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Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-278-5286
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Great family activity

We had a great time exploring the old buildings and talking to the 'residents' of the town. There... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2018
Richard G
Excellent Elementary school field trip!

The whole first grade went here for a field trip and it was a lot of fun. Every building had a... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
Jasmin D
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  • Average7%
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“tractor ride”(11 reviews)
“walnut hill”(11 reviews)
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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...more
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11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
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+1 515-278-5286
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"school groups"
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"walnut hill"
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"the barn"
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"small town"
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"machine shed"
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"blacksmith shop"
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"native american"
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"learning experience"
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"metro area"
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"historic town"
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"knowledgeable guides"
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"special events"
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"explain things"
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We had a great time exploring the old buildings and talking to the 'residents' of the town. There was plenty to do, especially since there was a short tractor ride connecting the two locations. We learnt far more from the 'hands on' demonstrations then if...More

Thank Richard G
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

The whole first grade went here for a field trip and it was a lot of fun. Every building had a history to learn about and it was like walking back in time to an old farming town. We loved every minute! Awesome learning experience!

Thank Jasmin D
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

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
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Reviewed 3 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
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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 27 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

1  Thank Terry D
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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.

1  Thank 664aprils
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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...More

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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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...More

Thank pkberner
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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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