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Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Staff are amazingly personal and helpful

Spent a day here on our way down to Branson with our four young kids. The staff made it great. They... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephen B
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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Such a great family place

Be prepared to walk, but absolutely worth it. People were great and take pride in their work, they... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
D_Davis0216
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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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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 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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  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“tractor ride” (11 reviews)
“school groups” (6 reviews)
“the barn” (5 reviews)
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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
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+1 515-278-5286
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a day here on our way down to Branson with our four young kids. The staff made it great. They take the time to thoroughly answer all questions related to the activity, store or trade they are representing and the time period. General store...More

Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be prepared to walk, but absolutely worth it. People were great and take pride in their work, they took the time to explain and and answer all of your questions. I highly recommend this place.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent way to spend the day and learn about Iowa farming history. Easy to get to with lots of parking.

Thank Anne C
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Reviewed February 21, 2018

We had a great time exploring the old buildings and talking to the 'residents' of the town. There was plenty to do, especially since there was a short tractor ride connecting the two locations. We learnt far more from the 'hands on' demonstrations then if...More

Thank Richard G
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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

The whole first grade went here for a field trip and it was a lot of fun. Every building had a history to learn about and it was like walking back in time to an old farming town. We loved every minute! Awesome learning experience!

Thank Jasmin D
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

I had a great time at the Triskaideka Dinner at the 1870s Tangen house. The night was all about Victorian superstitions (Triskaideka means 13), so it was the perfect Halloween activity. It was very atmospheric in the house lit by lamps and warmed by fires,...More

Thank Alison L
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

Two grand parents and two grandchildren ages 11 and 8. A wonderful experience. The "shop owners" explanations and demonstrations were easily understood by the grandchildren.

Thank Larry C
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

This was like traveling back in time and so fun and informative. The Blacksmith was super informative and friendly.Really enjoyed listening to him explain what he does. All the other flks were wonderful too. Definitely worth the admission price. Dog friendly!!! Fantastic place.

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed September 26, 2017

I wasn't as thrilled with this attraction as my husband (the farmer at heart), but it was very interesting in terms of 19th century farming methods and living conditions, with a mid 1800 replica town, complete with costumed store owners, farmers, etc. to talk about...More

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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Nice to learn about farming and farm life in the past. Neat "old time" town to browse around in. Be ready to walk.

1  Thank 664aprils
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MitsoukoRussie
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.
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lindathompson1951
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!
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Hutchie50
October 5, 2016|
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Response from LivingHistoryFarms | Property representative |
Hi - thank you for your question. Dogs are always welcome at Living History Farms. Dogs must be on standard (non-retractable) leashes, and remain outside buildings and away from livestock. We, of course, ask that you clean... More
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