Galena IL Vacation

In Galena, the list of families activities are endless. As a town with a rich history nestled on a scenic countryside along the banks of the Galena River, historic tours and outdoor adventures reign. Galena is also home to the kid-friendly Chestnut Mountain Resort and several miniature golf courses. If you’re deciding where  to take your family on vacation this year, Galena is the best place to go. Here’s a list of the best activities that your family will love.

Best Family Activities in Galena IL

Chestnut Mountain Resort – The all-in-one place for family activities! Enjoy a 2,050 ft. Alpine slide in the summer and a ski resort during the winter. In addition, families can play a round of miniature golf, disc golf or rent mountain bikes plus more at the resort.

River Adventure - Take your family on a kayaking or canoeing escapade down the mighty Mississippi/Galena River. Don’t own kayak or canoe? Fever River Outfitters has you covered, rent all your paddling equipment there.

Camping – Pack the tent or bring a RV to one of the many state and private campgrounds in Galena. Sit by the fire and roast marshmallows or relax on the hammock and enjoy Galena’s great outdoors.

Horseback Riding – Giddy up and yee-haw!  Head on down to Shenandoah Riding Center or Silkrug Stable for guided trail rides, horse drawn carriage or hay rides, stagecoach rides and romantic sleigh rides. Get up close and personal with Galena’s many rolling hills, forests and open valleys.

Historical Attractions and Tours – Enjoy one of the many historical attractions and tours including the Belvedere Mansion, Galena Trolley Tours, and Crystal Lake Cave. See what life was like one hundred years ago or get lost while exploring a cave previously used for mining lead.

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Shopping Galena Illinois

Galena has so much to offer for visitors, and the holiday season is no exception. When you come to Galena, here are some of the ways you can spend your time getting the most out of your trip!

Shopping for Last Minute Gifts

Nothing is quite like shopping in Galena/Jo Daviess County. Everything from antiques and collectibles, specialty foods, clothing, and upscale boutiques offer what you’re looking for when you’re in Galena or Jo Daviess County.

Rent a Family Vacation Home in Galena

The holidays are always more special when they are spent with family and friends! For groups from two to 20, we have a diverse selection of accommodations. Our fabulous vacation rental homes provide plenty of space for hanging out and enjoying time together. Make this the best holiday seasons ever with a vacation rental home in Galena!

Enjoy Holiday Events in Galena

Be sure to check out the Galena events calendar to see what fun and exciting things are going on during the holidays! Here are just a few of the upcoming holiday events:


Holiday Cheer at Christmas Carol Dinners

November 22, 2013

An Old Fashioned Christmas Feast   Celebrate Christmas in Galena’s countryside! Take in snow covered hills and scenic views aside a roaring fire in Galena’s most beautiful winter locale, The Goldmoor Inn. Step back in time this Christmas and attend a holiday dinner filled with good cheer and endless memories. The Goldmoor Inn Christmas Carol […]

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How to Plan the Perfect Date in Galena IL

November 21, 2013

In Galena, Ill., planning the perfect romantic date is not a difficult task. Galena is home to the finest eateries, lushest wine vineyards, and most luxurious spas east of the Mississippi. Whether you’re planning a first date or anniversary, Galena has something romantic for any couple. Here are some of our favorite date locations and […]

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Nouveau Wine Weekend

November 15, 2013

Join us for a celebration of the French-inspired tradition of Nouveau, previewing a sampling of the vintage from the fall harvest! The event starts on Friday, Nov. 22, when we will set out to make a record in Galena: the longest toast on Main Street. We’ll line up and “Toast the Town” in a domino-style […]

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Taste Local Award-Winning Wines at Massbach Wine Tasting

November 14, 2013

Massbach Ridge Winery is not only known for its panoramic view of gentle rolling hills and countryside. It is also known for its award-winning wines! Massbach wines have won numerous medals at the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition, including two double gold medals in 2011. As the weather cools, relax next to the warm fireplace […]

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Go Back in Time to 1876 With a Tour of the Banwarth House

November 12, 2013

Step back into Colonial America with a grand tour of the historic Banwarth House!  Filled with Victorian artifacts and legends, this antique hotspot entertains history buffs and attraction-seekers alike. Tours take you through the Banwarth family home providing information on family history and a taste of life during America’s centennial year. Tours run every Saturday […]

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Join Us for Christmas at the Fort

November 11, 2013

In the 1830s nobody sent Christmas cards and few bought Christmas presents or decorated Christmas trees. So what did they do at Christmas? Now is your chance to find out at the Christmas at the Fort event in Jo Daviess County. The event is from noon to 3 p.m. at the Apple River Fort State […]

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Must Visit Bars in Galena

November 7, 2013

From pubs to breweries, Galena’s bars are each unique but all tasty. This quaint town offers an opportunity to taste handcrafted brews, spirits, award-winning wine and more! Here are some of the must-visit bars in Galena, Illinois. The Corner Stone – This Galena bar features live music Wednesday through Sunday all year! Enjoy a full […]

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What are the Best Family Activities in Galena?

November 5, 2013

Looking for a new, exciting family vacation destination? Look no further than Galena and Jo Daviess County! Home to the most fun, family-friendly attractions in the Midwest, Galena has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for nature expeditions or exciting involvement right in the heart of downtown, Galena offers tons of great ways to bond […]

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