There’s no time like the present to learn about America’s past. Take a lesson from us and get creative when it comes to introducing your kids to the land of the brave and the home of the free. We’ve got the scoop on 12 presidential places that welcome little patriots with open arms: Flip through the album below to see them all.

Mount Rushmore – Keystone, Sd

On the scale of national history and pride, when it comes to Mount Rushmore, it’s go big or go home. Stroll through the Avenue of Flags, and see one for every state, territory and province.There’s an audio tour, and the chance to hike the presidential trail that winds its way around the monument (FYI: not all of the trail is stroller accessible). There are information kiosks along the way, and be sure to have the kids get Junior Ranger passport stamp— the monument is part of the National Park Service.

Good to know: 2016 is Mount Rushmore’s 75th Anniversary of completion, so be on the lookout for festivals and events occurring throughout the year; and don't forget to check out the Presidential Wax Museum down the road in Keystone!

Online: NPS.gove/moru

photo: Josh Grenier via flickr creative commons

Have you been to any of these spots? Share with us in a comment below!

— Gabby Cullen