Experience a Touch of Holland in Pella, IA
Established in 1847 by Dutch settlers, Pella is a history buff's dream destination, conveniently located by the Country Inn & Suites, Pella, IA. Spend an afternoon exploring historic sites like the canal at the Molengracht and the impressive Vermeer Windmill, or stroll past Dutch architecture at Central College and Pella Historical Village. If you enjoy outdoor activities, Lake Red Rock is only five miles away, and Bos Landen Golf Club offers an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Race fans can hop between the Iowa Speedway and the Knoxville Raceway, and no sports enthusiast should miss a visit to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.
Museums and Education
- Central College (1.1 miles)
Founded in 1853 with a class of 37, Central College now offers 73 academic programs with more than 1,400 students. Athletes at The Dutch represent their college in 19 varsity sports in the NCAA Division III’s Iowa Conference.
Phone: +1 (877) 462-3687
- Rolscreen Museum (1.3 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
- Scholte House Museum (1.6 miles)
Dating back to 1847, the Scholte House was built by Hendrik Peter Scholte, the founder of Pella, and has since expanded to 30 rooms.
Phone: +1 (641) 620-9463
- National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum (17.7 miles)
Get a glimpse of the fascinating history behind sprint car racing at this hall of fame and museum. You can learn about the daredevils who founded the sport and then see it live in action at nearby Knoxville Raceway.
Phone: +1 (641) 842-6176
- Pella Aquatic Center (1.4 miles)
Kids can have a blast exploring the 494-foot Adventure River or splashing around in the expansive pool at this aquatic center.
Phone: +1 (641) 628-1882
- Bos Landen Golf Course (3.5 miles)
Visit this affordable, 18-hole course which was ranked one of the top five courses in the state by Golfweek in 2017.
Phone: +1 (800) 539-1458
- Lake Red Rock (6.1 miles)
Whether you are a hiker, a fisher or a boater, you can spend a peaceful afternoon surrounded by scenic views at Lake Red Rock.
Phone: +1 (641) 828-2257
- Cordova Park Observation Tower (11.5 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
- Knoxville Raceway (17.6 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
- Iowa Speedway (31 miles)
Designed by NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, the Iowa Speedway delivers big entertainment for race fans who come to see cars speed around “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet."
Phone: +1 (641) 791-8000
- National Balloon Classic (38.8 miles)
An Iowa tradition for more than 40 years, this annual summer festival fills the sky with bright flashes of color as hot air balloons float up and away.
Phone: +1 (515) 961-8415
- Molengracht (1.3 miles)
Stroll through the Molengracht plaza with its Dutch canal and colorful flower beds in downtown Pella’s business district.
Phone: +1 (641) 628-2246
- Vermeer Windmill (1.3 miles)
Partially built in the Netherlands and then assembled in Pella, the Vermeer Windmill is America's tallest functioning windmill. Stop by to see the mill grind wheat into flour using wind power.
Phone: +1 (641) 620-9463
- Pella Opera House (1.4 miles)
Enjoy a night of live entertainment at the Pella Opera House, built in 1900. Performances range from live music to stand-up comedy shows.
Phone: +1 (641) 628-8625
- Tulip Toren (1.4 miles)
Tulip Toren provides the stage for the annual Tulip Time festival, held every May. Rebuilt in 1968, the monument is also worth visiting during the off season.
- Pella Town Square (1.5 miles)
In addition to hosting beautiful Dutch architecture, town square is also home to delicious eateries, vibrant markets and fun shopping opportunities.
You can find the Country Inn & Suites, Pella 40 miles southeast of Des Moines off Highway 163 at exit 42.
- ATM (adjacent to hotel)
- Village Cleaners (1.3 miles)
Phone: +1 (641) 628-4324
- Post Office (1.5 miles)
Phone: +1 (800) ASK-USPS
- Pella Regional Health Center (1.7 miles)
Phone: +1 (641) 628-3150
- Ship It (3.8 miles)
Phone: +1 (641) 628-4888