The Amish is a fascinating culture, and at Amish Acres, you can introduce the kids (and even parents) to a new culture right on their doorstep.
Amish Acres is set on a beautiful 80 acres with a historic farm, as well as a heritage resort. It really lets people in to the traditions of this lesser known culture - and celebrates it! You can come for the day, or if you want to experience a bit more you can even spend the night.
The farmstead itself is actually listed in the National Register of Historic Places - so it's a pretty important part of the country's history! It was settled by the very FIRST Amish to Indiana, way back in 1839. (Quick math quiz - how many years ago was that?)
As you take your tour around the Amish homestead, you can feel the stories of the three generations who walked there before you over the last 125 years - what kind of people do you think they were like?
Kids will be taught the whys and ways of the Amish, as they explore the 12 room house, and they can even experience the sounds and sights of a real working farm, which is alive with livestock, hens, and the lovely apple orchard and gardens!
On the farm itself, they can see chores and crafts being created over the seasons. Did you know that products like apple butter, maple syrup, and molasses are produced here exactly how they would have been over a century ago? An amazing insight into history!
Ever wondered how quilts were hand stitched, or lye soap was made? Maybe even how those candles were dipped and created?
At the end of your tour, your guide will call you with the dinner bell and you'll discover outbuildings that dry and food and bake the bread. Yum yum!
Horse and buggy rides, culture, art, fun, food....what else could they fill your family day out with!?
Amish Acres is a fascinating family day out experience.
If you are coming from Chicago, take the Indiana Toll Road east to exit 72, then south on US31, head about 20 miles on bypass to Nappanee exit. Take SR 19 south to US 6, west 1 mile and then you're there! From Grand Rapids take US 131 S to US 6.Get directions
Tours $12.95 / Horse & buggy ride $6.95
Tours $4.95 / Horse & buggy ride $3.95
Packages from $99 adults, $25 kids
There are SO many dining options, as well as packages as part of your tour. There is family style dining, threshers dining, theme dinners, and even carry-out!
Check out the Amish Acres Art & Crafts Festival which caters for kids of ALL ages!
From the Greeting Barn with gifts, antiques and crafts, to the Soda Shop and Fudgery (yes - that's fudge!), Bakery, gifts baskets....you better save those pennies!
An amazing place to visit for a school trip! They have a school field trip activities planner to help with your visit much more easier for you! Just get in contact and see what they can do!
If you have food allergies, they have a list from the menu so they can help you with anything you might need to avoid.
If you do have mobility disabilities, why not just give them a call before hand to see what accessibility they have for you.
There are a number of packages you can pick from - from half day tours to multiple night packages - why not make a weekend of it!
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