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5 Indoor Winter Escapes in Dubuque

Don't let the cold keep you from adventuring where Iowa started.


Hilton Garden Inn

Schmidt Island is a hub of activity in the winter and how convenient to have the Hilton Garden Inn connected to the Q Casino and Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar so you never have to brave the cold.

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Q Showroom

Catch a show at the Q Showroom this winter. From local favorites to big time Country, this venue is the perfect escape. And did we mention it is connected to the Hilton Garden Inn, so you don’t have to head back out into the cold after the show?

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Mystique Community Ice Center

Root for the Fighting Saints, Dubuque’s hometown hockey team and enjoy open rink time for some ice skating with the family. Whatever you choose, the ice will remind you its winter without having to wear your parka.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Stingray

National Mississippi River Museum + Aquarium

Nothing beats a day learning about the river that made Dubuque what it is today. Touch a stingray, explore Dubuque’s history, see an film in the 4D Theater. There is something for everyone at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.

Dubuque Museum of Art permanent collection

Dubuque Museum of Art

As one of two Smithsonian-affiliated museums in Dubuque, the Dubuque Museum of Art is a must stop in the winter months. This artists haven full of light, showcases arts from all over included original Grant Wood works. Insider Tip: Free Admission on Thursdays!