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Fall Weekend Guide for Families

Looking for a weekend getaway with your family this fall and curious of things there are to do? Look no further.

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Pick and choose your favorite stops or visit them all.


Habits Coffee & Mini Donut Co.

Start the day off right with a selection of mini donuts from Habits Coffee & Mini Donut Co. With flavors like Maple Bacon, Boston Cream, and Rainbow, there's a little something for everyone. Voted one of the 10 best breakfast spots by Travel Dubuque's social media followers.

River Museum

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Spend the day exploring aquariums, interactive displays, and the history of the Mississippi River. This Smithsonian-affiliated museum is a must-visit for families. Voted as one of the 10 best family friendly stops by Travel Dubuque social media followers. 

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Schuster's Pumpkin Patch

What’s a fall weekend getaway without a pumpkin patch. Located just outside of Dubuque, this family-run stop offers tractor rides, a pumpkin cannon, and more. (Good to know: Just a half-mile down the road is Czipar’s Apple Orchard.)

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Shot Tower Pizza

Serving pizza for over 45 years, Shot Tower pizza is located in downtown Dubuque and a local favorite. Grab a slice of pizza or try out their full menu!

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Sunshine Family Restaurant

Grab a bite to eat before your day of explorations. Stop by Sunshine Family Restaurant for a breakfast with all the classic fixings. Voted one of the 10 best breakfast spots by Travel Dubuque's social media followers.

Fenelon Place Elevator Fall PHOTO: Elevated Images | Mike Williams

Fenelon Place Elevator

Take a ride up the world’s shortest, steepest railway, the Fenelon Place Elevator. Originally built by J. K. Graves as a way to shorten his hour and a half horse and buggy commute over the lunch hour, the elevator has continued to be a fixture of Dubuque. (? Pet Friendly)

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Miracle League Park

Burn off some energy at Miracle League Park, an all-inclusive playground and baseball field allowing kids and adults of all abilities to play with their peers. (Good to know: Restrooms, changing rooms, and picnic tables are all available on-site.) (? Pet Friendly)

Kid's Guide

Check out our latest Kids Guide or pick one up at our Travel Dubuque Welcome Center.

Want more Adventures?

Check out our Fall & Winter Adventure Guide to discover all that the fall and winter seasons have to offer where Iowa started.