8 Things to Do in Urbandale That You Shouldn't Miss

Urbandale is a city in Polk County and Dallas County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city population was 39,463. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

1. Living History Farms

11121 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Farms
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Living History Farms

Living History Farms is located in the western suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa in Urbandale and is conveniently located right off Interstates 35/80. It is an interactive outdoor museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences. 300 years of agricultural history are represented including a 1700 Ioway Indian Farm, 1850 Pioneer Farm, 1900 Horse-Powered Farm and an 1875 town. Tours are self guided and historic interpreters are at each farm site are dressed in clothing from each era to explain what it would have been like to live in that time. The general touring season is May 1 through October 14th. Many special events and historic dinners take place in the off-season. Visit the website for details.

Reviewed By traveler_from_Iowa - Cedar Rapids, IowaCedar Rapids, Iowa

Step back in time

While it's impossible to completely separate yourself from modern urban life because an Interstate highway runs through the middle of the property, there is a lot of interesting and well done glimpses into rural 19th century Mid-Western America. Don't for

2. Buccaneer Arena

7201 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4736 Sights & Landmarks, Fun & Games, Arenas & Stadiums, Sports Complexes More
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4 based on 27 reviews

Buccaneer Arena

Reviewed By JMCSTL - Saint Louis, MissouriSaint Louis, Missouri

Bring A Blanket & A Pad To Sit On

My wife & I attended a very entertaining USHL junior hockey game @ Buccaneer Arena on a Friday night in March. Parking on-site was affordable ($5), or there are options across the road (just check for posted parking restrictions). Arena entry is via the l

3. Backyard Adventures

3135 99th St, Urbandale, IA 50322-3824 Nature & Parks, Fun & Games, Playgrounds
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5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By david_hance_iowa - Ankeny, IowaAnkeny, Iowa

A store for high end backyard playground equipment and basketball hoops and lawn furniture.

I see this store demonstrating at the big home remodeling shows downtown. I have worked with its employees one time to buy and install a set of children's playground equipment for a church. The equipment was top notch. The installation was perfect. It cos

4. Paragon Prairie Tower

123rd and Meredith Drive, Urbandale, IA 50323 Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 6 reviews

Paragon Prairie Tower

Reviewed By Randy K - Des Moines, IowaDes Moines, Iowa

Interesting art with a story

This four story tall mosaic silo tells the story of Iowa. Italian glass mosaic design created by a Des Moines firm for the Paragon Office Park. Viewable while driving on the Interstate (mind the road), but better to pull off and stop. Beautiful during the

5. Breakout

3763 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322-4008 Fun & Games, Room Escape Games
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Breakout

This isn’t your average outing or everyday experience—Breakout is for those who would rather solve mysteries than watch someone else have all the fun. With different rooms that follow unique story-lines, you and your friends will have 60 minutes to escape your adventure of choice by cracking codes, solving puzzles and following clues. Part problem solving, part adrenaline, end-to-end fun!

Reviewed By FarAway30593459514

A good time was had by all

As a wedding gift to friends of ours we experienced and broke out of the Museum Heist. The staff was friendly and professional and made us feel very welcome. It really makes you be more aware of your surroundings and take notice of things. We had a blast!

6. Get Air Trampoline Park

3799 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322-4008 Fun & Games, Game & Entertainment Centers
Excellent
41%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By nate-SA-TX - San Antonio, TexasSan Antonio, Texas

Staff is underwhelming

Kids loved skyzone in Colorado so we tried this place when visiting Des Moines. The front desk manager was friendly but the rest of the staff seemed stressed and rude. I'm guessing it's from over protective parents but, hey, that's their job. Also, not en

7. Pump It Up

4069 121st St, Urbandale, IA 50323-2309 Fun & Games, Game & Entertainment Centers
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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3.5 based on 9 reviews

Pump It Up

Reviewed By R5789PRkimg - Marion, IowaMarion, Iowa

Kids had a great time

I took my three girls to the glow party on a Saturday morning. They had a great time although we found the kids generally to be younger than mine three (11, 9 and 6). They limit the time you have here in two rooms (45 minutes in each). They also had two s

8. AMC Classic Cobblestone 9

8501 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-4321 Fun & Games, Movie Theaters
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3 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By ASH5005 - Des Moines, IowaDes Moines, Iowa

An ok theater if you can’t get transportation to a newer facility

This is a theater that has been open for over 20 years. The seats are old style, and the theater room I was in is long and narrow, with a small screen down front. I’m not a snob for reclining seats and cup holders, but the theater design has certainly mov

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