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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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A great way to learn about life on the great plains in multiple different time periods! Fun to explore life-like depictions of how people lived throughout the 17, 18 & 1900s. My... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Carnation, Washington
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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It was a lot of walking, but informational. The kids did learn some and get to interact. It took you back in time and you learned about how things were years ago. The tractor rides were fun.

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Carnation, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A great way to learn about life on the great plains in multiple different time periods! Fun to explore life-like depictions of how people lived throughout the 17, 18 & 1900s. My family always enjoys this experience and we try to visit the Farms every time we're in Des Moines!

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

this is a great place to check out with your spouse or your kids. it is a working old fashioned farm. you can easily spend a pleasant 1/2 day here as an activity in the des moines area. i've been here with all 6 of my kids on their field trips. it also has a summer camp that sells out... More 

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Monterey, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was visiting family in the area and decided to spend an afternoon with my two kids, ages 8 and 10, at Living History Farms. I have been to many historic re-enactment museums -- namely Sturbridge Village and Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, among others -- so I had some ideas for what to expect when going here. My expectations were... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Used to visit LHF every summer as a child (30 years ago). I brought my family (8 & 9 year old) to visit this return trip to Iowa and it was as great as I remembered. The farms and farmers were wonderful and the town great. I liked the new visitors center. It's a good deal of walking and it... More 

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Hudson, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Haven't been there since I was a kid. My Uncle donated a lot of his antiques to LHF and I need to get back down there again....Good memories.

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

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