Living History Farms Urbandale
Where is it at?
Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd
Where are we going today?
Set in the northwest corner of Des Moines, Iowa, Living History Farms is an interactive, 500-acre outdoor museum that tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest over 300 years into the most productive farmland in the world.
Touch, play and engage at each of our three working farm sites: 1700 Ioway Indian Farm; 1850 Pioneer Farm; and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm — and at our 1875 Town of Walnut Hill, complete with a Blacksmith, General Store, Print Shop and Flynn Mansion and Barn, which are both on the National Register of Historic Places.
History comes to life as you set out on a self-guided tour. Our friendly, informative staff provide a unique learning environment of seasonal activities and demonstrations. They'll show you how Native Americans grew crops in the 1700s, how farmers used oxen to open the prairies in the 1850s, and how horses were used to revolutionize agriculture in the 1900s. Don't miss the hustle & bustle of the prospering 1875 Town of Walnut Hill.
The sounds of the Midwest fill your ears from the moment you arrive at Living History Farms. Listen for cows mooing, leaves rustling, birds chirping, children laughing and fire crackling in wood-burning ovens.
Visit our website to find dates/times and learn about our many special events!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 3
When can we go?
9 am to 4 pm Monday-Saturday; noon-4 pm Sunday
May 1 - August 18 daily; August 21-October 13 open Wednesday-Sunday
Each year we host over 12,000 school children to Living History Farms. Information on school tours can be found at: www.livinghistoryfarms.org/learn.
We have on site vending as well as a snack shop open from 11 am to 2 pm. Visitors are welcome to bring in their own picnic lunch or leave and return the same day..
We have a variety of choices in our snack shop or bring in your own food and have a picnic in one of our shelter areas..
Doing our bit
We host many special events and programs even in our "off season" from November through April. These include our Family Easter even the day before Easter, Family Halloween in October and our Historic Dinner program..
Can I get one of those?
We sell historic candy (rock candy, gumdrops, lemon drops, candy sticks, etc.) in our General Store. Also, don't forget to pick up a bottle of sarsaparilla, brewed exclusively for Living History Farms. Our gift shop sells a variety of gifts and postcards to remember your trip!.
What people are saying?
by Jim Skrydlak
I recommended a visit to my younger brother. Yesterday, I met him, his wife, his six-year-old son, and his nearly three-year-old daughter there. Everybody enjoyed it immensely. Everybody whom we encountered there was knowledgeable and friendly. The people at each of the farms really went out of their ways to do things to involve, teach, and amuse the children. We'll be back soon.
by dan sava
You will spend a lot more time than you think because its a big place. And the people that work there are really friendly.
by Stephanie Williams
Always an awesome time for the entire family!!
by Jake Boesch
It is a wonderful look into what life was like in Iowa before the industrial age. Showing you a glimpse of simpler time. It is educational and interactive
by Jacob Rattray
I only come once a year, but it is for the best CC race ever. Living History Farms Race rocks! It is the sat. before Thanksgiving every year.