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Enjoy easy access to Iowa’s capital city as well as nearby shops, entertainment venues, and restaurants in the commercial district of Indianola when you book at the Country Inn & Suites. Located just 30 minutes south of Des Moines, our hotel places you near the area’s top things to do like wine tasting at Summerset Winery, where you can sample an award-winning vintage and then take a bottle back to your hotel room. For outdoor activities, schedule a tee time at The Legacy Golf Club or stroll through Buxton Park. Love hot-air balloons? Take to the skies each summer during the National Balloon Classic, when more than a hundred balloons fly over Indianola. To extend the fun, bring your family along on a tour of the National Balloon Museum, less than a mile from the hotel. We're also close to institutions like Simpson College and Missouri JATC.

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Blank Park Zoo

10.06 mi / 16.2 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.

Sunset Ridge Barn

8.99 mi / 14.47 km from the hotel
Host your dream wedding with breathtaking views at this popular venue featuring rustic decor.

Lake Ahquabi State Park

7.03 mi / 11.32 km from the hotel
Rent kayaks, cast a line, or hike more than seven miles of multiuse trails at this 770-acre park with a man-made lake, a stone lodge, and two picnic shelters.

Blake Fieldhouse

2.16 mi / 3.47 km from the hotel
This multipurpose facility hosts sports tournaments, graduation ceremonies, job fairs, and other events.

Buxton Park

1.23 mi / 1.99 km from the hotel
Spend an afternoon at this picturesque attraction, where you can stroll through botanical gardens and admire whimsical fountains and sculptures.

Des Moines Metro Opera

1.48 mi / 2.38 km from the hotel
If you’re visiting the area during the Summer Festival Season, make plans to see Des Moines Metro Opera perform pieces like Manon and Billy Budd.

National Balloon Museum

0.61 mi / 0.98 km from the hotel
Learn all there is to know about hot-air ballooning when you visit this museum, which features exhibits, videos, and a Children’s Learning Center that includes a hot-air balloon basket for a cute photo op.

Simpson College

1.38 mi / 2.23 km from the hotel
Cheer on the Storm athletes at Cowles Fieldhouse and Buxton Stadium, or take a tour of this liberal arts institution.

Summerset Winery

3.92 mi / 6.31 km from the hotel
Head to Summerset Winery to sample wines produced with locally grown grapes. Tour the facility and be sure to take home your favorite vintage.

The Legacy Golf Club

9.84 mi / 15.84 km from the hotel
Players of all skill levels will enjoy the putting greens and fairways at this course. After a round, stop by the dining room for a sandwich and a cold drink.

Prairie Meadows

18.96 mi / 30.52 km from the hotel
At this popular entertainment complex, you can enjoy exciting Thoroughbred and quarter horse races, a vibrant casino, lively concerts, and a variety of special events.