Come and enjoy Fall / Winter at the DeSoto House and see all that Galena has to offer!
The beauty of the rolling hills, valleys and lush countryside is just one of the attractions Galena has to offer, not to mention it's architectural charm and history. For the active enthusiast we have world famous golf, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, bike riding, wine tours, canoeing, kayaking, and hot air balloon rides.
Just outside our door is the 192 step stairway to Prospect Street for a panoramic view and great as a "stair stepper".
Bicycle, Canoe, Kayak and Scooter rentals are just down the street as well as guided tours for bird watching, Mississippi Backwaters Kayak tours, Canoe tours down the river, Scooter Tours to the Vineyard and leisurely bike rides around town and the countryside. Carriage Rides are just outside our backdoor as well as Trolley Tours.
And don't forget our history. Visit Grant's Home, The Dowling House, The Belvedere Mansion, The Washburn House, and of course our Galena History Museum. All within walking distance from the hotel.
Mississippi River Museum & Cruise Family Package
Midweek or Weekend Overnight Stay
Enjoy and overnight stay with breakfast in our Courtyard.
Tickets to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
1 1/2 hour sightseeing Cruise on the Mississippi River
Enjoy the day on the Mississippi River. Begin at the National Mississippi River Museum 7 Aquarium by taking a historic and natural journey on the Mighty Mississippi. Experience a trip down the river in the wide-screen Journey Theatre. View Artifacts that tell the story of Native American cultures. See Mark Twain's River with spectacular artifacts and images of the golden age of steam boating. Five large river aquariums plus several other exhibits let you get "up close and personal" with the giant catfish and ancient paddlefish of the Mississippi. See diving ducks, alligator, frogs, turtles and snakes of American's most famous river.
Then enjoy a relaxing and picturesque cruise on an authentic and nostalgic paddle wheeler like the Spirit of Dubuque. Enjoy panoramic views of this unique and family oriented river experience.