“Just one more.”
If you hang around outside the century old Lansing farm house in Dyersville long enough, it’s a phrase you’ll hear over and over again.
Just one more:
Just one more pitch.
Just one more swing.
Just one more hit off the sweet spot.
Just one more to the outfield.
Just one more into the corn.
Boys and girls, men and women, young and old, big and small — they all say it, but rarely mean it. “Just one more” usually turns into four more, five more, six more.
Step into the batter’s box at Iowa’s Field of Dreams, though, and you’ll soon understand that “just one more” means a whole lot more for many taking batting practice.
Just one more chance to relive your glory days.
Just one more opportunity to feel like a kid again.
Just one more time at bat to prove you’ve still got it.
Just one more day in the sun.
Located in Dubuque County, about 90 minutes northeast of Cedar Rapids, the Field of Dreams was built for use in the 1989 movie of the same name. Starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan and Burt Lancaster, the movie was nominated for an Academy Award and became a pop culture sensation.
To this day, you can hear folks repeat several of the films most memorable lines: “If you build it, they will come,” and “Is this Heaven? No, it’s Iowa.”
Thousands come to the field every year for an experience like no other.
A visit to the Field of Dreams is simple, and you don’t need to take batting practice, field grounders or shag fly balls to have a good time, although everyone is certainly welcome to do so.
If you’re not into that, wander into the outfield and walk into the cornfield that extends back from the outfield wall, just as Liotta’s Shoeless Joe Jackson character did in the movie.
Admission to the field is free, and you can stay as long as you’d like.
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10 things to do at the Field of Dreams:
1) Play a game of catch with your kids.
2) Try to hit one into the cornfield while taking batting practice.
3) Field grounders and shag fly balls; there’s always someone at the plate.
4) Sit in the stands along the first base line and watch the action, just like Kevin Costner and his family did in the movie.
5) Run the bases.
6) Walk into the cornfield, just as Ray Liotta did in the movie. Then take a video of your family members emerging from the corn onto the field.
7) Sing the national anthem while standing under the flagpole in right field.
8) Take a stroll and look for cool rocks on the paths behind the outfield corn wall.
9) Take a tour of the historic Lansing farm house used in the movie.
10) Grab some ice cream and buy a souvenir at the gift shop.
Plan your Trip: The Field of Dreams
Though vandalism damaged the site over the winter, it should be open and ready for visitors this spring.
Call ahead and schedule a tour of the historic Lansing farm house, also used in the movie. The house is available to rent for overnight stays at booking.com.
To round out your trip to the Field of Dreams, plan your day around lunch or dinner at Chad’s Pizza, 108 First Ave. W in Dyersville. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Start by ordering the “Garbage Basket” appetizer featuring onion rings, mozzarella sticks, cheddar balls, mini tacos, breaded mushrooms and breaded dill pickle spears.
Follow that up with one of Chad’s signature pizzas: the Hawkeye — topped with sausage, pepperoni and Canadian bacon, along with mozzarella, American and cheddar cheeses and black olives — is especially delicious. Chad’s has a nice, small-town atmosphere, and the service is friendly and high quality.