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
  • The Dowling House
  • Old Blacksmith Shop
  • Old Market House
  • Turner Hall
  • P.T. Murphy Magic
  • River Bend Gallery

Outdoor Recreation in Galena

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

Best Galena Dining & Drinks

  • Galena Cellars Winery
  • Galena Brewing Company
  • Champagne on Main
  • Blaum Bros. Distilling Company
  • Durty Gurt's
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Otto's Place
  • Bread & Vine

It's hard to be bored in Galena, and if you need suggestions feel free to contact us! 

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