Visiting the Field of Dreams? Here are things to do and restaurants to try in Dyersville
The northeast Iowa town of Dyersville has seen its share of fame since the release of the movie “Field of Dreams” in 1989. It saw a resurgence in popularity this summer when it hosted a Major League Baseball game at the Field of Dreams. Nearly 8,000 people were in attendance to watch the Chicago White Sox play the New York Yankees. Karla Thompson, executive director of the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce, said the area saw an increase in tourism before the game was even played.
“Tourists wanted to check out the stadium in case they didn’t get tickets or couldn’t come to the game,” said Thompson. “We still saw an increase in tourism after the game as well.”
Thompson was fortunate enough to snag a ticket to the MLB game. “It gave me goosebumps,” she said. “I saw other tourists in awe, taking so many pictures — they didn’t want to miss a beat!”
More: Yes, the Field of Dreams is a real place — and it's in Iowa. Here are 15 things you should know.
The Field of Dreams isn't hosting a MLB game in 2023, but why not make your own trip to Dyersville anyway? We’ve made it easy by providing a list of must-see stops.
Things to do in Dyersville
Field of Dreams Farm House Tour and Movie Site: Tour the home where the Kinsella family lived in the movie “Field of Dreams.” A 30-minute guided tour, which will take you back in time, is $20 for adults and $12 for kids, with discounts for military and seniors. The field is available for viewing year-round. Learn more and purchase tickets at fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com. 28995 Lansing Rd
National Farm Toy Museum: “The National Farm Toy Museum is the No. 1 farm toy experience in the world,” Thompson said. You’ll be in awe at the collection of farm toys, pedal tractors, dioramas and unique exhibits spread out over two floors. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 6-17. Get directions and hours at nationalfarmtoymuseum.com. 1110 16th Ave SE
Dyer-Botsford Victorian House & Doll Museum: Visit the home of the founder of Dyersville and see Dyer family heirlooms on the first floor of the restored Victorian house. The second floor contains a rare revolving German Feather Christmas tree, is home to over 2,000 dolls, and the basement has a collection of interesting things made in the Dyersville area over the years, along with a moving wooden miniature two-ring circus. The museum is open by appointment from November through April, when it opens with regular hours. Admission is $10. Find out more at dyersvillehistory.com/dyer-botsford-house. 340 1st Ave E
St. Francis Xavier Basilica: Visit one of only two Basilicas in the state. “Hear from a guilde about the history of the church and how this beautiful structure recently underwent a nearly $1 million interior refurbishment,” said Thompson. The Basilica is open daily from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Call to make an appointment for a guided tour. Learn more at spiresoffaith.com/parishes/st-francis-xavier-dyersville. 104 3rd St. SW
More: How Kevin Costner's timeless tribute at the Field of Dreams game came together
Heritage Trail: If you want to get outside, bring your bike or your hiking shoes and explore the Upper Midwest’s most scenic all-season trail. See old mining and mill towns on the 30-mile route that was once a bustling railroad. Check it out at dubuquecountyiowa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Heritage-Trail-6.
Plaza Antique Mall: 250 booths and cases of antiques and collectibles in a 22,500-square-foot facility. Items include advertising, jewelry, farm memorabilia, toys, just to name a few. Read more at http://www.plaza-antique-mall.com. 1235 16th Ave Ct SE
Places to eat and drink in Dyersville
Textile Brewing Company: This community-created brewery started out as a gasoline engine factory before being converted into a sewing factory from 1910-2017. Thompson recommends trying one of the huge pretzels with your choice of toppings or the flat-bread pizza. They also have many beers on tap. “Two of these are named after our two high school mascots, (Beckman) Blazers and (Western Dubuque) Bobcats,” said Thompson. “These two beers are exactly the same, but people can ask for either one and profits from those sales are donated to those schools.” Check out their menu at textilebrews.com. 146 2nd St NE
The Palace Saloon Bar & Grill: Stop in for lunch and fill up on their lunch buffet, featuring baked chicken, lasagna and wild rice soup. Thompson said you’ve got to see the back bar that’s more than 100 years old. They’re open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Find them on Facebook to see their menu and updates. 149 1st Ave E
Dyersville Family Restaurant: For old-fashioned family dining with a huge selection of menu items — including breakfast all day long — stop and eat at Dyersville Family Restaurant. Get your mouth watering by finding them on Facebook, and read the reviews from their loyal customers. 226 1st Ave E
More: Hall of Famer Frank Thomas set to lead 'magical' Field of Dreams site into new era
The Ritz: A longtime local favorite, The Ritz is famous for its homemade soups, steaks, seafood and prime rib. They also offer a full-service bar and are open for dinner only Tuesday-Saturday. Check them out on Facebook. 232 1st Ave E
Park Farm Winery: A visit to Park Farm Winery is worth the 30-minute drive from Dyersville. Featuring a tasting room for its quality wines from grapes and fruit grown in the Upper Midwest as well as a wood-fired pizza eatery, Park Farm Winery is a hidden gem and the perfect place to relax and enjoy conversation and the rolling hills of Iowa’s Driftless Region. Find them online at parkfarmwinery.com. 15159 Thielen Rd., Durango
This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Going to Field of Dreams movie site? Things to do, see in Dyersville