Trolleys – both electric and horse drawn – used to be the predominant mode of public transit across North America. Today, only Toronto still operates a streetcar network that remains virtually unchanged – but these urban streetcar systems were once very common in both the big cities and smaller towns. Most were dismantled in the middle of the 20th century, torn out or replaced by light rail and other, more modern forms of mass transit.
Despite this, trolleys remain iconic – and why not? A trolley ride is good fun, hearkening back to simpler times and a slower pace – just about the perfect way to tour a historic town like Galena, too!
Galena Trolley Tours offers a variety of tours, providing passengers with narrated introductions to Galena’s rich history and fascinating architecture, not to mention beautiful views and and endless photo opportunities.
The One Hour Non-Stop Galena Trolley Tour will educate and entertain you with extensive narration detailing the history of this former lead mining community and major river port as you meander though Galena’s historic district in a bright red streetcar.
The Two and a Half Hour Galena Trolley Tour of Homes will provide you with access and transportation to 3 major Galena attractions: The home of Ulysses S. Grant, Belvedere Mansion, and Dowing House. Grant’s Home was restored to its 1868 condition with 90% of the original furnishings. Belvedere Mansion, known as the “Jewel of Galena,” is a 5,000 square foot mansion with 22 rooms built for a steamboat captain and ambassador to Belgium. Dowing House is not only the oldest home in Galena but the oldest stone structure in the State of Illinois!
Finally, there is the Haunted Galena Trolley Tour! An 80 minute excursion rife with spooky stories and paranormal photo opportunities. This night tour of Galena is all in fun … but that doesn’t mean it wont give you some shivers!
Galena Trolley Tours are open year round and their unique ticket office includes a waiting area, snack bar, gift shop and on site restrooms. You’ll have the opportunity to ride in style on the first, original trolley built for Galena, one of their open-air San Francisco-style cable-car replica trolleys, or an air-conditioned executive coach.
Galena Trolley Tours
Galena Trolley Depot
314 South Main Street
Galena Trolley Tour Lodging
Touring Galena by trolley is great fun – but you’ll have to get off at some point. Make your stay in Galena just as comfortable as it is memorable
with accommodations at the historic Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Cloran Mansion Bed & Breakfast is a unique and opulent Galena bed and breakfast featuring Italian architecture design, meticulously maintained guest rooms, and lush outdoor gardens to relax in.