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Living History Farms, Urbandale
(4.4/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • This museum has successfully captured American pioneer and small town life in the 1800s. So many shops with interesting and knowledgeable staff - print shop, farm machinery, drugstore, and so on. Our ...  more »
  • Take a trip through Iowa History by visiting Living History Farms. See what it was like to live on the prairie in the early 1800's through the 1900's. This is a true treasure to be experienced in Iowa...  more »
  • A beautiful setting for a village of a mid 1800s rural community that includes a beautifully decorated and furnished Victorian residence, a church, a blacksmith shop, a printers building, drugstore an...  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...