11 Best Things To Do In Galena, IL For Tourist

1. Thunder Bay Fall

Located just a short drive to the east of Galena is one of the area’s most beautiful natural sights, the lovely Thunder Bay Falls. 

2. Horseshoe Mound Preserve

Only opened in 2014, it has some gorgeous grounds to explore, with pretty and peaceful paths winding here and there. 

3. Old Market House

Once the centre of life in town, it now hosts lots of interesting exhibits and cultural events, as well as the Galena Area’s Welcome Center. 

4. Galena Cellars Vineyard

Every year, the wonderful winery produces a considerable quantity of wine from its speciality grapes, with 40 varieties to taste and buy. 

5. Washburne House

Of particular interest is its lovely library, where Ulysses S. Grant received the news that he had been elected President in 1869.

6. Chestnut Mountain Resort

Due to its proximity to Galena, it is a very popular place to visit with a wealth of winter and summer outdoor activities on offer. 

7. Galena Trolley Tour

While Galena’s Historic District is awash with eye-catching architectural gems, there are also some fabulous views to be enjoyed from the hills and valleys surrounding the town. 

8. Grant Park

On top of this, you’ll find a quaint pavilion and fountain, with a basketball court and playground also on offer.  

9. Galena/Jo Daviess County Museum

Set right in the center of town is the excellent Galena/Jo Daviess County Museum, home to lots of interesting and interactive exhibits. 

10. Ulysses S. Grant Home

One of the town’s most important sights, the Ulysses S. Grant Home lies just across the river from the center of Galena. 

11. Main Street

The highlight of any trip to Galena is going for a peaceful stroll along its magnificent Main Street. 

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