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“Breath-taking View ~ Peaceful Beauty”
Review of Eagle Point Park

Eagle Point Park
Ranked #2 of 70 things to do in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

A lovely park for walkers, runners, hikers, families, solo, couples.. There are play areas for families. If you want to cook out there are small grills all over and lots of different places to sit outside or in a shelter.
$1 per car -$2 for a bus.
We went in Oct - leaves are changing. Cool crisp air. The fish pond is huge but to was already taken down for the season, no fish. But you still could walk all around it. Still was lovely.
Great place for wedding pics, family pics, or just to take pictures of nature.
We loved just to sit there are watch the Mississippi river flow.

2601 Shiras Ave Dubuque IA 563-589-4263 cityofdubuque.org/parks

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Park cost one dollar to get in, which is no problem. It is a beautiful park with something for everyone.

Thank MrandMrs5
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

The $1/vehicle fee to enter Eagle Point Park is well worth it, even if you only spend 10 minutes taking in the view. The park is surprisingly large and contains many unique buildings. The view of the lock and dam is impressive because it's a long way down. We didn't see any eagles during our visit, but I can imagine how impressive it would be to see them gliding on the currents. We encoutered one bike rider in the park but because the roads are narrow, I don't think of it as a safe area in which to bike.

Thank Beatriz121
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is the piece of Midwestern paradise that I chose to get married to my husband on September 14, 2013. High up on a bluff sits the park overlooking the Mississippi River and Lock & Dam Number 11, with a tri-state view of Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa territories. The park offers various Wright prairie-style architecture pavilions built in the 1930s using native materials, craftsmanship and designs. Don't miss my favorite structure, the Promenade Bridge and connecting Bridge East. The Terrance Room, Veranda Rooms, Indian Room and Bridge Complex were all built by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), a program employing millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects during the Great Depression. As for now, you can rent any of the pavilions online for your specific event at a very reasonable price (http://www.cityofdubuque…)! We chose the East Riverfront Pavilion for the perfect views during our vows, but there are several great options. It's picture-worthy to pay a visit to the northern section of the park there is a serene lily pond made of local limestone with hungry coy fish and a waterfall. Before entering the park's main entrance, you pass the mid-Victorian Mathias Ham House constructed in 1839 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places on July 19, 1976. The park also offers many amenities picnic tables, barbecue grills, six tennis courts, spray pool, playgrounds, horseshoe courts, a band shell, and restroom facilities.

The main entrance charges a whopping $1 fee per car (waived for Iowa residents). If you pass the main entrance, continue straight on Shiras Avenue and turn right on Eagle Point Drive, it takes you up through a residential area to a rear park entrance without paying a dime. If the park is closed for the season, you can still sneak in through this route. Although I must admit the $1 fee is well worth a visit.
If you're more adventurous or athletic, ride a bicycle or hike from downtown along the paved Trolley Line Trail to the park. A streetcar once served the park in 1912, but has since been replaced with the trail. No dogs are allowed in the park either.

Supposedly you can spot eagles flying during certain times of the years (I think February and March)...hasn't happened for me during my several visits. Established in 1909, the park is just over 100 years old, and it's magic still continues.

Thank Richie D
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

This park was so amazing! The view was outstanding, and definitely worth the dollar to get up to the top. The picnic tables were aplenty, the gazebos were nice, and looking out over the lock and dam was amazing. Seeing Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin from one spot was so neat. My husband and I will definitely go back there if we go to Dubuque again for a vacation.

Thank Kari H
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