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20 Pet Friendly Destinations in Dubuque

Traveling with your best friend?

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Adventure is out there in Dubuque for you and your pets and we are here to help you find it.

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Outdoor Patios

Sip a brew, enjoy a glass of wine, dine outdoors, or listen to live music, all with your favorite pup. Pet-friendly patios include River Ridge Brewing, Monk’s, Dubuque Marina & Yardarm, Off-Shore Resort, Stone Cliff Winery, Gary Dolphin’s Iron Bar, Dimensional Brewing Company, Textile Brewery, 7 Hills Brewing Company, and Potosi Brewing Company.

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City Parks

Dubuque city parks are open to leashed pets with a few exceptions - Bunker Hill, Marshall Park, Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Eagle Point Park, Murphy Park, Veterans Memorial Plaza, and where otherwise marked.

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River Lights Bookstore

This charming, pet-friendly shop welcomes fido to browse the shelves with you as you search for your next favorite mystery, biography or romance novel. River Lights Bookstore is an independent bookstore at 1098 Main Street and welcomes all canine friends. 

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Fenelon Place Elevator

Take a ride on the world's shortest, steepest railroad railway with your pup, at the Fenelon Place Elevator on 4th & Bluff St. (The cars are small, so be aware some larger dogs may not fit with you and friends in a full car.)


Travel Dubuque Welcome Center

Stop into the Welcome Center to pick up your map, a treat for the pup/or a drink of water for your pup. You'll find brochures and merchandise that will help you get to know and remember this modernized city. Informational kiosks located conveniently throughout the downtown area will also assist you in your explorations. 

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Mines of Spain

Mines of Spain is just a five-minute drive from Downtown Dubuque and full of trails, ready for days of hiking. (Dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet long.)

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Dubuque Dog Park

The 2.5-acre park is fenced and offers separate areas for large and small dogs. The park provides space where dogs can exercise and socialize with other dogs. (Dogs can play off-leash in the Pet Park.)

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Camping & Marinas

Don’t forget your pup this summer on your camping trips or to our local marinas! Coconut Cove Resort, Finley’s Landing Park, Massey Marina Park, Miller Riverview Park & Campground, Port of Dubuque Marina, Rustic Barn, and Swiss Valley Campgrounds.

Dubuque Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

Explore Iowa's oldest farmers' market with your best friend! The Dubuque Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday morning, May - October, 7 AM - 12 PM at 1200 Iowa St. (Pets must be on a leash no longer than three feet and must be kept by their owner's side at all times.)

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Mississippi Riverwalk

The Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque is peppered with sculptures and work of art for you to explore as part of their ‘Art on The River’ showcase. 

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Field of Dreams Movie Site

See the Field of Dreams Movie Site with your Canine, located in Dyersville, IA. Just a reminder, only service animals are allowed in the farm house & event center.

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Swiss Valley Park

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

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Street Art

Take a walk through the vibrant landscape of Iowa’s oldest community and explore these works of art. With over 50 murals in town, you and your pup are sure to find the perfect backdrop. 

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The Mighty Mississippi

A.Y. McDonald Park, located at Hawthorne St & Volunteer Dr, is situated right on the banks of the Mississippi and gladly welcomes pets! From there you can walk the under a mile walk to view Lock and Dam #11.


Heritage Trail

The Heritage Trail is a 26-mile, scenic, all-season trail that winds through beautiful landscapes carved out by a once bustling railroad route. The perfect place for a peaceful trek. 

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Coffee Shops

Check out pet-friendly coffee shops like Monk’s or Bob & Lou's. At Monk's sip your beverage of choice on their pet-friendly patio on a sunny day and then stop by Bob & Lou's for a pup cup. 

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Magoo's Pizza

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.

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Finley’s Landing Park

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.

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Bergfeld Pond

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.

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Too much to do in one day? Stay awhile! 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.