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Living History Farms

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Step back in time

While it's impossible to completely separate yourself from modern urban life because an Interstate... read more

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1900's Farm Dinner

We treated some visitors to dinner at the 1900's farm and it made for a week of conversation! These... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Ames, IA
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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...more
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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While it's impossible to completely separate yourself from modern urban life because an Interstate highway runs through the middle of the property, there is a lot of interesting and well done glimpses into rural 19th century Mid-Western America. Don't forget to catch a wagon ride...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

We treated some visitors to dinner at the 1900's farm and it made for a week of conversation! These dinners are fun an education events put on by Living History Farms. Great for the entire family.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Brought our entire junior class here and we had a great time. The kids learned a lot. Lots of fun activities and the workers treated us like we were royalty. Easy to work with in setting up a field trip. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jolenevoga
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Today we went the Living History Farms for the first time. We are from Minnesota and happen to be here for a sporting event. This place is well worth the trip.......so cool to see history come alive like this! Our 4 kids range in ages...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ed L
Reviewed October 9, 2018

this is basically a museum of the development of the old west. it is comprised of different times in history starting with the indians. they even have tee-pees on display. plus an old log cabin which is one of my favorites. it has such a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit. We took our young son to visit and spent about 4 hrs roaming. Enjoyed the actors they had in the different houses ect. They showed from early period housing and actors to later period lifestyle. Enjoyed the old fashioned baseball game...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We took a trip into Iowa to see some bridges and the living history farms. Was here in the 80's after it opened. A lot has changed and some things added since then. The house of the future is no longer part of the tour....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

My family visited the History Farm and were very impressed. I dress in pioneer outfits and demonstrate spinning on several different type of wheels. We enjoyed the man at the house with the cat, the banker, the newspaper printer, and the blacksmith. They all were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jzeiger
Reviewed July 11, 2018

We arrived on a particularly hot summer day, paid our fee and then started our tour of the recreated town. The tour is actually divided into the town and then a set of three farms that represent different eras of farming. This was both enjoyable...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Twhatty
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Have been here several times over the years. A great way for kids to see how things were in the past, even before the days when we walked five miles to school uphill (both ways) every day!

Date of experience: August 2017
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Leah K
June 22, 2018|
Response from CountessP | Reviewed this property |
It's a lot of walking. Stroller or carrier.
July 4, 2017|
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Response from Jim L | Reviewed this property |
No reservations needed. The hours are 9:00 to 4:00.
February 1, 2017|
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Response from LivingHistoryFarms | Property representative |
Hello! Yes we will have Circuit Court Day on July 29th this year. We do not have any Barn Dances scheduled for this season. Thank you for writing!