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Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Historic Dinner

I had a great time at the Triskaideka Dinner at the 1870s Tangen house. The night was all about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alison L
Living History Farms

Two grand parents and two grandchildren ages 11 and 8. A wonderful experience. The "shop owners... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Larry C
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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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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a great time at the Triskaideka Dinner at the 1870s Tangen house. The night was all about Victorian superstitions (Triskaideka means 13), so it was the perfect Halloween activity. It was very atmospheric in the house lit by lamps and warmed by fires,...More

Thank Alison L
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Two grand parents and two grandchildren ages 11 and 8. A wonderful experience. The "shop owners" explanations and demonstrations were easily understood by the grandchildren.

Thank Larry C
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
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...More

Thank Terry D
Reviewed 6 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.

1  Thank 664aprils
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...More

Thank cdjtmj1977
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
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank pkberner
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...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 17 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...More

1  Thank R B
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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.
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!
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