Pella, Iowa | More Than Tulips!

Pella, Iowa | More Than Tulips!

Many of you may know Pella, Iowa for their gorgeous tulips that bloom every Spring or their weekend-long annual Tulip Festival. Pella is a great place to visit and explore even when tulips are not in bloom. We spent a day walking, scooting and exploring downtown, Pella. They have so much to see and do!

Pella, Iowa is located just under an hour from Des Moines. It makes for the perfect day trip for all ages. Whether you have young kids who want to play and learn or adults who want to eat, wander and shop. Pella is the perfect destination.

Pella, Iowa, Pella Historical Museum, Tulip Festival

We made a stop on our way home from Honey Creek Resort. It was the first super nice day of spring and our first official day of Spring Break! We first stopped for an early lunch at one of our favorites Smokey Row Coffee. Then the kids grabbed their scooters to scoot around town.

Downtown Pella is super cute. Filled with brick walkways, bridges, adorable storefronts and more. Even though there was still snow on the ground in locations, that did not stop us from enjoying the beautiful sun and warmer temperatures. After scooting around the town a bit, we discovered the Pella Historical Society and Museums. The highlight of the day!

Pella, Iowa, Downton Pella, Tulip Time, Pella Historical Museum

I will be honest, I was not sure how interested the kids would be walking through the historical museum, but they loved it! They also learned a ton. As we began our journey through the historical museum the lady at the front desk gave us a fun scavenger hunt to do along the way. This was a great way to keep the kids interested in what we were doing.

Pella, Iowa, Pella Historical Museum

Their favorite part of the tour was the ‘Puppet Theatre’. It was a fun place for the kids to play and use their imaginations. We spent a good half hour reading and creating fun stories with the Dutch Puppet Theatre.

Pella, Iowa, Pella Historical Museum, Pella Tulip Time

As part of the tour, not only do you get to travel through the historical town, but you can take a tour of the giant windmill. The kids were super excited to learn more! Our tour guide did a great job including the kids too.

Pella, Iowa, Pella Historical Museum, Vermeer Windmill

Overall, we spent about three hours at the Pella Historical Society and Museums.


507 Franklin St.Pella, Iowa 50219


Vermeer Mill & Village | Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ; Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Set Windmill tour times | Monday – Friday; 10:30 am & 11:30 am; 1:30 pm  &  2:30 pm; Saturday 10:30 am & 11:30 am 1:30 pm

Admission Prices

$10 adult

$6 students 12 years and older

$2 children 4-11 years

Free 4 and under

We ended our day in Pella, Iowa with a visit to the Jaarsma Bakery for a Dutch Letter and other treats.

Pella Historical Museum, Tulip Festival, Pella, Iowa

Pella, Iowa is a cute town with so much to offer all year round. At this destination to your Summer bucket list or a fun getaway with friends or your significant other.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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