10 Things to Do in Amana That You Shouldn't Miss

January 18, 2018 Alice Mieles

Discover the best top things to do in Amana, United States including Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark, Amana Woolen Mill, The Old Creamery Theatre, Amana Visitor's Center, Amana Heritage Museum, Ackerman Winery, White Cross Cellars, Good Quilts and Great Gardens, Grapevine Antiques, Village Winery.
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1. Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark

4424 V Street, Amana, IA +1 800-579-2294
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 274 reviews

Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark

This village, founded by 18th-century German immigrants, was the foundation for modern Amana.Our Building served as the communal kitchen for the area and 25 years ago was turned into a bed and breakfast. We have an in ground pool (the only bed and breakfast in Iowa to have one), and we can accommodate 30 people overnight. we have 9 rooms all with their own bathrooms and 4 jacuzzi sweats. We have media come up graded cable and internet for the guest. We do have a full sit down breakfast every morning and on weekends we have desert in the evenings, with coffee.

Reviewed By ManningAvenger - Sellersburg, Indiana

Definitely worth a stop when driving Interstate 80 or just staying in the area. The buildings are pretty historic. Most of the brick buildings appear to be renovated, especially the shops and restaurants. The concrete street through Amana is a modern amenity. My wife loved the German stores and food. We also liked the big rocking chair in the Broom and Basket Shop in West Amana. I was shocked to see the Whirlpool plant in High Amana. Just thought the Amana name on those appliances was just a coincidence. Good mix of history and modern on that one. We even visited an old cemetery next to Casey's General Store and viewed the historic gravestones. Great reason to visit Iowa.

2. Amana Woolen Mill

Amana, IA
Excellent
38%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 161 reviews

Amana Woolen Mill

Iowa's only operating woolen mill.

Reviewed By Carehb - Evanston, Illinois

At the end of a few block walk in lovely Amana Iowa is a huge old working mill. This place is so cool demonstrating the way fabric and wool goods have been made here for years! Buy a cotton blanket or a wool throw to go. Form and function courtesy of the Amana Colony!

3. The Old Creamery Theatre

39 38th Ave, Amana, IA 52203-8200 +1 319-622-6262
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

The Old Creamery Theatre

The Old Creamery Theatre is a not-for-profit, live professional theatre founded in 1971 and located in Amana, IA. Since its founding, the Old Creamery has been dedicated to performing high-quality, live professional theatre for audiences of all ages and interests, and offers a wide variety of plays each season, as well as many different educational opportunities. The Old Creamery is proud to be the longest running professional theatre company in the state of Iowa.

Reviewed By PAJeremy - Coralville, Iowa

How wonderful that Iowa has an Equity Theatre. We went to "How to Make God Laugh". It was a funny show with a pretty neat point. Ticket prices are reasonable. There doesn't appear to be a bad seat. The theatre is small and seams to...MoreThank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed Making God Laugh!

4. Amana Visitor's Center

622 46th Ave, Amana, IA 52203-8028 +1 319-622-7622
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 25 reviews

Amana Visitor's Center

Reviewed By Brian R - Northridge, CA

We always stop here when we are in Amana. The people here are very helpful and informative. They have lots of free guides and maps. We stopped here twice this summer and got good stuff both times. The first time we got a map for the Amanas Garden Tour. We saw some great gardens in people's yards. They also have public bathrooms here, that are very nice.

5. Amana Heritage Museum

4310 220th Trl, Amana, IA 52203-8025 +1 319-622-3567
Excellent
46%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 80 reviews

Amana Heritage Museum

History of the Amana Colonies, which from 1855 to 1932 were an experiment in Utopian living.

Reviewed By BrianK609 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Well, this was a horror show. In an otherwise beautiful day, we went to the museum to learn about the Colony's history. We'd heard this was the place to go, and to be sure to watch the helpful film. We'd read the place closed at 5, and after visiting a few shops we arrived at 4:19, which by our way of reckoning would be perfect timing. We entered the building, greeted the (only) person in there and said we'd love to learn some history. To our surprise she said simply "you're too late". We asked if it closed at 5; she said yes, but "I've started cleaning up and the last film would have been at 4:15" (4 minutes prior). We said we'd never been there before.....she said "well, next time come earlier". She offered no good reason why she couldn't pop in the 20 minute DVD, or at least tell us something verbally. Nothing. She is an exceptionally poor representative for the Amana Colony. If she's the best they have, we won't even think about going back.

6. Ackerman Winery

Main Street main Amana, Amana, IA +1 319-622-3379
Excellent
61%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Ackerman Winery

Reviewed By bLiselotte - Palatine, Illinois

I visited during Maifest and this was a stop offering a free sample. I was able to sample many different offerings. I left with Dandelion Wine. I also spent some time in the gift shop which offered a wide range of wine inspired gifts, and wine gadgets.

7. White Cross Cellars

755 48th Ave, Amana, IA 52203-8030 +1 319-622-3233
Excellent
59%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

White Cross Cellars

Reviewed By alangottula - Albany, MO

Learned a lot at the wine tasting (and tasted a lot of good wine in the process.) The staff at the White Cross Cellars are excellent, personable and very knowledgable. We have been to a number of wine tastings and would have to say that this is one of the very best.

8. Good Quilts and Great Gardens

4307 220th Trl, Amanda, Iowa, Amana, IA 52203-8025 +1 319-622-6760
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Good Quilts and Great Gardens

Reviewed By MrSmokeyMountainMan - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Several very interesting outdoor sculptures here, some wind powered, others just big like the elephant in the picture. If I would have had my car closer, I'm sure I would have found something I couldn't live without. Cool stuff folks!

9. Grapevine Antiques

4515 F St, Amana, IA 52203-8027 +1 319-622-6300
Excellent
16%
Good
68%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Grapevine Antiques

Reviewed By Jasmine G - West Bridgewater, Massachusetts

This was cute shop, two floors and many rooms, sometimes it seemed a little cluttered, but there was something fun and intersting to see around every corner.

10. Village Winery

752 48th Ave, Amana, IA 52203-8030 +1 800-731-7142
Excellent
51%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Village Winery

Reviewed By Stevestanga - Brookings, South Dakota

This is one of 4 or 5 wineries right in Amana. Good stuff! We spent awhile tasting the various wines they offered, and bought a case to go. They offer mostly sweet fruit wines, which satisfies our personal tastes. Very helpful and friendly staff. The gift shop is large and assorted, with everything from "made in China" bric-a-brac to homemade arts & crafts and food products from local folks. Go there!

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