10 Things For Families To Do In Dubuque, Iowa

Thanks to Dubuque CVB for hosting me in their town.

I have shared about where to stay and where to eat in Dubuque, Iowa and now I’m sharing about what there is for families to do in Dubuque.

1. Splash around in the indoor water park at Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark. Whether your little ones like the splash pad area, the water slides, or the big bucket that dumps water on them, they’ll have a great time at this waterpark.

2. Steer a boat at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Kids will enjoy pretending to be a boat captain as they steer their boat around a little pool.

3. Take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator. Get a bird’s eye view of downtown Dubuque and the Mississippi River from the top of the hill and enjoy the ride as you go up and down on the world’s shortest, steepest elevator ride.

4. Visit the Dinosaur exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (now through 10/10/16). Dinosaur loving kids will get a kick out of seeing life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, along with fossil and skeleton specimens.

5. Have lunch by the water and watch boats go by. There are a number of restaurants that are near the water but my favorite was The Yardarm.

6. Families with children 10 years and older can go ziplining at Sky Tours Zip Line. Experience all 9 ziplines on a 2-hour guided tour of historic Union Park. Learn all about it in this video from Angie’s Lens.

7. Take a tour of the William M. Black, an old Mississippi River dredging boat. Explore where the crew worked, slept, ate and lived and imagine with your children what life must have been like for that crew. This boat is part of The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and is located outside nearby. The tour admission is included in your ticket price.

8. Walk around downtown Dubuque, where there are a number of stores, and the Port area which features a riverwalk. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny, warm day.

9. Visit The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Look at the animals, get up close to animals in the “touch tank”, learn about the river and more!

10. Not in the city, but nearby, baseball fans and movie buffs will love visiting the baseball field where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed. Families can even play baseball on the field!

Have anything to add? If so, I’d love to hear about what you enjoy doing in Dubuque so I can add it to my list of things to do next time I’m in town.

22 thoughts on “10 Things For Families To Do In Dubuque, Iowa”

  1. There is a lot more to do in Iowa than what I thought. I have not been to Iowa in years and I just set on the highway which I can tell you is not interesting. I’m going to have to go off of the side roads LOL.

  2. Oh wow. You know, I really had no idea there was so much to do in Dubuque, Iowa. Thanks for sharing this. I travel a lot, and I’m always looking for new places to visit.

  3. Who knew there were so many awesome things to do in Dubuque! I’d love to see the baseball field where Field of Dreams was filmed. I graduated from high school with Kevin Costner although he didn’t make an impression on me. Don’t remember a thing about him.

    • That is so cool you went to high school with them! I loved being able to visit the set and am excited to show my kids the movie now.

    • I know I always love to see what other people do when they visit places. I like to get recommendations so I don’t miss anything cool :)

  4. That looks like a lot of fun. I’ve only been to Iowa once and I don’t really remember much about it. I just remember going to pick something up for my father. It is a great state though!

  5. These beyond any doubt look like fascinating things to do. I cherish all the history that is included in some of these…Oh goodness. You know, I truly had no clue there was such a great amount to do in Dubuque, Iowa.


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