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Things to Do With Kids in Dubuque, IA

By Jane Rodda ; Updated September 26, 2017

The city of Dubuque, Iowa, also known as "Rivertown," offers a wide range of attractions. From state-of-the-art casinos to snow-peaked mountains, not to mention the mighty Mississippi running by, this town has it all. You will find plenty to do with the kids in Dubuque, with a variety of activities ranging from river attractions to outdoor fun.

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River Attractions

At the National River Museum and Aquarium, (rivermuseum.com) kids will be able to learn all about the Mississippi River's ecosystem through hands-on displays, water tables, a crawl-through beaver lodge and a pedal-powered water cycle. The aquarium holds numerous sharks, rays, catfish, ducks, frogs and turtles for visitors to view. It also has an immersion theater experience with 3-D and 4-D effects. Dubuque River Rides (dubuqueriverrides.com) will take you and the kids on a ride down the river on a replica steamboat. You will see all the sights on this cruise while you enjoy a meal and entertainment.

Fun Centers

Jumpin' Janes (jumpinjanes.com) is an indoor play center with giant inflatables for younger kids, arcade games for older kids, a Wi-Fi lounge for adults and plenty of food for everyone. The Mystique Ice Center (mystiqueicecenter.com) offers open ice skating, skating lessons for kids and hockey leagues. Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark (grandharborresort.com) provides thrilling water slides, tube rides, splash pads, waterspouts, water cannons, rope ladders water chutes, lazy river rides and a 3-story treehouse climbing structure.

Historic Sites

The Mines of Spain Recreation Area (minesofspain.org) has a nature center and recreational amenities. Visitors can picnic, hike around viewing a variety of wildlife, cross-country ski in the winter, camp out and canoe on Catfish Creek. Crystal Lake Cave (crystallakecave.com) is a living natural cave open for tours. Take your kids on this journey underground discovering the beautiful rock formations, stalagmites, columns and colors in this unique site.


The city of Dubuque (cityofdubuque.org) has several parks available for outdoor fun with the kids. Eagle Point Park (no website; Shiras Avenue; 563-589-4100) has 164 acres of recreation space including playground equipment, overlooks of the Mississippi River, walking paths, a rock garden, a splash pad, a fish pond and sports fields. Comiskey Park (no website; 255 East 24th Street; 563-589-4100) is a smaller option with a playground, skate park, basketball courts and tennis courts. Flora Krey Wahlert Park (no website; 2605 Pennsylvania Avenue; 563-589-4100) has horseshoe pits, barbecue grills, picnic tables and playground equipment on 35 acres of space.

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About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

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