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East Iowa, Iowa

East Iowa

You won't believe your senses. Baseball players that materialize from cornstalks. A riot of color born aloft on the wings of butterflies. The soulful rhythms of jazz and blues - the river's own music. And to toast it all, a glass of award-winning Iowa wine.

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Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House is the oldest theater in Dubuque and was built in 1889-1890 at an estimated cost of $65,000. Done in the Richardsonian architectural style, the original facade consists of St. Louis brick facing with Bayfield red sandstone trim. Dubuque'

Dubuque, IA Opera Houses

Schuetzen Park Historic Site

This site holds many special memories for generations of local German-Americans and other area residents. In 1870, the Davenport Schützengesellschaft (later called the Schützen Verein) created this "Schützenpark"

Davenport, IA Historic Sites

Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark

Mississippi River-themed indoor waterpark, with 25,000 square feet of family fun. Indoor/

Dubuque, IA Water Parks

Vander Veer Botanical Park

Historic botanical park with conservatory and growing house, outdoor gardens, fountains, and sculpture. Nationally recognized rose garden and Hosta Glade, and the largest public rose garden in the Quad Cities. Admission fee for conservatory only.

Davenport, IA Botanical Gardens

Mines of Spain Recreation Area

State wildlife area offers 1,387 acres of forest and tallgrass prairie along the Mississippi River. Designated watchable wildlife area and urban wildlife sanctuary with excellent birdwatching. 14

Dubuque, IA Recreation

Bickelhaupt Arboretum

View 14 acres of labeled trees, shrubs and perennials. One of the top 10

Clinton, IA Arboretums

Penguins Comedy Club

Live nationally touring comedians.

Bettendorf, IA Comedy Clubs

Dubuque Symphony

Professional symphony performs five classic concerts in historic Five Flags Theater, pops concerts including St. Patrick's Pops, Independence Pops and Holiday Pops, two chamber concerts.

Dubuque, IA Symphonies

Potter's Mill

Iowa's oldest gristmill was built in 1843 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been completely rehabilitated and now is a full service restaurant and bed & breakfast. Self-guided and pre-arranged group tours to see the structure are available.

Bellevue, IA Mills

Anamosa Penitentiary Museum

Historic stone building on the prison grounds displays artifacts and historical information about Iowa's largest correctional facility.

Anamosa, IA Museums

Diamond Jo Casino

Year-round gambling on this excursion boat, with slot machines, video poker, craps, roulette, blackjack and poker.

Dubuque, IA Casinos

Mathias Ham House Historic Site

View Italianate limestone mansion, built in 1856 and authentically restored and furnished. Also visit 1833 double log house with hands-on exhibit.

Dubuque, IA Historic Sites

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