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Living History Farms, Urbandale

(4.4/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
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  • 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. Th...  more »
  • Plan to spend a full day. It's best during planting and harvest seasons, but any time is good for a visit. If you really want to experience 1800's living, have dinner at the Tangen home (requires rese...  more »
  • I love to go visit the Living History in the Spring and tour the shops to watch things being made the old fashioned way. Sometimes I can take a riding tour on a gay rack pulled by horses. The old farm...  more »
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  • So many knowledgeable historians in period garb at this place. We'd never been here before, but as much fun as it was, we'll go again. Our whole family went, incl. 3, 6, and 8yr olds. Only one shopkeeper was overly uptight about the youngest (who was not out of control) and could not stop interrupting her explanations with "we don't touch the desk, we don't touch the door, we don't touch the chair...," to the point we were finally too annoyed to stay and learn about the work and equipment. Even though there were many school buses unloading kids when we arrived, the exhibits were not overrun or crowded, and it either worked to hear a presentation with a group, or we'd just go to another stop with no group currently there. Either way, you got interesting history vignettes, often from people who seemed to have grad student-level grasp of 18th, 19th, & early 20th century historical contexts, and the kids saw enough eye candy to keep them entertained. We ate at the Machine Shop and then came back to the grounds, making an all day affair.
  • Very interesting to learn about first people to settle the prairie. Nice day, nice walk, kids had a great time. Also, LHF puts on a 7 mile race every November. If you like to run through & in nature then check it out.
  • They were amazing; there is no better way to learn than living history and this is one of the best living history setups I've ever seen.
  • Great attraction ! really loved the well preserved cabin, all the farm equipment from old days, specially loved doctors office, bank and the pharmacy. Well trained and interactive staff. Great food at the machine restaurant !
  • We went for the family Halloween and were herded around like cattle. Feeling like you were being prodded past closed buildings where the kids received one piece of candy, for a grand total of seven pieces. We felt rushed at the "selfie stations" and would've had to wait in tremendously long lines to have a picture taken with their costumed characters. The cups of pop and popcorn were a pleasant surprise while we waited in line for a 3 minute wagon ride pulled by a team of 2 tired horses. All in all for an entrance of $46.00 for 3 children and 4 adults I'd say nay...