5 Things to Do in Galena For Father’s Day
With Father’s Day coming up this month, it’s time to plan an unforgettable day for Dad. Start the day with a Crack of Dawn Balloon race wrapping up the three-day extravaganza. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience locals and visitors look forward to every year. Head to Blaum Bros. for a distillery tour Dad is bound to love featuring an interactive education and tasting bringing him closer than ever to craft spirits. Does Dad love adventure? Treat him to a canopy tour with six different ziplines, preferably before the spirits tasting. Regardless of how Dad enjoys spending his time, we have five ideas that are sure to make his Father’s Day a little extra special this year.
Great Galena Balloon Race
Give back while you enjoy an annual favorite, the Great Galena Balloon Race at Eagle Ridge Resort. The event marks its 15th anniversary this year, and a $5 admission at the gate benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Camp Hertko Hollow, a camp for kids with diabetes. The festivities begin Friday, June 16th with live music, activities for the entire family and an Ale Fest, something Dad is sure to love. The fun continues into Saturday with wine flights, a classic car show, balloon rides and more with a slam finish on Sunday featuring a final Crack of Dawn Balloon Race. **TIP: The Great Galena Balloon Race is a cash-only event so make an ATM stop before heading over. More information at www.greatgalenaballoonrace.com/
Distillery Tour at Blaum Bros.
Treat Dad to an inside look at how Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. creates handcrafted spirits with a guided tour and tasting at the popular attraction. For $10, Dad will experience a 45-minute interactive including a tasting of select spirits. Blaum Bros. has been the toast of the town since opening in 2013. It’s the perfect gift for the guy who loves expertly crafted whiskey and spirits. Book a tour for Dad on the Blaum Bros website.
Zipline With Long Hollow Canopy Tours
Does Dad love adventure? Galena’s newest attraction in the Galena Territory’s Tapley Woods, Long Hollow Canopy Tours, features six ziplines for a thrilling ride through nature. Dad can zip through trees on lines up to 1,230 feet long after crossing a 140-foot Sky Bridge. Each tour is 2.5 hours long with expert guides sharing fun facts about the animals and environment in the area. Find out about our Stay 3, Fly Free! package with Long Hollow Canopy Tours or visit their website for more information.
Vineyard Tours at Galena Cellars
So Dad loves his red wine? Get him closer to the grapes at Galena Cellars. Tours and tastings are offered daily to the public and private tours and tastings are welcome if scheduled in advance. Public tastings include 6 half ounce pours of your choice from their menu. Walk the grounds before or after as the grapevines begin to grow in abundance for summer. It’s a magical, Napa Valley-like experience in Northwest Illinois. Visit Galena Cellars for more information on tours and tastings.
Dinner at Goldmoor Inn!
End a fun-filled Father’s Day by treating Dad to dinner. Forget the BBQ and join him at Goldmoor Inn for a memorable meal. From our signature Beef Wellington to decadent desserts, we’ll serve Dad a dinner he’ll absolutely love. Extend the night even farther with your Dad’s spirit of choice on our patio as the sun sets over the Mississippi. Gift cards are available for purchase at a variety of price points and special requests are encouraged for a personalized experience. Book a reservation with us today at Goldmoor Dining.
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