5 Summer Activities to Enjoy in Galena
Another warm and adventurous summer is knocking on our door, marking the time of year when everyone seems ready to get outside. For years, the charming town Galena has been winning awards for being one of the best small towns in America. To us, this comes as no surprise. Galena is a region marked by its gorgeous rolling and rugged terrain, known for unbeatable opportunities for outdoor adventure. Here, you’ll find a rich sense of history, plenty of land and water trails to explore and an incredible variety of other fun summer activities to choose from. Located just a few short hours from many major metropolitan areas, there truly is no better place to be this summer than Galena. Book your room at our historic Bed and Breakfast, and experience the charming spirit of this small town firsthand.
Leisurely Summer Activities
Galena, located in Jo Daviess County, is home to an wonderful variety of summer activities, from the leisurely to the adventurous. Whether it’s exploring waterways, racing down alpine slides, hiking and biking off the beaten path, nature watching, golfing or soaring to new heights, Galena truly is a nature-lover’s paradise. The most relaxing of these summer activities include nature walks, golfing, and ballooning. We always recommend an afternoon nature walk to our guests. Horseshoe Mound Preserve or Apple River Canyon State Park both have wonderful scenic outlooks and are great for bird and nature watching. Galena is also quickly becoming one of the Midwest’s premiere golfing destinations. Each of Galena’s 10 golf courses offers something different. Top courses include Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, the Galena Golf Club, Woodbine Bend Golf Course, and the Lacoma Golf Course. Finally, for a romantic afternoon you won’t soon forget, take in a spectacular golden sunset in a hot air balloon. Ballooning is one of the those summer activities you’ll remember for years to come.
If you’d like to put a little more adventure into your summer activities, then you’ll want to look to Galena’s waterways and hills for some boating, biking, and hiking. Popular parks and trails include Buehler Preserve, Casper Bluff Land & Water Preserve, Horseshoe Mound, Hanover Bluff State Natural Area, Iris & Jack Witkowsky State Wildlife Area, and the Galena River Trail. Many of these areas boast the most scenic viewpoints in Galena, and will surely leave you with a greater appreciation for this quaint midwest town. Aquatic recreation in the area is abundant, ranging from quiet, secluded streams to the mighty Mississippi River. Many visitors in Galena love to rent canoes, kayaks, and stand-up-paddle boards from Fever River Outfitters, who also offer both guided and unguided canoe and kayak trips on the Galena River and backwaters of the Mississippi. Finally, if you’re looking for that extreme adrenaline pumping fun, you’ll want to head to the alpine slides and adventure activities at Chestnut Mountain Resort.
No matter what it is that peaks your interest, Galena is sure to have a variety of summer activities for you to enjoy. Book your room at our newly renovated, historic Bed and Breakfast right in the heart of downtown Galena. We look forward to helping you create unforgettable summer memories!