Visit Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa

Living history brought to lifeLiving History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, presents interactive exhibits that construct authentic simulations of typical farm sites and small towns from several time periods that illustrate major changes in agricultural technology, procedures and rural life. Not only are you able to watch the exhibits, they encourage you to participate so you get the actual experience of what day-to-day life for people of the era was like. The farm encourages you to visit by holding special events and guest speakers throughout the year.While visiting the Living History Farms, you learn the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest into the most productive farmland in the world. You also experience the trials and tribulations encountered by the people who lived in those different eras. The museum features 500 acres of open-air museum where you travel at your own pace through five historical time periods spanning a total of 300 years. The experience is sure to provide you with a unique learning environment with many different seasonal activities and demonstrations.

Over the summer months, the Living History Farms offer day-camps for your children and offers affordable day passes for tourists. Some of the highlights of your visit include visiting the three touch-and-play farm sites, including the 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm and 1900 Horse-Powered Farm. Another must-see attraction is the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill, complete with a blacksmith, general store, print shop and Flynn Mansion and adjacent barn, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You may take as long as you like at each exhibit when participating in these tours. This is a one-of-a-kind experience to see history come to life right before your eyes.

Visiting the Living History Farms is an educational and fun-filled experience that is both thrilling and memorable for all your family members regardless of age. With four hands-on exhibits and three options available for touring the museum, no two experiences are ever the same. Affordable prices and friendly staff make completing the full circle of exhibits a highlight of your Iowa vacation. If you live in the local area, there are summer camps and school field trips that help bring the history of this great state to life for your children. What better way to learn that with hands-on experience that is truly unforgettable.

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