Amana Colonies: The Handcrafted Escape

This sample itinerary can be customized for any time of year.

The Amana Colonies have been a treasure on the Iowa prairie for over 150 years, offering unforgettable experiences as unique as your group. Located just minutes from I-80, the seven villages of the Amana Colonies offer groups the opportunity to step back from today’s busy pace to relish in the comfort of locally crafted foods, furniture, art, and more. The area offers a unique history and culture found nowhere else in the world. The Amana Colonies have something for everyone, and they can handcraft an experience just for your group!

While you are in the area, be sure to check out one of their famous festivals. Autumn brings the popular Oktoberfest, serving up a true German ambience. Visiting in December? Enjoy the Prelude to Christmas, featuring the awe-inspiring Tannenbaum Forest.

12 – 6:00pm
The Amana Heritage Society collects, preserves, and interprets the cultural heritage of the Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark. Discover the history of this German communal settlement at the Amana Heritage Society Museum. View thousands of artifacts and see an actual piece of the Amana Meteorite of 1875. The exhibit also features maps, charts, and contemporary documentation of this world famous meteorite. Tour four other historical sites including: The Amana Community Church, High Amana General Store, Communal Kitchen & Cooper Shop Museum and the Homestead Blacksmith Shop.

To customize a tour for your group, contact the Amana Heritage Society at 319-622-3567 or visit

6 – 9:00pm
The Old Creamery Theatre
is dedicated to performing high quality live professional theatre for audiences of all ages and interests. Located in the Amana Colonies, they strive to make every group event one to remember. In fact, every guest has the opportunity to shake hands with the cast! In 2017, the company is celebrating 46 years of bringing live theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest. They offer a wide variety of plays each season, as well as many different educational opportunities. Featuring approximately 200 performances in 2017, the 300-seat Main Stage season features favorite comedies, musicals, mysteries, and more. The Old Creamery Theatre is Iowa’s longest-running professional theatre. All actors, directors, designers, and technicians are paid professionals. These professionals are gathered together from all over the country to provide a high-quality theatrical experience for the audience. Since opening its doors in 1971, just over two million patrons have enjoyed live performances by The Old Creamery Theatre.

2017 Main Stage
Making God Laugh | April 20 – May 14
Million Dollar Quartet | June 8 – July 2
Guys on Ice | August 3 – 27
Footloose | September 7 – October 1
The Church Basement Ladies In: Rise Up, O Men | October 12 – November 12
A Christmas Carol | November 16 – December 17

2017 Special Events
Hank Williams Tribute: The Lonesome Tour – Direct from the historic stages of Nashville | Saturday, May 20 at 7:30pm

That’ll Be The Day: A Tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets | July 7 at 2:00pm and July 8 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Penny Gilley | July 20 at 2:00pm and July 21 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Carpenters: Once More | Saturday, July 29 at 7:30pm

For more information or to schedule a visit for your group, contact The Old Creamery Theatre at 319-622-6034 or visit

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