Things To Do In Dubuque

For those relocating to Dubuque and expecting a sleepy little Iowa town, you’ll be in for a surprise. Dubuque is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state and for good reason. Whether you like history, are fascinated with exotic animals, or like to ski on the water or the snow you’ll find plenty to do.

With its close proximity to the Mississippi River, Dubuque’s history is intertwined with the river. Proof of this is the National River Mississippi Museum, an interactive museum that also houses many unique species of animals including an octopus and badgers. This 10-acre museum has exhibits both indoor and outdoor, 12 aquariums, and a 4D movie theater.

The National River Museum is located in the Port of Dubuque, where one can also find an indoor waterpark, the Grand Harbor and a gambling casino, the Diamond Jo Casino, which also offers live music, bowling, and a sports bar. The other gambling establishment in Dubuque is the Mystique, which features live dog racing in the summer and all types of gambling year round.

The town dates back to 1833 and the man who discovered the area, Julien Dubuque, is buried in a grave overlooking the Mississippi River. There is a shot tower that made lead shot during the civil war and historic homes dating from nearly the same time.

For those who prefer an active lifestyle, there is boating on the river and a ski resort that draws in skiers from all over the Midwest. There are hiking trails that go along the river and lead into beautiful woods that stretch for miles. Ice skating is available at the Mystique Ice Center. There are a number of golf courses in the area, including the General, which ranks as one of the top 100 golf courses you can play by Golf Digest magazine.

For youngsters there are two baseball leagues in the city, a Pop Warner football program, a soccer complex, and many basketball leagues. Sports fans will want to travel to the Field of Dreams baseball site, where the popular movie was made and which is soon to house a baseball complex.

For those looking for something more leisurely to do, there are a number of parks in the city, including Eagle Point Park. This 164-acre park overlooks the Mississippi River and offers spectacular views of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Boaters can spend time on the river, while there are dinner cruises that take diners up and down the river while they eat.

More than most cities, Dubuque is constantly evolving.  It remains an ideal place to raise a family, but it also has many sites and activities that will appeal to people of any age.  As an experienced Realtor who has also raised my family here, I’ll be glad to explain in more detail what the area offers as we search for your dream home.

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