nature attractions

Nestled between limestone bluffs and the mighty Mississippi River, Dubuque’s natural landscape is full of wonder. In the warmer months you can hike, bike or paddle the many trails, take in the breathtaking views, or sail above the trees in a guided zipline tour. The winter months offer plenty of options for sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and rinks for ice skating.

Discover an underground adventure at Crystal Lake Caves

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National Mississippi River Museum & AquariumNature Attractions

The history, culture and animals of the Mississippi River and all the world’s rivers come to life through dynamic exhibits, 12 large aquariums, children’s splash zone, a 3D/4D theater, and more on this 10 acre river campus.

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Crystal Lake CaveNature Attractions

Nature’s Masterpiece of an underground menagerie of crystal formations. Guided cave tour (about 45 minutes) consists of history of cave and how many cave formations come to form. Group Tours Amenities Accommodate Group Tours, 2 weeks or more Advance Notice, 45 minute guided tour of history of cave and education of crystal formations. No hands on contact is allowed in cave, however we do have 2 formations tourists can touch which guide points out on tour. Basic Tour Includes, Comp for driver + escort Complimentary Policy, 20 Maximum Number that can be accommodated, Meeting space consists of 1 outdoor pavilion ... Read More

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Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical GardensNature Attractions

The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is home to two rose gardens, a Japanese garden, 18,000 Hostas, Dwarf Conifers, an English formal garden and thousands of flowers.

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Dubuque Water TrailNature Attractions

Travel by canoe or kayak between A.Y. McDonald Park and Massey Marina Park. Access the 9-mile trail at: A.Y. McDonald Park, Schmitt Island, American Trust River’s Edge Plaza, Massey Marina Park or Mines of Spain State Recreation Area.

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Eagle Point ParkNature Attractions

Eagle Point Park is one of the most outstanding parks in the Midwest. 164 acres overlook the Mississippi River and Lock + Dam #11, providing a spectacular Tri-state view of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

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Sky Tours ZiplineNature Attractions

Fly over the Union Park valley through the trees on nine different ziplines ranging in length from 250′ to over 1,000′. A 2-hour guided experience.

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Sundown Mountain ResortNature Attractions

Family owned ski and snowboard resort. Winter Wellness programs designed to encourage health and fitness. Sundown enhances physical skills and self awareness, while creating understanding of winter activities.

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Team Building BlocksNature Attractions

The Four Mounds Ropes Course is the perfect outdoor fun event for any occasion. Activities include giant swing, flying squirrel, zip line, swinging log, two line bridge, pamper jump, bosun’s chairs, and rock climbing tower.

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