Top Things To Do In Galena


Have you visited Galena, Ohio before? It’s just thirty-ish minutes from Columbus and has a lot to offer. We enjoy checking out new places and we have randomly taken trips to Galena, Ohio. So I thought I could pull them all together and put a pretty bow on top!

1. Gnomewood Skills Park

6002-, 6090 Lewis Center Rd, Galena

This is a bike trail, so if you have kids that are old enough and adventurous enough, go for it! We enjoyed walking through it. But please be respectful if there are bikers and give them the right of way.


map of Gnonewood in Galena
Gnomewood in Galena
gnome in the tree at a park

2. Hoover Mudflats Boardwalk

37 S Old 3C Rd, Galena

When we went, the gate to the boardwalk was locked unfortunately. But, you can walk down the hill beside it and get a closer look of the water. The boardwalk is along the Hoover Reservoir and would be great for sight seeing and fishing. My girls love walking on bridges and boardwalks. The sound and open feeling make it special. And we even heard and saw ospreys, cranes and a lot of other birds.

Hoover mudflats water
Hoover mudflats boardwalk

We did find a trail at this opening. You had a better view and a nice hike.

trail near Hoover Reservoir
walking trail in woods at Hoover Reservoir
looking at the water at Hoover Reservoir
natural beauty at Hoover Reservoir

3. Sambuca’s Greenhouse

577 Walnut St, Galena

We enjoy visiting and supporting local companies. They had a variety of food items and of course, greenhouse items. We passed this little haunted house on our way to a new park last fall. It was free. My oldest loved pressing the buttons on the interactive pieces and my middle enjoyed the Dino in the egg. They had a lot of seasonal decor, pumpkin rolls, cider and more as well.

4. Sticky Fingers Ice Cream Parlor

5140 Cheshire Rd. Galena

This is the cutest little ice cream parlor you ever did see! They also offer craft nights, princess events, and have the Delaware parks programs visit. The ice cream flights are the way to go for adults! And they have super fun ice cream choices for kids.

things to do in Galena, Ohio
Sticky fingers ice cream sundaes
unique ice cream in Columbus

5. Ruffner and Miller Park

Two other options are to check out Ruffner Park and Miller Park. They both have playgrounds for kids and plenty of open play space. Who doesn’t like a ‘new to you park’?

Ruffner Park

183 Harrison St. Galena

An old school playground with metal slides, teeter totters, and a legit merry go round! It also had a ball field. And our favorite, a creeking gem.

Check out this post from Columbus For Kids on more details about: Ruffner Park

playground in Galena
nature trail in Galena
creeking in Galena

254 N Walnut St. Galena

There are two playsets for varying ages. The smaller set has cute duck and turtle ride-ons.  The older set has climbing obstacles and a firetruck. There is also a basketball court and connected bike trails.

park in Galena, Ohio
outside playground area in Galena

6. Downtown Galena

The town is super cute and has some restaurants and a little grassy square area with a swing. There are restaurants as well. The Coffee Vault, Galena Diner, and Son of Thurman (opened in 2021).

7. St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Address: 9633 East State Route 37, Sunbury (Not far from Galena)

Another fun spot to check out!

St. John Neumann playground
playground in Sunbury, Ohio
nice playground in Sunbury, Ohio


Did You Know?

In May 2019, the Village of Galena joined over 100 cities to become a Bee City USA affiliate. More information can be found at the Bee City USA website.


The Galena area offers all sorts of opportunities for nature lovers, with a variety of habitats and viewing locations. Learn more about that here: Things to See and Do in Galena

Galena has so much to offer! I hope you have fun exploring this fun spot with your family!