(13 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)
Learn about Pella’s Dutch heritage, Lake Red Rock, manufacturing in Pella, shopping, Central College, and experience ‘A touch of Holland!’ You are sure to find plenty of things to admire about Pella!
The public 18-hole “Bos Landen” course at the Bos Landen Golf Club facility in Pella, Iowa features 6,932 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.5 and it has a slope rating of 131 on blue grass. Designed by Richard M. Phelps, ASGCA, the Bos Landen golf course opened in 1994. It has been ranked as Iowa’s #1 Public Golf Course from 1997 to 2001 and was also ranked in the Top 75 Most Affordable Golf Courses in the United States, all according to Golf Digest, 1999-2000. Golf Digest also awarded Bos Landen with its “Four Star Place to Play—2007.” Each hole features five sets of tees for players of all skill levels, ranging from 5,100 to 7,000 yards in length.
Honoring the woman once known as “Iowa’s bird lady,” this 38-acre refuge is prime habitat for bald eagles as well as neo-tropical migrants and other wildlife. Bald eagles often roost on the refuge and can be observed from Horn’s Ferry Bridge, a popular viewing platform across the river from the land.
Located: Below Red Rock Dam (south side), off Jewell Drive in Pella
DNR Wildlife Manager
Gladys Black Environmental Education Project
North Creek Antiques
Rusty, chippy, well-worn, and well-loved. Words that would describe items you’ll find at North Creek Antiques. Pieces that remind you of life lived at a slower pace, pieces that tell a story…grandma’s hoosier where she made bread dough, a farmhouse table the family gathered around at mealtime. Pieces saved from old homesteads—doors, windows, cast iron tubs and sinks, woodwork, stairway pieces, registers, porch posts, and shutters. Farm items, such as old machinery, tools, wagon wheels, windmill sections, barn doors, chicken roosts, scales, pumps, cupolas, tractor seats, wagons and wheelbarrows, gates and fencing, galvanized buckets, and washtubs. Kids trikes, bikes, and scooters. Car and truck hoods, fenders and license plates dating back to the 1930s. Old metal chairs, wooden swings, metal advertising signs and street signs. Wooden chairs, tables, cabinets and cupboards, pictures, mirrors, crocks, kitchen gadgets, cast iron cookware, enamelware, old jars and bottles. Located three miles east of Pella on Highway 163.
1245 Highway 163
Pella, Iowa 50219
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Semi-Private – The 9-hole “Pella” course at the Pella Golf and Country Club facility in Pella, Iowa features 2,981 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 34.1 and it has a slope rating of 110 on blue grass. Pella golf course opened in 1939. Well-groomed watered fairways, manicured greens and managed rough. With its mature trees, changes in elevation and strategically placed bunkers, this course can be a challenge, even to the best of golfers.
Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill
The Vermeer Windmill, at 126 feet, anchors the Historical Village 23-building complex. The Vermeer Windmill is 100% wind-powered. Total height to the tip of the most upright blade is 124′, the tallest working windmill in the United States. Built in Hoogemade, Netherlands and assembled in Pella by two Dutch craftsmen, it is an authentic, working grain mill patterned after a similar 1850s grain mill in the province of Groningen, Netherlands. It is used to grind wheat into flour which is packaged and used by local bakeries and restaurants and sold in gift shop as well as an extensive display of imported Delft. Pella Historical Village tour includes a guided tour of the mill (including the grinding and observation level), the Wyatt Earp House, a log cabin, the Werkplaats, Van Spanckeren’s General Store, Beason–Blommers Grist Mill, Dutch bakery, and gift shop. There are many beautiful tulip gardens and craft demonstrations.
Founder of Pella, Dominie Scholte’s historic home sits quietly surrounded by award-winning flower gardens. Led here in 1847 for religious freedom, Scholte, along with 800 Hollanders, immigrated from the Netherlands. The Dutch pioneers chose Pella for their new name meaning “City of Refuge.” Dominie promised his wife a home like the one she left in Holland. He held true to his word and about one year later the house was ready. This remarkable old house with 22 rooms still stands today ready to welcome visitors. Many of the rooms are preserved as they were when the Scholtes lived here. Fine original antiques representing their past adorn the Scholte House Museum. The Scholte House is located at 728 Washington Street in Pella.
At Pella Opera House, opera is not the genre of entertainment most often performed. Opera House was a common name given to entertainment venues in the late 1800s and early 1900s because of the social attitude toward “theatre establishments.” Opera Houses commonly have the stage on the second-story of the building, as the Pella Opera House does. The original building was built in 1900 as the community’s social and cultural center and remained so until the “talkies” (movies). In 1986 a group of citizens in Pella set out to renovate the venue and the doors were reopened in 1990 under the name, The Pella Opera House. The Pella Opera House is a non-profit corporation whose purpose includes the presentation of internationally acclaimed artists from the entire spectrum of the performing arts to Pella for public performances and educational activities that entertain, uplift, educate and inspire audiences, students, and artists.
611 Franklin Street
Pella, Iowa 50219
Red Rock Marina
As the largest lake in Iowa, Lake Red Rock offers boaters restriction-free boating, making it ideal for water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, kayaking, fishing or just relaxing on the water. Red Rock Marina in Pella offers a wide variety of watersport rentals, brand-new wet slips, fuel, and a fully stocked marine center.
1768 Highway G28
Pella, Iowa 50219
The museum chronicles the history of Vermeer Corporation, the development of its industrial and agricultural equipment, as well as the family and community it’s a part of.
Self-guided museum tours Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday by appointment. No charge.
2110 Vermeer Road East
Pella, IA 50219
The Volksweg Trail extends west from the city of Pella down to the Des Moines River and west to the Cordova Park Trailhead, located just west of the Roberts Creek Lake causeway on Lake Red Rock. Scenic views of mature forests, restored prairies, pine plantations and Lake Red Rock can be enjoyed by users of all ages. Parking is available at Howell Station Landing, South Tailwater Recreation Area, North Overlook Picnic Area, Wallashuck Campground, and Fifield Recreation Area.
Marion County Conservation Board
City of Pella Volksweg Trailhead Parks
Places to Stay
Our 1918 craftsmen style homestead offers welcoming, personalized hospitality. Four charming, comfortable guest rooms offer modern amenities—private baths, cable TV, individual room temperature controls, and WiFi—to ensure a memorable and relaxing stay. Generous home-cooked breakfast with farm fresh Frisian Farms Gouda cheese samples. Located near Lake Red Rock, directly on the Volksweg Bike Trail. Come and experience our hometown hospitality.
Located one block from downtown Pella, the Royal Amsterdam Hotel is a true European experience. The 38 guest rooms have a gorgeous view of the Molengracht Plaza and Canal or the replica 1850s Windmill. Complimentary continental breakfast, wireless internet, and a fitness center. For those special getaways, 2-room suites with separate shower, microwave and refrigerator available.