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Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Amana
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The history of Amana Colonies, a National Historic Landmark and one of America’s longest-lived communal societies, begins in 1714 in the villages of Germany and continues today on the Iowa prairie. Amana Colonies Today Today the seven villages of the Amana Colonies represent an American dream come true; a thriving community founded by religious faith and community spirit. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, the Amana Colonies attract hundreds of thousands of visitors annually all of whom come to see and enjoy a place where the past is cherished and where hospitality is a way of life. Evocative of another age, the streets of the Amana Colonies with their historic brick, stone and clapboard homes, their flower and vegetable gardens, their lanterns and walkways recall Amana yesterday. But a vibrant community, celebrating both its past and its future, is here today for you to experience.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

We visited at a perfect time- the week before Maifest. The weather was perfect and the businesses were open, but there were no crowds. I didn't know what to expect, but saw the charm of the village immediately upon driving in. We got a good overview at the visitors center and then strolled the streets from there.

Thank Michelle245248
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Amana Colonies, filled with history, shopping, good eats, and overall charm. The weather was unseasonably cold and windy or we would have certainly spent an entire day exploring.

Thank Diane S
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Fascinating history, beautiful sites, nice stores, very low key and not touristy - they have maintained a commercial element with taste and restraint. Friendly people, good food. Lot's to see, we couldn't do it all in a weekend even though it's small.

Thank Candice C
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

We journeyed off our route for the promise of antiques and Amana did not disappoint. What we didn't expect were all of the speciality shops, local craftsmanship, and dining options. It was a little cold on the day we visited which limited some of our exploring, but it sure cut the crowds. There were a few shops closed even though it was a Friday and the start of the weekend, but we'll certainly be back!

Thank dmark521
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

We were interested in seeing the Amana Colonies and planned several months in advance to go in January. The Web site indicated there were activities going on, but gave limited information on the museums and other attractions. The web site also offered a visitor's guide by calling their phone number, which I did, on three separate occasions, always getting a recording. I provide our name and address as instructed, but never received the visitor's guide. So we arrived un-informed and found only a few shops open, but no historical venues. We drove around to see the 7 colonies, enjoyed dinner, there, but were very disappointed in coming from out-of-state to find most things closed. More importantly, the lack of response from the visitor's center in providing advance information. I give them a C- for that part. We did finally get the guide book once we arrived and it was a great resource for the visit. If you plan on going, winter is not recommended, and I would call at least 3 months in advance for your visitor's guide book. We'll go back, but this first visit was a big disappointment and I felt like it was a waste of our time and money.

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