Sweater-weather enthusiasts, rejoice! The autumn season is finally here. Soon our days will be brightened by the changing leaves, and the weather will reach that ideal brisk temperature that we so dearly associate with this season.
Though it might be tempting to curl up in your room and enjoy the pumpkin-spiced drink of choice, don’t forget to step outside and enjoy the fall season Dubuque style!
1. Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch
Just off Highway 52 about 15 minutes south of town, you’ll find a family-owned and operated pumpkin patch that has everything you need to embrace fall this year. Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch offers a corn maze, wagon rides, homemade treats in the snack bar, a pumpkin cannon, and of course, pumpkins perfect for carving! Be sure to stop by, the operation runs from late September through October on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. Cziper’s Apple Orchard
If you’re interested in traditional and fun fall activities, look no further than Cziper’s! Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cziper’s is sure to get you into the spirit of fall, and is on the to-do list for many Dubuque natives. Czipar’s sells a variety of fall treats: not only apples, but also cider, jams, apple butter, and their delicious apple-cider donuts! You’ll find this local gem about 15 minutes south of town on Highway 52.
3. Dark Chambers
In the mood for a good scare? Then you’ll want to make a visit to Dubuque’s favorite haunted attraction, Dark Chambers. Located on Ice Harbor Road downtown, this haunted house is open on weekends starting Sept. 30, and runs through the end of October. Thrills and chills are promised, but there are options for the faint of heart. This organization offers a “Light Fright” and a “Full Scare” option for guests.
4. Mines of Spain and Eagle Point Park
If you’ve never ventured to one of the many
parks of Dubuque, there’s no time better than
during the fall season. Though these local attractions are beautiful all year long, these parks are especially beautiful during peak leaf-changing season. Make
a visit to Eagle Point Park and take in some wonderful views of the tri-state area, or head out to The Mines of Spain for a light fall hike with some friends.
5. Attend a Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey Game
With fall comes the beginning of the Dubuque Fighting Saints hockey season. Though the regularly scheduled games run from September through
April, you won’t want to miss the beginning of their action-packed season. A full schedule is available on their official website, so grab some friends and head down to the Mystique Ice Center to support your local USHL (United States Hockey League) team.
6. Day trip to Galena, Illinois
Galena, IL, is about 25 minutes from campus, but is worth the drive! Galena offers a number of unique and specialty shops, a wide variety of restaurants, and a collection of historical sites including a former home of President Ulysses S. Grant’s. This historic town is perfect for a weekend getaway, and you’ll experience great views of the fall foliage on the drive there.
So pull out your favorite scarf and grab a warm beverage. Fall is here, and Dubuque’s got you covered! Get to know your new home town and explore the Key City before fall is over and we usher in the dreaded time of cold and snow we call winter. Ready yourselves, Duhawks, you’re in for a wonderful season.