Diamond Jo Casino and Q Casino Dubuque bring you a plethora of gaming options to the area. But if you’re looking to turn your casino stays into an all-out vacation destination, today’s post will help you get started.
Sure, you can opt for a fine getaway even if you initially planned on staying and playing at Diamond Jo Casino and Q Casino Dubuque. But for a diverse vacation experience, today’s list has several fine points of interest that will excite you.
From museums and aquariums to parks and botanical gardens, there is nothing short in the points of interest category in the area.
Ready to take a break from the Iowa gambling scene and explore? Let’s begin.
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
If you’re looking for a fun and interactive educational experience, head on over to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. A fantastic family-friendly environment, it’s a great place to take the crew if they traveled with you to the Dubuque, Iowa, area.
As a popular destination, it has received recognition as TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice of 2020, and it has also garnered over 1,500 tourist reviews on the site. Averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars as of January 2021.
It’s a unique hybrid between an aquarium and science center, so you’re really getting a two-for-one deal here on this 14-acre campus. It’s right on the Mississippi River’s banks, featuring two two-story buildings plus a stunning outdoor plaza.
It carries over 100 species of marine life plus four-figures worth of historical artifacts. It’s a prime place if you’d like to take an entire afternoon off from the casino gaming. Because with so much to see, you can place a safe bet your kids won’t want to leave soon.
And if you’re a marine life enthusiast, you can turn a trip to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium into a day trip.
Fenelon Place Elevator Company
When you think of cable cars, it’s possible San Francisco, California, pops into your mind. But Dubuque, Iowa, also boasts its own cable car at Fenelon Place Elevator Company.
Known as “The World’s Steepest, Shortest Railway,” you’ll get not just a cool view of Dubuque, but also of the Mississippi River and three distinct states. Open from April through November, it’s a true point of interest if you’re in the area during one of those eight months of the year.
Eagle Point Park
Yet another popular location in the area that earned a Traveler’s Choice 2020 distinction, Eagle Point Park has received nearly 600 reviews per TripAdvisor. Like Fenelon Place Elevator Company, you have yet another majestic view of the city just waiting to be discovered.
Overlooking the dam on the Mississippi River and into the states of Illinois and Wisconsin, enjoy the view plus the recreation that you will find here at Eagle Point.
Next to fine viewing and picnicking areas, you’ll also come across a splash pond, playgrounds, shelters, and even horseshoe pits. It’s the perfect place for recreation. And it’s another fantastic place to go if you’re looking for a family-friendly environment to immerse yourself and the whole family into.
Best yet, reviewers have commended that the park is not the most crowded location when they head over. Besides the $1 entrance fee, they all agree it’s well worth making the stop.
Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Q Casino and Diamond Jo Casino are well-known casino destinations in Iowa in the middle of a well-known city in the Heartland. For these reasons, the top three attractions have received epic praise, and the trend continues with the fourth attraction, the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Despite the smaller area, the location has garnered over 200 reviews and, like those mentioned up at the top, has seen plenty of 4- and 5-star reviews. You’ll find scenery like no other when you frequent the area, including an assortment of flora, waterfalls, natural rock formations, and so much more.
If you’re looking for something to calm you down after a breathtaking ride through the real money slots and tables at Diamond Jo Casino and Q Casino Dubuque, take a trip to the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Immerse yourself in the natural scenery and colorful flower beds and get away from everything for a while.
Mines of Spain Recreation Area
Mines of Spain is the first point of interest on this list not to hold the Traveler’s Choice 2020 distinction. But don’t let its lack of recognition fool you. Like its nearby cousins, it still boasts 4.5 stars out of over 200 reviews on TripAdvisor as of January 2021.
So, what is the Mines of Spain Recreation Area? It’s yet another place on the list to immerse yourself in the natural beauty in America’s Heartland. As with a few points of interest on this list, you will get a breathtaking view of the Mississippi from yet another angle. But Mines of Spain offers so much more.
It’s a great place to hike, bike, walk, and run. So, if you’d like to get a workout in the middle of Dubuque’s natural beauty after a day or two of immense calorie consumption at the casinos, head on over.
If you’d like a lesson in Dubuque’s history, it’s also a fantastic area of interest. So, hit the trails and treat the eyes to the Heartland’s nature scene that includes calming views of the river, the hills, valleys, and even the open skies.
Head over to the Julien Dubuque Monument, the mystical, forested paths and the surrounding cliffs and evergreens, the wooded islands that frequent the river, and even the old mines.
Crystal Lake Cave
More nature, but this time we’re looking at nature from a different angle when you step into the Crystal Lake Cave. With a 4-star rating out of nearly 200 reviews, you’re looking at another 2020 Traveler’s Choice distinction.
Take a walk into darkness and catch the stalactites and stalagmites protruding from the cave’s floor and roof. Capture photos of the natural rock formations and structures that you will find all over the landscape at this location, including the Lot’s Wife structure.
Other structures like Little Frozen Niagara, the Turtle, and Cave Dwellers are also worth seeing. Crystal Lake Cave is sort of like a self-guided tour at a rock museum, if you really think about it.
So, come in and explore the narrow passages, the stone walls, plus the marvelous structures that await in the Crystal Lake Cave. It’s definitely a fine place to tour if you’re looking to take a few hours off from the adrenaline-pumping casino games for another kind of adrenaline-pumping experience.
Stone Cliff Winery
Stone Cliff Winery is yet another fine point of interest boasting 4.5 stars out of 212 reviews. Yet another winner of TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2020 Award, you know you’re getting a unique experience when you head into the winery.
And while you’ll find a plethora of cocktails over at Q Casino Dubuque and Diamond Jo Casino, they’re nothing like the farm-to-table ingredients over at Stone Cliff. Head on in and sample some of the finest wines in the area and order your favorites.
They also have appetizers, desserts, and a limited selection of food. So, it’s also a good place to head over if you’re looking for a quick snack to go along with a wine tasting experience you won’t soon forget.
Reviewers have also commented that the building boasts a fine history. If you’re into the historical side of things, be sure to have the staff fill you in on the amazing story behind the venue.
Some reviewers have complained about the wine being too sweet, even if they ordered the semi-sweet variety. You may want to steer clear of the drinking if you’re not into sweet wines. However, if you have a sweet tooth and are raring to try something local, Stone Cliff Winery is the place to be.
Explore Outside of Diamond Jo Casino and Q Casino Dubuque
What makes these seven points of interest so unique is that they all have hundreds of great reviews on TripAdvisor. Six of the seven have also held the Traveler’s Choice distinction for 2020, so you can only imagine the vacation experience you will get.
Take a few days to enjoy the casino gaming at Diamond Jo Casino and Q Casino Dubuque. You can seriously turn what you may have thought as a few days at the area casinos into a vacation experience of a lifetime.
If you’re into nature and scenery, then you’re already more than set.
Have you been to Diamond Jo Casino or Q Casino Dubuque? If so, did you visit any of the above areas and turn a few days at the casino into the ultimate vacation experience? Let us know in the comments.