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20 Things To Do With Pets in Dubuque

Dubuque was made for adventures with furry friends.

Explore where Iowa started with your canine companions.


Shop The Market

The Dubuque Farmers’ Market is the oldest in the state of Iowa and is pet-friendly! Stop by every Saturday morning May-October.


Ride the Elevator

Take a ride on the worlds shortest steepest funicular railway with your pup, the Fenelon Place Elevator.


Get Cultured

Dubuque’s riverwalk is peppered with sculptures and works of art for you to explore with your furry friends. Not to mention you get an incredible river view.

Get Some Exercise

Need to do some exploring on your own? Fido Fit offers doggie daycare for you to go out on your own, and keeps your pup well exercised. Because we all know that a tired dog is as happy dog.


Take A Hike

Mines of Spain is just a five minute drive from downtown Dubuque and full of trails, ready for days of hiking adventures with your dogs.

Treat Time

Big Apple Bagel is a Dubuque staple for baked bites, but they also make speciality dog treats from scratch!


Get Yappy

Yappy Hour at 7 Hills Brewing is the perfect way to soak up the summer. With a specific patio for drinkers and their pets, this spot is a great choice for warm months and cold drinks for all.

Grab A Bite

A Dubuque favorite, Magoo’s Pizza, proudly has a pet friendly patio for dog friendly dining. They love the pups so much that their restaurant is named after their own dog, Mr. Magoo.


Head To The Valley

Also known as Little Switzerland, Swiss Valley is a great spot for a sunset walk and a dip in the creek.


Read A Book

River Lights Bookstore is a charming independent retailer on Main Street and welcomes all canine friends. Explore their seemingly limitless collection of titles.

Get Educated

Need suggestions on things to do in Dubuque? The Travel Dubuque Welcome Center is a wealth of knowledge and gladly welcome pets.


Wag Your Tail

In the cold winter months, Five Flags turns their arena into an indoor dog park. Bring your pup down on Wednesday in the winter and wag that tail.

Get Social

Burn off some energy and socialize your pup at the Dubuque Dog Park. Two large fenced park areas for small and large pups create the perfect space for your dog to run to their heart’s content.

Hiking trail at Swiss Valley Park near Dubuque Iowa.

Explore History

Walk your canine companion down the 26 mile Heritage Trail. This crushed limestone trail traverses through historic towns from Dubuque to Dyersville and was made for sunset strolls.

Gaze At The Mighty Mississippi

A.Y. McDonald Park is situated right on the banks of the Mississippi and gladly welcomes pets. Walk down to Lock and Dam #11 or lay in the grass and soak up the sun.

dog finley landing dubuque

Be A Beach Bum

Dig in the sand, take a dip in the river, and sun yourself at Finley’s Landing. Let your dog run at this local favorite summer spot.

Support The Animals

The Dubuque Humane Society is home to a private dog park that welcomes visitors. For a nominal fee, you have access to state of the art facilities all the while supporting a wonderful cause.



Monk’s is a quirky favorite in Dubuque’s Cable Car Square. Coffee Shop by day, bar by night. Sip your beverage of choice on their pet-friendly patio on a sunny day.

Get Comfy

Dubuque is home to a number of pet-friendly hotels. Check out the TownePlace Suites, Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center, the Holiday Inn and more.

Take a Walk

Looking for an outdoor adventure but want to skip the dirt? Check out Bergfeld Pond! This pond connects to a four-mile paved trail network perfect for evening strolls.