The 10 Best Things to Do in Dubuque, United States

December 26, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Dubuque /dəˈbjuːk/ ( listen) is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. In 2013, its population was 58,253, making it the tenth-largest city in the state.
Restaurants in Dubuque

1. Eagle Point Park

Shiras Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52004 +1 563-589-4263
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 432 reviews

Eagle Point Park

Reviewed By legacyendeavors - Racine, Wisconsin

Should you have some time on your hands, this is a great to visit and perhaps walk off some steam plus this allows the others in tow to share some privacy as well as quiet time too.
The best way to see may be to peruse by car and the settle on a place to walk about or simply sit and inhale the serenity of these gorgeous surroundings. One of a few very nice parks in Dubuque and worthwhile to see particularly in the Fall!

2. Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

3800 Arboretum Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001-1040 +1 563-556-2100
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 185 reviews

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By 9judy47 - Dubuque, Iowa

The Arboretum is full of gorgeous blooming flowers and shrubs. It's a feast for the eye! Plus it's so well organized that a visitor easily moves from one type of floral enjoyment to another, filling the soul with peace and relieves stress. Since a visitor chooses how much they want to walk, it can provide exercise for those who want to tour the whole area or just time to meander through chosen floral areas. There are plenty of places to take a break and sit and enjoy! People of all areas will enjoy the Arboretum or a person can go by self and enjoy very much too. And there's a delightful gift shop too!

3. Mines of Spain Recreation Area

8991 Bellevue Hts, Dubuque, IA 52003-9214 +1 563-556-0620
Excellent
70%
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4.5 based on 195 reviews

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Reviewed By Africa C

Beautiful park well worth hiking in. My family (with kids aged 6, 4 and 2) loved it, as it had such different areas to walk in: some rockier faces, a woody trail, a marsh trail (in which we saw nature in action: a snake eating a frog!).
Definitely a must if you like hiking.

4. Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

512 Fenelon Pl, Cable Car Square, Dubuque, IA 52001-6631 +1 563-582-6496
Excellent
65%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 920 reviews

Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

Also known as the Fourth Street Elevator, this funicular railway has been called "the world's steepest, shortest scenic railway."

Reviewed By legacyendeavors - Racine, Wisconsin

Expansive views are worth this ticket! From the base of the downtown Dubuque art gallery area to the deck area above, this ride is quite an interesting experience and quite a thrill. Great for a couple, family, friends or whom ever, this is highly regarded and great fun adventure! A historical Cable car ride to the past and panoramic views of three states and the great Mississippi River. Something memorable and very special for sure'

5. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 E 3rd St, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001-2302 +1 800-226-3369
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium features the culture, creatures and history of our the Mississippi and all our nation's rivers through dynamic exhibits and twelve large aquariums housed in two main centers. The impressive 14-acre riverfront campus includes a connecting plaza, a 3D/4D theater, boatyard, on-site dining options, and more! DIVE IN for a visit to the Museum & Aquarium, where fun & learning flow together!

Reviewed By alpickl - darlington wi

Been here a few times with my family.Younger children 3 and under may get bored after awhile so take a stroller.There are things for kids and adults both here at the musuem.Educational and fun.It is better to go during warmer months to enjoy outside exhibits.You won't be disappointed. And when you are done visiting museum, you can walk along the Mississippi river on nicely paved walkways.

6. St. Luke's United Methodist Church

1199 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-4778 +1 563-582-4543
Excellent
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5 based on 68 reviews

St. Luke's United Methodist Church

Reviewed By BrinksLawFirm - Kentwood, Michigan

Wonderful friendly and very active church that welcomes visitors to see the Tiffany windows. WOW. They have stories and materials and this is not a stop to be missed. Stop in your frantic sightseeing and pause to refresh yourself spiritually at this wonderful site. Handicapped entrance in back and very friendly bathroom for someone in a wheelchair.

7. Stone Cliff Winery

600 Star Brewery Dr, Dubuque, IA 52001-7006 +1 563-583-6100
Excellent
58%
Good
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4.5 based on 157 reviews

Stone Cliff Winery

Reviewed By Kathy N - Plain, Wisconsin

Originally stopped here for a Mystery Dinner we signed up for. Arrived a couple of hours early because we heard they had live music. The live music in the bar area was great! However, we were sort of disappointed by the selection of wines available. Most of them were sweet, and we were dry wine drinkers - not much to choose from. Then we went to the Mystery Dinner. The play was quite entertaining, but the food was almost inedible! We were VERY shocked by the poor offering and the quality, as we had paid over $50 for this dinner play. When we left to go to our car which was parked towards the back of the lot, we noticed a Hyvee Catering van next to the building. We were sooooo shocked that a nice winery would hire a grocery store to cater food for a $50 per person play - that answered our question as to why the food was so bad. I will never attend one of these plays again.

8. Julien Dubuque Monument

Julien Dubuque Drive, Dubuque, IA
Excellent
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Julien Dubuque Monument

Reviewed By jaspermunch - Wisconsin

Free parking about 2 blocks from the monument, OnStar takes you there easily with monumnet address. Nice river view, no admission cost.

9. Riverwalk

Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA
Excellent
74%
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Riverwalk

Reviewed By Randy K - Des Moines, Iowa

We were driving from Des Moines to go up to Michigan. Stopped here to stretch our legs. Glad we did as Dubuque's downtown old buildings are beautiful. As is the Illinois side across the Mississippi River. Nice little trail.

10. Art on the River, Public Art Display

Mississippi Riverwalk, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA +1 563-690-6064
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Art on the River, Public Art Display

Reviewed By kren250 - Iowa

We walked from the river museum and aquarium to the shot tower (which is where the walk ends).

Very nicely paved (and wide!) path along the river front. There are a few spots with steps leading down right to the water. No swimming or wading, of course. We saw a crane or stork and some ducks.

I didn't think there was much in the way of artwork. I don't know if I just didn't notice it, or if they've removed some of it. I noticed a metal butterfly, and a few other items. I would love to see more art along this walkway!

We saw many others walking, some with dogs, so apparently they are allowed on leash. I did not see anyone on bikes, skates, etc., so I'm guessing they are prohibited on the path.

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