In honor of Independence Day, we’ve taken a page from your kid’s classroom and rounded up the best spots in America for learning about the land of the free and the brave. From remembering the Alamo to California’s gold rush, here are nine places that will help you and your crew make a little history of your own.

The Alamo – San Antonio, Tx

Remember the Alamo? It won’t be too difficult a task when you wander through the 300-year-old mission in downtown San Antonio. Explore the historic site where 189 Texans and legendary American hero Davy Crockett died fighting Santa Ana’s army on your own, or opt for the Battlefield Tour (best for older kids), which follows the path of the epic battle, from the original mission grounds to Alamo Plaza. Afterwards, head to the riverwalk for classic eats and entertainment.

Good to know: There’s an audio tour available for $7 per person.

Online: thealamo.org

photo: Todd Morris via flickr

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—Gabby Cullen