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

Reservations: Required. Call (319) 988-9834 to schedule. Please review our tour options below. We cannot guarantee availability for same-day reservations.

Payment: Cash or check only. No credit or debit cards.

Frequently-Asked Questions: Below


Tour Options

Hands-On Tour

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

  • Best 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. 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. 
  • MUST CALL (319) 988-9834 FOR RESERVATIONS. This tour has a daily limit of 30 people.
  • Duration: 2 hours

School or Daycare Tour

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  • Minimum 10 students. 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 and parents, $5. Teachers, drivers and chaperones, free.
  • Time: Can begin anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
  • MUST CALL (319) 988-9834 FOR RESERVATIONS. 
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Adult Bus Tour

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  • Minimum 25 people. 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, $7. Guides and drivers, free.
  • Time: Can begin anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
  • MUST CALL (319) 988-9834 FOR RESERVATIONS. 
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we stop by the farm in Hudson to see the animals 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 visitors to come for farm tours, and that is at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, April through October. YOU MUST HAVE A RESERVATION.


Do you still offer the Walk-Through Tour during the day? 

No, the only tour available for families is the Hands-On Tour at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


What should I wear? 

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!


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.


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!


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. MUST CALL FOR RESERVATION. We cannot guarantee availability for same-day reservations.

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