Somethings the family can do
Are you looking for some family fun in the Amana Colonies? Here are some things that you can do.
Visit the Little Red Wagon, our local toy shop, for unique toys and gifts for kids of all ages. Find books, toys, games, and other specialty items at this one-of-a-kind business! The Little Red Wagon specializes in classic and retro toys with a collection powered by old-fashioned play and imagination.
The village of Amana has quite a few shops and some have food samples like the Chocolate Haus or the Amana Meat Shop. Others show you how their products are made, such as furniture being handcrafted at the Amana Furniture Shop in Amana, and at Schanz Furniture in South Amana. Keep an eye on our special events and festivals for days when the Woolen Mill is offering tours of their production facility to see how our unique blankets, available at Warped and Woven Mill Mercantile, are woven.
If you’re looking for some hands-on activities The Noble Stone has a few things that the kids will love to do. They have a pebble pit that the little ones can dig into and find a fossil or special type of rock. Inside the shop, there is a mining sluice. Purchase a bag of sand and then begin the mining. Each bag contains a variety of fossils, arrowheads, specialty rocks and more. The kids will love being miners.
In High Amana, the Arts Guild offers art classes throughout the year. With a little pre-planning, it’s possible to take an art class with them for some hands-on fun. The Arts Guild has a new gallery called Gallery on Main in Amana open as well, featuring art made by local artisans, including pieces like woven rugs and pottery that classes are offered for.
Do your kids like nature? If so bring your bikes and ride the Amana Colonies Bike Trail. It’s a flat ride that is about 3 miles in length. Circling the Lily Lake, you’ll see a variety of birds, turtles, and other wildlife. It’s different in each season of the year but if you look closely you’ll always see something interesting. The trail can also be walked which gives you more time to see the wildlife.
The Amana Colonies Nature Trail, near Homestead, is a 3.2-mile walk through a hardwood timber. It winds through the forest from near the intersection of Highways 6 and 151 to a bluff overlooking the Iowa River. Just below the bluff sits an ancient fish weir that Native Americans once used to catch fish. Due to the recent floods and changing of the river the fish weir is covered with silt and vegetation and is no longer visible. Long before the Amana Colonies were here Native Americans lived along the river. The Nature Trail passes by Indian burial mounds and a variety of wildflowers (in season). When winter arrives this trail is wonderful for cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
The Iowa River offers yet another adventure. Bring your canoe or kayak and put in near South Amana. Paddle the twisting river and hop out on the sand bar for a rest or maybe a little fishing along the way. This trip is strikingly beautiful in the fall of the year as the leaves turn.
The Amana Colonies Golf Club is open to the public and winds through the timber north of Middle Amana. A beautiful course, it can be challenging but the key is to select the right tee for your ability. Before your tee time step up to the driving range to loosen up and catch the great view of the valley below.
Are you up to a challenge? The Amana Colonies Gravel Bike Route goes past the golf course and through the timber on the county’s gravel road. It connects Middle Amana to two other villages. There is a flat section from Middle Amana to High Amana but the route from High Amana to West Amana has some elevation changes. It will certainly test you and is not recommended for the young one but the teens will get a good workout.
After dark, you’ll notice how peaceful the Colonies become. Sit back and count the stars. Can you spot the Big Dipper or maybe Orion’s belt? You’ll hear the crickets and maybe even catch a few fireflies. This is rural Iowa at its best.
Take A Bite 2023 -Postponed
The Take A Bite annual event has been postponed to coincide with Maifest 2023. Come "take a bite" of all the amazing food on offer May 6th, 2023. If love…
Sleep and Eat Weekend
March 31-April 2 has been designated “Sleep and Eat Weekend in the Amana Colonies”. Enjoy 3 days of food sampling with a Sample Stroll Walk., along with dining specials at…
Fools for FlyballAmana RV Park & Event Center 3850 C. Street, Amana, IA
The Skidmarkz Flyball team is hosting a fun event to kickstart April at the Amana RV Park & Event Center in the Morton Building!
Vintner Dinner by White Cross Cellars and the Ox Yoke InnOx Yoke Inn 4420 220th Trail, Amana, IA
Treat yourself to a true epicurean gourmet experience by joining us for a Vintner’s Dinner. Our Vintner’s Dinner is a four to five course meal featuring a fun and innovative…
GLASS PAINTING CLASS AT ACKERMAN WINERYAckerman Winery 4406 220th Trail, Amana, IA
Join us at Ackerman Winery for our Glass Painting Class! Sunday, April 2nd at 2pm, we will lead you with a step-by-step tutorial in painting this adorable spring chick. All…
Iowa City Dog Obedience TrialsAmana RV Park & Event Center 3850 C. Street, Amana, IA
Welcome back Iowa City Dog Obedience Club! These great dogs and handlers test their skills all weekend long in the Morton Building.
Cedar Rapids Rabbit Breeders ShowAmana RV Park & Event Center 3850 C. Street, Amana, IA
The annual CR Rabbit Breeders Show is a great display of local and regional rabbits! Check it out in our Morton Building.
Hawkeye Hustlers Spring FlyBallAmana RV Park & Event Center 3850 C. Street, Amana, IA
High flying excitement and fun combine in this dog team competition that calls for agility, speed and teamwork. These dogs know their sport and they love to compete! Free admission…
Food and Wine Pairing 101White Cross Cellars 755 48th Ave, Amana, IA
Food & Wine Pairings 101 This fun and tasty “class” is taught by our owner David Rettig, CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine). It will help you understand the basic principles…
Maifest fun at Ackerman WineryAckerman Winery 4406 220th Trail, Amana, IA
Spring has sprung in the Amana Colonies, and we are raising a glass to the season with our annual Maifest celebration! Here at Ackerman Winery, we will have our very…
Celebrate spring at Maifest in the Amana Colonies. The Colonies come alive with the colors of spring as the villages celebrate May 6th-7th. You’ll experience German food and music along…
Succulent Arranging Class at Ackerman WineryAckerman Winery 4406 220th Trail, Amana, IA
Sunday, May 7th at 2 pm, join us for some serenity with our SUCCULENT ARRAGNING CLASS. All supplies included. And YES - you may enjoy wine whilst playing with plants,…