Fun Things To Do
From the healthy variety of museums, stunning churches and wineries to an array of live entertainment and sporting events to wonderful restaurants serving up incredible local and international cuisine to shopping bazaars laden with wares of yesteryear and today, the whole of the city provide virtually an endless selection of enlightening, entertaining and fascinating points of interest.
Attractions worth your attention
- Hurstville Lime Kilns/Interpretive Center
A very unique historic site; the Hurstville Lime Kilns are the only set of 4 lime kilns still standing. The kilns were used to process lime from lime stone. The lime kilns were part of a company town that dates back to the late 1880’s. The interpretive center is in the building process.
- Iowa Grapevines Winery
A Small Family Owned Winery producing Dry to Sweet Wines, and 100% Grape Juice, for those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages. In addition to their Winery, Juicery, & Vineyard, they also make Wine Jellies and Grape Jams & Jellies.
- Ohnward Fine Arts Center
The Ohnward Fine Arts Center is a volunteer based, nonprofit organization that exists to offer quality and varied entertainment, provide lifelong learning opportunities, and foster creative expression throughout the community in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Tabor Home Vineyards and Winery
A family owned and operated winery near the town of Baldwin, Iowa, about 9 miles west of Maquoketa. The winery offers group tours and wine tasting.
- Old City Hall Art Gallery
The Old City Hall Art Gallery is located near downtown Maquoketa in the Old City Hall. It features bautiful paintings by the local artist and owner Rose Frantzen, pottery by Sylvia March, and paintings by Charles Morris.
- 61 Drive-in Theater
One of the very few drive-in theaters left in the country, located 5 miles south of Maquoketa.
- Galena, Illinois
About 40 miles north of Maquoketa, Galena offers a variety of unique shops, antique stores, and tourist destinations.
- Maquoketa Caves State Park
Iowa’s most unique state park, with over 6 miles of trails, 28 campsites and 16 caves. Beautiful scenic overlooks, a natural bridge, and a balancing rock also adorn the park.
- Eden Valley Refuge
Eden Valley Refuge is situated on 201 acres of beautiful forested hills and limestone bluffs. The park has 4 miles of trails, camping, a swinging bridge, and an observation tower.
- Bellevue State Park
Bellevue, Iowa is 20 miles northeast of Maquoketa on Highway 62. Bellevue has several unique shops and a state park along the Mississippi river. The park has a butterfly sanctuary, nature center, Indian burial mounds, and beautiful scenic overlooks along the bluffs of the Mississippi.
- Mississippi Palisades State Park
The Missippi Palisades offers camping, hiking trails, fishing, hunting and winter sports. The park has beautiful hanging overlooks on the cliffs of the Mississippi. It is located in Savanna, Illinois, 30 miles east of Maquoketa.
- Brush Creek Winery
Nestled in the heart of Jackson County, Brush Creek Winery offers a relaxed country experience where you can enjoy free wine tasting of their award winning wines.
- Jackson County Historical Museum
This local history museum has a country school, antique agricultural equipment, period rooms, and changing events and displays.
- Maquoketa’s Other Attractions
Stock car races, city parks, and Main Street’s Unique Shops are amoung Maquoketa’s various other attractions.
Call: (563) 652 – 6961