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10 Best Things On The River Where Iowa Started

Whether you're a nature lover, history buff, or simply seeking a relaxing riverside experience, Dubuque has something for everyone.


Voted on by Travel Dubuque's followers, these are the top 10 things to do along the Mississippi River in Dubuque.

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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Mississippi River at this renowned museum and aquarium. Learn about the river's ecosystems, wildlife, and the cultural significance it holds for the region. Marvel at the diverse aquatic creatures and engage in interactive exhibits that educate and entertain visitors of all ages.

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River Ridge Brewing

Located just south of Dubuque in Bellevue, IA. Indulge in the local craft beer scene at River Ridge Brewing. This popular brewery offers a fantastic selection of handcrafted brews, including IPAs, stouts, and lagers. Relax on the outdoor patio overlooking the Mississippi River, savoring the flavors and soaking in the picturesque views.


Mississippi Riverwalk

Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic Mississippi Riverwalk. This picturesque path offers breathtaking views of the river and the Dubuque skyline. Enjoy a peaceful walk, go for a jog, or simply find a bench to sit and watch the river flow by. It's the perfect spot to unwind and connect with nature.

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Stone Cliff Winery

For wine enthusiasts, a visit to Stone Cliff Winery is a must. Located in a historic former Dubuque Star Brewery, this winery produces a variety of wines using locally grown grapes. Sample their wines, enjoy lunch, and relax on their beautiful riverside outdoor patio.

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Yardarm Riverfront Bar & Grill

Situated right on the river's edge, Yardarm Riverfront Bar & Grill offers a delightful dining experience with stunning river views. Indulge in delicious American cuisine, enjoy a refreshing drink, and bask in the laid-back atmosphere. With live music and a vibrant ambiance, it's the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the Mississippi River vibe.

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Eagle Point Park

For a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mississippi River, visit Eagle Point Park. This 164-acre park offers stunning overlooks, well-manicured gardens, and peaceful walking trails. Pack a picnic and spend the day surrounded by nature while gazing out at the majestic river below.

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American Lady Yacht Cruises

Experience the Mississippi River in style aboard the American Lady Yacht. Take a scenic cruise along the river, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery. Savor delicious meals and beverages aboard one of their lunch, happy hour, or dinner cruises. It's a unique and memorable way to explore the river.

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Back Waters Stage

Catch a live performance at the Back Waters Stage, an open-air stage located along the Mississippi River at the Q Casino. This venue hosts a variety of events throughout the warmer months. Grab some friends and enjoy the entertainment while enjoying the adjacent river views.

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Catfish Charlie's

If you're craving a mouthwatering seafood feast, head to Catfish Charlie's. This waterfront restaurant specializes in serving delicious catfish dishes, as well as other seafood favorites. With a laid-back atmosphere and stunning riverfront setting, it's a fantastic place to enjoy a memorable meal.

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Complete your Mississippi River experience with watching some riverboat traffic. With a rich culture tied to the waterway - it is common to see riverboats making their way up and down the river even today.