“If you build it, they will come.” Yearly, 80,000 to 100,000 people visit the Field of Dreams movie site. This baseball field carved into a cornfield on an Iowa Century Farm has been attracting people since the movie debuted in 1989. Bring a baseball, bat, and glove to hit a few and run the iconic bases. New: house tours! No longer a private residence, the first floor of the farmhouse has been converted back to look like it did in the movie. Special events include Ghost Player Sundays (starting 4th of July weekend) and the All-Star Team of Dreams event (Sunday of Labor Day weekend).
Dyersville is known as the Farm Toy Capital of the World. Home of the historic Ertl Company along with SpecCast, Scale Model Toys, Samuelson Pedal Tractors & Parts, and TOMY International, naturally we are also home to the National Farm Toy Museum. Special events include the Summer Farm Toy Show (June) and the National Farm Toy Show (first full weekend of November).
With twin spires standing 212’ in the heart of downtown, the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier is one of only 82 basilicas in the U.S., one of two in Iowa, and the only one located in a rural community. This amazing example of gothic architecture underwent a $1 million interior refurbishment touching up original paintings, restoring an original border and adding gold leaf trimming throughout, making this already beautiful Catholic church absolutely stunning!
The original Victorian house of Judge James A. Dyer, our town’s founder, is the Dyer-Botsford Historical House & Doll Museum with three floors of area history, including a very rare rotating German-feathered Christmas tree and over 2,000 dolls.
The two-story, 22,500-square-foot Plaza Antique Mall is home to over 200 dealers offering a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, and farm toys (for purchase).
Located four miles north of Dyersville, The Heritage House Museum is a former convent converted into a German Museum. It features 23 rooms of period antiques, artifacts and hand-crafted quilts.
These attractions, along with restaurants offering homemade meals, including pie with skyscraper-high meringue and variety of flavors including old fashion sour cream raisin, welcoming hotels and bed and breakfasts, make Dyersville a memory-making destination. Find more information at dyersville.org.