Are you looking to buy a home soon in Dubuque Iowa? Maybe you’re getting transferred here or you just found a new job. Or maybe you are moving to Dubuque because of someone you know. Whatever the reason for moving to Dubuque, you’re going to love it.
If your image of Iowa cities is that they’re flat open areas with a lot of corn you’re going to be in for a surprise. Yes, we have farms in the area and many do grow corn. But Dubuque is anything but flat. And it has a lot of attractions one wouldn’t expect in a city the size of Dubuque.
Here are 10 Reasons You’ll Love Moving to Dubuque
- Its an Award Winning City.
Each year it seems Dubuque is being honored by some national organization. Last year it was recognized for its cultural diversity and in the past is has been regularly chosen as one of All American City. Its waterfront was chosen by the USA Today as one of the best in the United States.
- It has the Mississippi River
What drew early travelers to the area, and which continues to draw tourists, is the Mississippi River. There are paddle-wheels and dinner cruises that take you along the river. In addition to boating you can fish along its shores or go biking. You can walk along the river or take part in dragon boat races. On the 3rd of July you can watch fireworks explode above it. And in the fall you can take in all the bright colors of trees not just in Iowa, but across the way at Illinois and Wisconsin.
One of the sites that has made Dubuque one of the top tourist attractions in the area is the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. The museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as 12 aquariums. There are interactive exhibits and a 4D movie theater. It’s also associated with the Smithsonian Museum so it has constantly changing displays from everything from the Titanic to dinosaurs.
- It’s a Kid Friendly Environment
In addition to being able to take your children to the museum, there is also much to do to keep them busy. There are baseball, softball, soccer, and basketball programs for boys and girls. In the fall there is Pop Warner for boys.
The Grand Harbor Waterpark and Resort has a 25,000 square foot indoor waterpark that children can enjoy year round. And there are two public pools they can enjoy in the summer.
If your child likes to perform on stage, then there are plenty of opportunities for them to act. There are two summer theater programs that offer a number of musicals that children can try out for.
- There are plenty of parks
If you’re looking for a more subdued way to take in the breathtaking scenery there are a number of parks in the city, including Eagle Point which overlooks the river. The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is such a beautiful location you can almost always find a wedding party using the flower garden as a backdrop for photographs. In the winter, Murphy Park is transformed into a Christmas light display.
- It’s a very social city
During the summer there seemingly is an outdoor concert every weekend at which people gather and drink and eat. Four times a year All That Jazz takes place in downtown Dubuque, while the rest of the year various other outdoor concert events occur.
Every Saturday people go to the Farmer’s Market to get locally made produce and goods or have some freshly made breakfast.
- It’s a Historic City
Dubuque is the oldest city in Iowa and is named after a French explorer who discovered the city in the 1780s. Julien Dubuque’s grave is along the bluffs of the river. The Shot Tower dates back to the Civil War, while there are many Victorian homes that date back to 1800’s. The Fenelon Place Elevator is the world’s shortest, steepest scenic railway and is over a 100 years old.
- Plenty of Outdoor Activities
One of the advantages of there being so many hills in the area, is that Dubuque has one of the best skiing resorts in the Midwest. There are biking and hiking trails in the area, including a 26-mile trail. There are a number of golf courses in the area that challenge golfers in their own unique way.
- Casinos and Gaming
The Diamond Jo Casino has slots and gaming tables, as well as a bar that hosts weekend live entertainment. It also has a 26-lane bowling alley. The Iowa Greyhound Park has live dog racing in the summer, but slots and table games all the year.
- Places To Eat
There are many dining opportunities in Dubuque from locally owned restaurants to many popular chains. You can find great Italian food, some delicious Chinese, and some authentic Mexican restaurants.
If you’re moving to Dubuque, then you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised when you get here. In addition to the many things to do in the area, there are many beautiful homes for sale. If you’d like to get a tour of the city and begin looking for a home to buy, then contact one of the Realtors at American Realty. We know the city and its many attractions, as well as the housing market.