Field of Dreams movie site
Location: Dyersville, Iowa (28895 Lansing Road)
When to visit: April 1 – November 30, 9 am to 6 pm (later hours in July/Aug; shorter in Nov)
Cost: Free, though souvenirs are available for purchase
Time needed: 20-60 minutes depending whether you take a tour
It’s baseball season again, and that means the Field of Dreams site is about to heat up as a tourist attraction. Yes, the actual field in the middle of the Iowa cornfields where Kevin Costner and company shot the famous 1989 movie has been preserved. And it’s totally free to visit!
At the site, you’ll see only a few things: A red barn where souvenirs are sold, the baseball diamond, and the cornfield in the outfield. You’re allowed to play baseball on the field itself, as a group of people were doing when we stopped by. How cool is that?!
You can even wander into the cornfields and recreate scenes from the film, if you wish. Whisper the famous Field of Dreams quote: “If you build it, he will come!” Costner stars in the picture as Ray Kinsella, a farmer who hears voices telling him to build a baseball diamond on his property for members of the Black Sox scandal. The movie grossed $84 million in worldwide revenue and has become an enduring classic.
Visiting the Field of Dreams Movie Site in Dyersville, Iowa
The Field of Dreams location is 28895 Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa. That’s in Dubuque County, which is in the far eastern side of the state, bordering Illinois. The drive from Chicago is roughly four hours.
The site offers daily tours of the baseball field and the home. As of this writing, home tours cost $20 for adults and $12 for kids. But you can also just walk around the field and the grounds for free.
There are also special events at the Field of Dreams movie site, such as the annual “Team of Dreams” celebration in September. Legendary ballplayers such as Wade Boggs, Andre Dawson, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, and Mark Grace are scheduled to be in attendance.
My friend decided it would be sweet to borrow an ear of corn from the Field of Dreams outfield and grill it up later that night with dinner. Unfortunately, the joke was on us. After we cooked up the corn, it was tough and inedible… because it was feed corn for cattle. So leave the corn alone. But do enjoy the baseball field complex and the rest of the Field of Dreams movie site!
The Fields of Dreams site is a great stop on a U.S. Route 20 road trip across the country. And while you’re in the area, check out other quirky attractions in Iowa, such as the National Farm Toy Museum just up the street, and the giant Jesus and Mary statues in Sioux City.