Living History Farms

Urbandale, IA

Where are we going?

Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Rd
IA 50322


What is there to do?

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?

Adults: 13

Children: 7.5

Discount: Military and seniors (60+) $13.00

Free Under: 3

Family Deals: Family memberships available


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


I’m Hungry!

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.

Healthy Eating

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. - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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