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Living History Farms

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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Very educational

My family visited the History Farm and were very impressed. I dress in pioneer outfits and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jzeiger
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Mishawaka, Indiana
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Nice, but hot

We arrived on a particularly hot summer day, paid our fee and then started our tour of the... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
Twhatty
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tractor ride” (11 reviews)
“school groups” (6 reviews)
“the barn” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
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+1 515-278-5286
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 11 July 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

Thank Twhatty
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Reviewed 9 July 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!

Thank Jane K
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

This place is fantastic. The interpreters are very friendly - and made learning about the past enjoyable. They invite folks to participate in a variety of hand-on activities. My kids sawed logs, fed the pigs, helped make broom, cut pills with the druggist, and used...More

Thank J B
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LivingHistoryFarms, Public Relations Manager at Living History Farms, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2018

Thank you so much for your review, J B! We are so pleased to learn you had wonderful time. We hope you will visit us again in the future!

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Very realistic. The people are more than actors. Most really know their craft. Make sure you go with a least 3 hours time. We got there later than we should have and I know we missed some good stuff. Worth a trip if you are...More

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LivingHistoryFarms, Public Relations Manager at Living History Farms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can visit again soon!

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Reviewed 11 June 2018

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

1  Thank Stephen B
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LivingHistoryFarms, Public Relations Manager at Living History Farms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can visit again soon!

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

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.

Thank D_Davis0216
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LivingHistoryFarms, Public Relations Manager at Living History Farms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can visit again soon!

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 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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LivingHistoryFarms, Public Relations Manager at Living History Farms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope you will visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 21 February 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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LivingHistoryFarms, Public Relations Manager at Living History Farms, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope you will visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 29 December 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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Leah K
22 June 2018|
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Response from CountessP | Reviewed this property |
It's a lot of walking. Stroller or carrier.
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MitsoukoRussie
5 July 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
2 February 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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