These 10 Places In Iowa Amish Country Are Unique And Worth Visiting

21st-century life in an Amish or Mennonite community isn’t much different from life 100 years ago. Members of these Iowa communities travel by horse and buggy, work without the help of electricity, and have a largely conservative and quiet lifestyle.

Amish and Mennonites have lived in Iowa for more than 160 years. They welcome visitors with homegrown and homemade goods in Hazelton, Bloomfield, Kalona, and in Buchanan County.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Please note that many Mennonite and Amish businesses don’t keep regular hours. They don’t usually maintain websites. Sundays are a day of rest in these communities, so plan your visits accordingly.