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Address: 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone Number: 515 278 5286
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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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Living History Farms: A Trip Back in Time

Located just five minutes off Interstate 35 near Des Moines, Iowa, Living History Farms is the perfect stop for travelers who have 3-4 hours to spare for a memorable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2016
Harry D

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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Located just five minutes off Interstate 35 near Des Moines, Iowa, Living History Farms is the perfect stop for travelers who have 3-4 hours to spare for a memorable experience. Established in 1969, Living History Farms is a re-creation of farm and small town life in the fictional 1875 town of Walnut Hill. It is not a Disney version; this... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

A fun outdoor type of trick or treating. Small one piece of candy oer stop. People were really friendly and the place had several photo op opportunities. The barn had ghost stories and there were wagon rides, and some music. We enjoyed the walk and the popcorn and pop provided, by but just felt that there could have been more... More 

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Thank auditru2blue
West Des Moines, Iowa
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Great family style restaurant, boutique hotel. Lot of fun events. Many farm related exhibitions, neat recreation of turn of the century farming practices.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We visited on the last day of the season and we spent the entire day learning and having fun. There were great demonstrations, you have to check out the printing shop, and the people were very knowledgeable and helpful. My kindergartner and 4th grader did not want to leave when they said they were closing the doors. This was not... More 

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LivingHistoryFarms, Public Relations Manager at Living History Farms, responded to this review

John, thank you so much for your kind words! We look forward to you coming back to visit us next season. More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

So I recently became a member because of a special and LHF was tossed in as free. I took the family out for the "Corn harvest festival" we missed apple harvest. The experience was interesting but I'm not sure in a good way. You have folks dressed up in period outfits and pretending to be from 1700-1900 farms and it... More 

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Thank nahdogg
LivingHistoryFarms, Public Relations Manager at Living History Farms, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are interested in hearing more about your experience the day you visited. Would you please contact us at pr@lhf.org? Thank you! More 

West Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Unique experience. Not all that easy to navigate with wheelchairs and strollers but they've worked on widening their trails to make them more ADA complacent. Their Halloween event is fun and a new experience.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

When I came here. I was expecting a little more. I was hoping to see more living history, but there was not as much when I visited. It is still a nice place to visit, and it was nice to see the rustic structures.

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Thank JohnBCowgill
Chicago, Illinois
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

While in town, taking a stroll down memory lane I had to stop by. It was a hot day and not a lot of shade. Be prepared and bring water. Only a few of the buildings have air conditioning. It was just as a remember it. Not as busy, but that was maybe due to the heat and holiday. The... More 

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Thank Kristine C
Urbandale, Iowa
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

A visit to Living History Farms has never ceased to please. Our first visits was when the kids visited the old school house and dressed in period costume and carried lunches prepared to suit the times. Since then we have attended several events and though all have been different none have disappointed and we learn about life on the prairie... More 

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Thank Kathie S
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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356 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Our visit was great - really enjoyed the town. The impersonators really explained their business - we really learned a lot about commerce back then. The farms were interesting but not as much as the town. The only knock is that lunch selections were very limited. You need at least 3-4 hours to see everything.

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