City of Galena

Explore the History, Culture and Nature of the City of Galena

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The small town of Galena is equally known for its history as it is for its beautiful landscape and access to outdoor recreation all year long. Walk along the streets of downtown Galena and feel transported back in time. The perfectly maintained buildings date back to the 19th Century, and the 1826 Dowling Home is believed to be the oldest home in Illinois. 


Outdoor adventure abound in Galena, no matter what time of the year you're visiting. You'll find opportunities to hike, white-water raft, horseback ride, rock climb, swim, golf, mountain bike, and paddle board in the summer. During the winter months, you can ski at Chestnut Mountain Resort or cross-country ski at the Galena River Trail. And don't forget about the stunning foliage that you can find here in the fall. There's truly never a bad time of the year to visit Galena. 


Galena is also home to a wide variety of dining options and locally crafted spirits, wine, and beer. Whether you're looking for a fine dining experience, a quick bite, or a laid-back meal, there's something in Galena for you. 

Top Galena IL Attractions

  • Ulysses S. Grant Home
  • Chicago Athenaeum
  • The Dowling House
  • Old Blacksmith Shop
  • Old Market House
  • Turner Hall
  • P.T. Murphy Magic
  • River Bend Gallery
  • Galena Historical Society
  • Galena Center for the Arts

Outdoor Recreation in Galena

  • Galena Grant Park
  • Linmar Gardens
  • West Street Sculpture Park
  • Horseshoe Mound
  • Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve
  • Thunder Bay Falls
  • Lake Galena
  • Buehler Preserve
  • Gateway Park

Best Galena Dining and Drinks

  • Galena Cellars Winery
  • Galena Brewing Company
  • Blaum Bros. Distilling Company
  • Vinny Vanucchi's
  • The Market House Restaurant
  • Durty Gurty's
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Otto's Place

It's hard to be bored in Galena, and if you need more help planning your Galena Vacation contact us today. Our team is here to help you plan the perfect getaway to Northwest Illinois. 

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