35 Things To Do in Dubuque Iowa in Summer

Woohoo! It’s the summer so as someone that works in a school that means 3 months off! Back home we only had 6 weeks off in the summer, so I can’t imagine what it’s like for a parent trying to keep their kids entertained for 12 weeks (I guess that’s why summer camps are a popular option!).  Whether you have kids or are just enjoying a summer trip or the warm weekends, here’s a giant list of things to do in Dubuque Iowa in the summer!

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The Best Viewpoints in Dubuque Iowa

Because of geographical location of Dubuque Iowa, there are plenty of opportunities to get ‘up high’ and experience some of Dubuque’s vantage points!  Sitting along the banks of the Mississippi River, it is possible to see 3 States (Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin) at once from the majority of these viewpoints!

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Learning To Ski At Sundown Mountain Dubuque, Iowa

One thing that surprised me the most when I moved to Iowa, was that there was actually a ski resort! I’m sure I’m not the only one that would assume that Iowa equalled flat and all corn fields…how wrong was I!  Sundown Mountain Dubuque has 21 ski runs (green, blue and black diamond) and 2 terrain parks.  When it doesn’t snow, the resort is maintained by 150 snow guns (believe me, it’s cold enough for the snow not to melt once it is there!) and the runs are groomed daily!

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Releasing Your Inner Artist at Pinot’s Palette!

Pinots Palette was founded in Houston, Texas back in 2009.  There’s now over 100 studios across the country with 2 being located within Iowa (Dubuque and Des Moines)!  The Pinots Palette tag line is “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” and I can vouch that it is definitely a very fun and relaxed environment!  Classes usually operate twice a week, with different seasonal painting each evening, so you could go back multiple times and not have to paint the same pictures over and over!  The studios operate a ‘bring your own drink’ policy but provide glasses and ice buckets and all the necessary painting equipment for the evening!

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8 Dubuque Restaurants IA

Live in Dubuque Iowa or visiting the area?  It’s easy to get wrapped up in just eating at the large chain restaurants, they are near all the biggest shopping areas, with the largest car parks.  But you’re missing out!  There are plenty of independent Dubuque restaurants in the Downtown Area that are well worth visiting!  Here are 8 of my favourites!

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The Dubuque Millwork District – The Coolest Area in Dubuque, IA!

There are lots of places in the USA that stand abandoned.  Once upon a time, the Millwork District in Dubuque was one of those places.  The milling factories closed up and left the brick buildings empty and unused, but not anymore!  The Millwork District is one of my favourite places in Downtown Dubuque.

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Discovering Street Art in Downtown Dubuque, Iowa

I’m a sucker when it comes to street art, I wrote a previous post on some of the street art locations in Camden, London!  In the American Midwest, Dubuque Iowa has EXPLODED with colour over the past couple of months!  There are several pieces scattered across Downtown Dubuque, but the majority are in a 4 block area between Locust St, Main St and 1st St to 4th St.  Here’s a sample of some of the pieces you can expect to see!

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My Favourite Finds at the Dubuque Farmers Market – Iowa

The Dubuque Farmers’ Market first opened in 1858 and is the oldest in Iowa (after all, Dubuque is #WhereIowaStarted)!  The ‘Summer’ Market is open every Saturday from the beginning of May to the end of October between 7am – 12pm.  Currently the Market is located mainly on Iowa Street and spreads out down 11th, 12th and 13th Street.  Since it began, it has always been in or around the Dubuque City Hall!

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