Blast Into the Past

You don't need a time capsule to step into an America of years gone by. These historical destinations will amaze your kids and teach them about the "olden" days.

Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Conn.
888-973-2767
www.mysticseaport.org

Admissions:
Adults, $17
children 6 to 12, $9
kids 5 and under, free

Visit this 19th-century whaling village to see tall ships and catch all-hands-on-deck demonstrations of life on the high seas. And don't miss its Children's Museum and Discovery Barn for nautical crafts and fun.

Greenfield
Village Dearborn, Mich.
313-982-6150
www.hfmgv.org

Admissions:
Adults, $14
kids 5 to 12, $9
kids 4 and under, free (rides extra)

Ride in a Model T Ford and catch the antique carousel as you wander through 300 years of America's past in this mythical Midwestern town.

Conner Prairie
Fishers, Ind.
800-966-1836
www.connerprairie.org

Admissions:
Adults, $11
kids 5 to 12, $7
kids 4 and under, free

Experience prairie life and a Native-American camp. You might see a rustic wedding or an Underground Railroad reenactment. Kids can dip candles, hear stories, and play 1830s games in the PastPort Discovery Center.

Alabama Constitution Village and EarlyWorks Museum complex
Huntsville, Ala.
800-678-1819
www.earlyworks.com

Admissions:
Adults, $12
kids 4 to 17, $11
kids 1 to 3, $4

Watch sheepshearers, weavers, and others bring 1819 Alabama to life. Little ones love the dress-up area and instruments at the EarlyWorks Children's Museum.

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