Area Places to Visit

1. Visit Eagle Point Park, for a stunning view of General Zebulon Pike Lock and Dam No. 11, not to mention Wisconsin and the Mississippi river.

2. Visit the 4th Street Elevator for a spectacular view of the City of Dubuque and also Wisconsin and Illinois across the Mississippi. The elevator ride takes you up a very steep hill, via cable, to Fenelon Street, where a wonderful panoramic view and photo opportunity awaits.

3. Located about 8 minutes form the Arboretum is heritage fishing pond and 26 mile long heritage hiking and biking nature trail.

4. Located a 10 minute drive from the Arboretum is Little Maquoketa River Mounds State Preserve

5. Art on the River, each summer, the City of Dubuque selects pieces of public art to temporarily display along the Riverwalk that winds around the Port of Dubuque.

6. Crystal Lake Cave, take a 45-minute guided tour of this underground beauty discovered in 1868 while drilling for lead. Be prepared for some fairly tight passageways, cool temps (the cave is 52 degrees) and wet.

7. Tour Dubuque, take a fun and informative tour of Dubuque on a trike and visit the beautiful Port of Dubuque, Historic Millwork District, Bluff street area and more while learning about the fascinating history of our historic river town.

8. Mines of Spain, The Mines of Spain Recreation Area and E.B.Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center are located on 1380 acres of beautiful wooded and prairie land just south of Dubuque, IA. The area has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and includes Julien Dubuque’s Monument.

9. Crust Italian Kitchen and Bar In the Cooper Wagon Works Building, floor-to-ceiling windows and polished wood floors set a classy stage for brick oven-fired pizzas and build-your-own pastas. All meals kick off with tasty bites of fried dough and marinara dip. On Sundays and Mondays after 4 p.m., take advantage of the family night special: a large two-topping pizza and four drinks for $20. (563) 582-6889;

10. Dubuque Museum of Art Founded in 1874, this museum is Iowa’s oldest cultural institution. The 2,200-plus-item permanent collection focuses on American regional artists, with pieces by Grant Wood and a complete grouping of The North American Indian photogravures by Edward Curtis. Adult admission: $6. (563) 557-1851;

11. Stone Cliff Winery One of Iowa’s first wineries, Stone Cliff repurposes part of the Star Brewery Complex as a tasting room-wine bar with fabulous river views. Riesling and Moscato are the sips of choice; $5 scores five samples to taste and a souvenir wine glass. Domestic and craft beers on tap cater to customers who prefer suds to grapes. Stop in during happy hour (4 to 6 p.m.) on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for $1 off your glass of beer or wine. (563) 583-6100;