Ag Tour Options

Policies

1. A minimum group of 10 people is required.
2. Gratuity for guide and cook is not included in the price of the tour, unless requested. We can pro-rate gratuity.
3. Payment for reservations is required two weeks in advance, payable to Kalona Historical Tours.
4. In the event of a cancellation(s), an advance notice of five days must be given for a full refund.































 



Kalona Historical Tours
Box 292
Kalona, Iowa 52247
Phone 319-656-2519
email: kalonatours@kctc.net

Member
Iowa Group Travel Assn
www.iowagrouptravel.org
Eastern Iowa Tourism Assn
www.easterniowatourism.org/
Iowa Museum Association
www.iowamuseums.org

Agriculture Tour Options

For groups as small as 10 people, we can provide an entertaining day traveling the scenic back roads of the county and give your party a first hand sense of the exhausting work day that is the life of the Amish farmer. View their unique way of creating an agricultural living on some of the most fertile ground Iowa has to offer. Your custom-designed tour may view the most modern of operations, like the Kalona Solar Farm, or you may choose to visit the Kalona Buggy Shop, who produces equipage similar to what your great grand-parents may have driven over a hundred years ago, and are still used by the local Amish today. No matter which options you select, our step-on guide brings it all to life.

See your options below.

Welcome to Kalona Garden Produce
Discing with Horses
Breaking ground

Your Mode of Transportation is how you will tour.

If your group does not have its own bus, we can recommend the local charter bus service (see link  at the bottom of the page)

Or your private vehicles can follow us to your selected stops.

Good food is a big part of the Amish culture, and your tour will be no different. Begin the day with a cup of coffee and fresh donut holes from our local award winning bakery. Then experience a culinary adventure in a living history setting. If you choose, the most delicious part of your day will be the meal of your choice served family style in a conservative Mennonite home. From home-baked bread to Amish Tapioca pudding, the cook sees to it that you never leave hungry.

See Menu Options Here

Mennonite Meal

Destination Choices for Your Custom
Agriculture Tour Day Tour Charges

(*Most available exclusively for Countryside Tours.)
Kalona Creamery - Visit a locally owned dairy processing operation, where guests will tour the plant, learn the history of the facility, and view dairy products being processed and packaged.

Kalona Sale Barn - Depending upon the day, your tour will encompass the procedures necessary to operate a livestock auction and may witness the sale of a variety of livestock at this 4th generation family owned auction house, established in 1947.

Kalona Buggy Shop - Discover what goes into the construction of a custom created Amish buggy, built by hand at this Amish family operation. If you are interested, you may place your own order, but plan to wait a year for its delivery.

Amish Dairy Goat Farm  - Learn the intricacies of the dairy goat industry at this Amish farm, which milks an average 200 dairy goats twice daily. Learn how the Amish operation differs from the English (non-Amish) dairy farmers, what equipment their religion allows them to utilize, and what the goats are fed.

Amish Field Operation - Visit an Amish farmstead, and discover the delights of country living the old fashioned way. You will be allowed to curry the horses, or pet the barn cats. Step into a buggy and envision yourself riding the country lanes, discover the steel wheeled machinery and feel free to ask questions about the Amish way of life.

Amish Produce / Floral Auction House - Tour the cooperative sale site of the local Amish farmers who supply wholesale plants and produce to local grocers, farmers market vendors, restaurants and other bulk purchasers. Sales held seasonally Tuesdays and Fridays mornings.

Kalona Solar Farm - Learn about how the operation of this 2,900 panel solar energy collection operation plays a role in powering the local Iowa communities. Discover the environmental impact of the solar industry, and the importance of securing clean, economical and renewable sources of power in ensuring our nation's energy independence.

Farmers Hen House - Witness the daily collection of eggs, learn about the care these layers receive, and discover the economic importance of egg money to the multi-generational Amish family structure. See first hand the difference between an Amish family operation and large conglomerate chicken operations.


Day Tour Charges

Agriculture Tour & Meal
$33.00/person

(gratuity not included)
Tour generally lasts 5.5 hours and can be
customized to fit your schedule by
selecting four stops from the list at left.
Available Monday-Saturday  year round
weather permitting - we travel on gravel so
heavy snow or rain may impede travel to some areas.
(Sorry, but due to the Amish culture,
no tours held Sundays and holidays)

Half Day Tour Charges

Agriculture Tour & Meal
$28.00/person

(gratuity not included)
Tour generally lasts 2 hours ( not including meal)
 and can be customized to fit your agenda by
selecting two stops from the list at left.
Available Monday-Saturday  year round
weather permitting - we travel on gravel so
heavy snow or rain may impede travel to some areas.
(Sorry, but due to the Amish culture,
no tours held Sundays and holidays)

2 Hour Tour (No meal)
Agriculture Tour 
$15.00/person

(gratuity not included)
Tour generally lasts 2 hours and can be
customized to fit your agenda by
 selecting two stops from the list at left.
Available Monday-Saturday  year round
weather permitting - we travel on gravel so
heavy snow or rain may impede travel to some areas.
(Sorry, but due to the Amish culture,
no tours held Sundays and holidays
 

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