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“If you enjoy History this is a a good place to visit”

Living History Farms
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Urbandale
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 August 2017

A very good place to take your children to show them what life used to be like before so much STUFF began crowding out our life and we became to occupied with our gadgets. The thing is it is very realistic. In fact a lot of stuff I seen in the big farm house I either had used as a child or owned similar things as an adult. I truly enjoyed the whole experience. I like it hat they have a trolley that can take you from site to site if you can't do a lot of walking. Just ask them about it when you enter. It is very authentic. Remember to take a camera take lots of pictures and feel free to ask any questions of the volunteers at each site. You will want to go more then once like check it out at different times of the year.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank cdjtmj1977
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

A bit pricey for what you get. We got here late and two of the farms were closed but we still had to pay full price. Fun part was the tractor ride out to the 1900 farm. Loved the animals!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Steven88Texas
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

This is a wonderful way to spend an hour or most of the day. The Living History Farms, are great for anyone who is interested in the past. The staff (mostly unpaid volunteers) were wonderful. I would not recommend this on a day that is to warm, or with anyone who cannot walk easily. The staff wears period costumes and great care has been taken to stay authentic to each time period and profession. Truly a joyous way to spend the day in the past.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank pkberner
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

We had a picnic and social there on a business trip. The history of farming in Iowa in the 1800's was well depicted. The barn was way ahead of its time unless you were quite wealthy. It would be a very nice way to spend a day walking around the farm, going into all the buildings, and enjoying the history. We didn't have enough time to do it justice. I would like to go back and spend at least half a day there.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank David M
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

This place is a gem. Plan to slow down and spend sometime, lots to see. Be prepared for some walking, which was great, really enjoyed the short walk through the woods between farms. It's like taking a step back in time. All the workers were informative and friendly.

Date of experience: July 2017
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