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There are plenty of things to do in Galena, Illinois and the surrounding areas. From the bustling Main Street, to tours, adventure, foodie finds, and even a bit of magic! 

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One of the Best Main Streets in America

That's what Country Living Magazine called Galena in 2019! The #hellavuhhalfmile of shops, activities, restaurants, and treats can take a full day to explore if you do it right.

Outdoor Adventure

Galena is well known for it's amazing outdoor activities in the beautiful Driftless Region. Head to the Fever River Outfitters for kayak, canoe , bicycle, snow shoe, and cross country ski rentals. If you can ride a bike, you will LOVE e-biking from Nuts Outdoors. Chestnut Mountain has 6 black diamond ski hills in the winter. They also have an alpine slide, ski lift, and mini golf in the summer. Eagle Ridge Resort is your ultimate golfing destination in the warmer months. Long Hollow Canopy Tours has some of the best zip line tours in the Midwest! (April-October) Shenandoah Riding Center offers horseback riding and trails. Galena on the Fly hosts hot air balloon rides above the rolling landscapes of Galena May through October daily. There's plenty of wildlife in the Midwest! Try something new with Original Goat Yoga Galena or go on a walk with Hoof It Galena!

Galena Trolley Tours

The best way to see Galena! Historic narrated trolley tours offered hourly or by group reservation. Choose from a one-hour non-stop tour of Galena’s Historic district or a two and a half hour tour of homes including admissions to the US Grant Home, Belvedere Mansion and the Dowling House. Galena’s most affordable trolley tour.

PT Murphy- Galena's Master Magician

“One of America’s Best Magic Shows!” Enjoy the mysteries of an ancient art as they unfold right before the audience. The setting for this intimate magic show is a private 24-seat theater located in the heart of historic downtown. Murphy is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor, and sophisticated sleight of hand.

The Haunted Galena Tour Company

Join master storytellers, Ted and Robyn, for tales of Galena’s famous ghosts, haunts, dark history, legends, and lore. The Haunted Galena Tour Co. has a shop downtown, offer a 90 minute walking tours (a must-do if there is availability), host Murder and Mayhem shows at the DeSoto House Hotel, and lead a Spirits & Spirits boozy tour!

The Galena Historical Society Museum + Blacksmith Shop

Dive deep into Galena's rich history! The museum holds a treasure chest of unique artifacts, letters, and exhibits that tell the captivating story of Galena’s past. Open daily 9am-4:30pm. *The museum is handicap accessible. Watch the sparks fly at the Old Blacksmith Shop! It is open Friday-Monday, 10am-4pm (May-October).

Ulysses S Grant Home

Galena is well known as the city that gifted President Grant a home. Tours of his post war home are 25 minutes, and you just wait on the porch for a tour guide to greet you! *The first floor of the Grant Home is handicap accessible.

Galena Event Calendar

Check out the Galena Event Calendar to see what is happening while you're visiting!
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