The Best Things to Do in Galena, IL
There is never a shortage of things to do in Galena, IL. This downtown city has emerged as a tourist attraction known for its rich history and architecture. Galena’s historic downtown district looks like it did during the Civil War era, but now the beautiful historic buildings are home to boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries, tasting rooms, and other local businesses.
Galena is often a weekend getaway for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of Chicago, but the proximity to the city also allows for a great day trip. There’s plenty of things to do in Galena, IL that you can’t find anywhere else. This small town has plenty to see and do. Below are our recommendations of must-see attractions and restaurants you can enjoy during your stay with us at Farmers Guest House.
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Galena’s Main Street
Main Street in downtown Galena, Illinois, is the hub of local businesses, including jewelers, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and more. It’s a great place to spend the day, grab lunch, and find the perfect souvenir gift. You can even take a walking tour led by U.S. Grant through historic Main Street.
P. T. Murphy’s Magic Show
How does he do that? you will be asking yourself while enjoying this intimate show full of the mystery of magic created by a true master of sleight of hand.
Blaum Brothers Distillery
A top attraction in Galena! Take an entertaining tour of the distillery or just enjoy a sample of the award winning spirits and the luxurious bar.
Enjoy golf? Galena is home to many top Illinois golf courses. Choose from 10 courses in a 20-mile radius.
Galena & U.S. Grant Museum – Learn more about Galena’s history during the 19th Century boom times and rise of the Industrial Era.
Apple River Fort State Historic Site – Explore what life was like for Jo Daviess County settlers when they lived in Apple River Fort in 1832.
Belvedere Mansion – Considered the finest mansion in Galena, visit the Belvedere Mansion and Gardens to experience the local history and beauty of Galena. The mansion and gardens are open to the public, and tours take place everyday, about every 15 minutes.
Old Market House State Historic Site – Browse several of Grant’s artifacts from Galena’s “Golden Era.”
Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site – Step inside U.S. Grant’s home, with original furnishings. Take a tour and witness where the president resided after the Civil War.
With over 100 shops, boutiques and galleries on Main Street, there’s something for everyone. Here is a sample of what you will find.
Earth’s Treasures – This local boutique features handcrafted jewelry, USA Cactus shirts and clothing, and other collectibles.
Gabby’s Gifts – This shop features many unique gifts and collectibles.
Galena Garlic Company – Shopping for a chef or looking to add spice to your kitchen? Pick up a bottle of balsamic or collection of spice mixes here.
Gateway to History – Galena is known for its rich history. Pick up a unique Galena souvenir at Gateway to History.
Poopsie’s – This shop is popular among locals and visitors alike. This shop sells toys, games, books, and anything else you can think of!
The Grateful Gourmet – “A Cook’s Paradise.” You’ll find great, local items, and just about anything you could wish for to cook your next gourmet dish!
Simply Elegant Boutique – Located on Main Street, enjoy boutique items for your wardrobe, as well as home decor.
Honest John’s Trading Post – Set in a beautifully restored historic building selling great gift items, and a variety of high quality shoes for strolling on Main Street.
Galena Canning Company – With award-winning sauces, dressings, and seasonings you won’t find anywhere else, be sure to visit this local store for unique ingredients, or for great gift ideas!
Galena River Wine & Cheese – The perfect spot to gather things together for a picnic in Grant Park, this locally owned gem features wines, cheeses, snacks and gourmet foods perfect for a special vacation meal.
With nearly 30 different restaurants to choose from just steps from our historic bed and breakfast, you’ll find a wide variety of downtown restaurants in Galena, IL, to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for something casual or you’re after a fine dining experience, any of these restaurants will satisfy your cravings. Of all the great options you’ll find as you wander down Main Street, here are a few of our best recommendations!
Vinny Vanucchi’s – A casual Italian dining experience awaits you at this top local restaurant, which boasts an authentic Italian cuisine and wine shop.
Log Cabin Steakhouse – As Galena’s oldest and longest running eating establishment, enjoy delicious steaks in the heart of downtown.
Fritz & Frites – With an atmosphere that transports you to a Paris Bistro, and a menu featuring French and German specialties, dinner here is a unique and delicious experience.
Gobbie’s Sports Pub & Eatery – Enjoy Chicago-style pizza and other delicious pub menu items at this sports bar, which features large TVs, bar games, live entertainment, and a beer garden.
Durty Gurt’s – This burger joint is known for its outstanding, creative burgers, its fish ‘n’ chips and other casual dishes for a homey dining experience.
111 Main Street – With a menu featuring many locally sourced ingredients, lunch or dinner here is a slice of the Midwest.