You’ll never be at a loss for what to do next in Galena and Jo Daviess County. We offer plenty to do for families, friends, couples, history buffs and art connoisseurs.
Discover Ulysses S. Grant's strong tie to Galena. Walk the streets he walked. See his boot, cigar and a replica of the family's leather shop. Find out where his campaign headquarters were and where he was when he found out he was the 18th President of the United States.
The Galena & U.S. Grant Museum is one of our most popular attractions. Additional museums that highlight the area’s rich 19th century lead mining history are located throughout the County. Guided tours are available at many locations – and some even dress in period garb!
Galena has preserved its 19th-century roots with many homes and shops still in mint condition. In fact, many sites throughout the county are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Look for grand architectures and humble abodes that tell the story of another time.
You’ll love the one-of-a-kind pieces you can find in Galena County from local sculptors, potters, painters, photographers, illustrators and glass makers. Many of them also put on art classes, demonstrations and workshops so check the calendar for event happening during your stay.
Hit the town to hear some great bands and musicians at various places throughout Galena Country. Your toes will be tapping to the classics, modern pop/rock, country hits, soulful energetic folk tunes, bluesy guitar riffs, groovin’ Irish pub tunes and more. So dance and sing along!
Enjoy the mysteries of an ancient art as they unfold right before your eyes at P.T. Murphy Magic Theater. Or head over to the Galena Trolley Depot Theater for nightly performances (you need to make a reservation) from a variety of live shows.
Mini-golf, foot golf, horseback riding, camping, an alpine slide, winter fun, an old fashioned toy shop and a tour of a working forge. Galena Country is for all ages. Let us help make your next family vacation even more memorable.
Head over to Apple River Fort State Historic Site and see history come to life with interpreters garbed in 1830s-style dress. The Old Blacksmith Shop has an authentic working forge and on-site historian. Plus Civil War reenactments yearly.
Test your luck at Diamond Jo Casino. They have more than 975 slot machines and table games. Plus there are three restaurants on site, a bowling alley and live entertainment. A great evening out with friends!