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Dubuque River Rides

400 E 3rd Street, Port of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA 52001
563-583-8093
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Ranked #14 of 18 Activities in Dubuque
Type: Ships, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Home of: Spirit of Dubuque, Miss Dubuque & Ice Harbor Galley The Spirit of Dubuque is the area's...
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Type: Ships, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Home of: Spirit of Dubuque, Miss Dubuque & Ice Harbor Galley The Spirit of Dubuque is the area's only authentic paddle-wheeler on the Mississippi River. The Spirit of Dubuque offers exciting family entertainment. Cruising May-October with daily 1 hour & 2 hour narrated sightseeing cruises, 2 hour Dinner Cruises (Sunday-Friday), and 3 hour Dinner Cruises on Saturdays with a possible lock through at Lock & Dam #11. All Cruises offer eco & historic information. Advanced reservations recommended.

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Wales
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We took a sunny afternoon trip in mid-September on the Spirit of Dubuque. It was great. Lovely scenery, Julian Dubuque's grave, many homes and other attractions all pointed out by the boat captain. you go under bridges, pass by barges, large and small, get a friendly wave from barge captains, etc. It was a great outing and I would do... More 

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Skokie, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The Spririt of Dubuque offers a convenient and affordable way to 'get your feet wet' on the Mississippi. The 2-hour cruise explores the waters where Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin come together; the impressive bridges and scenery along the shoreline and the presence of other boats will truly delight photographers. It's a fine introduction to the area. But the boat itself... More 

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Glenview
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This was a great ride down the Mississippi in the evening. We opted for the dinner cruise which was in retrospect a mistake. The food was meh at best. My suggestion would be to go on one of the non-meal cruises. The captain was friendly and informative.

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Villecchia, Liguria, Italy
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Wanting to have a trip down the Mississippi, we opted for the dinner cruise. This was a mistake. The cruise itself was average, we were unable to hear the commentary of the captain, either due to the noise of the other passengers or the poor sound quality of the sound system. The staff were reasonable, no complaints about them. The... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We loved this river cruise! We did not buy the lunch for the cruise, they have concessions and that was good enough! This was a full 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi, the captain was our tour guide and did a great job pointing out all the points of interest and knew his history!

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had a nice ride for an hour and half. The captain did a real nice job informing us of the area on the river.

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Iowa
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We did the 1 1/2 hour tour on the Spirit of Dubuque riverboat and had a blast. All 3 kids - from 4 yrs to 13 yrs - enjoyed it. Couldn't really hear the captain talking until we got up from the table and decided to stand near the front of the boat. Too muffled in the seating area. Was... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went on the Spirit of Dubuque River boat with our bus tour. They had a prime rib/chicken dinner and then you go and watch the fireworks on the river. It was $109. A couple of things we didn't like. The Prime Rib was underdone and they had so many table and chairs packed in, that you couldn't sit comfortably... More 

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Lombard, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My family and I recently took the scenic tour of the Mississippi from Dubuque. The tour was two hours long and cost $30 per person (for adults). The tour also included lunch for an extra fee, but we did not partake in it. The Spirit of Dubuque is a paddleboat and has a lot of space to move around in.... More 

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PA
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102 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If you never had a chance to ride a river paddleboat, and you are in the Dubuque area, this is a nice ride for you and the family. The boat was very comfortable, and they have food and drinks for purchase on board. The food was pretty good. Free parking along side the dock. A nice way to spend an... More 

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