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Fenelon Place Elevator Co.

Open Now: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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A "Must See" in Dubuque

I love this place! My family goes on this every time we visit Dubuque. I have even taken my... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Crazy little place!

I was here many years ago and swung by on a whim again. The elevator has awesome views and is just... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cable car”(76 reviews)
“great view”(125 reviews)
“fun ride”(50 reviews)
Also known as the Fourth Street Elevator, this funicular railway has been called "the world's steepest, shortest scenic railway."
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Suggested duration: < 1 hour
512 Fenelon Pl, Cable Car Square, Dubuque, IA 52001-6631
+1 563-582-6496
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place! My family goes on this every time we visit Dubuque. I have even taken my husband's parents (from the UK) and they also loved it. The view at the top is spectacular! A must see in Dubuque.

Thank Elezebethe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here many years ago and swung by on a whim again. The elevator has awesome views and is just a little scary. Love it!

Thank Margee53089
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an authentic piece of Americana. It hasn't changed at all since my first visit to Dubuque nearly 50 years ago. It's a fun experience for families both young and old to travel up and down the rails in the stair-stepped seats and you...More

Thank FrugalVoyager
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

We had a blast riding the elevators. It offered the best view of the city of Dubuque. It was cheap and interesting to hear the history. The attendant at the top of the elevator was very friendly and pointed out the different states we could...More

Thank Paula1126
Reviewed October 24, 2018

We stopped by the top of this elevator. What a remarkable delight! The "conductor" was friendly and knowledgeable. The view of the river was gorgeous and the ride looked interesting!

1  Thank Rick_and_Sandy_R
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

A nice way to see the city's view from Summit. Take this historic cable car up to see the view of the Mississippi. Then go to have great coffee at Monk's.

Thank goldas
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

Something silly to do while visiting the city of Dubuque. The view from the top is wonderful. Add a little history to your trip.

Thank mrsmoon2008
Reviewed October 17, 2018

This is a fun-out of the ordinary-attraction in Dubuque. Pay $1.50 one way to ride the rail car. It's steep, but even for someone afraid of heights, it wasn't too bad. The bottom has lots of neat shops and coffee houses. The city has contracted...More

1  Thank MrsD0523
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

This is a fun, “out of the ordinary” idea for a 1/2 day excursion. Ride from the top down or the bottom up for $3 round trip per adult. Great views and fun little shops at the bottom. City has painted murals on many of...More

Thank KAHDeL0711
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Small elevator car that takes you either up or down a steep hill (or round trip). Cost is $3 RT and unfortunately was nothing special. The smell of grease from the tracks was overwhelming and I couldn't stand in the shack at the bottom for...More

Thank MNSandSeeker
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Jim R
March 9, 2018|
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Response from slorettao | Reviewed this property |
Not intense. You are seated (a bit crowded!) in the car. It is fun and if you are lucky, in October there might be a bit of fall color. The view is lovely on a clear day. It can be a bit tricky getting in and out, but you... More
Alice D
August 3, 2017|
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Response from Odyssey659788 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no
Alice D
August 3, 2017|
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Response from hddonoho88 | Reviewed this property |
No, the elevator car is very narrow and set up like a set of stairs on the inside, there be no where to put the wheelchair.