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Explore Downtown Dubuque

Whether it is the architecture, an event, gaming, or the river, there is something for everyone to explore in downtown Dubuque.

As a part of the rare Driftless Area, the northern area of our downtown was untouched by the glaciers that flatted the rest of the region. Take in the bluffs while taking a boat bruise down the mighty Mississippi River. Ride on the shortest and oldest railroad in the world. Shop the Cable Car Square boutiques and enjoy the Lower Main nightlife. Dine our restaurants and enjoy our breweries and winery.

For family activities, view our Family Fun page.

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Fenlon Place Elevator Company

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Historic cable car, also known as the Fourth Street Elevator, this funicular railway has been called “the world’s steepest, shortest scenic railway.” 296 feet in length, elevating passengers 189 feed from Fourth Street up to  Fenelon Place. Magnificent view of downtown Dubuque business district, the Mississippi River and three states. 

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Barrel House Dubuque

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This delicious restaurant is located at 299 Main Street. Their menu features local favorites & Barrel House originals. From gourmet burgers to sandwiches and specialty salads. They also have a great selection of tap beer. Use the website link about for hours, events, and entertainment.

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Gotta Have It Dubuque

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Gotta Have It is a delightful boutique in our Cable Car Square District. Located at 315 Bluff Street, they carry some of the best clothing, jewelry, and accessory lines in the industry with a focus on quality and price. 

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