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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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Great family place!

We loved it. It was very hot the day we were there, so we only got thru the 1700s-1900s farms, but... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
init4keeps
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Informative and fun

Plan to spend a little time. There is lots to see and the people working in the town are very... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Tina N
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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%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 15 July 2017 via mobile

We loved it. It was very hot the day we were there, so we only got thru the 1700s-1900s farms, but we will go back to check out the town next visit. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Plan to spend a little time. There is lots to see and the people working in the town are very informative and knowledgeable. Wear good shoes for walking. If you do the whole thing, you'll end up walking more than a mile. The farms are...More

Thank Tina N
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This was an enjoyable outing. Lots of history to see especially for our young teenage granddaughter who really likes history so she loved it here. I will say it is a lot of walking some on uneven dirt trails. There are benches to rest on...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

The farms are set up as a timeline from the Ioway Native Americans and three more eras of farms in the Iowa past. Being able to see the rustic nature of life advance to much more convenience helps children see the passage of time -...More

Thank marathonmess
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

Our family loved our visit to Living History Farms! My 11-year old son was the perfect age to appreciate and understand what life was like back then, though I think kids of all ages would get something out of their visit. My husband and I...More

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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Great day trip for the kids at the end of a tournament. Fun place to go for a few hours and burn some energy

Thank Dave W
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

It's an open air museum with real life demonstrations of activities needed to survive farm and home life prior to our modern era. Demonstrations change daily, and there is usually some opportunity to either watch up close, or at times do some hands on. You...More

Thank BrandyInSD
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Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

I had a great time traveling back in time. Lot's of history here. Interpreters were friendly. The tractor ride was the highlight.

Thank mikeshelp
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

They have a little church at the top of the hill and yes, you can book it for weddings. It was very romantic and the family loved the small church. As for just out there having fun. We've been out there a bunch of times...More

Thank Fam_Tvler
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have been to Living History Farms many times with my grandkids. Each time we go we discuss with real examples how their grandpa, great and great-great grandparents lived and worked on Iowa farms. The farms give us the opportunity to do some hands on...More

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Leah K
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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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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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