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“What a great time!”

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 28 September 2017

This was like traveling back in time and so fun and informative. The Blacksmith was super informative and friendly.Really enjoyed listening to him explain what he does. All the other flks were wonderful too. Definitely worth the admission price. Dog friendly!!! Fantastic place.

Thank ladyme1
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

I wasn't as thrilled with this attraction as my husband (the farmer at heart), but it was very interesting in terms of 19th century farming methods and living conditions, with a mid 1800 replica town, complete with costumed store owners, farmers, etc. to talk about period customs and practices. The newsprint office was my favorite. You also travel by foot to different plots where farming is actually being performed using the tools from various eras, from pre-1800s to mid 20th century. I think it's a wonderful educaitonal tool for school groups bringing children from the city who have no exposure to farming or where their food comes from, and also exposing them to living history from an earlier time.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Nice to learn about farming and farm life in the past. Neat "old time" town to browse around in. Be ready to walk.

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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.

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!

Thank Steven88Texas
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