Find plenty of exciting things to do in Ames, Iowa

Whether you’re here for business or for the next Iowa State Cyclones game, the Country Inn & Suites, Ames, IA puts you close to all the best things to do in the area. Catch a football game at Jack Trice Stadium or tour the beautiful 17-acre Reiman Gardens, both just three miles away. In downtown Ames, less than 15 minutes from the hotel, you can visit the Brunnier Art Museum’s N. C. Wyeth painting collection or see a show at Stephens Auditorium. Here with the family? Your kids are sure to sleep well in your room or suite after a day filled with riding roller coasters at Adventureland Park.

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Adventureland Park

24.67 mi / 39.7 km from the hotel
Board a thrilling roller coaster or a fun family ride at this expansive seasonal amusement park. During the summer, don’t miss Breaker Beach Wavepool and the Caribbean Cruiser lazy river at Adventureland water park.

Ames Community Theater (ACTORS, Inc.)

5.07 mi / 8.16 km from the hotel
Catch a play or a musical at this theater that's been a part of the community for more than 60 years.

Blank Park Zoo

33.84 mi / 54.47 km from the hotel
Visit giraffes, African lions, red pandas, sea lions, and more at this 22-acre Des Moines zoological park, home to more than 100 animal species.

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

16.59 mi / 26.7 km from the hotel
For a fun family outing, get your tickets for a ride on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, which offers kid-friendly themes like Chuggington and Thomas & Friends as well as romantic dinner rides and picnic excursions.

Iowa Arboretum

15.28 mi / 24.6 km from the hotel
Discover all that the Des Moines River Valley has to offer at the Iowa Arboretum, where you can hike woodland and prairie trails, wander through the Peony Labyrinth garden, and look for a special souvenir at the gift shop.

Iowa State University

3.82 mi / 6.15 km from the hotel
Get your cardinal-and-gold gear on before heading to the campus of Iowa State University to cheer on the Cyclones. Tour the gardens and museums while enjoying one of the most beautifully landscaped campuses in the country.

Jack Trice Stadium

3.01 mi / 4.84 km from the hotel
Cheer with 60,000 Cyclones fans as you watch ISU take on a Big 12 rival at Jack Trice Stadium.

Main Street Cultural District

2.16 mi / 3.47 km from the hotel
Spend an afternoon strolling the streets of downtown Ames, where you'll find a variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Throughout the week, look for special events like the Main Street Farmers Market, craft beer sampling, and live music.

North Grand Mall

3.62 mi / 5.82 km from the hotel
Hunt for bargains or stock up on ISU gear at North Grand Mall. After shopping, you can let the kids have fun in the play area as you enjoy a snack from Pretzelmaker.

Octagon Center for the Arts

2.12 mi / 3.4 km from the hotel
From 17th-century masks to contemporary photography, the Octagon Center for the Arts offers a spectrum of fascinating artwork. You can also sign up for an art class or purchase something unique from the gallery shop.

Stephens Auditorium

3.18 mi / 5.12 km from the hotel
One of the area's premier performing arts centers, this venue hosts concerts, symphonies, ballets, Broadway musicals, and dance performances.

Veenker Memorial Golf Course

4.34 mi / 6.98 km from the hotel
Owned by Iowa State University, this course welcomes guests as well as the university golf teams.