tour the community
Did you know that Kalona is home to one of the largest Amish settlements west of the Missiissppi? Over 1,200 Amish people are scattered just north of Kalona and congregate at nine different churches. People in this area are a mixture of Old Order Amish and Mennonites, the former of which is very rigid on the use of any type of technology.
You can learn much more about the Amish lifestyle on our ByWays Countryside Bus Tour or by stopping at the Kalona Historical Village, which is home to a Mennonite museum and other old world artifacts.
Kalona is also recognized for its diverse and eclectic shops. From antiques to custom furniture, you’ll find it in Kalona. A recently renovated and highly walkable downtown awaits visitors from near and afar! Click a link below to start planning your adventure in Kalona.
tour the historic amish countryside
ByWays Bus Tours
Get an insiders view of Amish life. Travel the scenic back roads with our expert guides and discover the world of the Amish, who continue to flow with the seasons and live the simple, wholesome lives of our great grandparents. See their homes, schools, farms, and beautifully manicured gardens as you pass.
Tours operate twice daily, at 11AM and at 1PM, and last roughly 90 minutes. Except for major holidays, tours run from April 1 to October 31. You can book your seat by calling the Chamber at (319) 656-2660 or stopping in each day.
Adults tickets are $15, tickets for children ages 7-12 years old are $6, and children under 6 are free. The bus can hold 14 passengers and can accomodate persons with limited mobility or disabilities.
A delightful day!
Really enjoyed it! I would recommend it to everyone!
I loved this tour. I learned a lot, and I enjoyed each of the stops.