Living History Farms

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  • 2600 111th St

    Des Moines, IA 50322

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  • 515-334-9625

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Show your kids how folks lived before their Xbox took over. Living History Farms is a great location for a school field trip, or a weekend trip with family. Step back in time as you view home building, farming, and shopping similar to the way it was done in the pioneer days. Arrive curious and seeking knowledge, leave feeling greatful for the technology you have.

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Show your kids how folks lived before their Xbox took over. Living History Farms is a great location for a school field trip, or a weekend trip with family. Step back in time as you view home building, farming, and shopping similar to the way it was done in the pioneer days. Arrive curious and seeking knowledge, leave feeling greatful for the technology you have.

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What can I say, a must see for any local Iowan or a tourist! There is soooo much to see and do and it is sooo realistic. You can even book the town church and get married here if you like. I can remember coming here as a child and it was still as much fun 25 years later! There are three different farms, one for each century and you can really re-live an experience for that time period. There is also a futuristic area of what the future may bring for energy and agriculture...very educational and fun!!! They do themse from holidays, so check their website!!

PROS: Very realistic
CONS: outdoors, so winter isn't as good

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What can I say, a must see for any local Iowan or a tourist! There is soooo much to see and do and it is sooo realistic. You can even book the town church and get married here if you like. I can remember coming here as a child and it was still as much fun 25 years later! There are three different farms, one for each century and you can really re-live an experience for that time period. There is also a futuristic area of what the future may bring for energy and agriculture...very educational and fun!!! They do themse from holidays, so check their website!!

PROS: Very realistic
CONS: outdoors, so winter isn't as good

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Living History Farms is fun and educational. They have three working farms recreated from different time periods that show what farm life was like in Iowa. There are also actors who interact with the visitors and really draw in the kids. They're very friendly and manage to squeeze in educational facts while keeping everyone entertained. There are also fun activities everyone can do to get involved, like churning butter!

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Living History Farms is fun and educational. They have three working farms recreated from different time periods that show what farm life was like in Iowa. There are also actors who interact with the visitors and really draw in the kids. They're very friendly and manage to squeeze in educational facts while keeping everyone entertained. There are also fun activities everyone can do to get involved, like churning butter!

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Living History Farms is a great place to explore. There are people who are dressed in the time period garb and play the parts. They really do bring the different time periods to life. Even for those who grew up on a farm, this is a neat way to see how life was during this time. There is a lot of walking. They do have a board sidewalk that can be slippery when wet.

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Living History Farms is a great place to explore. There are people who are dressed in the time period garb and play the parts. They really do bring the different time periods to life. Even for those who grew up on a farm, this is a neat way to see how life was during this time. There is a lot of walking. They do have a board sidewalk that can be slippery when wet.

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There are several different farms to visit at this site. I enjoyed the Tangen House. You get to walk through this old farm house and learn about how life was and who this family was to this area. They offer horse drawn rides in a wagon around the area farms. Be sure to check out what events are going on. We got in on the Wells Fargo Stage Coach one year.

PROS: free parking
CONS: lots of walking

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There are several different farms to visit at this site. I enjoyed the Tangen House. You get to walk through this old farm house and learn about how life was and who this family was to this area. They offer horse drawn rides in a wagon around the area farms. Be sure to check out what events are going on. We got in on the Wells Fargo Stage Coach one year.

PROS: free parking
CONS: lots of walking

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There is an entry fee to get into this site. They offer horse drawn rides to view the different areas of the farm. The different farms to visit are: 1700 Iowa Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1900 Farm (my favorite and the Percherons), 1875 town of Walnut Hill (with a druggist who has some strange things in bottles).

Be prepared to spend a lot of time walking. This place is huge! Dont forget to go through the Tangen House. Very neat house and the stories that go with it.

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★★★★☆

There is an entry fee to get into this site. They offer horse drawn rides to view the different areas of the farm. The different farms to visit are: 1700 Iowa Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1900 Farm (my favorite and the Percherons), 1875 town of Walnut Hill (with a druggist who has some strange things in bottles).

Be prepared to spend a lot of time walking. This place is huge! Dont forget to go through the Tangen House. Very neat house and the stories that go with it.

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Message from Living History Farms

Living History Farms is an interactive outdoor museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. Tours are self-guided and at your own pace. Explore 300 years of history at our 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1900 Horse-Powered Farm and 1875 Town. Enjoy a relaxing, fun and educational time at Living History Farms.

 

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