Hot air balloon

What is Galena on the Fly?

There are all kinds of ways to experience the beauty and charm of Galena. Parks, walking tours, a beautiful downtown, and several different outdoor activities all provide endless opportunities for exploration. One of the most unique and most beautiful ways to sightsee in Galena is by air! With Galena on the Fly, you’ll enjoy some of the best views in town.

What is Galena on the Fly?

Galena on the Fly offers exhilarating hot air balloon trips that give you access to breathtaking views of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin below. Sail through the air and watch as the landscape rolls by beneath you. You’ll see the sparkling, deep blue waters of the Mississippi, the green, rolling hills, and spectacular panoramas that stretch out for miles and miles.


You can catch a ride with Galena on the Fly at sunrise or sunset. Flights take off from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, which has several different balloon launch locations. Overall, the flight lasts about an hour, with the entire experience lasting about two and a half hours.

If you’re afraid of heights, don’t worry! The first few minutes of the flight are spent at tree-level so you can get used to the sensation of flying in the air balloon. Plus, before your flight even starts, you’ll have time to get used to the idea, as you get to watch the balloon inflate.

After that, you’ll ascend to up to 3,000 or 4,000 feet, where you’ll get the full experience. You’ll be able to spot wildlife from your vantage point as you float through the air. It is a serene, breathtaking experience that you won’t soon forget.

Balloons can accommodate as many as 14 passengers at once (in addition to the pilot). If you’ve got a group larger than that, you can still fly, as Galena on the Fly has several balloons at their disposal!

Be sure to take a look at the general information on their website before you make your reservation, which covers everything from age restrictions to what you can bring aboard with you.  

Stay in Galena

Farmers Guest House, just steps away from historic Main Street, offers some of the friendliest lodgings in town. We’ve been recognized as a top bed and breakfast Galena, and the building we are in has opened its doors to travelers for over a century.

History blends effortlessly with modern luxury in our inviting inn. Gorgeous hardwood floors, soft, comfortable beds, and private bathrooms provide the perfect haven for your stay in Galena. Be sure to take a look at all of our beautiful accommodations!

Every morning, you’ll be treated to an incredible breakfast by none other than Breakfast Diva Susan Steffan. Freshly baked treats, a juice and mimosa bar, and creative breakfast entrees are all components of your delightful morning as a guest here. Don’t underestimate the quality of the breakfast at Farmers Guest House—Susan was a winning contestant on the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship, which means you’ll be enjoying a meal of uncommon quality.

Come stay with us and discover why we are regarded as an icon of hospitality in Galena!