Roadside Attraction: Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, Iowa


The Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, Iowa is worth going the distance.

Field of Dreams Movie Site, Dyersville, Iowa

“This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that was once good and it could be good again. Oh people will come. People will most definitely come.” A mandatory film for those of us in the
Midwest, Dyersville, Iowa and the Field of Dreams movie site has been on our bucket travel list since we watched it with our kids a few months ago (warning: doing this will most certainly make you feel old).

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Where to Stay

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Taking the rolling, winding back roads over from Dubuque (not highway 20), we remembered not all of Iowa is flat—a paradigm even shifted as we passed Sundown Mountain Ski Resort (!). Rounding onto the bend, follow Lansing Road on auto pilot towards the familiar Lansing family farm house.

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A simple (but free) attraction, you’ll notice a small gift shop, picnic tables, out building, informational plaque, and the famous ball field and bleachers. While the farmhouse is fenced and not open to the public, visitors are welcome to play ball*, run the bases, and take photos as long as their kids cooperate. Only knee-high during our visit, late-summer corn would have had us looking for the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson to emerge from the fields.

Offering plenty of opportunity to snack, use the bathroom, and burn off steam, we purchased a souvenir magnet shaped like Iowa that reads “Is this heaven?”.

Note: Open daily April through November, 9AM-6PM.

* Bring your own balls, bats, and gloves.


About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.

2 Comments on "Roadside Attraction: Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, Iowa"

  1. Loved the Field of Dreams movie – this would be such a fun place to visit!

  2. Thanks Lisa,

    Watching the movie just before our visit really got the kids going (although, my youngest was a bit concerned about any possible ghost sightings). This was a nice detour on our way through the area – beautiful country!

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