Spring Tour

Discover the Amish community that resides near Pawnee City in southeast Nebraska. Enjoy lunch with an Amish family and learn about their way of life.

Thursday, May 30, 2024
7:45 am – 6:15 pm
Tour starts at Lithuanian Bakery, 7427 Pacific Street, Omaha NE
$120 per person

Price includes coach transportation, driver gratuity, attraction admission, morning cinnamon rolls at Dutch Pantry, family style luncheon with Amish family, horse drawn buggy rides, driving tour of the Amish community, and bison herd presentation

Tour reservation deadline April 30, 2024

Highlights: Morning cinnamon rolls at Dutch Pantry – Pedal-Clinic museum - Family style luncheon with Amish family - Horse drawn buggy rides - Guided tour of Amish community sites - Bison herd

We travel south to the small farming community of Pawnee City, Nebraska. The area around Pawnee City is known “Amish Country” due to the numerous Amish families that have settled there. Our first destination of the morning is the Dutch Pantry in Auburn, Nebraska. This small business is owned and operated by a Mennonite family. This morning we enjoy their homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee while learning about the differences between the Amish and Mennonite religions.

Later this morning we arrive in Pawnee City, the small rural Nebraska community surrounded by many Amish farms. After a bathroom break, we visit the Pedal-Clinic museum. Although it is not an Amish experience, it is certainly worth the stop. The Pedal-Clinic museum contains over 500 vintage restored pedal toys from the last century. As you walk inside, you will be amazed to see toys from the shelves to the floors. The oldest restored pedal cars were built in 1938.

This afternoon we enjoy a home cooked lunch at the home of an area Amish family. As you can imagine, the meal will be filling and delicious. After lunch, the family will give us an opportunity to learn a little bit about their Amish culture and their way of life. There will also be an opportunity to ride in their traditional family buggy.  Our next destination is the Tegtmeier Buffalo farm. The owner will bring the herd close to the fence for a closeup experience and give a presentation on the bison itself.

Next, we return to Pawnee City to visit an Amish furniture shop. Meet Perry Gingrich, the first Amish individual who decided to move to Nebraska from southwest Wisconsin in 2011. Discover how the Amish community began in Nebraska. Enjoy some traditional Amish friendship bread and refreshments while learning about making Amish furniture.

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