Iowa's oldest city invites groups to experience our reinvented landscape. Located at the Tri-States of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois, Dubuque was founded in 1833 on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The community, and the entire area, featuring something for all ages.
The Port of Dubuque features opportunities to get up close and personal with the mighty Mississippi River. Climb aboard one of the many riverboats that enter the community or step foot into the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This Smithsonian affiliate is filled with hands on exhibits, Iowa's largest aquarium and Iowa's only 3D/4D theater! Groups are encouraged to view one of the many movies that can be found throughout the museum telling the story of all major rivers in the United States.
Step back in time and learn about Dubuque's ties to Al Capone. "Mae Capone" frequently makes appearances to group tours to talk about her family life and their time in Dubuque. Affordable local restaurants, where farm to table ingredients are used to create mouthwatering masterpieces, are at every corner of Dubuque. From the historic Main Street to the westend, group tours will delight in the many options available.
Ride to new heights in the community aboard a cable car at the Fenelon Place Elevator. This elevator is the world's shortest, steepest railway. It spans under 200 feet from the bottom to the top of the bluff in downtown Dubuque! Atop the bluff, panoramic views of downtown Dubuque and river await visitors. Afterward the ride, explore the shops located at its base. From jewelers to clothing stores to art studios and sweet treats, Cable Car Square is the perfect place to let the group unwind.
A stop at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is also a must. Their hosta gardens, English Rose Garden and Japanese Garden are just a few of the highlights on this stop. The Arobreum is also solely run by volunteers! At St. Luke's United Methodist Church explore Iowa's oldest Methodist Church which features over 100 Tiffany stained glass windows. Located minutes away from Dubuque group members will enjoy a tour of the Trappestine Caskets Manufacturing center, the Field of Dreams Movie Site and historic Galena, IL.
The Mystique Casino and Diamond Jo Casino offer your group's opportunities to play the slots, take in a game of bowling, watch live greyhound racing, and tap your foot to the beat of the music from a national act and more.
When it comes to resting your head at the end of the night, choose from popular hotel chains or local favorites. Group tour rates can be arranged at all properties in the community.
Located minutes away from Dubuque group members, and great additions to any visit to Dubuque, group tours can take in a tour of the of the Trappist Caskets Manufacturing center. Here the monks from the New Melleray Abbey handcraft each of the caskets that are sent throughout the world. Also nearby is this Field of Dreams Movie Site where group tours can have the unique experience of having a Ghost Player appear from the corn to interact with group members and talk about Hollywood's impact on this rural Iowa community.
Caramels made by the nuns at Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey are provided complimentary to group tours. The Dubuque CVB offers complimentary itinerary creation, assistance with gathering hotel room rates and more. Contact Julie Kronlage at [email protected] or 563.845.7698 to start your planning today! Learn more at www.traveldubuque.com