Summer Fun in Galena and Jo Daviess County

Basking in Galena Country’s summer sun is the perfect way to relax and unwind from your everyday life. Whether you like to hike, bike, boat, fish, horseback ride, take a hot air balloon ride, or simply spend the day strolling the shops of Main Street Galena, there is literally something for everyone! So grab your family for an All American road trip. Call up your friends and rent a vacation home for all. Or plan a romantic getaway for just the two of you. However you travel, you’ll love the natural vibe and many festivals Galena Country offers all summer long.

Scout Summer Festivals

Scout Summer Festivals

There’s always something going on in the summer. But if you have to pick just one parade or festival, come over the 4th of July. Guaranteed good times.

Explore the Trails

Explore the Trails

Thousands of acres are ready for you to explore by foot, bike or horse. Take the six-mile Galena River Trail or scope out the path you want to tackle in our online directory.

Go Barn Dancing

Go Barn Dancing

Council Hill Station is a country music-lover’s dream. Live music, delicious food, a selection of 90-plus beers and summer barn dances at this historic 1850s site.

Go to Higher Elevations

Go to Higher Elevations

Pack 14 people into a hot air balloon! The actual flight lasts around an hour, but plan for three hours. Drive over to Scales Mound and say you’ve been “At the Top of Illinois.”

Rent Your Gear

Rent Your Gear

Bring your own equipment, or rent canoes, paddleboards, kayaks, bikes, scooters and segues right here in Galena! Don't let gear stop you from cruising Jo Daviess County to the fullest.

What People Say about Summer in Galena Countrysummer-social

“It’s the most beautiful place to go to and we’ve been going there for over 30 years each summer.”
-Jean Pecarao-Blischke