As an Iowa native, I’ve been to the Field of Dreams a number of times. But did you know that Dyersville, Iowa (the town where the movie was set and where the field still stands proud) is a doable day trip from the Madison, WI area? It’s just under 2 hours away – depending on what part of Madison you reside in. Plus, there’s lots to see and do in Dubuque if you have more time to spend (or if you want to do a weekend getaway or overnight!).
Field of Dreams, released in 1989, is a movie that has inspired millions and became an Academy Award nominee for “Best Picture of the Year.” The movie set, the home, the farm, the baseball field… a little piece of heaven on earth. It’s a place where reality mixes with fantasy and dreams can come true.
I love that the field and home have been preserved for so many years now – and that visitors can feel like they are part of an iconic movie.
Location (less than 2 hours from Madison, WI)
Located in the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa. Just 25 miles west of Dubuque along the Mississippi River where Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin meet.
28995 Lansing Road, Dyersville, IA
**The field is available for your viewing year-round from sunrise to sunset.
Fans can spend the night in the newly remodeled three-bedroom farm house and enjoy the “Kinsella Experience.” Guests will be greeted personally by the Movie Site staff and will receive a complimentary gift basket. The house is available for rent year round and can accommodate groups of up to seven. ($500/night)
Interested in having the field to yourself? Whether you want to hold a practice, have a family gathering or just avoid the crowd, you can rent the field any day they are open between 6:00 am-10:00 pm or have access 8:00-9:00 am.
Step back in time and place while touring the inside the Field of Dreams farm house. During this live, guided 30-minute tour, you will hear stories about the home from its early days as the Lansing family homestead in the early 20th century to its rebirth as the set for the Kinsella family in the 1989 fantasy classic.
Things to do in (nearby) Dubuque, IA
- National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is part aquarium, part museum, part science center.
- Fenelon Place Elevator Co is described as the world’s shortest, steepest scenic railway, 296 feet in length, elevating passengers 189 feet.
- Eagle Point Park is a 164-acre public park located in the northeast corner of Dubuque and overlooks the Mississippi River.
- Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark
- Dubuque River Rides offers sightseeing and dinner cruises on the Spirit, a replica of a Mississippi River paddle-wheel steamboat.
- Creative Adventure Lab
- Maquoketa Caves State Park (about 30 minutes away) is one of the biggest attractions in Jackson County and is a great place for spelunkers and hiking enthusiasts.