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Living History Farms

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Address: 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone Number: 515 278 5286
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Description: Living History Farms is located in the western suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa...
Living History Farms is located in the western suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa in Urbandale and is conveniently located right off Interstates 35/80. It is an interactive outdoor museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. 300 years of agricultural history are represented including a 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1900 Horse-Powered Farm and an 1875 town. Tours are self guided and historic interpreters are at each farm site are dressed in clothing from each era to explain what it would have been like to live in that time. The general touring season is May 1 through October 14th. Many special events and historic dinners take place in the off-season. Visit the website for details.
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We have been to a similar attraction that is more established and larger, but the Living History Farms was still fun to visit. The farms were cool to walk through and brought an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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Avon, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We have been to a similar attraction that is more established and larger, but the Living History Farms was still fun to visit. The farms were cool to walk through and brought an educational moment to our trip. The town was fun. Our 11 year old daughter loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Very interesting and educational, the kids had a really good time. Loved how you can get up close with the animals and how you can see first hand different trades (ie...broom making).

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Clive, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We were leaders for our grandson's 2nd grade class again this year. The kids always have a wonderful time and they also learn a lot about farm animals. Thanks to John Deere they also get to have a tractor ride around the farm. The staff are so knowledgeable and you can tell they also like kids.

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Geneva, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The different eras were well done. Very very authentic and the kids didn't get bored. The actors were very good too. Overall, well worth it.

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Maryville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Spent the day here and loved it. The trails are beautiful. The staff was knowledgable and gave demonstrations.

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Grimes, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We first went on the opening day and there was hardly anyone there. The demonstrations were great and informative. We went back on a day when there were school groups. The same people didn't seem interested in talking with us. In short, it's a great place but avoid weekdays in May.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Living History Farms has a pioneer town with church at the end. Interiors are appropriate to pioneer living with many antiques. There is a law office, pharmacy, and more. There is also an old brick mansion in perfect shape. Large grounds to walk on. They have races on the grounds including the annual mud run. Also, cooking classes, blacksmith skills,... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Living History Farms just west of Des Moines gives visitors the opportunity to see agriculture being practiced at many different times in Iowa's history. Guides dressed in custom are working as you walk around answer questions at the same time. The log cabin was a personal favorite, but seeing the old equipment in operation was wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This was an excellent evening. We celebrated our anniversary here. A historic Victorian dinner was served at the Tangen House at Living History Farms. We learned the Victorian culture of entertaining and enjoyed a wonderful meal served family style in the dining room. This was an evening meal so the house was lit with lamplight. Very nice and we enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

Extended family took us here, and we were rather unsure with two young kids how it would go. It was great fun for all of us, aged between 1 and 74. There are a variety of display areas, good food, and nice outdoor walking. Never boring, and a good night's sleep afterward. A word of caution if you have little... More 

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Address: Address: 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone Number: 515 278 5286
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale

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