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 2019 will include:

Winterfest and Wine Walk – January 26

Romance Weekend February 15-17

Take-A-Bite weekend (Tea and Tales at Zuber’s) – April 14

Easter – April 20

Maifest Sunday Wine Walk – May 4

Mother’s Day – May 11

Memorial Day – Renaissance Fest

Becksterfest – May 25

Wurst Festival – June 15 postponed

Colonies in Bloom – June 22

Bike and Hike Weekend – July 13-14

Kinderfest – July 20

Colonies in Bloom - July 27

BRIC (Bike Ride of Iowa County) – August 10

Model A Day - August 17 cancelled

Woodfest - August 23-25 cancelled

Catiri’s Fresh Paint – August 30-September 1 cancelled

Wurst Festival August 29 (change in date)

Apfelfest – September 21

Oktoberfest – October 4-6

Girls Getaway Weekend – November 1-3

Tannenbaum Forest – November 29-December 22

Prelude to Christmas – December 6-8

Rooms fill up fast for festival times so book now!