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10 Best Sports & Recreation Spots Where Iowa Started

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, an adrenaline junkie, or a family looking for some fun, Dubuque has something for everyone.

Voted on by Travel Dubuque's followers, these are the top 10 favorite spots for sports & recreation in the Dubuque area.

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Sundown Mountain Resort

Dubuque's premier winter sports destination offers skiing and snowboarding for enthusiasts of all skill levels. With its well-groomed slopes, Sundown Mountain Resort provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable day on the snow.

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Olliewood Action Sports

Thrill-seekers should head to Olliewood Action Sports, where you can experience the excitement of BMX, skateboarding, and scooter riding. The indoor skate park and skate shop are perfect for those looking to catch some air.

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Heritage Trail

For those who prefer a more leisurely outdoor experience, the Heritage Trail offers scenic hiking, biking, and nature opportunities. This 26-mile trail follows an old railway route, passing through picturesque landscapes.

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Interstate Power Preserve

Interstate Power Preserve's restored prairie and rolling grasslands offer tranquility and leisure. Meanwhile, the forested woodlands and ravines with spring-fed streams make it a prime location for challenging mountain biking trails. It's an all-in-one destination for both adventure and relaxation.

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John Deere Proving Grounds

The 137-acre Proving Grounds Recreation Area showcases the natural beauty of limestone rock outcroppings, panoramic vistas, restored prairies, and abundant wildlife. John Deere Dubuque Works generously donated this land in 2018, where they once tested their machinery. The name "Proving Grounds" symbolizes both the area's history and the spirit of outdoor enthusiasts who come here to challenge themselves. With hiking and mountain biking trails, picnic spots, and archery season hunting, the Proving Grounds offers a diverse range of outdoor experiences for all.

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BustinAxe Throwing Range

Unleash your inner lumberjack at BustinAxe Throwing Range. Axe throwing is a thrilling and unconventional sport that guarantees an adrenaline rush for all participants.

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Mines of Spain

History and nature converge at Mines of Spain. With its extensive network of trails, this state recreation area provides opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and exploring historic sites. Don't forget to visit Julien Dubuque's Monument for a touch of local history!

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Swiss Valley Park

Swiss Valley Park, situated 4.5 miles southwest of Dubuque, spans 62 wooded acres along the meandering Catfish Creek. It's known for its stocked trout stream and offers shaded picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, and modern camping facilities. Winter activities like ice fishing and cross-country skiing are available, and picnic pavilions can be rented. The Swiss Valley Nature Preserve and Center, just one mile away, offers additional outdoor experiences, including hiking and interpretive displays.


Field Of Dreams Movie Site

Relive the magic of the iconic film "Field of Dreams" by visiting the actual movie site in Dyersville, a short drive from Dubuque. Play a game of catch on the famous baseball diamond, surrounded by cornfields.

Dubuque Disc Golf Course

Located within Veterans' Memorial Park, this 18-hole disc golf course offers free family-friendly fun. Similar to traditional golf, players tee off, aiming discs at baskets. Scorecards and maps are available at the course and City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department, located at 2200 Bunker Hill Road. No tee time is required for this gem. Enjoy outdoor excitement, whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the game!