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  • Lil' General
    11357 US Highway 20 West, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-6911, This beautifully landscaped, 18-hole, championship miniature golf course, complete with a cascading waterfall, rapids, streams, and a fountain will provide hours of fun... more info  map

  • May Family Pumpkin Barn
    1887 Highway 35 South, East Dubuque, IL 61025
    East Dubuque
    815-747-6832, Enjoy traditional October family fun at this farm featuring pumpkins, apples, a bouncehouse, slide, corn maze, spookhouse, hay rides, farm animals, facepainting, Snoopy,... more info  map

  • Miniature Golf at Chestnut Mountain Resort
    8700 West Chestnut Road, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-1320, Play miniature golf on a course that overlooks the Mississippi River. Fun for all, Miniature Golf at Chestnut Mountain Resort, is located eight miles southeast of... more info  map

  • Noreen's Old Tyme Photo
    220 Diagonal Street, Galena, IL 61036
    Located at Dowling House ticket office
    815-777-1250, For the child in each of us, dress up and be photgraphed in Victorian, and Civil War costumes at Noreen's Old Tyme Photo. Or, you might rather pose in the bar, or jail... more info  map

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Apple River Fort & Interpretive Center
    Downtown Elizabeth, adjacent to Highway 20
    815-858-2028, This fort and center describes the area's Native Americans, its early miners, and the conflict that grew into the Black Hawk War. more info  map

  • Belvedere Mansion
    1008 Park Avenue, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-0747, This 22 room, Italianate mansion was built in 1857, for the Ambassador to Belgium. The home is furnished with Victorian pieces, items from Liberace's estate, and the... more info  map

  • DeSoto House Hotel
    230 South Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-0090, The DeSoto house, built in 1855, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers guestrooms, restaurants, lounges, meeting facilities, and a ballroom.  more info  map

  • Dowling House
    220 Diagonal Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-1250, Built in 1826, this is the oldest home in Galena. The home is built of native limestone and served as both a trading post, and a residence. It is furnished with... more info  map

  • Galena Public Library & Historic Collection
    601 South Bench Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-0200, The library was built in 1907 in the Greek Revival Style. It offers a reading room that features a mosaic fireplace, in a wisteria pattern. The extensive historic... more info  map

  • Galena Post Office & Customs House
    110 Green Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-0225, Built in 1857-1859 from Nauvoo limestone, this Renaissance Revival building is the second oldest continuously operating post office in the United States. It was also the... more info  map

  • Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street
    208 Perry Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-1222, This log-built structure was used as a refuge for the women and children of the Galena area during the Blackhawk War of 1832. Galena's history from 1820s is traced in... more info  map

  • Ulysses S. Grant Home
    500 Bouthillier Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-0248, This home was presented to General U.S. Grant upon his return to Galena in 1865. The house has been restored to its post-Civil War, and Grant presidency elegance. more info  map

  • Washburne House State Historic House
    908 Third Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-3310, This Greek Revival home was built in 1843, and received major additions in 1859 and 1860. The entire first floor has been restored, to tell the story of Elihu B.... more info  map

Historic Sites & Monuments

  • Old Market House State Historic Site
    123 North Commerce Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-3310, This 152 year old building was the center of community life during Galena's most prosperous era. It features an exhibit that tells about the property, from past to... more info  map

  • The Old Blacksmith Shop
    245 Commerce Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-1893, This authentic 1897 blacksmith shop features working forges and an on-site historian. The original tools and equipment are on display. The Gift shop offers... more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design
    601 South Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-4444, An international museum of architecture and design, the Chicago Athenaeum is "dedicated to the art of design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial and... more info

  • Chicago Great Western Museum
    East Myrtle Street, Galena, IL 61028
    Off Highway 20 in downtown Elizabeth
    815-858-2098, Built in 1888, this museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. Many photographs and artifacts are on display, as well as railroad videos, and a railroad... more info  map

  • Galena/Jo Daviess County History Museum
    211 South Bench Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-9129, Housed in an 1858 mansion, the museum offers special exhibits featuring Grant and the Civil War, mining, steam boating, clothing, geology, toys, dolls, and agriculture. more info  map

  • Vinegar Hill Historic Lead Mine & Museum
    8885 North Three Pines Road, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-0855, This underground lead mine is typical of the primitive mines of the era. It was originally mined by an Irishman in 1822 and was handed down from generation to... more info  map

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Goldmoor Gardens
    9001 Sand Hill Road, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-3925, Visit the beautifully designed annual and perennial gardens at the Goldmoor estate. Self-guided tours can be taken daily, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., May through October.... more info  map

  • Jewell's Prairie Nursery
    5350 South Derinda Road, Galena, IL 61028
    Located in Elizabeth
    815-598-3252, See the display gardens, unusual trees, shrubs, perennials, and a diverse collection of hosta, at this site, which is nestled in a scenic rural setting. more info  map

  • LinMar Gardens
    504 South Prospect Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-1177, This three and a half acre garden is situated on natural limestone outcroppings. It features hostas, viburnums, conifers, grasses, daylilies, annuals, and perennials.... more info  map

  • West Street Sculpture Park-John Martinson
    620 South West Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-9591, This outdoor gallery features large painted steel sculptures by local artist John Martinson. There is also an on-site metal studio. more info  map

Tours & Cruises

  • All About A Ghost Tour
    227 South Dodge Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-9252, Learn all about Galena's ghostly past and present, on this fascinating walking tour. All of the stories are authentic, and have been researched. This seasonal tour is... more info  map

  • Amelia's Galena Ghost Tours
    204 Hill Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-994-2868, Experience haunted Galena aboard a luxury air-conditioned or heated shuttle bus, learn history, legends and lore from their unique storytellers while meandering through... more info  map

  • Annie Wiggins Ghost Tour
    1004 Park Avenue, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-0336, A costumed guide will lead you on this ghost tour of Galena's sites, and cemeteries, telling you all Galena's famous ghostly tales. Reservations are recommended for this... more info  map

  • Galena Main Street Walking Tour
    Downtown Galena
    815-777-9129, Galena Historical Society guides will lead you on a tour that explores the history and architecture of Galena. Topics on the tour include mining, steam boating, U.S.... more info  map

  • Galena On The Fly, Inc.
    2580 North Windy Lane, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-2747, Have the adventure of a lifetime, as Galena On The Fly takes you on a hot air balloon ride over historic Galena, and the Illinois countryside. You might even see Iowa... more info  map

  • Galena Trolley Tours
    314 South Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-1248, Travel through this historic area viewing panoramas from the bluffs, as you enjoy these historically narrated trolley tours. One-hour nonstop tours are offered every... more info  map

  • Jack's Galena Carriage Company
    713 South Bench Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-275-9470, Enjoy a 20 minute carriage ride down Park Avenue, past civil war era homes and buildings, and learn about the architecture and history of many of the homes on the route.... more info  map

  • River Cruises on the Twilight
    301 South Commerce Street, Galena, IL 61036
    845-777-1660, Two-day, overnight Mississippi River cruises are offered, by this company. The cruise includes three meals each day, overnight lodging, entertainment, and side trips... more info  map

  • Ryan Mansion Tours of Victorian Life
    11373 Highway 20 West, Galena, IL 61036
    Located 2 Miles West of Historic Downtown
    815-281-0408, Entertaining tour of the largest and finest historic mansion in Galena. Guides time travel to 1882 to provide an entertaining tour of Victorian Life. more info

  • Tri-State Trolley
    4349 Industrial Park Drive, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-0820, Discover a great way to see and enjoy the historic sights of Galena, with Tri State Trolley's fully narrated historic tour. Each trolley is climate controlled and ADA. ... more info  map

Vineyards, Wineries & Breweries

  • Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery
    515 South Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
    815-777-3330, Featuring over twenty varieties of wine, available for sampling, Galena Cellars also offers locally produced cheese and sausage, as well as a wide assortment of... more info  map

  • Massbach Ridge Winery
    117 North Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
    Located in Downtown Galena
    815-291-6411, Massbach Ridge Winery's tasting room in downtown Galena is open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. more info


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