Minutes away from bustling Des Moines, Indianola is the ideal place to experience Iowa’s unique blend of leisure, culture and nature.
The city proudly shows off its Midwest roots through the sports played here. Beautiful, sprawling greens make for a lovely round of golf at the country club and area course, both of which feature places to dine and unwind. The open spaces of Iowa are also perfectly suited to horseracing at the nearby track, which also features casino games and fine dining. For more high-speed action, head over to the raceway where you can catch sprint car racing. College athletics are also popular, with a nearby liberal arts college that competes in all kinds of track, field and court events. Their teams often play at the nearby fieldhouse, which also hosts graduation ceremonies, job fairs and other events.
Family fun is big here too. While the annual hot air balloon festival only happens once a year, the balloon museum is open year-round. Learn all there is to know about hot air ballooning and be sure to take your photo in a hot air balloon basket. For a more grounded experience, the zoo has 25 acres of lions, tigers, giraffes and many other critters. More nature abounds at the arboretum, where you can stroll through botanical and butterfly gardens with fountains and sculptures that set the perfect scene for a picnic.
If you’re traveling without young kids, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at one of three local wineries. For some sophisticated fun, check out the annual summer opera festival. There are also year-round events for kids, including educational programs.
From sports to strolls to sipping wine, all that fresh Iowa air is bound to tire you out. To sleep deeply and wake up refreshed, make Country Inn & Suites By Carlson,® Indianola, IA your home base. Located in the commercial district, you’ll be central to a variety of area attractions and entertainment venues. You can even take care of business here with our hotel's flexible meeting space that accommodates up to 48 people. Start your day with a free hot Be Our Guest Breakfast, with eggs, waffles, coffee and more, and unwind in the evening in our heated indoor pool. We also offer an Extended-stay Suite for longer stays — but no matter how long you’re in town, you'll always feel welcome and at home at Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Indianola, IA.