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Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Very impressed -- nice time for all

We visited my in-laws in the Des Moines area over the Fourth of July weekend and my mother-in-law... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2009
eskiedogs
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St. Louis, Missouri
A Midwest Gem Shines!

I visited Living History Farms on July 3rd. Not having been to 'the Farms" in years, I was... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2009
Craig O
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Midwest USA
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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%
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“tractor ride” (10 reviews)
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“walnut hill” (11 reviews)
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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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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

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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
Reviewed 12 August 2008

I visited the Living History Farms with my parents (60+ in age) while we were in Iowa for the state fair. We were staying next door so we decided to check it out. For $11/person (less for them) it was well worth it. The center...More

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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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Hutchie50
6 October 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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