FAQ

Your questions may have already been answered! Here we’ve provided a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding local attractions, how to get around Dubuque and more. Still have a question? Give us a call at 800.798.8844 or contact us here.

How long is the tour?

Group tours who will be visiting during the 9am – 11am timeframe will run approximately 60 minutes in length. This will be a guided tour.

For individuals visiting the USS LST 325, this is a self guided tour that takes between 45-60 minutes. Guides are stationed throughout the boat.


Can I sponsor this event or donate money to it outside of touring?

Yes, sponsorship levels are available and donations outside of general admission to the ship are very much welcomed. Please contact Travel Dubuque at 563.845.7698 to learn more – specifically asking for Keith, Julie or Whitney.


Can I get involved by volunteering?

Yes, volunteers will be needed every day that the ship is open while in the community. Please contact Travel Dubuque at 563.845.7698 to learn more.


Can you send me a brochure or information via mail?

The ship itself does not have brochures they mail out ahead of time. Travel Dubuque will produce a flyer after the first of the year with general information that can be mailed with our travel guide.

Each guest on the ship will receive a brochure when they board the ship describing the tour route passed out as visitors pay.


Is there a security check point?

There is not a security person per se, but they will have signs saying the purses and back packs are subject to inspection. This can change prior to arrival in Dubuque.


Accessibility

The tank deck is accessible for wheel chairs, but there is no way to get persons in wheel chairs to other decks.
There are 5 sets of ladders (stairs) that need to be used to complete the ships tour. The steps are open, so flat shoes, no heels are suggested.

There are no accessible, safe to use elevators on the ship for visitors.

As a historical ship, they are not required to be completely ADA compliant. They are historically accurate and impaired mobility is a problem for them. The tank deck has many displays and IS wheel chair accessible. They have had relatives with a go pro camera that feed back to their relative in a wheel chair as an option.

Service dogs are allowed; however, owners are cautioned that there are large crowds and that the ships surfaces  of steel decks and open stair treads are not animal friendly. Owners are also requested to clean up after their                                       animals as necessary


Who can tour this ship and what is the max capacity of people touring at one time

The public is welcome to tour the ship during the hours of operation listed above. All ages welcomed. For groups of 20 or more, please contact Travel Dubuque at 563.845.7698.

Max capacity of guests on the ship is about 4,000 per day or 600 per hour. If it appears that there are Bottlenecks on the tour route; the admission of new visitors may be slowed to allow everyone a chance to enjoy the displays.


Group Tours: How do they work?

Private group tours, over 20 people, will take place with a guided tour from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day the ship is open. They need to set up a time with Julie or Whitney, please transfer the call to either of them or have them visit with one of them if they have stopped in the office.


Where do admission fees go?

All admission fees go directly back to the ship to assist in operation costs, upkeep of the ship and to keep its home in Evansville, IN up to date.


Tickets / Admission: How much, when can I purchase, what payment type is accepted

  • 18 and older: $10 per person
  • 6-17: $5 per person
  • Ages 5 and under are free – NOTE Small children will have to be carried there is no accommodation for strollers
  • WWII VETS GET IN FREE

Tickets can’t be purchased in advance, only available for purchase day of.
Cash, Check and Credit card will be accepted as form of payment


When will it be in Dubuque?

  • August 22, 2018: Ship lands at American Trust River’s Edge Plaza; set up day – not open to public
  • August 23, 2018 – August 27, 2018: Open to the public for tours 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; group tours 9-11 a.m.
  • August 28, 2018: Departs Dubuque for next port

Where will it be docked in Dubuque?

Port of Dubuque American Trust River’s Edge Plaza (next to the Mississippi River Walk)


What is this ship?

The last remaining fully functioning LST in the country. It served in WWII, in arctic operations in the 1950’s moved on to be of service in the Greek Navy until 2000 when it was brought back to the United States where it is now docked for 11 months of the year in Evansville, IN

LST stands for Landing Ship, Tank and is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores. Ships of this type proved to be enormously useful during times of war and peace both.

Today this ship is its own nonprofit and it tours the country to educate its visitors to the role of the LST in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.


Where can I park in Dubuque?

Great question! We’ve created this page dedicated to parking meters, locations, maps of parking and more.


Where are cemeteries in Dubuque

Here is a list of cemetaries in Dubuque, Iowa.


Where are public restrooms?

You can find public restrooms at the Iowa Welcome Center located at 280 Main Street and also in the Dubuque Convention & Visitors Building located at 300 Main Street. There are also public restrooms at the corner of 5th & Bluff Streets


Where can you park a motor coach downtown?

Complimentary parking is provided on 3rd Street between Main Street and Locust Street across from Crust and also on 4th Street between Bluff Street and Locust Street.


Where can we eat and look at the Mississippi River?

Catfish Charlies, casual dining with an outdoor deck; Stone Cliff Winery, located in the Star Brewery Complex which also has outdoor season seating; Tony Roma’s located at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark views of Mississippi River along with outdoor seating; Dubuque Marina & Yardam has a full-service marina and riverfront bar; Ice Harbor Galley located in the Port of Dubuque is situated on the Mississippi River Museum next to Dubuque River Rides. Many of the riverboats also have dining on board. Off Shore Bar & Grill in Bellevue, Iowa (only 25 minutes outside of Dubuque) also is located along the river.


Which hotel(s) have views of the Mississippi River?

There are currently 3 hotels with views of the Mississippi River; Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark, Hotel Julien Dubuque & Hilton Garden Inn. The Hancock House and Four Mounds are 2 Bed & Breakfasts with Mississippi River views.


Are there public boat docks?

Yes, the Port of Dubuque Marina.  This new public marina facility features 70 transient slips. The facility includes water and electrical connections; a fuel dock; sanitary pump-out facilities; shower suites; restrooms; laundry facilities; ship store, and convenience store. Dubuque Marina & Yardam has also features a full-service marina and riverfront bar.


Do you have a park along the Mississippi River?

Eagle Point Park overlooks the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam #11.  For more parks select from the main navigation bar Explore, then Nature & Outdoors.


Where can I shop in Dubuque?

From the main navigation bar, select Explore in the top heading, then select Shopping.


What kind of nightlife does Dubuque have?

From the main navigation bar, select Explore in the top heading, then select Nightlife.


Where can we go swimming?

From the main navigation bar, select Explore, then select Sports & Recreation.


What kind of plays do you have?

From the main navigation bar, select Explore, then select Arts + Culture.


What kind of Museums does Dubuque have?

You can find museums under the Heritage section.


Is there a tour of the Mississippi River?

Find riverboat tours under Along the River to get a list of tours.


Do you have any wineries in the area?

From the main navigation bar, select Taste, and then select Wineries, Breweries + Distilleries.


Where can we rent a cabin?

There is a wide selection of cabins & cottages in the area. Under Stay, select Cabins & Cottages.


Where can you view Eagles?

The best place to view Eagles is in January along the river where there is open water. A favorite place is at Lock and Dam #11.


What festivals does Dubuque have?

We have an array of festivals in Dubuque throughout the year. From the main navigation bar select Events.


Is there a place to rent boats? Or bikes?

Bicycle World, rents an array of outdoor equipment including, bikes, snow shoes & cross country skis; Fever River Outfitters, rents all kinds of outdoor equipment including kayaks and bicycles. Dubuque Bike Co-Op also provides bike rentals.


How do I get to the Field of Dreams?

Field of Dreams is located in Dyersville, Iowa, just 26 miles from Dubuque.  From Dubuque take Hwy 20 west; take exit 294 for Dyersville; turn right off the exit onto Hwy 136 north; follow Hwy 136, cross the train tracks and turn right on 3rd Avenue NE; follow approximately 3 miles, turn right on Lansing Road. Field of Dreams will be on the left.


Are there trails to go hiking or biking in Dubuque?

Yes there are! Visit our maps page to find out where to find them or visit our nature & outdoors section.


What are some off site event locations that no other community has?

  1. National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has their famous “Dining with the Fish” program where you can do a cocktail reception or a full sit down meal! Great atmosphere
  2. St. Mary’s Church at Steeple Square. This church has been renovated into a 400 person event center and the history and beauty of it being the first catholic church in the community is still very much there.
  3. Hotel Julien Dubuque. Have you ever held an event where Al Capone once stayed? Well, you can do it in Dubuque!
  4. Millwork Ballroom in the Historic Millwork District. History meets modern day amenities. It’s just a cool space.
  5. The list continues!

Do you offer financial assistance?

Contact Julie Kronlage to learn more by emailing jkronlage@traveldubuque.com.


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