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Quality of Life


A strong sense of community pride helps to make this award winning community an exciting and dynamic area to live, work and play. It is rich in history and beauty which can be seen in the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier. This Catholic Church has gothic architecture that will take your breath away and is only one of 52 in the United States. Dyersville is proud to be the home of the Academy Award nominated film "Field of Dreams". Dyersville is also known as the "Farm Toy Capital of the World" for its 3 toy companies: Tomy (formerly The Ertl Company), Scale Models and SpecCast. If you have never been to the National Farm Toy Museum, plan to spend some time reliving our agricultural history.

A variety of cultural, recreational, educational facilities, events, entertainment and attractions make Dyersville unique and one of the busiest and most fun-filled small communities around. Come and see for yourself!

Fitness, Recreation & the Great Outdoors:

First class fitness facilities and motivating staffs help you to keep in shape in year round.

If outdoor recreation is your thing, we have something to offer everyone all year round with snow skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, swimming, kayaking, bike riding, hiking, walking, golf, tennis, skateboarding, baseball, softball, soccer and the list goes on.

Find out more about recreation and outdoor opportunities below:

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  • Total Fitness Rec Center
    This 24 hour fitness facility is located adjacent to the Farm Toy Museum and staffed from 7:30 am-7:00 pm daily.  Offers racquetball, weight room, spin theatre, circuit room, cardio machines, a variety of fitness classes, yoga, personal trainers, Tae Kwon Do, walleyball, saunas and a large gymnasium for basketball and indoor walking or running.  Daily fees available.
    (563) 875-2727
    totalfitnessdyersville.com

    Anytime Fitness
    24 hour fitness facility with many options for strength and cardio equipment. Facility features the benefit of Anywhere Club Access where you can visit thousands of Fitness Centers across the country. 18 and over.
    (563) 875-2848
    Anytimefitness.com

    Dyersville Family Aquatic Center
    Located adjacent to the Dyersville Commercial Club Park.  150' body slide, drop slide, child's play area, zero depth swimming, sand volleyball, tennis courts and park area.  Open daily 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
    (563) 875-8675.
    Dyersville Aquatic Center

    Heritage Trail
    26-mile all season trail from Dyersville to Dubuque.  Reveals a unique cross-section of geological, natural, archaeological and human history.  Walking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.  Daily fees $2.10 or $10.50 per year.  Passes available at Chamber of Commerce.
    (563) 556-6745.
    Heritage Trail

    Sundown Mountain Resort
    Explore 21 trails and 2 terrain parks carved out of a beautiful century old cedar forest reminiscent of Colorado just 15 minutes from Dyersville. Two rustic mountaintop lodges provide breathtaking views, cafeteria food service, cozy fireplaces, two lounges, a gift shop, a large sun deck, free ski and snowboard corrals and live music. Ski lessons, Rentals, Group Packages, a Kids Park and many Special Offers will make your trip to the slopes something to remember. (563) 556-6676
    www.sundownmtn.com

    Golf Courses


    Dyersville Golf and Country Club
    9 hole private course.  Clubhouse.
    (563) 875-8497
    Dyersvillegolf.org

    Rolling Knolls Golf Course
    9 hole public course. 
    Located east on 2nd Ave. SE,
    Highway 968.  Clubhouse.
    (563) 875-7466
    Rolling Knolls Golf Course

    Parks


    Dyersville Commercial Club Park
    Adjacent to Highway 136 in Dyersville.
    Picnic, playgrounds, pool, tennis courts, shelter and pavilion.
    (563) 875-7727
    Dyersville Commercial Club Park

    New Wine Park
    Located 3 miles north of Dyersville, west of Highway 136. Camping with electrical outlets, hiking trails, picnic, playgrounds, shelters and fishing, all on 184 acres.  Open May through October.
    (563) 921-3475
    New Wine Park

    White Pine Hollow State Park
    Adjacent to Luxemburg on Highways 136 and 52. Virgin Iowa wilderness covering hundreds of acres of timber and creek bottoms, undeveloped parking with gravel road access. Hiking.
    White Pine Hollow State Forest

    Plum Creek Park
    Located on the southeast edge of Earlville. This 29-acre park features stream fishing, picnic shelter, hiking trails, well and toilets, playground equipment, picnic tables and primitive camping.

    Tri-State RV Park
    Highway 20 exit 285, Earlville.
    RV camping, full hook-ups.
    (563) 923-CAMP

    Candy Cane Park
    Located at 2nd St. S. E. and 3rd St. S. E. in Dyersville.
    Skate Park, softball and baseball fields and playground, open shelter.

    West Side Park
    Adjacent to 3rd St. S. W. in Dyersville.
    Hard-surfaced walking, biking trail, tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, softball diamonds, five soccer fields and basketball courts.


Attractions & Other Points of Interest:

Midwest Living's "100 Best Small-Town Getaways", Good Housekeeping Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America" Come and see for yourself!

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  • Field of Dreams Movie Site
    Come visit this family farm with a baseball diamond carved into its heart.  This is the original setting where the movie was filmed.  There are no organized activities on the field so bring your favorite baseball equipment and play on this world renowned field.  Free admission.  Open daily April through November, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Souvenirs available.
    1-888-875-8404
    www.fodmoviesite.com
    E-mail: info@fodmoviesite.com

    Basilica of St. Francis Xavier
    Only one of 52 Basilicas in the United States and is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the Midwest.  In the fall of 2001, a 21-month restoration of the interior of the Basilica was completed.  Open daily from sunup to sundown.  Located downtown, 104 3rd St. S.W.  (563) 875-7325.

    National Farm Toy Museum
    This museum offers an array of 30,000 farm toys, trucks, banks and other toys of interest to both the serious collector and casual visitor.  Farm scenes illustrate the importance of agriculture throughout history to present day.  Visit our 45-seat theater and enjoy the “Toys to Treasures” 10-minute movie.  Located at Highways 20 and 136, open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1110 16th Ave. Ct. S.E., (563) 875-2727. 
    www.nationalfarmtoymuseum.com
    E-mail: farmtoys@dyersville.com

    Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum
    Home of Dyersville’s founder, this restored Victorian features a rare revolving German Feather Christmas tree and German ornaments and includes a collection of over 1,200 dolls.  Open May through November, weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  331 1st Ave. E.  For more information, call (563) 875-2414.
    http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~dyerbotsford 

    Plaza Antique Mall
    Home to over 200+ dealers offering a wide variety of antiques, collectibles and farm toys.  Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Located across from the National Farm Toy Museum.
    *Named the Top Antique Mall in Eastern Iowa by KCRG TV9, Spring 2008!
    (563) 875-8945. 
    www.plaza-antique-mall.com

    Becker Woodcarving Museum
    One of Iowa’s most unique carving museums.  Located four miles northeast of Dyersville.  Open May through October.
    Call (563) 875-2087

    Park Farm Winery
    Located in the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa just 15 minutes from Dyersville, sits a Chateau styled winery, build to capture the beauty of the countryside. On your visit expect an authentic wine experience with the unassuming Midwest feel and service. In the warm months, enjoy a glass on our deck or bring a picnic to enjoy by our vineyards. In the winter, cozy up by our giant fireplace.
    (563)557-3727
    www.parkfarmwinery.com

And close by...

Great places ignore county lines and city limits.

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  • National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium 
    Enjoy dynamic aquariums, historical exhibits and a stroll through the wetlands and  boatyard. Tour the steamboat William M. Black and watch as a boat is launched into the Mississippi River. For more information or call 563-557-9545.
    www.rivermuseum.com

    Mystique Casino 
    Enjoy a newly updated facility with slots, games and more! 
    www.mystiquedbq.com 

    Diamond Jo Casino
    Table games, slots and fun all in one boat!
    www.diamondjo.com

    Tri-State Raceway-Earlville, IA
    The newest NHRA Division V raceway.  Drag racing every Sunday April through October. RV camping with full hook-ups, (563) 923-2267.  For racing information, please call (563) 923-DRAG. 
    www.tristateraceway.com

    Farley Speedway>
    West edge of Farley off of HWY 20. One half mile banked dirt track. Seating capacity of 5,000. NASCAR racing Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. plus many specials throughout the year.
    (563) 744-3620
    Farley Speedway

    Lake Delhi is 15 minutes from Dyersville and the Mississippi River at Guttenberg is approximately 20 minutes while the Port of Dubuque is 30 minutes. All offer swimming, fishing and boating.

    Manchester Whitewater Park: Iowa's largest white water park, kayaking, tubing, fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding,
    563-927-3636
    www.manchesterwhitewater.com

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