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You’ll never be at a loss for what to do next in Galena Country. We offer plenty to do for families, friends, couples, history buffs and art connoisseurs.

1876 Banwarth House & Museum

Step back in time to 1876, when U.S. Grant was president and Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire. Enjoy an informative 40-minute guided tour of the Banwarth family home and experience what everyday ...

Alice T. Virtue Water Park

Beautiful family water park with waterslide, drop slide, diving board, and full-menu concession stand adjacent to full-service park. ...

All About a Ghost Tour

Walking tour with researched, authentic stories about Galena's ghostly past & present. Mix of history and mystery. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. ...

Amelia's Galena Ghost Tours

Nightly Ghost Tours at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Hop onto a luxury shuttle bus with a theatrical flair exploring several locations in historically haunted Galena. Experience real ghost hunting like ...

Amelia's Under the Lamplight Dinner Theater

Experience fine dining and exceptional entertainment in a unique Supper Club atmosphere. Enjoy a 3-course dinner downtown Galena on the Historic Main Street, while professional entertainers swoon you ...

Apple River Fort State Historic Site

Located in Elizabeth, this is the site of one of the battles fought during the Black Hawk War. Black Hawk and his 200 warriors attacked the hastily erected fort on June 24, 1832. His story and that of ...

Artists' Annex

Glaze & Graze – two-evening workshop, art and food. Pottery demonstrations, Saturday, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-noon. Watch the magic of throwing. ...

Blanding Landing Recreation Area

Located on Mississippi River. Camping, fishing/boating accessibility, playground, potable water, showers, flush toilets. Class A campground, 50-amp electric. Reservations Accepted Seasonal ...

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

Blaum Bros., #1 rated attraction & activity by TripAdvisor.com, is a family-owned/operated craft distillery producing premium whiskey, vodka and gin. ...

Bootlegger Saloon

Featuring daily lunch specials, plus pizza & nachos at night. Home of The Bootburger. Big screen TVs & internet jukebox. ...

Buehler Preserve

Hike or bike into Buehler Preserve from downtown Galena and experience the prairie life! Pets welcome. Fishing is allowed. The eastern portion of this preserve contains hilly woodland; the western ...

Cajun Jack's Bar & Grill

Enjoy popular southern dishes mixed with hometown recipes in Galena County's most unique dining atmosphere. ...

Campeche Restaurant

Authentic Mexican restaurant authentic Mexican recipes and family heritage to Galena! Enjoy their spacious outdoor patio.   ...

Carl Johnson's Gallery

I still paint on-site and travel. Purchase original watercolors and etchings here in Galena. Reproductions available on our website. Seasonal     ...

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

This reserve is managed by the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. It offers hiking trails, bird watching, sightseeing, Native American archaeology and much more on 85 acres of scenic Mississippi River ...

Chestnut Mountain Resort

This full-service resort is located eight miles southeast of Galena on a wooded palisade overlooking the Majestic Mississippi River. Amenities include an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, and on-site restaurants ...

Chestnut Mountain Resort - Outdoor Activities

Chestnut Mountain is a full-service, 120-unit resort situated eight miles southeast of Galena on a wooded palisade overlooking the Mississippi River. This resort offers an array of outdoor activities ...

Chestnut Mountain Resort Downhill Skiing/Snowboard

Nineteen trails ranging from bunny to black diamond. Home of the most diverse snowboard terrain park in the Midwest. A skiing and snowboarding paradise. Seasonal Group Rate Available Group Reservations ...

Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum

The Depot museum is located in a former Chicago Great Western Railway station and focuses on the railroads of Northwest Illinois. Thousands of railroad artifacts are displayed in the museum's collection. ...

Chris McBrien - Galena's Psychic, Medium & Shaman

Chris is a fully trained shaman, psychic and medium who offers individual and group readings privately as well as small or large group special events. He offers half-hour and full-hour readings utilizing ...

Council Hill Station

A unique and historic 1850's general store/railway station with a silo, ruin of a woolen mill and barn on the east fork of the Galena River is now a watering hole and music venue featuring food, 90-plus ...

Dejawood

This showroom displays reclaimed, redesigned and rediscovered functional wood and vintage items. It features live edge tables, barn wood tops, bar tops, kitchen islands, benches and architectural slabs. ...

DeSoto House Hotel

Illinois' oldest operating hotel, 55 Victorian-style guest rooms; enclosed guest parking. Three restaurants; meeting, banquet, wedding facilities; self-guided historic walking tour; 'Quiet Room' to sit ...

Dowling House

Galena's oldest house, built of native limestone in 1826 as a trading post and residence. Furnished with primitives and a collection of Galena pottery. Open Seasonally. Attendee Capacity: 30 People Tour ...

Ehrler Special Event Barn

The special event barn offers true country through and through. This semi-formal venue has room to spare. Seating up to 299 guests and including a bunkhouse! Located 1 mile off of Hwy 20 across from Wal-Mart ...

Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site

Elihu B. Washburne was a prominent Galena attorney and later a popular U.S. Congressman (1853-1869), political advisor to Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant and ambassador to France (1869-1877). Visit ...

Elizabeth History Museum

Local history exhibits on lead mining; the Apple River Fort; Elizabeth businesses, schools, and veterans. Open on weekends May - October; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Group Tour/Motorcoach Group Capacity: 45 ...

Eshelman Pottery

Eshelman Pottery is contemporary, functional red stoneware utilizing glazed and unglazed surfaces for a visual and tactile contrast. Open All Year Pet-Friendly ...

Fever River Outfitters

Fever River Outfitters is a year-round sport and recreation rental company located the heart of Galena. Explore the area via land or water, on your own or with one of our adventure packages. Warm Weather ...

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

This pub is the beating heart of The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel. Unlike any other Galena restaurant or bar, this pub exemplifies the finest in Irish craftsmanship. Designed and handcrafted in Ireland, ...

Galena & U.S. Grant Museum

Explore Galena's history and meet the spirits of Ulysses and Julia Grant in a hologram that welcomes guests to the museum where true national treasures, such as the "Peace in Union" painting, "General ...

Galena Brewing Company

This microbrewery features brewery tours (by appointment), tastings, a brewpub menu, including appetizers, soups/sands, wraps, and more. There is even a gift shop and live entertainment every weekend! The ...

Galena Center for the Arts

Celebrating regional art in its many forms: special exhibits, performances, regional artwork gallery, photography from the historic Alfie Mueller collection. Upcoming Happenings Tie-Dyeing workshop, ...

Galena Clay Works

Potter, Kent Henderson, creates functional ware that is all high-fired and food, dishwasher and microwave-safe. You will also find decorative and whimsical sculptures and raku vessels and vases in his ...

Galena Main Street Walking Tours with General Grant

Join General Ulysses S. Grant (portrayed by Bob Buman) for a one-hour walking tour of Galena's Historic Main Street. Enjoy fascinating factual stories of early Galena, lead mining, steamboating, and General ...

Galena On The Fly

Take your group outing to new heights! Balloon rides available daily at dawn and dusk. Reservations required. Special packages available and can be customized for group needs. Gift certificates available. ...

Galena Spoon Co.

Paul Pendola is a Galena, IL based green woodworking artist specializing in hand-carved wooden spoons, spatulas, and other hand-crafted kitchen accompaniments including bread, cheese, cutting, and serving ...

Galena Tours App

Galena’s first and only tour app! This comprehensive app offers the opportunity to experience the rich history of the town of Galena, IL.  It allows you to visit 291 historical locations, virtually from ...

Galena Trolley Depot Theater

Live performances in 75-seat theater. Call for information. Rent theater for private events. Seasonal: May-November Wheelchair Accessible ...

Galena Trolley Tours

Travel through the historic area viewing panoramas from the bluffs Historic narrated trolley tours offered hourly or by group reservation. Choose from a one-hour non-stop tour of Galena's Historic district ...

Gary's Professional Tattooing Studio

Tattoo and piercing studio that has been established in Galena for over 15 years. Walk in's are welcome but appointments are preferred.       ...

George Bookless Studio

Fine digital photography. Fair pricing. Documentary approach captures precious moments. Brilliant color, black-and-white and sepia prints. Call for details. ...

Hanover Historical Society

The museum provides an in-depth look at items related to the history of the village of Hanover. The Larry Bell, Jr. Collection featuring 1,000 Native American artifacts collected over 45 years, 70% which ...

Hello Galena!

65 artists selling and demonstrating artwork. Jewelry, pottery, stained glass, paintings, photography, wooden toys/pens, purses, more! Events, demonstrations & classes. ...

Horseshoe Mound Preserve

Explore, hike, bird-watch, picnic and learn about local geology while enjoying the view from atop the mound. Open All Year Pet-Friendly (Photo Credit: Rich Mattas [3 photos]) ...

Iris and Jack Witkowsky State Wildlife Area

1,100 acres for public hunting/nature viewing. Beginning of a transcontinental bluebird trail segment. Sign in/out at lots #1 or #4. Open All Year Pet-Friendly ...

Janet Checker Studio

Lunch with Art workshop at the DeSoto House Hotel  Enjoy a relaxing and creative afternoon, first enjoying a delicious lunch, courtesy of the De Soto House Hotel followed by an afternoon creating an ...

Lil' General

Play on an 18-hole miniature golf course, complete with a cascading waterfall, rapids/streams and a fountain. Come visit our arcade with video games. Seasonal Pet-Friendly Wi-Fi ...

Linmar Gardens

The enchanting Linmar Gardens is nestled on a hillside overlooking the historic town of Galena. The secluded and privately owned three and one-half acre garden sits atop natural outcroppings which have ...

Main Street Galena

This is THE shopping experience! With more than 125 shops and restaurants, one door after another. There is just as much variety, quality and special activities and sales but with far less time spent ...

Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery

Featuring the award-winning nature photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen. Showcasing more than 150 limited edition and artist proof prints. Open All Year Pet-Friendly Wheelchair Accessible ...

Marie's Wood Carving

Marie's wood carvings are original designs handcrafted from hardwoods such as walnut and cherry or exotic woods like purple heart and rosewood. She has been carving in her "spare time" for over 20 years. Learn ...

Massbach Ridge Winery

Exercise your taste buds with award-winning wine while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Galena Country hills. Tours of both the vineyard and winery are available. Tasting room located in downtown ...

Mid-Town Marina

Mid-Town Marina is a full-service marina, restaurant and lounge located on the Mississippi River in East Dubuque. Famous for our Bloody Mary's! Come for our Sunday buffet. Dock slips available for the ...

Miniature Golf at Chestnut Mountain Resort

Miniature golf overlooking the Mississippi River, eight miles southeast of Galena. Adults $6; children 12 and under $5. Group Rates Available Wheelchair Accessible ...

Miss Kitty's Grape Escape

Wine and martini lounge with the most diverse wines, liquors and beers in Galena. Live music every Friday and Saturday night in addition to Miss Kitty's Quiz Show on Sundays. "Miss Kitty brings river ...

Mississippi Explorer Cruises at Chestnut Mountain Resort

Jump aboard Mississippi Explorer's latest 1.5-hour cruise. Experience the magical splendor of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. Attendee Capacity: 49 People Tour Length: ...

Mulgrew's Tavern & Liquor Store

Family owned for almost 100 years. Serving a full menu and home of the world famous foot long chili dog! Open All Year Serving: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Pub/Grill Cuisine Wi-Fi ...

Nora Bar

"Where uptown is downtown!" Great food and a great time! Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups and Take Out Open All Year Serving: Lunch, Dinner Pub/Grill Cuisine ...

Noreen's Old Tyme Photo

Costumes are Victorian, Civil War, bar/jail scenes. Free photos with sitting fee. Located at ticket office of on-site Dowling House. Seasonal ...

NorthWest Designs Glass Studio

Glass studio nestled in the hills offers a shopping experience. Local glass artists at work using lampwork and fusing techniques. Open every first Saturday of every month as a member of the Scenic ...

Ochs Christmas Tree Farm

Create family memories and good times at this family-run Christmas tree Farm. Established in 1978 by Dave Ochs. Cut your own tree and don’t worry about bringing tools. Ochs provides saws, baling, shaking ...

Old Market House State Historic Site

Constructed in 1845-1846, was the focal point of community life during Galena's heyday. The Greek revival Old Market House sheltered vendors and shoppers, who gathered in the heart of the river city's ...

Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street

Restored and documented; a 1820s log building. Learn about those keeping Galena's history alive for almost 200 years! Free admission, donations appreciated. ...

Outside the Lines Art Gallery

A retail gallery specializing in original art and fine craft from more than 100 U.S. artists, primarily from the tri-states. Find work from local artists like Kelli Jean May Krenz and more! Open All ...

P.T. Murphy Magic Theatre

"One of America’s Best Magic Shows!” Enjoy the mysteries of an ancient art as they unfold right before the audience. The setting for this intimate magic show is a private 24-seat theater located in the ...

Palace Campground

Sixteen full hookups, 46 water/electric, 30 electric, seven cabins. Heated pool, outdoor movies, hay rides. Thirty acres for tent camping. Seasonal Pet-Friendly Wi-Fi Wheelchair Accessible ...

Pinder Pottery

Take home a piece of handmade art crafted in Galena, Illinois. This unique studio shop is located on Main Street and specializes in hand-thrown stoneware pottery. Potter Joe Pinder creates beautiful vessels ...

River Bend Gallery

This is the exclusive home to Geoffrey Mikol Photography. It is a single, friendly location to stop by, meet and talk with Geoffrey and view all his amazing artwork. About the artist: Geoffrey Mikol ...

Riverboat Twilight

See the beauty of the Mississippi from the deck of a real, old-time riverboat. Relax, unwind and recharge! Affordable two-day non-gambling overnight cruises from LeClaire, IA to Dubuque, IA and return ...

Rocky Waters Vineyard & Winery, Inc.

Rocky Waters is a family-owned winery dedicated to the pursuit of delicious Marechal Foch, Leon Millot, St. Croix, along with white varietals of Lacrosse and St. Pepin. Experience our spectacular view, ...

Shenandoah Riding Center

Experience the beautiful, scenic outdoors of The Galena Territory atop a horse! The riding center offers knowledgeable staff and well-trained horses in a lovely setting. Attendee Capacity: 20 People Tour ...

Sinsinawa Mound

Located on 450 acres of lush woodlands, orchards, vineyards, fields and gardens, Sinsinawa Mound offers an ideal atmosphere for personal reflection, group retreats, corporate focusing or organizational ...

Skidmore Art Gallery

Skidmore Art Gallery original artwork by professional artist Mark Skidmore. See artists at work. Art classes for all ages. Open All Year Pet-Friendly Wi-Fi Wheelchair Accessible ...

Stockholder's Saloon

Vintage saloon filled with ‘local color.’ Coldest tap beer in town. Open All Year Serving: Dinner Pub/Grill Cuisine ...

Stockton Bowling Lanes

A family-friendly atmosphere with 1949 nostalgic lanes. Open Friday/Saturday nights, Sunday afternoons. Snack bar. Party packages available. Closed during the summer. Seasonal ...

Stockton Heritage Museum

The Stockton Heritage Museum is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to collect and preserve the oral, written, and pictorial memoirs and data of the past, relating to Stockton and Northwestern ...

Stone House Pottery & Gallery

Functional and decorative pottery, tiles, figurative bronzes. Area artists' work, too. Open All Year ...

Sullivan Lavacek Enterprises

Remembering Old Galena, original musical production with vivacious song & dance introduces Galena's colorful history, periodic public performances. Open All Year ...

Tapley Woods State Natural Area

This 260-acre timbered property provides public hunting areas, hiking and nature viewing. The topography of the area is very steep, consisting of unglaciated ridges. The entire hunting area is timbered, ...

The Belvedere

The Belvedere is an Italianate mansion built in 1857 and has been considered the finest mansion in Galena. This historic 22-room mansion is truly lavish featuring Victorian furnishings, Liberace's estate ...

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

This satellite facility of an international museum features contemporary art, architecture, and photography from around the world. The Historic Fulton Brewery building in Galena houses the Center for ...

The Old Blacksmith Shop

Authentic 1897 blacksmith shop with working forges. Filled with tools and equipment from its 100 year history. Historian on site. The gift shop is well-stocked with Galena-forged items made by our blacksmiths. ...

The Seance

Be amazed by the world's most ancient art form, the Psychic Arts! The Seance is an intimate program set in the historic, haunted and mysterious Victorian Readings and Oddities Parlor conveniently located ...

Timeless Art Tattoo Studio

Tattoo and piercing studio run by experienced and creative artists offering high quality tattoo and fine art work in varying styles. ...

Tri-State Market Pumpkin Barn

Open-air market/fresh produce, honey, jams, veggies. October family fun: pumpkins, apples, bounce house, corn maze, hay rides, farm animals, food. ...

Tri-State Trolley

Galena's only ADA-compliant and climate-controlled trolley service offering daily narrated tours. Open Seasonally; May - October. Purchase your official Historical City Tour ticket at the Gateway to Historical ...

Two Tarot Ladies

Tarot, an intriguing, intuitive, and ancient method of fortune-telling using a special deck of cards. Innovative entertainment for your group. Basic readings are $15. Call for special group rates. Attendee ...

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site

Tour the home of the United States 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant! On Aug. 18, 1865, Galena celebrated the return of its Civil War hero Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Following a jubilant procession with much ...

West Street Sculpture Park

More than a dozen large, welded steel sculptures are scattered throughout two acres in a beautiful, natural setting. Sculptures include two 40-foot towers, contemplative artworks, a giant tinker toy, ...

Woodbine Glass Museum & Gift Shop

The glass museum displays 4,020 pieces of hand blown glass, including contemporary and antique works from all countries. Video shows glass blowing. Gift shop. Group Tour Capacity: 20 People Group ...

Wooded Wonderland

Operating sawmill, logs to lumber, 6-foot-tall blueberry bushes and nature at its finest. Pick your own blueberries and other produce. Organically grown. Country store offering handcrafted furniture, ...