On the banks of the Mississippi River, Grand River Center is a beautiful limestone and glass structure featuring strikingly modern lines that complement the traditional architecture of the surrounding area. A special feature, the undulating roofline, reflects the river itself. The city of Dubuque had considered pursuing a state-of-the-art education and conference facility for nearly a decade but lacked funding. Through progressive thinking, unique partnerships and the creation of the Vision Iowa funding, through the State of Iowa, the dream has become a reality.
The state legislature created Vision Iowa funding to address two districts needs in Iowa. First, improve quality of life by creating venues that increase education, recreation and entertainment choices to attract and retain young people. Second, increase opportunities for tourism. The Grand River Center, as part of America’s River, addresses both of those needs. America’s River project received $40 million in Vision Iowa funds and was the state’s first recipient.
Grand River Center planning began with a Design Review Committee comprised of representatives from the City of Dubuque and other partner organizations. The committee worked directly with the architects and designers to develop the space needs and layout of the building, to select materials and colors and to ensure the facility was located in a manner that showcases the stunning views of the Mississippi River. The central spine of the building also provides a direct line of sight to the landmark gold dome on top of the Dubuque County Courthouse. The results are spectacular and indicate the level of commitment and care that went into each decision.
The three-story Grand River Center provides breath-taking views of the Mississippi River and the Tri-State area. The center features an 86,000 square foot conference and meeting facility which includes a 30,000 square foot exhibit hall, a 12,000 square foot ballroom and six meeting rooms. On the third floor, the River Room is an all-glass enclosure with a balcony jutting over the Riverwalk, which allows the sensation of floating over the river.
The Grand River Center opened in November 2003 and was the final phase of Dubuque’s America’s River Project. The center sits on the bank of the Mississippi River next to the Grand Harbor Resort and the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
The Grand River Center has won eight “Best of the Midwest” awards for meetings.
Situated at the tristate of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois, on the mighty Mississippi River, Dubuque and its surrounding communities are an open playground not only for the young but also for the young at heart. Explore historical sites or delight in nature’s bounty by hiking, fishing or canoeing! Jump into the swing of things whether it be golfing, gaming, biking or skiing. Tour a winery or window shop in the heart of downtown; Dubuque has something for every season!
Iowa's oldest city, Dubuque, has remade its Mississippi River waterfront as a lively destination. The Smithsonian-affiliated National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium offers fresh-water aquariums and cool hands-on exhibits. In summer, live music rocks the riverside amphitheater. River's Edge Plaza, a 5,000 square foot outdoor pavilion, serves as a landmark for Mississippi riverboats and excursion vessels. Diamond Jo Casino offers over 975 slot machines as well as gaming tables. Dubuque River Rides offers a relaxing ride aboard an authentic paddlewheel boat. Stone Cliff Winery offers Stone Cliff Wine and is a family owned and operated winery. The vineyard is located in the beautiful rolling hills north of Dubuque in Eastern Iowa. Their production and Tasting Room is now located in the Historic Star Brewery Building in the Port of Dubuque, along the Mississippi River. The Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is ideally situated in the Port of Dubuque and features a winning combination of service, amenities, and entertainment. The Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark is the Midwest’s premier destination for meetings, group events, and family vacations. 193 guest rooms overlook the mighty Mississippi or the spectacular views of the city. At the Grand River Center, you will find the perfect venue for every occasion within one facility. Our Grand Ballroom is the ideal setting for weddings, holiday parties or any formal gathering up to 800 guests. The all-glass "River Room" will enchant your more private gatherings and the Exhibit Hall is, simply, a massive space to encompass huge crowds, floor events and more.
GRAND HARBOR RESORT AND HOTEL
Located in the Port of Dubuque, Iowa, and connected to the Grand River Center via an indoor skywalk, the 193 room Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark is the perfect spot for enjoying this beautiful and exciting destination area. Gather with friends for a relaxed conversation at Tony Roma's or slide into a whole new world of water fun in our 25,000 square feet indoor waterpark. Spacious and well appointed, the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark provides an atmosphere that encourages both relaxation and recreation. Our hotel rooms and suites are comfortably furnished and loaded with thoughtful amenities, ensuring a restful stay. Enjoy being connected with free Wi-Fi or relax in front of your 37-inch flat-screen TV. Each of our rooms and suites boasts picturesque views of either historic downtown Dubuque, the city bluffs or the magnificent Mississippi River.
THE GREATEST INDOOR WATERPARK
Make a splash at Grand Harbor Resort’s onsite indoor waterpark! We offer 25,000 square feet of wet fun for the entire family. This refreshing experience includes waterslides, tube rides, rope ladders, waterspouts, water chutes, squirt guns and powerful water cannons as well as a lazy river, activity pools, and two giant hot tub whirlpools. Grab a snack at the River’s Edge Café or experience the “four-story splash” – 350 gallons of water dumped every eight minutes from our four-story Huck Finn II Treehouse!
With our locally beloved Tony Roma’s Restaurant. Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark makes it easy for guests to enjoy an award-winning dining experience without having to leave the hotel, as we’ve been voted “Best Place for Ribs” at the BestFest for several years running.
In addition to great dining, Tony Roma’s at Grand Harbor Resort offers magnificent views of the Mississippi River or the bluffs of Dubuque. Visit us for breakfast, lunch or dinner – or order room service and enjoy the dining in the comfort of your room. We also offer Tony Roma’s Lounge – a casual, comfortable atmosphere featuring nightly drink specials, flat screen TVs, live entertainment and a view of the Mississippi River.