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Places To Go And Things To Do While Visiting Dubuque

Discover the Beauty of Dubuque's Countryside Just Minutes from Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast

» In this Northeastern section of Iowa, the Mississippi River valley transverses a picturesque landscape formed of high rocky bluffs, limestone gorges and rugged hills. Clear, fast running streams cut through hills covered by oak, hickory, and maple trees. The river bluffs and hills become ever steeper before plunging down to the wide bottomed river valley.

» One of the highest points along the Mississippi River is Balltown Road, which is believed to offer one of the most scenic, far reaching outlooks along the entire three thousand mile route of this mighty river, and is part of the Great River Road. This magnificent Balltown view has been featured in a variety of magazines and newspapers, and is worth the short trip from Quiet Walker Lodge.

Some ideas for our guests

Arranged by categories, we've selected some of our favorite "things" about Dubuque to help you get started planning your trip to the area. For an even larger selection, click on the Travel Dubuque link below.


Some of the more popular venues among our guests include (these links open in a new page):

» Heritage Trail The Heritage Trail

» Eagle Point Park Eagle Point Park

» Mississippi River Rides Mississippi Riverwalk

» National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium River Museum

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» Places to Eat

» Tours

» Things to Do

» Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries

» Casinos

» Art & Culture

» Travel Guide Travel Dubuque Travel Guide online (opens in a new page)

Looking for Festivals and Events while in Dubuque? Check out our Festivals and Events page for some of our favorites.

Places to Eat

Breitbach's Country Dining
Casual Dining. "Iowa's Oldest Bar and Restaurant" opened in 1853 as a stagecoach stop. Favorites include steak, chicken and fresh Mississippi River catfish.

563 Balltown Rd. | Balltown, IA



Catfish Charlie's

Enjoy one of the most unique dining experiences in the Tri-States with a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River. There’s a complete menu to delight any appetite…even kids!

1630 East 16th Street (Across from The Mystique Casino!) | Dubuque, IA 52001



Copper Kettle

New American Restaurant

2987 Jackson St | Dubuque, Iowa



Dottie's Cafe

Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant - Sandwich Shop - Burger Restaurant. Home of the HILLBILLY SURPRISE! Try our Breakfast Skillet!!

504 Central Ave | Dubuque, Iowa



11941 Hwy 52 North | Sageville, IA


Ichiban Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
At Ichiban we offer a great experience for everyone. A sushi bar with endless options and delicious Signature Rolls, Sushi, Sashimi, Rolls, Handrolls and appetizers.
3187 University Ave. | Dubuque, IA

L. May Eatery

L. May Eatery is a romantic bistro on the historic 1000 block of Main Street in Dubuque, with an inviting and warm atmosphere with enticing fare and exceptional service.

1072 Main St. | Dubuque, IA


Los Aztecas - Asbury Plaza
and Dodge Street
Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant is the place for authentic Mexican cuisine. Burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas and Dubuque’s best Margaritas or favorite Mexican beer. Bienbenidos-Amigos.
Asbury Plaza
2345 Northwest Arterial | Dubuque, IA
Dodge Street
2700 Dodge Street | Dubuque, IA

Moracco Supper Club

Moracco Supper Club has been family owned and operated for over 40 years. Garry and Jeanne Heiar along with their son, Tim Heiar, invite you to try the traditional American food or enjoy cocktails in the lounge. Our lounge area seats 28 plus offers (2) 42 inch plasma HD TV's for watching your favorite events. The restaurant offers a full menu at all times. We offer several secret family recipes handed down from generation to generation. Located just 1 mile south of the Grand River Center, Diamond Jo Casino and National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

Pepper Sprout

Bar, Fine Dining. Enjoy Midwest cuisine prepared fresh daily and relax in our eclectic atmosphere. Choose from unique appetizers, delicious pastas, seafood, and the freshest cuts of beef, lamb, veal, and poultry. They offer one of the area's largest selections of wines to satisfy all tastes. Finish off with one of their beautiful desserts. Our menu changes seasonally so stop by often.

378 Main St. | Dubuque, IA


Shot Tower Inn
Casual dining, pizza and sandwiches
390 Locust St. | Dubuque, IA

Sugar Ray's BBQ Restaurant

Specialize in smoked pork and beef ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches. Homemade baked beans, potato salad, and cole slaw.
1106 University Avenue | Dubuque IA

Texas Roadhouse
Casual dining
845 Wacker Dr. | Dubuque, IA 563.582.0760

Vinny Vanuchi's
Italian. You'll smell the slow cooking marinara sauce and immediately feel like part of the familia. From checkered tablecloths and exposed brick to generations of family photographs and an Italian grocery and deli, their Dubuque restaurant is a fresh, exciting addition to Dubuque's dining scene.
180 Main St. | Dubuque, IA


West Dubuque Tap
Casual Dining
1701 Asbury Rd. | Dubuque, IA


Things to do

Crystal Lake Cave
Five miles south of Dubuque on U.S. 52, . A natural "living cave" with intricate and rare formations, this cave is one of several known caves in the United States with examples of cave flowers, a rare form of aragonite crystals. Picnic areas and a gift shop are available. Hours: open first weekend in May. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends only in May. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in June, July and August. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends in September. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays in October and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends in October.

7699 Crystal Lake Cave Drive | Dubuque, IA


Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Eleven-time recipient of the All-American Rose Selection Association award. The arboretum sponsors an annual Rose Festival, which features rose and photography clinics, artists and activities for children. It has more than 13,000 hosta perennials of more than 700 varieties. During summers, live music is performed Sundays and at other times. A gift shop, a botanical library, viewing decks, walking trails and educational displays are available. The arboretum and all events are free. Donations are requested. The grounds are open 7 a.m.-dusk. May 1-Oct. 31. Nov. 1-May 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Visitor's center opens at 9 a.m.

3800 Arboretum Drive | Dubuque, IA


Fenelon Place Elevator
Also known as the Fourth Street Elevator. The elevator was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as the world's shortest and steepest railway. The 296-foot-long lift was constructed in 1882 for convenience purposes. Now, passengers are elevated 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place. As the cable car climbs, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin are visible through its front window. Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 1-Nov. 30. Round trip rides are $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 5-12. One-way trips are $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. Children younger than 5 ride free.

512 Fenelon Place | Dubuque, IA


Mathias Ham House Historic Site
Built in 1856, this Italianate Villa was the home of Mathias Ham, one of Dubuque's earliest settlers. The 23-room limestone home reflects the splendor of Dubuque in steam boating's golden era. A 10-minute video provides visitors with a glimpse of the characters who lived in Ham House during that time. It is a Victorian historic home site, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Also located on the site are a one-room schoolhouse and an 1833 double log cabin, Iowa's oldest building. Guided tours daily May 1-Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open year-round for groups of 20 or more.

2241 Lincoln Ave. | Dubuque, IA (next to the entrance of Eagle Point Park)


National Brewery Museum
Potosi Brewing Company Transportation Museum, National Brewery Museum™, and Potosi Brewery Restaurant and brew pub. There's a lot to do and see, kick back and stay awhile, we're happy you're here!

209 South Main Street | Potosi, WI


National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
This museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums - a distinction held by 9 percent of American museums, and it was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in August 2003. The river campus includes the William Woodward River Discovery Center, the National Rivers Hall of Fame, the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat Museum, a boatyard, a wetland and a refurbished train depot.

350 East Third St. | Dubuque, IA

National Motorcycle Museum
The National Motorcycle Museum was founded in 1989 by people who love motorcycling and it thrives today because of their sound plan. Engineers, racers, bike builders, tuners and others as far back as the late 1800′s built the groundwork for what motorcycling has become. The National Motorcycle Museum’s goal is to present their passion, and ours, through fine interpretive exhibitions built around a fine collection of machines and historical objects from around the world.

102 Chamber Drive | Anamosa, IA



Diamond Jo Casino
Full-service casino and entertainment complex offering blackjack, poker room, bowling center, three restaurants, banquet facilities, and entertainment.
301 Bell St. | Dubuque, Iowa

Q Casino
Get ready for an experience that's anything but ordinary. You'll be swept a world away when you step through the doors of our French-inspired casino. Behold the splendor and enjoy all the games, restaurants and racing excitement.
1855 Greyhound Park Rd. | Dubuque, Iowa


Dubuque By Carriage
Historic narrated horse drawn carriage rides available May-October. Relax in historic charm and enjoy an informative tour of Dubuque’s historic districts. We offer a variety of dinner tours or narrated tours.
Cable Car Square | Dubuque, IA


Trolleys of Dubuque

Take a historical tour through Cable Car Square, Port of Dubuque, majestic churches and discover the ornate architecture of Dubuque aboard the trolley. Also available for special occasion tours.

504 Bluff St. | Dubuque, IA


Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries

Paradise Distilling Company

Come experience the laid back feel of Paradise! Take the tour or just sample the fine libations in the heated sandbox while listening to Caribbean music. These small batch, hand crafted spirits are sure to impress you! 245 Railroad Ave, Dubuque, IA

Park Farm Winery

We are a fully operational winery with tastings with the option of getting a one of a kind wood fire pizza made on site from start to finish.
15159 Theilen Rd. | Bankston, IA

Stone Cliff Winery

Lunch 11:30 to 2:00 Monday thru Friday. Mystery Dinner Theater twice monthly for corporate and individuals.
600 Star Brewery Dr. | Dubuque, IA

Art & culture

Dubuque Museum of Art
The museum's bimonthly exhibits feature 19th and 20th century American artists' paintings, sculpture and photography. Art classes, workshops and lectures that coincide with exhibits are offered. They also offer "art after hours," social events for a younger age group (21-40). The hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Closed Monday and holidays. Admission for adults is $5, seniors and students $3, children younger than 12 are free and Thursday is free admission for all.

701 Locust St. | Dubuque, IA


Five Flags Civic Center
Five Flags Civic Center comprises of the historic Five Flags Theater, home of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Ballet; Five Flags Arena, home of Dubuque ThunderBirds Hockey, circuses, conventions and concerts, the Basement Bijou, home of Fly-by-Night Productions, and Five Flags Ballroom, Majestic Room and Orpheum Room, all available for company meetings. Business office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; Ticket office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays.

Fourth and Main streets | Dubuque, IA

Business office phone: 563.589.4254, ticket office: 563.589.4258

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
The Festival acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world, discovers and encourages new talent, and supports cause-related films. Over 4,000 filmmakers, special celebrity guests, and film enthusiasts attend screenings, panels, and special events

467 Bluff St. | Dubuque, IA


Mississippi Moon Bar at Diamond Jo Casino
Experience live concerts and entertainment like never before. Live entertainment featured four nights a week, visit www.diamondjodubuque.com for complete concert lineup.

301 Bell St. | Dubuque, Iowa

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