The iconic movie line goes, “If you build it he will come.” And on this Iowa farm they actually built it and over 30 years later, tourists are still coming to check out the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa.
In 1989 Universal Pictures produced the movie Field of Dreams. The film starred Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice in his cornfield saying “If you build it, he will come.” Sparked by that voice he plows his field, builds a baseball diamond, and welcomes the ghosts of baseball past.
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The movie was filmed on an actual Iowa farm, in an actual Iowa cornfield, plowed to build an actual baseball field.
And actually, it was built on two farms. When the production built the famous field they constructed across two properties belonging to the Lansing family and the Ameskamp family. When filming ended, the Ameskamps restored their field, but the Lansings kept their portion as is, just adding a souvenir stand. Eventually the Ameskamps went back and restored the field, adding a souvenir stand of their own.
For years the Iowa attraction confusingly operated as two separate attractions run by two separate families. But in 2007 the Lansings bought the other portion of land, combining it into one. In 2012 the entire property was bought by Go the Distance Baseball.
But why did they restore it and keep it a baseball field? Well, the hugely popular film ended up grossing over 64 million dollars and garnered three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. So visitors and fans, well, kept coming, wanting to see the filming location of Field of Dreams.
And they keep coming today.
Now visitors can visit the field for free to run some bases, check out the corn, and relive movie moments. You’ll see the baseball diamond with a backstop, the small set of bleachers, the white farmhouse, and corn. Lots of corn.
You can even bring your own equipment and try your hand at a swing or two on the mound...just remember, no organized games are allowed.
If you’re lucky, you might come during one of the many special events to see a team of "Ghost Players" playing ball, a charity game full of celebrities, or even a Major League Baseball game.
After checking out the field you can also buy a ticket to take a 30-minute tour of the inside of the Field of Dreams farm house, which is restored to look just like it did in the movie and showcases souvenirs and memorabilia.
This Iowa tourist attraction might have you saying, “is this heaven?’ But no, it’s Iowa.
After visiting the Field of Dreams Movie Site, be sure to also swing by the Ghost Players Mural and the National Farm Toy Museum in town.
Field of Dreams Movie Site
Address: 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA
Cost: $20 donation encouraged, Inside Tours Cost Extra
Hours: Hours Vary
Visit the site's official website for up-to-date hours and costs