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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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I've always loved this

This is a really fabulous place to give kids a look at what life was like.

Reviewed 11 January 2012
cygirl73
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Urbandale, Iowa
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I enjoyed this place as a child, and I'm glad that my family now enjoys it as well!

Reviewed 10 January 2012
Brooke K
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Ames, Iowa, United States
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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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  • Average7%
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“tractor ride” (11 reviews)
“school groups” (6 reviews)
“the barn” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 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 11 January 2012

This is a really fabulous place to give kids a look at what life was like.

Thank cygirl73
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

I enjoyed this place as a child, and I'm glad that my family now enjoys it as well!

Thank Brooke K
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

Many families like to visit here. It is a throw back to the 1800's. Children will like it and there is room to run. There is a general store where they sell candies and such, lemon drops are always my choice. The Machine Shed is...More

Thank Suzan H
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

I only had 2.5 hours to spend here, but should have stayed at least twice that long. The farm is divided into two sections and there is a tractor that takes you between the sites. The first section consists of the Ioway Farm, 1850 Farm,...More

Thank Nyllie
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

We visited the farm on 08/13/2011, with a 13 and 11 year old. Very educational, the staff very friendly and loved what they did. Visit all the old blahs beware of the Dr. His stories are PG-13 and will talk non stop. The three farm...More

Thank Markwrig
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

Still a fantastic and historically interesting visit after it's many years of operation (I first visited in 1985). We visited with kids on the 4th of July weekend and they had many activities going on. We all loved the tractor ride to the farms of...More

1  Thank Dan H
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

By coincidence we began talking to some people from the Des Moines area while at Mount Rushmore. We were planning to visit Des Moines on our way home and they told us about this wonderful place. After all the research I had put in for...More

Thank lovepuzzles
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Reviewed 23 September 2010

Expect to spend at least 5 hours here - more if you have children. My husband and I visited Sept 22nd - we've visited several living farms across the US however this is by far the most authentic and impressive. Thje area is split between...More

1  Thank Gill68
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Reviewed 9 July 2009

We visited my in-laws in the Des Moines area over the Fourth of July weekend and my mother-in-law and I took my 3-year-old daughter to the farms July 3 (by coincidence on the same day as another reviewer!). We had a great time. A tractor...More

Thank eskiedogs
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

I visited Living History Farms on July 3rd. Not having been to 'the Farms" in years, I was interested to see what had changed. In a word I was wowed. Talk about FRIENDLY and INFORMATIVE! Everyone I experienced was well versed, full of background information...More

Thank Craig O
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Response from CountessP | Reviewed this property |
It's a lot of walking. Stroller or carrier.
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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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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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