With a perfect blend of history, recreation and attractions, Dubuque makes for an excellent family getaway. Tour the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the largest of its kind in the country, to learn everything about the mighty river. Ride the Fenelon Elevator, the world's shortest, steepest railway and see the city's largest, widest view. Catch a musical, ballet or comedy show at the beautifully renovated Grand Opera House, dive into local history at the Mathias Ham Historic Site or appreciate the arts at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Make a weekend of with a stay at Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark to relax in a tropical paradise.
Outdoor Adventures & Exciting Eateries
Discover outdoor thrills year-round. In the winter, race down the snow-covered slopes at Sundown Mountain. In the summer, hop aboard the American Lady Cruises; hike the beautifully wooded trails of Mines of Spain Recreation Area or the restored prairies of Proving Ground Recreation Center; bike or walk the Heritage Trail; or take a guided tour through the passageways of Crystal Lake Cave.
Refuel for the rest of your adventures with James Beard award-winning cuisine from Brazen Open Kitchen, a casual meal at L. May Eatery or some of the best pizza around at Happy Joe's. Then, enjoy a nightcap at 7 Hills Brewing Company, Stone Cliff Winery or Barrel Head Winery.
Explore the land that Iowa settlers once discovered. Dine or shop in a district that was once home to a booming warehouse industry. With history around every corner, Dubuque is #WhereIowaStarted.