Top Things to Do in Pella
While nothing can replace the excitement of Pella during its annual Tulip Time festival each spring, this small Iowa town delivers a big dose of charm any time of year. Meander through its historical village and museums, try a signature Dutch letter or stay in a European-inspired boutique hotel, and you'll feel like you've been transported across the pond without leaving the Midwest.
Figurines ring in the hour at set times every day in the center of town.
Pella Historical Village and Vermeer Windmill
This collection of 22 buildings focuses on crafts and surrounds a shady courtyard.
Pella Opera House
This performance venue has featured everything from operas to silent movies to student productions since its opening in 1900.
Scholte House Museum
Learn about the early history of Pella at the Scholte House Museum, which was completed in 1848.
Tulip Time Festival
Put on your clogs. Pella's Dutch heritage shines during the annual festival (May 4-6, 2023).
Eat and Drink
Try an almond-paste-filled Dutch letter at this iconic pastry shop.
Smokey Row Coffee House
The coffee is strong, the quiche is homemade and the cheeseburger chowder is a favorite at Smokey Row.
Grab breakfast or a cup of coffee at Windmill Cafe. We recommend the Mediterranean omelet.