Discover entertaining 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 the area’s best things to do. You can catch a football game at Jack Trice Stadium or tour the beautiful 17-acre Reiman Gardens, both just three miles away. 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 or meeting the animals at Blank Park Zoo. For quieter adventures, head to downtown Ames, less than 15 minutes from the hotel, to enjoy a show at Stephens Auditorium or browse the Brunnier Art Museum’s impressive and wide-ranging collection.

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Adventureland Park

24.67 mi / 39.7 km from the hotel
Board a roller coaster or a fun family ride at this seasonal amusement park. During the summer, don’t miss Breaker Beach Wavepool and the Caribbean Cruiser lazy river at Adventure Bay 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
Meet giraffes, African lions, red pandas, sea lions, and more at this 22-acre Des Moines zoological park, home to more than 1,400 inhabitants from over 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 the beauty of the Des Moines River Valley at the Iowa Arboretum, where you can hike woodland and prairie trails and wander through themed areas like the butterfly garden.

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 up to 61,500 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 downtown Ames, where you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Throughout the week, look for special events ranging from live music to craft beer sampling or the Main Street Farmers Market, open Saturdays.

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 pick-me-up from Starbucks.

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 on the ISU campus 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.