Things to Do in Galena & Jo Daviess County

The great thing about a trip to Galena Country is that it’s your story to write. Take on an outdoor adventure along the Mississippi River. Spend hours exploring the nooks and crannies of our many historic sites. Tap into your inner foodie and indulge in rich local flavors. Browse endless boutiques and shops featuring exquisite works of art from local artists. Soar the skies in a hot air balloon. Take a trolley around town. Or tee up a round of golf on our championship greens. Simply put, Galena County has a something for everyone. So drive, run, hike, bike, or soar your way over here. We guarantee you’ll leave with a story to tell.

Attractions

Attractions

Get a taste of history and culture with a visit to our museums, art galleries and studios, theater and historical sites.

Cuisine

Cuisine

Pair local flavors with world-class cuisines at many renowned restaurants and cafes in Galena Country.

Golf Courses

Golf Courses

Championship golf courses, disc golf, foot golf and mini-golf make this a top destination for friends and family.

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

Hike, bike, canoe, ski and soar your way through Galena Country, where adventure awaits all year long.

Shopping

Shopping

More than 100 storefronts featuring clothing, jewelry, collectibles, specialty items, gifts and more.

Hands-On Experiences

Hands-On Experiences

Grab some friends and learn how to make jewelry, throw pottery and cook with demonstrations and studio tours.

Tours

Tours

From storytellers at historic mansions to a look into the Old Mine District, Galena Country brings its history and culture alive.

Events

Events

Find out which tours, musicians, classes, festivals and special entertainment will be nearby during your visit.

The Seasons

The Seasons

Wildflowers, river runs, fall foliage drives, and snow-topped mountains make this a year-round destination.

SPAS & SALONS

SPAS & SALONS

Calming aromatherapy treatments and tension-melting, hot-stone massages! You choose the location!

What People are Saying About Attractions in Galena County

“Galena is like a dream town. It’s perfect. You walk into a different time and the charm steals your heart. You visit the shops or stroll through the neighborhoods and you’re treated like a neighbor. There’s so much to do and not enough time, so you always want to go back! The trip into Galena from all directions of travel has the beautiful views of the region.”
– Janey Crouch Ciontea