Galena, Illinois Local Attractions

Galena, Illinois is situated in what is known as the Driftless Area. The region escaped the flattening effects of the glaciers during the last ice age and is characterized by steep, forested ridges, deeply carved river valleys, and spring-fed waterfalls and cold-water trout streams. This gives us the best of both worlds, our beautiful surroundings and our proximity to the city of Galena. We look forward to sharing this stunning area with you.


Galena is named for the mineral galena which is the most important ore of lead. Native Americans mined the ore for use in burial rituals and body paint. In the 1690s, French trappers discovered the area and began mining the lead. The name “Galena” was proposed during a town meeting in 1826 and became the county seat in 1827. By 1845 Galena was producing nearly 27,000 tons of lead ore annually. Once one of the most important cities in the state, Galena was a hub on the Mississippi River between St. Louis and St. Paul. Galena received national attention in the 1860s as the home of Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Today Galena is a vibrant city and the second most visited city in the State. Historic Main Street bustles with shops, restaurants, and bars. The area boosts multiple wineries, a brewery, and a distillery.

The great thing about a trip to Galena is that it’s your story to write. Take on an outdoor adventure along the Mississippi River. Spend hours exploring the nooks and crannies of our many historic sites. Tap into your inner foodie and indulge in rich local flavors. Browse endless boutiques and shops featuring exquisite works of art from local artists. Soar the skies in a hot air balloon. Take a trolley around town. Or tee up a round of golf on our championship greens. Simply put, Galena has a something for everyone. So, drive, run, hike, bike, or soar your way over here. We guarantee you’ll leave with a story to tell.

Things to Do in Galena, Illinois

Some of our Favorite things to do (besides exploring our own property) include:

Events

Galena is home to dozens of events throughout the year. Below is a sample of upcoming events you will want to visit.

Note that Due to Covid-19, many of these activities are cancelled for 2020. Check Back soon.

Hot Air Balloon Event
TBF
For more information see visitgalena.org

Independence Day Events
July 4th, 2020
For more information see visitgalena.org

Market House Arts Festival
August 8th & 9th, 2020
For more information see
Hello Galena

Ladies Getaway Weekend
September 11th – 13th, 2020
For more information see
Best of Galena

Wine Lover’s Weekend
TBD
For more information see Wine Lovers Weekend

Oktoberfest
TBD
For more information see
Galena Lions Club

50th Annual Tour of Historic Homes
September 26th, and 27th, 2020
For more information 
Galena History Museum

Country Fair Weekend
October 10th and 11th, 2020
For more information see
Country Fair Weekend

Halloween Parade
October 31st, 2020
For more information see
Halloween

Nouveau Weekend
November 20th-21st, 2020
For more information see
Nouveau

Progressive Dinner
TBD
For more information see
Best of Galena

Fire in the Sky
December 5th, 2020
For more information see
visitgalena.org

Luminaria Weekend
December 12th, 2020
For more information see
visitgalena.org