You must have a tour reservation to visit Hansen's Dairy farm! We do not allow people to walk around the farm unguided. Thanks for your understanding!

Farm Tours


Looking for something fun to do in Iowa? Families, students and other groups frequently take our farm tours to learn about dairy farming and milk processing — and get to interact with our fun animals along the way. All tourists have the opportunity to purchase products at our on-farm retail store. We are located in Hudson, Iowa, near Waterloo and Cedar Falls. 


We are a Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Site.


Tour Season: Monday through Saturday, April 1 to Oct. 31. We are closed on Sundays and on July 4.

Reservations: YOU MUST HAVE A TOUR RESERVATION TO VISIT THE FARM. Walk-ins are not accepted. Make reservations online or call (319) 988-9834. 

Payment: When paying on arrival, cash or check is preferred.

Frequently-Asked Questions: Below


Tour Options

Hands-On Tour

Hands-on tour participants get to feed calves by bottle.

  • Best for families. This guided farm tour is the full experience! Tour takes you through the process of getting milk from the cow to your table. Admission includes a trolley ride to the farm, then a walking tour to see our animals and facilities. All participants can feed a calf, milk a cow by hand, pet the kangaroos and goats, make homemade butter, sample Hansen's products and eat ice cream.
  • Cost: Age 4 and older, $12.
    Age 3 and younger, free. 
  • Time: Begins at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 
  • This tour has a daily limit of 30 people.
  • MUST MAKE RESERVATION by clicking the Book Now button below, or calling (319) 988-9834.
  • Duration: 2 hours

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Animal Petting Tour

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  • Good for families. Guided farm tour through the process of getting milk from the cow to your table. Admission includes a trolley ride to the farm, then a walking tour to see our animals and facilities. Visitors pet the cows, calves, kangaroos and goats, make homemade butter, sample Hansen's products and eat ice cream. PLEASE NOTE: Visitors will NOT milk a cow or bottle-feed a calf on this tour as it does not fit with the cows' schedule. If you wish to do these activities, you must book a 3:30 tour.
  • Cost: Age 4 and older, $10. Age 3 and younger, free. 
  • Time: Begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 
  • This tour has a daily limit of 30 people.
  • MUST MAKE RESERVATION by clicking the Book Now button below, or calling (319) 988-9834.
  • Duration: 2 hours


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School or Daycare Tour

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  • Allowed for schools, daycares and home-schools. A guided farm tour that takes students through the process of getting milk from the cow to the table. Admission includes a trolley ride to the farm, then a walking tour to see our cows, calves, kangaroos, goats, milking parlor, barn and creamery. All participants get a dish of ice cream. 
  • Cost: Children 3 & up and parents (including home-schools), $5. Teachers, drivers and assigned chaperones, free. Minimum charge for this tour is $50, if minimum of 10 students is not met.
  • Time: Can begin anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
  • CALL (319) 988-9834 FOR RESERVATIONS. 
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Adult Group Tour

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  • Best for clubs, organizations, care facilities and charter buses. A guided farm tour that takes people through the process of getting milk from the cow to the table. Admission includes a trolley ride to the farm, then a walking tour to see our cows, calves, kangaroos, goats, milking parlor, barn and creamery. All participants get a dish of ice cream. 
  • Cost: Adults, $8. Staff and drivers, free. Minimum charge for this tour is $50.
  • Time: Can begin anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
  • CALL (319) 988-9834 FOR RESERVATIONS. 
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

HANDS-ON TOUR: SNEAK PEEK

What visitors will experience during a Hands-On Tour at Hansen's Dairy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we come to the farm to see the kangaroos any time without doing a tour? 

NO. Please respect that we are a working farm first and a tourist attraction second. We do not allow visitors to walk around the farm without a guide. We have specific times for families to come for farm tours. YOU MUST HAVE A RESERVATION.


What is the difference between the Hands-On Tour and the Animal Petting Tour? 

The two differences are that you CANNOT bottle-feed a calf or milk a cow during the Animal Petting Tour at 12:30. To do these activities, you must book a Hands-On Tour at 3:30.


What should I wear/bring? 

Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty. During the cooler months, it's best to dress in layers. The wide-open space on this farm in Iowa is a lot colder and windier than you think! Bring a cooler to keep in your car; you may want to purchase some dairy products or meat before you go home.


How much walking is involved? 

The trolley ride only transports people between the Tour Center and farm. Tourists must walk about 50-100 feet between 6-8 stations.


Are wheelchairs and walkers welcome? 

The farm tour route includes a lot of gravel. Walkers and wheelchairs are welcome, but prepare for bumpy ground!


Can I bring a stroller? 

Newborns are probably best in a baby carrier, but strollers are welcome for toddlers. Strollers with larger wheels are best for traversing the gravel on the farm. We have a jogging stroller for anyone who would like to use it. Strollers will fit on the trolley.


Do you cancel the tour in inclement weather? 

We typically do not cancel the tour for weather unless it is lightning. We will do the tour in the rain for whoever still wants to. We will try to stay indoors as much as possible, but some animals can only be seen outside. Umbrellas and rain gear welcome!


Can you book school tours or adult group tours online? 

Not at this time. Please call (319) 988-9834 to make school/daycare or adult group tour reservations.


More tips

Check out our blog post "5 Tips for Touring Hansen's Dairy"

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Directions

From Highway 58:

One mile west on D35 (Eldora Road), 1/8 mile south on Lincoln Road (gravel). The Hansen’s Tour Center in Hudson, Iowa, is a pair of monolithic domes adjacent to the farm. We are near Waterloo and Cedar Falls.


Hansen's Dairy Tour Center

8461 Lincoln Rd, Hudson, Iowa 50643, United States

(319) 988-9834

Hours

Tour season is April 1 through Oct. 31. We cannot guarantee availability for same-day reservations.

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