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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