Make Pella’s Sites Your Playing Field
Pella radiates its rich Dutch heritage through unique local attractions like the canal at The Molengracht and the Vemeer Mill. Even the architecture throughout Central College, Pella Historical Village and Town Square reveal the strong Dutch influence in Pella. Visit these nearby attractions and more when you stay at the Country Inn & Suites. You can bask in the natural beauty of Lake Red Rock near the hotel, or golf the green fairways at Bos Landen Golf Course. Explore different sides of racing from the Iowa Speedway to the Knoxville Raceway, and finish with a pit stop at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.
Explore these popular attractions:
- Bos Landen Golf Course (2.5 miles)
With holes ranging from 5,100 to 7,000 yards, this affordable 18-hole course provides a great escape for golfers of any skill level.
Phone: +1 (800) 539-1458
- Central College (0.5 miles)
Founded in 1853 with a class of 37, Central College now offers 73 academic programs, and The Dutch athletes represent their college in 19 varsity sports in the NCAA Division III’s Iowa Conference.
Phone: +1 (877) 462-3687
- Cordova Observation Tower (8 miles)
The staggering view of the Des Moines River Valley is worth the 170-step climb to the top of this 106-foot converted water tower.
Phone: +1 (641) 627-5935
- Iowa Speedway (30 miles)
Get ready for a wild ride because “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet,” designed by NASCAR’s Rusty Wallace, delivers entertainment that brings crowds to their feet.
Phone: +1 (641) 791-8000
- Knoxville Raceway (11 miles)
Once a track used for horse racing, Knoxville Raceway has evolved into a popular Saturday night venue for sprint car races.
Phone: +1 (641) 842-5431
- Lake Red Rock (4.5 miles)
Fish for bluegill, crappie and bass any time of year at this peaceful lake surrounded by scenic trails for hiking, biking and picnicking.
Phone: +1 (641) 828-2257
- The Molengracht (1.5 miles)
Stroll through the Molengracht Plaza with its replicated Dutch Canal and colorful flowerbeds in downtown Pella’s business district.
Phone: +1 (641) 628-2246
- National Balloon Classic (30 miles)
Float up and away in a hot air balloon during this summer festival, or watch the flamboyant balloon display from the ground.
Phone: +1 (515) 961-8415
- Pella Aquatic Center (1.5 miles)
Jump into the Aquatic Center’s Main Pool for a fun way to cool off this summer. The center also has an indoor pool and the 494-foot Adventure River.
Phone: +1 (641) 628-1882
- Pella Historical Village (1 mile)
Dutch History runs deep in this town. Visit Pella’s collection of 24 restored historical buildings at Pella Historical Village.
Phone: +1 (641) 628-2409
- Pella Rolscreen Depot Museum (0.5 miles)
Visit this museum founded by the Pella Rolscreen Foundation, which exhibits the story of the Pella Corporation and the local area.
Phone: +1 (641) 621-6243
- National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum (11 miles)
Understand the history of sprint car racing and the daredevils who popularized it at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. Then head to Knoxville Raceway to see the sport in action.
Phone: +1 (641) 842-6176
- Town Square (1.5 miles)
Visit the central hub that demonstrates Pella’s Dutch culture with its old-world architecture and fascinating shops and markets.
- Tulip Toren (1.5 miles)
When Tulip Time rolls around, Tulip Toren, rebuilt in 1968, provides the stage for the festival’s events.
- Vermeer Mill (1 mile)
Visit the tallest functioning windmill in the United States as it uses nothing but the power of the wind to grind wheat into flour. This authentic mill was partially built in the Netherlands and assembled in Pella.
Phone: +1 (641) 620-9463
You can find the Country Inn & Suites, Pella 40 miles southeast of Des Moines off Hwy. 163 at exit 42.