Dubuque is Iowa's oldest established city and much of the history can be seen in its architecture. Museums, historical houses, and monuments are a reminder of the rich history and culture of the city. Tours of historic buildings and on the Mississippi unfold Dubuque's past.
Live theater, musicals, and concerts can be enjoyed at the Grand Opera House or at the Five Flags Civic Center. There are also smaller playhouses that feature many performances throughout the year. Dubuque is proud to have its own Symphony Orchestra.
The river city is home to the Smithsonian-affiliated National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. Dubuque lies on the edge of the Mississippi River, which is always bustling with activity. Boating and fishing are two popular activities on the Mississippi, as are kayaking, canoeing, water skiing and wake boarding during the summer months, while ice skating and ice fishing are popular during the winter months. There are downhill skiing resorts in the area and eight locations for cross-country skiing.
The Heritage Trail runs through Dubuque and is an excellent opportunity to run or bike while enjoying nature. The packed limestone and dirt trail is 25 miles long and extends out to Dyersville, Iowa - home of the "Field of Dreams." Nature lovers enjoy walks through the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. With four seasons, Dubuque has an ever changing landscape to explore and enjoy.
Across Dubuque County you can find limestone bluffs, rolling hills and flat valleys. The terrain is unique in Iowa, and the proximity of the Mississippi River has created a city with many things to experience.