Things to Do


Things to do in the Amana Colonies

Plan Your Stay in the Amana Colonies


There’s always something to do in the Amana Colonies! Whether you’re here for a festival or just to relax, learn more about the area and plan your visit. Before you book your stay, check out our specials & deals on hotel rates!

The Amana Colonies Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) provides a wealth of information to help you during your stay, including:

Places to shop


Upcoming events

Day Trip Tips from Locals

Zuber’s Homestead Hotel is conveniently located near many attractions…

Antique shopping, fine dining, live theatre, historical interests, museums, wineries, meat whops, Millstream Brewing Company, furniture factories, broom and basket shops, picnic areas, artist galleries and tours, clothing boutiques, gift shops, bakeries, and chocolate shops.

For our guests who enjoy nature and recreation…

Bike trails, bird watching, cross-country skiing at golf course, golfing, hiking the Amana Nature Trail or Bike Trail, hunting, swimming at community indoor pool, tennis courts, community playground, watching the lotus lilies in full bloom in late July or early August.

Zuber’s Homestead Hotel is located 25 minutes from Coralville/Iowa City and Cedar Rapids on Junction Highway 6 and US 151. Enjoy all the sports and cultural events of the University of Iowa, Coe College, Mount Mercy and Kirkwood Community College. 

Don’t miss your chance to visit the Amana Colonies during these upcoming special events!

The Festivals in Amana site provides details and schedules for all the major festivals.

What to do? What to see? 

Need some personal help planning your trip to the Amana Colonies?

Whether it is your first time to the Amana Colonies or you’re a regular, we are happy to give you some personal assistance with planning your visit here or updating you on things that have changed since last you were here.

Please Click Here for more information about a personal trip planner!

Major events in the Amana Colonies for 2024 will include:

Winterfest – Jan. 27

Romance Weekend – Feb. 9 – 11

I Do Amana Colonies – Feb. 25

Easter – Mar. 31

Arts and Antiques – April 13

Maifest – May 3-5

Mother’s Day – May 12

Memorial Day/Renaissance Fest – May 27 and June 1

Wurst Festival – June 14 and 15

Colonies in Bloom/Garden Party – June 29

Kinderfest – July 13

Colonies in Bloom – July 27

BRIC (Bike Ride of Iowa County) – August 10

Model A Day – August TBD

Apfelfest – September 14

Fall Volksmarch – September TBD

Oktoberfest – Oct. 4-6

Iowa Renaissance Festival – October 12

Pumpkinfest – October TBD

Girls Getaway Weekend – November 2-3

Tannenbaum Forest – November 29 (open weekends – 29 – Dec 1, 13 – 15, 21 – 23 )

Prelude to Christmas – December 6-8

Rooms fill up fast for festival times so book now!