11 Ways to Experience Winter in Dubuque
Fresh snow along limestone bluffs. Winter in Dubuque is a sight to see.
Discover 11 ways to explore #WhereIowaStarted this winter.
Holidays in Dubuque
The holiday season is a magical time in Dubuque. The twinkling lights of Reflections in the Park, the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping at local storefronts, and a general cheer is in the air. Check out these and more reasons to visit Dubuque this holiday season.
Hit the Slopes
Dubuque’s terrain naturally lends itself to skiing and snowboarding as the winter months roll around. With 21 ski runs and two terrain parks, Sundown Mountain Resort is a great way to get outside and explore the natural beauty of #WhereIowaStarted. Looking to expand your time on the slopes? Check out Chestnut Mountain Resort just across the river in Galena, IL.
A Merry Millwork Market
Happening Dec. 1st & 2nd, ‘A Merry Millwork Market’ is a completely unique outdoor Holiday shopping experience in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District! Entering its 7th year and continuing to grow, with over 30 handmade art & craft vendors, food, and hot beverages to keep you warm as you shop locally for holiday gift-giving. Located in the courtyard and under the tents on 10th Street — all in the spirit of celebration and building community.
Between migration from northern areas and unfrozen waters near Lock & Dam #11, winter is one of the best seasons to spot a bald eagle in Dubuque. Visit the observation deck and see if you can spot this national bird.
Whether you are looking to dine in or carry out, #WhereIowaStarted has no shortage of options for great food. Dine at a restaurant with a ‘Top Chef’, visit a Supper Club, or grab a bite to eat at a local hangout. The options truly are endless.
Local Coffee Spots
Nothing warms you up quite like a cup of coffee or a mug of hot cocoa. Dubuque is filled with many locally owned favorites including Bob & Lou’s, Charlotte’s Coffee House, Monk’s, and much more. Check out our ‘10 Best’ list of Local Coffee Shops, voted on by Travel Dubuque social media followers.
Dubuque has long had a strong history with hockey. Today, you can find the USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints taking to the ice at the ImOn Arena. You may even spot mascot Bernie as he works the crowd up and shows his Saints pride.
Hit the Trails
Whether by foot, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing, Mines of Spain and Swiss Valley are areas you don’t want to miss during the winter months. Don’t have snowshoes? Make sure to reach out to the Swiss Valley Nature Center for a pair, free of charge.
Get out and explore the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium this winter. Say hey to the curious critters that call this Smithsonian affiliated museum home and learn all about the waterway, its eco-system, and it’s contribution to our past, present, and future.
Go for a Walk
There are so many interesting things to find in and around Dubuque. Bundle up and take a stroll along the Riverwalk where you can see the mighty Mississippi River, go on a hunt for street art in historic downtown, or visit the 26 mile long Heritage Trail for some fresh air.
With 8 different breweries to choose from, the Dubuque area is full of inventive brews. From small microbrews to a beercade, there is something for every type of beer lover.