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6 Ways to Explore Dubuque this Summer

While the weather is getting warmer, the ways to explore the Dubuque area are getting cooler.

Unique Outdoor Resorts

Just across the river in Wisconsin you’ll find Coconut Cove, a resort with so many things to see and do. From an aqua park, pools, camping, dining, and more, there is a little something for everyone. Coming soon to Bellevue, Iowa is another outdoor riverside oasis, Off Shore Resort!


Cool Down from the Heat

Looking to get in or on the water? Visit the splash pad at Cloie Creek Park, the pool at Flora Park or Nicholas J. Sutton Pool, spend the day at the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark, or hop aboard the American Lady Yacht for an afternoon, outdoor scenic cruise.

Yardarm PHOTO: @living.wild.krystina

Outdoor Dining

Warmer temperatures mean outdoor dining opens up. For a unique, riverside experience stop by Dubuque Marina & Yardarm. Situated right along the Mississippi River, this local favorite is home to live music most weekends. Looking for more riverside dining? Check out Catfish Charlie’s, Tony Roma’s, or Massey Marina.

Can't Miss Events

From live music to fireworks and everything in between, the summer event season is jam-packed. Check out these events you won’t want to miss!

Mud Lake Park

Paddle Along

Bring your kayaks along for the journey and put in at one of the 5 points of the Dubuque Water Trail; A.Y. McDonald Park, Schmitt Island, American Trust River’s Edge Plaza, Massey Marina Park, or the Mines of Spain.

Farmers Market PHOTO: @mcgrealfamilyfarm

Visit a Farmers' Market

Nothing says summer’s here like the sights, sounds, and tastes of a fresh market. Stroll along and discover locally grown produce, hand crafted goods, live music, and more. Dubuque’s longest running Farmers’ Market takes place Saturdays from 7 am to noon and Millwork Night Market is the second Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 pm.