Come for a Convention, Stay for the Casinos
With close proximity to sports arenas, green spaces, shopping districts and museums, the Country Inn & Suites is ideal for all kinds of travelers. Our hotel puts you across the street from Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and we’re connected via covered walkway to the impressive Mid-America Center. The Harrah’s and Ameristar casinos are also nearby, giving Council Bluffs a reputation for top-notch gaming, but there’s plenty of things to do for families, too. Stop by Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium to marvel at the 70-foot shark tunnel, or go on a shopping spree in downtown Omaha’s Old Market district, just 10 minutes away.
Arts and Culture
- Breezy Hills Vineyard (26 miles)
Share a glass of homemade wine during a romantic evening at Breezy Hills Vineyard. You can enjoy samples of favorites like Sassy Girl, an award-winning sweet white wine, while you tour this family-owned facility in the Iowa countryside.
Phone: +1 (712) 485-2083
- RailsWest Railroad Museum (1.8 miles)
At this museum, you’ll discover Council Bluff’s role as the easternmost point of the original Transcontinental Railroad, leading to the growth of the entire area. Young conductors love to climb aboard the museum’s train cars.
Phone: +1 (712) 323-2509
- Squirrel Cage Jail Museum (2.8 miles)
For an interesting peek into American history, head to the Squirrel Cage Jail Museum, the only three-story rotary jail ever built. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed with a rotating floor and now offers a glimpse at the stranger side of life in 19th-century Iowa.
Phone: +1 (712) 323-2509
- Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum (32 miles)
It’s worth the trip to see one of the country’s top military air- and spacecraft collections at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. Explore Apollo modules, NASA prototypes and WWII bombers before catching a show at the planetarium.
Phone: +1 (402) 944-3100
- Union Pacific Railroad Museum (4 miles)
Boasting thousands of artifacts that chronicle the boom of the Union Pacific railway system, this museum offers a perfect opportunity to teach your kids—and yourself—about the fascinating history of American transportation.
Phone: +1 (712) 329-8307
- Ameristar Council Bluffs (2.7 miles)
Do you feel lucky? Spend an evening at Ameristar Council Bluffs, a riverside casino on the Missouri River where you can play slots and table games before heading to one of the on-site restaurants or bars.
Phone: +1 (712) 328-8888
- Harrah’s Council Bluffs (3.2 miles)
Whether you’re looking for a lucky break at the blackjack table or a quick bite at the buffet, Harrah’s gives you a variety of table games and slots to go along with its restaurants and concerts. The casino also offers access to two golf courses: Westwood and Dodge Riverside.
Phone: +1 (712) 329-6000
- Horseshoe Council Bluffs (adjacent to hotel)
Everything’s coming up aces at Horseshoe, the largest casino in all of Iowa. Come practice your poker face and celebrate a big win with premium meats from Jack Binion’s Steak House, located on site.
Phone: +1 (712) 323-2500
Family Entertainment and Recreation
Directions to the Country Inn & Suites, Council Bluffs
- CenturyLink Center Omaha (4.2 miles)
This 18,300-seat facility may be home to the Creighton Bluejays basketball team, but it’s more than just a sports arena. CenturyLink Center Omaha hosts everything from rodeos and motocross races to circus acts and conventions.
Phone: +1 (402) 341-1500
- Lauritzen Gardens (4.8 miles)
Escape to a 100-acre botanical oasis along the banks of the Missouri River. In addition to its outdoor green spaces, Lauritzen Gardens features a 32,000-square-foot visitor center with floral displays, artwork, a gift shop and a café.
Phone: +1 (402) 346-4002
- The Old Market (5.6 miles)
From one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques to award-winning photography shops, you’ll be inspired by the variety of retailers and dining options at the Old Market, a district known for its artistic vibe. Be sure to come back later to experience the Old Market’s thriving nightlife.
Phone: +1 (402) 916-1796
- Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (4.6 miles)
Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium brings the world to Council Bluffs by featuring thousands of animals, acres of gardens and plenty of family-friendly rides. Bring the kids to watch a movie in the Lozier IMAX® Theater or cool down in the super cool Alaskan Adventure splash park.
Phone: +1 (402) 733-8401
The hotel is just off I-80 and I-29, nestled next to Horseshoe Council Bluffs and attached to the Mid-America Center. Exit at 24th Street and head north, turn left onto Mid-America Drive, and turn right onto Arena Way, which leads directly to the hotel’s front door.