4055 McDonald Dr.
Dubuque, IA 52003-5249
Phone: (563) 556-3006
Fax: (563) 556-2118
The only arboretum and botanical garden in the United States staffed entirely by volunteers, the 52-acre Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was established in 1980 and continues to grow with the help of more than 300 individuals who maintain the trees, plants, shrubs and seed-gifts, which are all labeled throughout the garden.
Opened in 1932, Crystal Lake Cave is the longest "living" show cavern in the state of Iowa. A gift shop is on site.
The Fenelon Place Elevator is a one-of-a-kind funicular railway located in Dubuque, Iowa. Also famously referred to as the Fourth Street Elevator, it is touted to be one of the steepest and shortest railroads in the world. The charges for using the elevator are modest with one way trips for adults costing up to USD1.50, while a round trip costing USD3. Children below five years of age can ride for free, those between ages five to 12 can avail a one-way journey for USD0.75 and a round trip for USD1.50. Open for the general public from April 1 through November 30 each year, this 296-foot (90-meter) funicular was listed on the National Register of Historic Places from August 3, 1978.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ryan House is one of Dubuque's premiere historic homes. This grand Victorian home features a solid walnut staircase, four grand marble fireplaces, and the likeness of President Grant, who was a frequent visitor, on the front gate posts. Part of the Victorian House Tour & Progressive Dinner, the Ryan House is available for rent as a special event space for business meetings, receptions and other events.
Washington Park or Washington Square is a downtown public park. Added to the National Register of Historic Places, you can hire the park's gazebo for private events.
The Town Clock, located on its namesake plaza in downtown, is a historic landmark in Dubuque. The original tower was built in the 1870s, and the current one is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is 110-feet (33.5-meter) tall and features the Italianate style of architecture replete with intricate detailing and a functional clock.
Dubuque County Courthouse was originally built in 1891. The courthouse is located in Dubuque, Iowa, and is an important landmark there. The courthouse is still functional and a number of offices like that of the county auditor, treasurer, and attorney are located in the building. The courthouse was one of the first buildings in the area to have gotten listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1971.
Fittingly located on the banks of Mississippi River, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is one of the most visited attractions in Dubuque. The museum comprises all those things you would expect from a museum dedicated to a river. Numerous water animals like catfish, sturgeon and turtles from the river are found inside the six giant aquariums. The premises of the museum houses the historic William M. Black steamboat, and other artifacts. Apart from these attractions, the museum also hosts various activities that are favorites among the kids visiting this place. Students can learn about the ecology through 3D/ 4D films showed at the National River Center, which was added to the existing museum in 2010. So, take some time out for your kids, and visit this amazing natural history museum to know what lies beneath the surface of the river.
Across the Mississippi River lies the Julien Dubuque Bridge. It is a visually-stunning link between the cities of Dubuque, Iowa and East Dubuque, Illinois. The structure is 6400 foot (594.57 meters) long, was built during the World War II, and still stands strong. In order to serve the purpose of war, thousands of tons of steel and concrete have gone into its making. The bridge stands about 65 foot (6.03 meters) above the water level. In 1943, it was honored for its beauty and design.
Mostly industrial hub, the Port of Dubuque is referred to by a number of names, including, Ice Harbor or 4th Street Peninsula. Adjacent to the Mississippi River, the port makes for a great transport destination and has a number of railroads running through it. Regularly playing host to events, the the most exciting of all events taking place here is the America's River Festival that features everything from monster trucks and dog shows to kids events and music.
The Shot Tower by George W. Rogers Company is the last of its kind in the country and has been a city landmark for a long time now. Built in 1856, it is made up of stone and soft red brick and towers the riverfront of the Mississippi River by 120 feet (36.58 meters). It changed many hands and suffered damage by an arson in 1911. It faced many years of neglect and finally was restored in 2011 for the future generations to learn about its heritage. It is also widely known as the Dubuque Shot Tower and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.
The Julien Dubuque Monument is an attraction in the historic district of Julien Dubuque’s mines. In 1993, it was acknowledged as a National Historic Landmark. The site is important for its mining heritage that was looked on by Julien Dubuque. Its history states that following his death, the Meskwaki built a log crypt memorial that was later replaced by a stone monument in the 19th Century. The monument is optically enchanting and a visit is highly recommended.