Amana Colonies Visitors Center

Amana Colonies Visitors Center

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Sandy869296
Lostant, IL46 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Upon visiting the Amana Colonies I saw a van tour. Alot of the sights were closed to the general public but could be accessed with the van tour. The tour was $20 and was an 2.5 hours long. The tour guide was a life long resident as well as her family. It was so informative and interesting. I would have never learned as much about the colonies from just walking around. The ladies at the visitor center seemed to really like talking with the public and sharing this piece of history.
Written August 13, 2021
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NPSeaker
Albany, NY336 contributions
Aug 2022
I called about a Village Van tour and Mary Lou explained there were no other people for this date & time, but she could take down my name in case someone signed up. Sure enough, they did so she called me and also explained the tour guide could pick us up at the Amana Colonies RV park. The guide was Tom, and he was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. We would never have learned so much by driving around ourselves.
Written August 15, 2022
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MstqMI
Manistique1,176 contributions
Aug 2021
The visitor's center was the first place we stopped after getting settled in our hotel. The woman working there was very pleasant and helpful. She gave us a map and showed us places on it. We were late for that day's tour and planned to leave the next morning so we didn't do a tour at all.
Written August 16, 2021
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,063 contributions
Mar 2020
We were there in on a Thursday in March, 2020, and the sign on the door, said "open by chance". No chance because the door was locked. We went to other places and walked around. We had parked in the Visitor Center parking lot, so when returning to the car, I tried the door again and it was open. We walked inside, but there did not appear to be anyone there. I understand that people come here for information and maybe signing up for tours or getting tickets.. and so on. We just wanted general info. This building is a former granary/corn crib and they did a nice job in making it into a nice airy place. Since we found no one to talk to, I decided to walk up the stairs to see what was up there. On the second floor, there was another set of stairs leading up to a door. When I opened the door, it went up another short flight of stairs. I was now in the very top roof line of the building and it was totally unrestored with pigeon and bat droppings about. Upon coming back down I was greeted by a guy running the place. He made me feel a bit like I was an invader. So I departed quickly.
Written March 15, 2020
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Amy G.
Maple Grove, MN6 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited the Amana colonies in early February. It was not exceptionally cold and there was a light flurry falling, adding to the quaint atmosphere. However, likely since it was winter time, main street Amana was virtually deserted. Even more disappointing was the fact that most stores had gone the route of selling tourist trap wares instead of primarily home made goods from local artisans. The exceptions to this were 1. the Amana Woolen Mill store, which sold wool and cotton blankets and other goods made in Amana, and 2. Heritage Designs Quilting and Needlework, which had hundreds of locally made quilts both on display and for sale.

Perhaps in the summer the atmosphere is more lively and would have more local artisans, but a winter visit was disappointing.
Written February 9, 2020
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Lou P
Kansas City, KS276 contributions
Aug 2021
We stopped here to get information about doing a self-guided tour of the colony. I had been told that they had no guided tours being given that day, when I called earlier in the month. When we got there, they actually had a tour, but our itinerary didn't leave time for it. We were told what to visit and given a map, that helped.
Written August 27, 2021
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Cello12345
Urbana, IL422 contributions
Oct 2021
We spend a half day in the Amana Colonies, stopping by the Visitor Center first. We were glad we did - staff supplied a map and talked about some of the highlights of the area, so that we could focus our energies. We actually did a bit of a walking tour around the area of the visitor center, seeing some of the shops and landmarks that had been mentioned.
Written October 9, 2021
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AmanaSH
Amana, IA1,557 contributions
Nov 2017 • Business
They have a wealth of information there and merchandise for sale.

Most importantly the public restrooms are next to the center. Just north of the center! It is the old Amana fire station.

Be sure to go up the stairs to the cupola!

The center is a remodel of a old corn crib. Make sure that you look at the architecture.
Written November 9, 2017
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Tyke555
Georgetown, TX302 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We made our first stop at the visitor center since we had never been to Amana. The lady there was very helpful and told us about the van tour which we took. Our guide was so good, he took us to all the villages, the museum, the Church, the general store and gave us so much history and information. It was a perfect way to see everything and then the next day we went back to some of the places where we want to spend more time.
Written June 2, 2018
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Candice C
Decatur, AL594 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Woman at counter was very helpful in showing us the maps, and giving us information about where to go, what was open and when, advice and tips. I'd suggest anyone stop in there first because there is so much to see including the seven colonies that it's worth figuring out where you want to go first or how to plan your day.
Written March 19, 2018
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