If it’s your first time visiting Galena, IL, you’re in for a surprise. Packaged into our small town, is an abundance of fun and excitement. From outdoor recreation to history, to shopping a helluva half-mile, there are so many amazing things to do that will surpass your expectations of our little town.
For more great things to do, take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide to Galena. We’ve included all the must-see attractions to make your first vacation in Galena a relaxing experience. Access the guide for the best restaurants, outdoor activities, and entertainment in the area.
What to Do During Your First Time Visiting Galena, IL
Shop the Helluva Half-Mile
Downtown Galena is home to some of the best boutiques, gourmet food stores, and gift shops. Make your way down Galena’s Main Street, and explore 125 unique stores and restaurants. Each shop adds its own flair to the downtown Galena experience.
Explore the Galena Historic District
Give yourself a history lesson when you stroll through the Galena Historic District. Many of the historic sites in town are also on Main Street in downtown Galena. Get your dose of Civil War history when you visit General Ulysses S Grant’s home, which is part of the national register of historic sites in Galena. If you love history, you may also be interested in taking a guided tour that includes the Ulysses S. Grant House, Belvedere Mansion, and the Dowling House.
You can also find a bit of Civil War history right here at our bed and breakfast! All of our rooms are inspired by Civil War generals’ wives!
Treat Yourself to the Best Burger in Town at Durty Gurt’s Burger Joynt
Once it’s lunchtime, take a break from exploring, and make a stop at Durty Gurt’s on Main Street.
If you’re up for a challenge, try one of their show-stopping burgers like the WOO! WOP! THE BAM! Burger. It’s two half-pound burger patties with bacon, tomato, onion, pickles, and more, so come with an appetite!
Hike the Galena River Trail
The perfect place to get some fresh air and enjoy nature is on the Galena River Trail. Hike the trails to see the wildlife and go bird watching along the Galena River. If you visit during the winter months, you can go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for the perfect adventure in the snow.
Relax at the Best B&B in North America
Look no further than Farmers Guest House if you want a relaxing retreat in our charming town. Our Julia Suite is the perfect place to rest your head after a day of exploration.
This two-room accommodation includes a separate sitting room, fireplace, Whirlpool tub, and king-sized bed. You can also wake up each morning to the best breakfast in the country. Satisfy your hunger in our dining room with our signature egg frittata, homemade bread, caramel pecan french toast, and mimosa bar!
Make the first step to a fantastic first time in town, and choose the best B&B in Galena. So, what are you waiting for? Adventures await in Galena. Check our availability and book your getaway today!