Pella, Iowa, is known for its Dutch heritage and tulips. We didn’t go to the Tulip Festival because it was very cold that weekend, so we decided to drive out on a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks later so we could still see the tulips. It’s about an hour west of Des Moines, so we set out fairly early on a bright sunny May day.
We hadn’t expected that most of the town would be shut down on Sunday, so we didn’t get to explore the many cute little shops that lined the streets, and even the Jaarsma bakery with its Dutch letters was closed. However, that meant we could take our time strolling through quiet streets and just enjoy the sunshine and the tulips.
The Klokkenspiel plays at scheduled times throughout the day. We all enjoyed its music and the quaint figures (including Wyatt Earp) who came out to say hello.
The town has lovely architecture with everything designed to reflect Dutch heritage, including the buildings, a windmill, and a not-so-authentic canal.
My favorite attraction was the flowers. Tulips in every color and flowering trees all over the town square. Can you guess which part the boys liked best.
We all enjoyed our Sunday afternoon in Pella. Maybe next year the weather will cooperate and we’ll actually go during the Tulip Festival. What did you do this spring to help you get in the spring spirit?