Living History Farms Day Camp program is accredited by the American Camp Association, the only nationwide organization that accredits all types of organized camps.

2018 – 25 Best Things to Do in Iowa, VacationIdea – Dream Vacation Magazine

2017 – Top Things to Do in Des Moines, Midwest Living

2016 –, a TripAdvisor company, has featured Living History Farms as one of the “Top Historical Spots Worth Traveling For.”

2015 – Living History Farms was featured on the BLT, a lifestyle & travel blog, in ‘Discover Iowa: 50 Things You Need to Experience in the Hawkeye State’

2015 – William J. Peterson/Edgar R. Harlan award presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa for significant long-term contribution to Iowa History

2015 – “Bravo” award by Trip Advisor

2014 – Midwest Living’s Best of the Midwest Magazine named Living History Farms the “#1 Great Place in Des Moines to Take the Kids!”

2014 – Let’s Move! Museum national designation

2014 – People’s Choice finalist for “Site of the Year” by Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

2013 – Golden Silo Award presented by Silos and Smokestacks for Outstanding Interpretation

2013 – Award of Merit presented by the American Association of State and Local History for Flynn Mansion Preservation

2013 – Best Places in Iowa List presented by and Ruff Guide to the U.S.

2012 – DSM Top List – Best Family Attraction

2011 – Web Marketing Association for outstanding achievement in website development

2011 – Outstanding Interactive Marketing Initiative presented by the Iowa Tourism Office

2010 – Certificate of Appreciation presented by 734th Agribusiness Deployment Team of the Iowa National Guard

2003 – AASLH Certificate of Merit for “Get Your Grip on History” program

2001 – Iowa Tourism Attraction of the Year by the Iowa Tourism Division and the Iowa Travel Federation

1997 – AASLH Certificate of Merit for research, design, and construction of the Tangen Home

1996 – Dr. G. Terry Sharrer of the Smithsonian Institute praised Living History Farms as, “the best agricultural museum anywhere”

1983 – The National Federation of State Humanities Councils named the 1700 Ioway Farm as one of the most outstanding humanities projects in the nation