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Social Distance in Style with your Family in Galena Country

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Whether it's walking with frolicking goats, racing down a snowy hill on a sled, or making your own scented candles for the home, Galena Country offers up safe and fun activities to put smiles on every face in your family. Book your cozy lodging and come hungry (and thirsty!) because you’ll be spoiled for choice, thanks to a wide variety of restaurants in Galena Country! 

Fresh Air Fun

Shenandoah Riding Center offers scenic trails surrounded by tranquil beauty for the perfect family horseback ride or horse-drawn wagon ride! From seasoned equestrians to beginning horse enthusiasts of all ages, there is something for everyone! New to Shenandoah is Orb Soccer, which is essentially playing soccer in a hamster ball and so much fun to watch. It's safe, fun, and a must-try!

Experience the pure joy of frolicking goats walking beside you as you hike through native prairie and forest at Hoof-It Goat Treks. The goats play and entertain you along the way! Private treks are also available. Speaking of goats, destress as a family with a 45 min yoga session at Galena Goat Yoga followed by 45 minutes of goat play.

For the family that loves to ski and snowboard, this one’s for you! Chestnut Mountain Resort’s slopes are meant for all levels of skiers and boarders to enjoy. The 475-foot vertical drop meanders 3,500 feet through 19 runs, ranging from novice to black diamond, and it all overlooks exquisite views of the Mighty Mississippi River. 475 feet seems pretty steep, but don’t worry, they’ve got two quad chairs, four triple chairs, two conveyor lifts, and one surface lift to get you back up to the top!

The Nordic Center, located at the Highlands Complex at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, features exciting winter activities to keep you entertained! Grab a sled and race down the hill or try your hand at snowshoeing! Skate like no one's watching on the ice-skating rink and warm up at the fire pit to keep you going! Equipment is available to rent from the Nordic Shop. If you miss the golf course, enjoy a round on the TrackMan Golf Simulator and feel like the seasons never changed!

Travel Back in Time

To say that Galena Country is 'rich in history' is an understatement. In fact, even the scenic routes to Galena Country are historic. Make an educational stop at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum to explore to meet the spirit of Ulysses Grant in a hologram welcoming you to the museum. Find true national treasures, such as the “Peace in Union” and “General Grant on the Battlefield” paintings as well as the flag from the Vicksburg Siege! Spice up your museum visit by going on a scavenger hunt. Several age-appropriate hunts are available.

For an authentic experience that never disappoints, book a tour of the Ulysses S. Grant Home, an appreciation gift to U.S Grant in 1865 that is frozen in time and features original furnishings. Tours are kept to a minimum size for social distancing and reservations are required.

For the home

For perfect take-home items and family bonding experience, sit down together as a family at the Scent Workshop and make your own signature scent candles for your home. Learn French perfuming techniques to create custom perfumes, candles, and more in a fun and relaxing setting. Take a piece of Galena Country home with you! Find functional handmade pottery, paintings, baskets, stained glass, jewelry and more at Hello Galena! All items are made right here in Galena Country by local artists and artisans.

Wow the kids

While Galena Country boasts a destination filled with unique and independently owned stores, there are a few that your kids will go crazy for! Poopsie's is fun, funky, and beyond the ordinary! The children can check out the toys, games, and books on one side of the store while you explore the one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, home décor, and more.

Gabby's Gifts features a wide variety of games, educational toys, outdoor fun, stuffed toys, bath and body products and lots of cool items to keep the adults busy too!

Galena Kids Store and Learning Center is an educational toy, game and puzzle store for both children and parents.Personal shopping appointments are also available at these stores. For the trendy teens in your life, we’ve curated a list of places just for them!

Before you leave

Before you leave Galena Country, make sure you strike a pose as a family in front of Stockton’s beautiful murals for the perfect Insta shots! While there, pop into Sweet Alice’s to stock up on delicious candy for the road trip back home! The Berkeley’s, Traighton’s Truffles, and Kylie’s Caramels are a favorite of many. Take note of the cute Alice in Wonderland theme, the kids will love it. 

In Galena Country, we've always been known to have a good time... times may change, but that never will. For more fun ideas on ways to entertain the family, check out the Galena Country Visitors Guide and start building on those family memories!

Please be prepared to enjoy Galena Country responsibly by wearing a mask and keeping your distance. For further information on COVID-19 guidelines in our area, please click here.