Dubuque Spotlight of the Week: Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

What? Public gardens, a visitor center, cafe and gift shop with a variety of all types of plants, flowers and vegetation to stroll through on a spacious 52 acres. Walking through the whole thing usually takes around 90 minutes.

Who? Anyone can enjoy this as an activity. Whether it’s for a picnic with friends, a walking date, a chance to be alone in nature, for photography, etc., it’s a great escape into a serene landscape for all of its visitors.

Where? 3800 Arboretum Dr., Dubuque, IA 52001.

When? The park is from May 1 to October 31, 7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week. Nov. 1 to May 1, there are limited hours and it is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Why? It’s a quiet space to think, a beautiful scenery to take in, a place to show off to people visiting the area, a great place to take pictures for an event or just to photograph the nature found there, and more.

Cost? There is never any admission charge, but a donation is always welcome in order to provide for the upkeep of the public gardens and the maintenance of the grounds.

Other Features? Free Sunday concerts, award-winning rose gardens, open air outdoor facilities for luncheons and meetings, and the largest public hosta garden in the United States.

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