Grant Park – The Place Where It All Hapens
Galena, IL 2014
The City of Galena has done and continues to do an excellent job with our showcase park, Grant Park. We are so fortunate to have this beautiful park which includes plenty of benches to enjoy an awesome view of the historic downtown, a railroad track, 3.5 mile walking path and Fever River for starters. I do not know what this breed of “kayak” is called but they are pretty fun to watch go by underneath the bridge that leads to Main Street.
The local business “Fever River Outfitters” provides rentals for your enjoyment to include canoes, kayaks, bikes and scooters that you can drive out to a local winery.
Great location and the site for Country Fair Weekend, Fourth of July Fireworks, Picnics, Music, Private Parties, Prom photos, Weddings, Family Fun and Romantic walks.
This is the bridge that crosses over the Fever River and lands one block from Main Street. Great photo ops here of downtown architecture as well as the aforementioned river bike path activity. Show up here around dusk and you will see a bevy of bats coming out atop the buildings for their nightly dinner. I know it sounds icky but really – no mosquitos and the bats aren’t interested in you at all. I’ve never had one come close to me here.
Here is the arbor which, in summertime, is covered in greenery. Very romantic for an evening walk!
And of course, being a town centered around General Grant and the Civil War, we have cannons. I was just there yesterday and I can’t remember if it’s 5 or 6 of them but they are all different and very cool.
And of course you can climb on them. It’s not just kids that climb on them either. Quite often, while strolling the park, I will see one or two adults posing as well!
Ah, the Gazebo. Lots of wedding ceremonies, Prom photos, Bands and engagements happen right here!
This Monument is always a good reminder of what people have sacrificed so we can be right here right now enjoying all of this goodness. And of course we have a stature of General Grant.
The house he lived in when he became President is right up the hill, across from our inn. It has a garden with a statue of his wife, Julia Dent, who is pointed towards his statue below. Sweet!
We also have this gorgeous fountain. In a couple of weeks the planters will be filled with flowers! It is surrounded with benches so you can sit and enjoy a picnic lunch right there. See the Pavillion and war monument in the background? The Pavillion is used for many things including weddings, local group picnics, bands during country fair weekend, etc.
Great recreation for the kids. We’ve enjoyed bringing out kids and now our granddaughters there often. Gorgeous green space. Always something for kids to do during the fairs.
This is one of the many paths leading to the breathtaking views of downtown Main Street. I have sat and enjoyed these views many times. Sometimes I take a good book and sometimes I take my knitting. Great way to relax. Back in the far distance is the top of the original High School. It is now filled with condos.
Thank you for taking time to view this blog. I hope it entices you to come visit Galena. If you live here already, I hope it entices you to pick up a good book and your dog and come sit for a while!
The “Grant Park” sign is embedded on a hillside. A couple of years ago, during the heaviest storm we have ever seen, the word “Grant” slid off the hill. As you can see they are now replacing it and it looks better than ever! Way to go Galena!
Come see us soon!
Bernadine & Dave
Bernadine’s Stillman Inn