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Adventure to Galena

Are you looking for an exciting getaway filled with the spirit of adventure? Whether you want to challenge yourself by stepping outside your comfort zone or experience the great outdoors in a whole new way, adventure to Galena for an inspiring trip.

From zipline tours to horseback riding and kayak adventures to hot air balloon launches, take advantage of your time together by doing things you never thought you would. Unforgettable memories await...start planning your adventure to Galena today!

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Start your adventure at Long Hollow Canopy Tours (3247 W. Longhollow Road, Galena) with an incredible 2½ hour guided zipline tour through treetops of northwest Illinois. Ride 6 ziplines, climb 2 ladders, cross 140 foot suspended sky bridge and rappel from 2 platforms. Reach heights of up to 75 feet and speeds of 40 miles per hour gliding through the trees on ziplines ranging from 190 to 1,250 feet in length. Push yourself beyond your limits on this exhilarating and entertaining tour.

Adventure off the beaten path on a three-mile Segway Tour at Chestnut Mountain (8700 W. Chestnut Road, Galena). Spend 75-90 minutes navigating your very own two-wheeled personal transporter through varied terrain. Wind through a woodland area and stop at two viewpoints with fabulous views of the Mississippi River.

Take the ride of your life as you race down 2,050 feet of tailored track on a sled to the banks of the Mississippi River! Chestnut Mountain's Alpine Slide (8700 W. Chestnut Road, Galena) is an adrenaline rush! Jump on the scenic lift to be whisked back to the top of the mountain where unparalleled views of three states awaits.

Saddle up to escape into nature at Shenandoah Riding Center (200 N. Brodrecht Rd., Galena). With over 40 miles of well-maintained trails, this equine center is suited for all skill levels from beginners to advanced riders. Take a guided trail ride to experience picturesque trails and transverse through meadows and woodlands abundant with wildlife.

Lift off in one of the largest hot air balloons in the country on a ride with Galena on the Fly (444 Eagle Ridge Dr., Galena). Feel like you're on top of the world as you drift 3,000-4,000 feet above the countryside while taking in incredible views of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Sunrise and sunset flights available. Don't forget your camera!

Whether you prefer to paddle or bike, Fever River Outfitters (525 S. Main Street, Galena) has you covered. Take an adventure on one of the most beautiful rivers in northern Illinois with a kayak rental which includes a map of the river, life jackets, paddles and shuttle service. If you'd prefer to explore the Galena countryside, rent an E-Bike, the perfect human energy-electric hybrid vehicle, to help you climb hills and travel faster and further on a bike than ever before.


Make meal times a dining adventure with visits to Galena's finest family of restaurants:

A visit to Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill (9853 US Hwy 20, Galena) is like taking a trip to the Emerald Isle without a passport!  Raise a pint and savor a traditional Irish specialty while marveling at the authentic architectural details of the pub, which was handcrafted in Ireland.

Vinny Vanucchi’s ‘Little Italy’ (201 S. Main Street, Galena) dishes up authentic Italian cuisine and features an outstanding wine selection. This authentic family trattoria is complete with checkered tablecloths and imported artifacts and signs. Don't miss a chance to experience a "Taste of the Old Neighborhood."


After your Galena adventure, retreat to The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel (9853 Hwy 20 W, Galena) to enjoy a spacious room and warm hospitality. The W.B. Yeats Library and The Auld Dubliner Lounge at The Irish Cottage are perfect spots to settle in with a drink and relive your adrenaline boosting experience.

Plan Your Getaway

To begin planning your Adventure to Galena, call 866.CU.IRISH (866.284.7474).

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