Spring Awakenings in Galena and Jo Daviess County
A spring trip to Galena Country definitely awakens you senses. You can feel the cool grass beneath your feet on our championship fairways. You can smell the flowers as everything emerges and begins to bloom. You can see birds soaring over the great Mississippi while enjoying a morning of yoga and kayaking. You can taste the amazing flavors of locally roasted brews, gourmet chocolates and old fashioned diners. But tempting your senses isn’t the only reason to visit. There’s also some amazing things to see and do.
From Chestnut Mountain's Big Nut Open to Wine Lover's Weekend, a St. Patty's Day Parade and 5K runs... spring brings out some of the best in Galena and Jo Daviess County. Come do Spring with us!
Wards Grove Nature Preserve in Stockton has more than 300 acres of sensitive plant and animal species. Or take a drive through the countryside and see emerging wildflowers dot the landscape with splashes of color.
Two 40-foot towers, a giant tinkertoy and humorous assemblages are all on display at West Street Sculpture Park. You might even see artist John Martinson working on more welded steel structures in his studio.
Can catch the aroma of a hearth-cooked meal, learn how to make candles and join in a game of Townball at Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Elizabeth. They’ll even let you become a militia recruit!
Visit the home of President Ulysses S. Grant and browse historical artifacts at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum. You'll be amazed at how many Generals you can count in the “Peace in Union” painting.