(66 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)
Kalona is known as the “Quilt Capital of Iowa” and its living history is seen daily in the culture of the area’s horse-and-buggy Amish. Historical Village allows you to relive the 1800s with its authentically restored buildings.
Get an insider’s view of Amish life. Travel the scenic back roads with our guide and discover the world of the Amish who continue to live the simple, wholesome lives of our great-grandparents. You will drive past their homes, schools, farms, and beautifully manicured gardens as you learn about their fascinating traditions and customs. Depending on the season, your tour may include a visit to a woodworking shop, Amish Bakery, Amish Country Store, or even an Amish Greenhouse.
This van tour lasts 90 minutes and is offered April–October, Monday–Saturday with tours leaving at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $15 or $6 for kids 7–12.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 319-656-2660 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalona Creamery, formally Twin County Dairy, opened its doors on January 19, 2017. The Shop and Deli, located on Highway 1 outside of Kalona, will feature numerous products made in Iowa, including cheese curds, specialty meats and cheeses, pastries, and much more! The Shop and Deli will also feature delicious, high quality, made-fresh-daily soups, salads, and sandwiches.
2206 540th Street SW
Kalona, IA 52247
Group tours of the area can be arranged in advance for groups of 10 or more people. Each tour includes a meal cooked in a Mennonite home. Many attractions can be chosen, all under the direction of experienced tour guides, where you will get an “insider’s view” of the Amish way of life. You will travel the scenic backroads with our guides and discover the world of the Amish who continue to flow with the seasons and live simple, wholesome lives from our-great grandparents.
For more information on the different tour options that are offered go to www.kalonaiowa.org under tour options or contact the Kalona Historical Tours at 319-656-2519 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
Known as the Quilt Capital of Iowa, Kalona is the home of the Quilt & Textile Museum located in the Kalona Historical Village Welcome Center. The museum features two galleries, one containing Amish quilts and the other English quilts (those who are not Amish), showcasing quilt history of the Midwest and beyond. Quilts in the collection date from the early 1800s. New exhibits are created three times a year with a variety of different themes, so if you have visited the museum in the past, chances are you will discover something new with each visit. Tours of the quilt galleries are included with the cost of the Village grounds tour or can be toured separately for $6.
Take a stroll through the scenic 1800s Village and explore 12 authentic buildings. Each building is restored and filled with interesting and informative displays depicting the rugged years our immigrant settlers spent taming the Iowa prairie. Established in 1969 with the relocation of the Rock Island Depot, the Kalona Mennonite Museum is also a part of your tour where you can learn the history of Kalona’s Amish and Mennonites.
April–October—Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
November–March—Monday–Saturday 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Closed on major holidays
Admission: $10 for adults, $3 for kids 7-12, $8 for Veterans