want to take the entire Freedom Trail or just stop at a few highlights, you will learn a ton about U.S. history. You can customize your walking tours based on how much your family feels like walking!

Key Information: FREE – Free audio tour – Stroller friendly

Good To Know: The Faneuil Hall stop is the perfect place to grab lunch. 

3. Visit the USS Constitution

Step onto the deck of the oldest ship still afloat. Learn about her many victories in the War of 1812 and her role in keeping history alive for the public.

Key Information: FREE – Open Tuesday through Sunday – Strollers must be left on pier 

Good to Know: Visitors over 18 require a photo ID and all guests must go through security.

4. See A Historic Fort

Fort Independence provides beautiful views of Boston Harbor, and kids will really enjoy getting to explore Castle Island.
Key Information: FREE – Stroller friendly – Food onsite

Good To Know: Despite the name, you can get to Castle Island by car.

4. See A Historic Fort

Fort Independence provides beautiful views of Boston Harbor, and kids will really enjoy getting to explore Castle Island.
Key Information: FREE – Stroller friendly – Food onsite

Good To Know: Despite the name, you can get to Castle Island by car.

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania was home to the First and Second Continental Congresses and is now home to many fun Presidents’ Day activities. 

5. Check Out The Liberty Bell

You cannot miss this iconic symbol of American independence!

Key Information: FREE – Junior Ranger program- Visitors Center is open from 9:00 to 5:00

Good To Know: The Liberty Bell is a great quick stop, with many lunch options nearby.

6. Visit America’s First Zoo

Get up close and personal with native wildlife and meet our national bird, the Bald Eagle, at the first zoo in the US, the Philadelphia Zoo.

Key Information: $16 – Food onsite – Stroller friendly

Good To Know: Don’t miss the aviary bird feeding experiences!
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7. Enjoy Independence National Historical Park

Visiting Independence National Historical Park is a walk through early US history. 

Key Information: Benjamin Franklin and Independence Hall have admission fees – Other sites and visitor centers are FREE – Ask park rangers about the trading card program for kids  

Good To Know: You will need to book timed tickets for Independence Hall on Presidents’ Day.  

8. Watch History Come To Life

Kids love visiting the Betsy Ross House, where they can find out about the creation of the American flag.

Key Information: $8 – Strollers must be left outside – Historic house has stairs and is not wheelchair accessible
Good To Know: If someone in your party cannot go in the house, Betsy Ross will come outside so that nobody is left out.

Virginia

In addition to its many important historic sites, more US Presidents have been born in Virginia than anywhere else!

9. Relive The Battles of Bull Run

Visiting a Civil War battlefield like the Manassas Battlefield Park will teach your kids about the war that shaped so much of our past and present. 

Key Information: FREE – Junior Ranger program available – Self-guided driving tour available

Good To Know: Don’t miss the Winter Hut, built using Civil War techniques and materials.

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10. See The First Gateway to the West

Learn about America’s first westward expansion at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Key Information: FREE – Park is open year-round – Guided tours available

Good To Know: Don’t miss Tri-State Peak, where you can stand in three states at once!

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11. Explore George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Celebrate George Washington’s birthday by visiting his childhood home and other sites on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Key Information: FREE – Some trails are stroller friendly – No food onsite (bring a picnic!)

Good To Know: The Visitor Center is closed on Presidents’ Day, but the park remains open.

Washington D.C. 

Washington, D.C. is steeped in history and has sites, monuments, and memorials for every era of our nation’s history. 

12. See The View From The Washington Monument

Going up to the top of the Washington Monument is exciting for any kid. President Washington’s statue welcomes visitors on the ground floor, and an elevator takes you to the top.

Key Information: Tickets are $1 – Reserve in advance – Not stroller friendly

Good To Know: The nearest restrooms are in the Washington Monument Lodge.

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13. Ride Through DC On A Pedicab

A pedicab tour is the perfect way to see Washington, D.C. You’ll see memorials and buildings associated with figures like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. 

Key Information: Tours can last between 1-4 hours – Kids Adventure Tour is $270 for 2 adults and 2-4 kids- Tour is customizable

Good To Know: The tours are dog-friendly!

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14. Learn About Native Americans’ History 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian provides a great opportunity to learn about the past and present of people who were here first.

Key Information: FREE – Reserve tickets online in advance – Stroller friendly

Good To Know: The food court is one of the best in DC. You can pick up cookbooks and mixes in the museum’s gift shops!

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15. Learn About First Ladies

The American History Museum has many wonderful exhibits about American History. One of the coolest for kids is seeing some of the gowns worn by our First Ladies. Learning about the roles these women played shows kids just how much the Presidents depend on the people around them.

Key Information: FREE – Private lactation room on the first floor – Free audio tour aimed at kids 6-12 available

Good To Know: If you’re lucky, you might get to see the original Star-Spangled Banner; the flag is not always visible to protect it from further light damage.


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