4 Popular Ways to Tour Dubuque

Travel DubuqueAlong the River, Explore, Family Fun, Nature + Outdoors, Sports & Recreation, Transportation

Dubuque offers a diverse blend of attractions for the curious visitor. These include an eclectic blend of art, music, museums, restaurants, and nightlife. Getting an up-close and personal view of the city couldn’t be any easier for you and your family and friends. A mix of touring methods is available to meet your every whim. Sightseers may sample Dubuque’s main attractions using many different methods of touring that provide fun for all ages. These include:


The Jule, mass transit service within the City of Dubuque, Iowa, offers trolley-replica transportation in Downtown Dubuque and the Port of Dubuque. The Jule’s Summer Trolley operates from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October and provides access to major parks and recreation opportunities in the Port of Dubuque, Bee Branch Creek, Downtown, Eagle Point and Schmitt Island.

For guided tours of the area, Trolleys of Dubuque offers a historical look at the Cable Car Square, Port of Dubuque while highlighting the majestic churches and ornate architecture of the historic downtown.

Walking, Hiking, or Biking

The City of Dubuque maintains a comprehensive 29-mile system of paved trails for walking, hiking, and biking. The system includes trails at the John G. Bergfeld Recreation Area, Eagle Point Park, Port of Dubuque, Chaplain Schmitt Memorial Island, and Peosta Channel. It also includes sections of the Mississippi River Trail through the Downtown and Historic Millwork Districts, and the Washington and North End Neighborhoods.

On the River

Whatever the reason, whatever the season, our slice of this majestic waterway offers a variety of options to view the expansive landscapes and breathtaking vistas. Join Dubuque River Rides on the Mississippi River and climb aboard the Spirit of Dubuque, Iowa’s only authentic paddlewheel to experience a unique view of Dubuque. Visitors from all over the world find fascination with the workings of the Lock and Dam system in Dubuque. On Saturday evenings, river traffic permitting, the Spirit offers a dinner cruise through Lock and Dam # 11, where you can experience the raising and lowering of the water, as the Captain maneuvers through to the northern expansion of the Mississippi.

For cruises that make stops in multiple communities as part of their boating experience, consider the Celebration Belle or Riverboat Twilight.


Spend your sightseeing experiencing the era of horse-drawn transportation while you enjoy an informative tour of Dubuque’s historic districts. Dubuque by Carriage offers daily carriage rides May through October with weekend tours for the holiday season in November and December (weather permitting). Relax to the clip-clop sound of horse’s hoofs as you explore Iowa’s oldest city, its 18th century landmarks and well-preserved Victorian mansions.

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