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Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322
515 278 5286
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Urbandale
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Owasso, Oklahoma
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

My nephew lives in Urbandale and this is a place where he brings the kids for a history lesson. While we feel it is geared for the young, everyone gets the experience of a farm life in different era's. Each area has different demonstrations to watch and some hands on events. The people in each area are dressed in period... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Very interesting how they have farms from different time periods. People dressed in the period are very informative and answer all questions. Our 11 year old was really interested and we all enjoyed.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I had fun at Living History Farms when I was a kid and enjoyed it just as much at twenty years later. There are several different farms depicting different time periods. There is also a town with lots of buildings that you can go into and see demonstrations. Some of the demonstrations that you can see are broom making, cabinetmaking,... More

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Ames, IA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have been a huge fan of Living History Farms over the years, and whenever visitors arrive from out of town, this has been one of our go-to places. I visited today and both my guest and I were disappointed - for the first time. But first the good stuff. The farms (1700, 1850 and 1900) do a great job... More

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Cypress, Texas, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went here during recent visit to Des Moines and enjoyed it. Quite a few things to see and do. Several eras of farms are part of the location and you get to see a glimpse of how things used to be. The oldest 1700 "farm" depicted was a bit odd and somewhat disappointing. It was a very small area with... More

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Lithonia, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It takes you back to the late 1800's and there is also the West side where you can see how the Native Americans, those in the 1800's and 1900's civil war lived. It's good if you like historic thngs. Worth the money and inexpensive for family attraction.

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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We arrived just before 2:00 and they close at 4:00, so we just spent several hours walking around "town", instead of trying to rush through the farms. It was nice to see so many workers in each building doing demonstrations, answering questions and interacting with visitors.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This place seemed to fall short of my expectations. The concept is great and the place was very clean. My issue is that it really isn't very hands on for children nor did I feel like the staff was very engaging. A few staff members, Kate, Pam, and Corey truly seemed to enjoy their jobs and talked freely with us.... More

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

Dear Phillitravels, Thank you for your review and feedback. Customer feedback is an important part of our ability to continually improve the visitor experience. As such, we will share your comments with our staff and work to improve where you feel we fell short. More

Mpls, MN
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241 reviews 241 reviews
86 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was a very interesting reconstruction of several farms, an Indian camp (each one was a different era) and a small town. The town is quite spread out and they provide rides from the town to the farm area. The shops in the town have lots of great antiques and period interpreters to tell you about the time period. Once... More

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

Dear MNroadtrippers66, Thank you so much for your review of Living History Farms. We sincerely appreciate the feedback! More

Oklahoma
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Our entire group from 5yrs old to grandparents enjoyed this attraction. This was a great place to walk off some energy or learn some historical facts. Just slow down & enjoy! I would recommend comfortable shoes to really enjoy the walking tour.

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

Dear Oklahomatravellover, Thank you so much for your "5 star" review of Living History Farms! We are so pleased to hear of your multigenerational family visit that was enjoyed by all. We hope you will visit us again in the future. More

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