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“An attraction that's also a break”

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Ranked #4 of 70 things to do in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We visited during a very hot afternoon in early September and there were very few folks wandering around, giving us almost exclusive -if unguided- access to the beautiful gardens and paths and ponds. I am not a gardener at all, just a fan and, at arboretums and gardens, a gawker. Had it been slightly cooler, we would've strolled another hour. This beautiful attraction is free, has a nice gift shop, a library and observation deck, and friendly volunteers. It's about fifteen minutes from downtown and, except for one wrong-side-of-the-road directional sign, pretty easy to find.

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

The arboretum and the botanical gardens in Dubuque, are fantastic, there is a playground for little kids, walking trails, a gift shop, lots of flowers and trees, and even a pond, with some beautiful golden orange fish. The kids loved it. I would recommend checking it out, a fun place for the entire family. If you want to have a picnic, there is even a gazebo with seating. A lovely experience, I will go again. Sincerely, Carolyn H

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We visited this attraction primarily to see the Diplomats of Solid Sound play in nature. The set up to watch live music (for free!) is pretty decent; a bit of a natural amphitheater. Bring a picnic, libations and kick back! We didn't venture onto the grounds, but the walk to the bathroom enticed my visual senses so much that we will be back during the day to take in the surroundings.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Charming little arboretum. Have to come back when the hastas are in full bloom. The Japanese garden is nicely done, a pleasant surprise.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

I liked all the different flowers and the scenery and the park itself I like the way they kept it up.

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