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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 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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101 reviews 101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I would urge any parent out there to take their kids just once if nothing else. Where would we be if not for our history!? Take your walking shoes, bottle of water (if in the summer) and a good sense of history. Yes, it has it faults and is not perfect but then again who of us is perfect. They... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Living History Farms provide a glimpse into the past highlighting three farms from different eras. The farms are operated as they would have been in the 1800 and 1900s. Children are provided hands on learning from farming with horses and they can even experience a one room school house. Their teachers often have them memorize a poem to be recited... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Visiting Living History Farms is like traveling back in time. You really get a sense of what an 1870's town and farm was like. When you go, be sure and buy some Sarsaparilla and lemon drops. I can't wait to visit again.

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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Went with a school tour and it was bad. Maybe just because it was tour but I'm not sure. I felt EXTREMELY rushed.

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Richmond, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I wish I had allowed myself more time for our visit to the Living History Farm. We only had three hours and could easily have spent three more. The buildings here gave me a good feel for what life was like in small town Iowa back in the days when my Grandpa and Grandma were growing up there. I was... More 

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