Explore fun things to do in Grinnell, Iowa

Whether you’re in Grinnell for business, traveling with a team, or just passing through, you can find a wealth of exciting things to do in Grinnell while you’re staying in one of the rooms or suites at the Country Inn & Suites. In town for a meeting or a college tour? We’re just three miles from city-center businesses and renowned Grinnell College. Use your downtime to visit Grinnell Historical Museum to learn why this quaint little town is known as the “Jewel of the Prairie.” You can also browse the fine art at the Grinnell Arts Center or see a performance at the Newton Community Theatre. While you’re downtown, check out the excellent eateries, cafes, and independent shops.

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Faulconer Gallery

2.64 mi / 4.25 km from the hotel
Part of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, this gallery features more than 6,000 pieces and frequently hosts educational classes.

Grinnell Arts Center

2.48 mi / 3.99 km from the hotel
Overseen by the Grinnell Area Arts Council, this center for arts and culture hosts community theater and events like Music in the Park, held each summer.

Grinnell College

2.85 mi / 4.59 km from the hotel
Take a tour of the campus, attend a special event like the Titular Head film festival, or cheer on the Pioneers football team at this private college, founded in 1846.

Grinnell Historical Museum

2.68 mi / 4.31 km from the hotel
Delve into the history of Grinnell through artifacts and exhibits at the Grinnell Historical Museum, housed inside a Victorian-style home. Don't miss the collection of antique tools and kitchenware.

Grinnell Mutual Family Aquatic Center

2.86 mi / 4.61 km from the hotel
Open during the summer months, this water park features a large pool, a lazy river, slides, and water features for the whole family to enjoy.

Merchants' National Bank

2.43 mi / 3.91 km from the hotel
Built in 1914 and designed to look like a jewel box, this ornate, historic bank is one of just seven in the Midwest.

Newton Community Theatre

15.86 mi / 25.52 km from the hotel
Discover a new favorite dramatic production, a classic musical, or an off-Broadway hit at this local theater.

Peace and Conflict Studies Committee

2.85 mi / 4.59 km from the hotel
Part of Grinnell College, this institute hosts a variety of special events that support its mission to promote international peacekeeping and conflict resolution. See a lecture, attend an art show, or listen to a musical performance.