Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vacation at the Amana Colonies

About the middle of April we found a groupon for hotel stay at a waterpark in the Amana Colonies. Originally we booked it thinking we may go with some of my siblings or parents. However, as the events unfolded, we were the only ones to purchase this groupon and it appeared we would be going solo. As much as we love my family and would have been happy to have them there, we started to get excited about having our own little family vacation. We were about a month out from my due date, expecting our fifth, so a little time away for some R & R was just what the doctor ordered!

We left on a Saturday morning for Williamsburg, about an hour and a half away. The trip was uneventful. We felt very blessed to be starting off on this little family adventure. Even though it was only a hundred miles away we were about to disconnect for about four days and the thought was very exciting!

We couldn't check into our Hotel until 4pm, so we decided to visit the Amana Colonies first. We bought tickets that let our whole family into four museums for only $14. There are about seven villiages on a 17 mile loop, and we were able to hit all of them on this first day. Spending time in two free Museums, and three of the ones that we paid to get in. It was a long day but we had a great time learning about this unique history in Iowa. We went back for one more day, hitting the rest of the museums and seeing the sights. If you have never been the the Amana Colonies, I do recommend it. It was fun and the kids have already asked to go back!

We stayed in the Wasserbahn Water Park Resort and the kids were impressed. They couldn't get enough of the swimming, except for the fact that the water was freezing! This was pretty much how we spent our vacation. Going to the Amana Colonies and swimming. We were also very close to Iowa City so we took a walk down memory lane seeing Mommy's old college and dorm. We walked around Kinnick. Justice was insistent that Nana and Papa B. were in the stadium, which was pretty funny!

All in all, it was a great vacation and we had a wonderful time!

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