While many people come to  Galena, IL, for outdoor activities, there is plenty to do if the weather offers rain. Here is our list of rainy day activities in Galena, IL, and the surrounding area. Of course, when you stay at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, our nature lover’s Bed and Breakfast, we have plenty to do right here on our property when the weather turns wet. Our screened-in Gazebo is the perfect place to sit and watch nature in a gentle rain. Each of our cottages and rooms in the main house offers a covered porch. We always have games, puzzles, and DVDs for quiet indoor play. Our four private cottages also have whirlpool tubs to soak away your troubles.

Downtown Galena, IL, offers so many choices that it can provide a full day of shopping, eating, and dining. But, when looking for other adventures, here are some of our favorite ideas.

Galena, IL activies for a rainy day

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery:

Visit the downtown tasting room to sample a variety of local wines. Enjoy a cozy indoor setting with wine flights, cheese platters, and an opportunity to purchase your favorites.

Galena Center for the Arts:

Exeterior of thhe Galena Center for the Arts

Explore local art exhibits, attend a workshop, or watch a live performance. The center showcases the talents of regional artists and offers a cultural retreat from the rain.

Historical House Tours:

Tour historic homes such as the Belvedere Mansion and the Dowling House. These guided tours provide insights into the architectural beauty and historical significance of Galena’s residences.

Galena & U.S. Grant Museum:

Discover the rich history of Galena and learn about Ulysses S. Grant’s life and legacy. The house features various exhibits, including Civil War artifacts and local historical items.

Galena Jo Davies History Museum

Located on Bench Street, you will be greeted by General and Mrs. Grant. At the museum, explore The Driftless Region’s History on the first floor and Galena’s unique contributions to Illinois and the Civil War on the second floor.

Galena History Museum Old Blacksmith Shop

Old Blacksmith Shop:

Visit this working blacksmith shop and museum to see live demonstrations and learn about the craft of blacksmithing. It’s an educational and engaging experience for all ages.

Galena Trolley Tour

Take a historic trolley tour starting at The Trolley Depot. Explore Galena from a climate-controlled trolley and learn about our unique history. 

Rainy Day Activities around Galena, IL

Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages is ideally located if you want to explore some rainy-day activities in the surrounding area.

Dubuque, IA Dubuque is about a 40-minute drive from Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages.

Kids playing with tidepool.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium:

Delve into the history, culture, and ecology of the Mississippi River. This interactive museum features live animals, historical exhibits, and immersive experiences suitable for all ages.

Dubuque Museum of Art:

Explore a variety of art exhibits ranging from regional artists to famous American artists. The museum offers an engaging cultural experience with rotating exhibits and educational programs.

Fenelon Place Elevator:

Known as the world’s shortest and steepest railway, this funicular offers scenic views of Dubuque from the top. Even on a rainy day, the ride provides a unique indoor experience.

Diamond Jo Casino:

Try your luck at the casino, which features a table games, slots, and entertainment options. The casino also houses restaurants and live music venues.

The House on the Rock (Spring Green, WI):

About an hour’s ride from us, explore the eclectic and fantastical house on the Rock. Featuring a vast array of collections, from the world’s largest indoor carousel to intricate dollhouses and music machines. This unique attraction offers a surreal indoor adventure.

Whatever the weather, there is much to explore in and around Galena Country! For even more ideas for idoor adventures, check out our ideas for indoor winter activities.