Did you know you can see Illinois’ rolling hills from high in the sky in a hot air balloon? That’s right! Galena is one of Illinois’ prime hot air balloon destinations. Galena On The Fly, one of the premiere hot air balloon tour companies in the area, has colorful balloons that take riders up approximately 3,000 feet above ground. Galena On The Fly boasts one of the largest hot air balloons in the country, which holds up to 14 people at once. Balloon rides allow visitors to catch stunning views of Galena and the beautiful hillsides of Jo Daviess County.
Galena On The Fly operates from mid-April through the end of November, but also offers special group flight accommodations year-round. It’s perfect for planning a fun adventure with friends. One hour flights are available at both sunrise and sunset.
In addition to chartered balloon rides, Galena also hosts an annual “Great Galena Balloon Race.” It’s a three-day event that includes more than 20 vibrantly-colored balloons lighting up the sky, along with music and family activities. This year’s race will take place June 20-22.
After flying high, be sure to check out more of Galena. Hop aboard an old-fashioned trolley for a Galena Trolley Tour to explore the European-style Main Street and head over to the The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design to see a complete collection of contemporary art, architecture and photography from around the world.
-The Illinois Office of Tourism