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Palace Campgrounds Galena

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Palace Campgrounds
11357 US Hwy. 20 West
Galena
IL
61036
Tel: 815 777-2466

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The Palace Campgrounds Is Conveniently Located From Chicago IL, the Quad Cities, Minneapolis MN & More!

Where are we going today?

How amazing is this fact: Palace Campgrounds was actually founded all the way back in 1848...that's a LONG time ago! That also makes it the oldest campground in the state of Illinois! Imagine how many happy families have gone through the gates!

Palace Campground is only two miles from downtown Galena, and is located on 50 wooded acres where you can enjoy a quiet, family camping experience.

The sites are equipped with water and/or electric, or full hook up. So whether you bring a tent, a camper or an RV, you will be set!

If you don't have your own accommodation to bring, then Palace Campgrounds have you covered. There are seven rustic cabins that your family can stay in during your holiday.

On site there are also some great amenities for the kids to enjoy. The heated swimming pool and baby pool are always popular, and perfect during the summer season. Those active kids will love the playground where they can slide, swing, and play!

The clubhouse and basketball court can top off their fun!

Families - Palace Campground have you covered too! They have fun outdoor movies on Saturday Nights between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as well as hay rides!

If you are pretty awesome at golf, you can take part in the mini golf championships! Not bad!

A super friendly family experience in Illinois - your family can add to the decades of family memories that have been created right there before you!

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What is there to do?

There is so much to do!

There is the swimming pool and baby pool, the playground, the sports courts, the movie nights, the mini golf, the arcade....take your pick!

How much does it cost?

  • Full hook up $33 - $37 / day
  • Tents $25 / day
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Facilities on site

Sites Equipped With Water and/or Electric, and Water, Electric & Sewer Combinations. Bring a tent, camper or RV

Five rustic cabins, with two double or one queen bed, air conditioning and electricity

Three Bath Buildings Complete With 16 Hot Showers, Potable Water and Soda Machines ,Free WiFi Available andLaundry Facilities

When can we go?

April 1st to November 1st

I'm Hungry!

There is a grocery store 1/2 mile from the campsite, and food-on-site also..

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out for the events across the year - like trick or treating!.

Doing our bit

They have created an amazing family experience for everyone, so help them keep it wonderful by following any regulations they have put up. These include pool hours, pet rules and quiet time. .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs just give them a call and see how they can help!.

What people are saying?

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    We have been camping at the Palace Campground for over 21 years. We waited on a list for 10 years and finally got our permanent spot. We may be close together but everyone respects your privacy and are the most friendly people. Our children's first experience camping was here. Our son learned how to ride his 2 wheeler there. We have wonderful memories and now bring our grandsons. Extremely HAPPY CAMPER.

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    Our eagerly awaited July 4th vacation in Galena, IL. turned out to be the weekend from H.....
    The Palace Campgrounds seemed to be perfect in that it was shaded, close enough to Main Street Galena to bike or even walk. What ruined the weekend were campers at the space ajoining ours who allowed their kids to run unsupervised throuhout the campground squealing and tresspassing on whomevers site they wished while the parents happily enjoyed beers under the awning. Finally on our last afternoon/evening the parents joined in the fun by starting the adult...Read More

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    We just stayed one night on Sunday, 10/13/2013—pool was closed for season. We were in the area to visit Galena, so it seemed logical to stay as close as possible. The campground was clean and quiet—probably 75% full. Our 34’ RV fit snuggly in the site—everyone is pretty close together. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained. There are a lot of trees and a little hilly, so it seems nice. Although you cannot see or hear it, Walmart is just through the tree line, so an easy walk if you need something. Seemed too far to walk into downtown...Read More

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    Being the only campground in the town of Galena your options are limited. The campground was built in the 50's and the sites are still sized for 1950's era travel trailers. Even if the burn ban was not in effect I would not have been comfortable having a fire in such tight space. We were in a full hook up site and the hook ups were in the far back if site requiring 50' of fresh water hose and 30' of sewer hose that went slightly uphill. Thankfully the Wal-Mart next door had the RV supplies we needed for this long stretch. Overall the site was level...Read More

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    If you appreciate campgrounds with large spacious sites, this is not your campground. The sites are squeezed in like sardines. no place to safely make a fire without being so close to you or your neighbors vehicles that it puts them at at risk of catching fire. The highway noise at night made it difficult to sleep. Additionally, the bathroom facilities need updating. The mold in the middle shower stall is overwhelming and the showerhead barely worked.Fortunately, the first stahl was much better and had a new showerhead that functioned just...Read More

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by Dennis Ohnstad

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Our eagerly awaited July 4th vacation in Galena, IL. turned out to be the weekend from H.....
The Palace Campgrounds seemed to be perfect in that it was shaded, close enough to Main Street Galena to bike or even walk. What ruined the weekend were campers at the space ajoining ours who allowed their kids to run unsupervised throuhout the campground squealing and tresspassing on whomevers site they wished while the parents happily enjoyed beers under the awning. Finally on our last afternoon/evening the parents joined in the fun by starting the adult plarty around 3 PM, drinking until well after midnight, all the while screaming with delight each time they scored a hit on the corn hole game, dancing to music played loud enough for all 123 sites to hear and spreading trans/beer cans around our area of the campground. Needless to say the campground had no on site management to enforec the peace and when I confronted the very young gals in the office the next morning they said "should've called the Police"....I don not recommend anyone stay at this campground....

by Chris Pesce

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We just stayed one night on Sunday, 10/13/2013—pool was closed for season. We were in the area to visit Galena, so it seemed logical to stay as close as possible. The campground was clean and quiet—probably 75% full. Our 34’ RV fit snuggly in the site—everyone is pretty close together. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained. There are a lot of trees and a little hilly, so it seems nice. Although you cannot see or hear it, Walmart is just through the tree line, so an easy walk if you need something. Seemed too far to walk into downtown Galena, so we took Galena Cab, at $5/person each way—not cheap but worth it if time constrained. Also, site check out time is 1:00 pm, so our site was occupied when we arrived at 11:00 am—office moved us to open site. I would stay again if in area to visit Galena.

by Lance Hardwud

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Being the only campground in the town of Galena your options are limited. The campground was built in the 50's and the sites are still sized for 1950's era travel trailers. Even if the burn ban was not in effect I would not have been comfortable having a fire in such tight space. We were in a full hook up site and the hook ups were in the far back if site requiring 50' of fresh water hose and 30' of sewer hose that went slightly uphill. Thankfully the Wal-Mart next door had the RV supplies we needed for this long stretch. Overall the site was level and shaded very well with large mature trees. The pool was refreshing on a 100 degree day we stayed, but was not that hip with the locals paying $2 to use the pool. One complete side of the full hook up row was seasonal trailers. Many of these had not moved in many years and made the campground look like a trailer park. Not to mention the many cars in and out all hours of the day to these sites. We did not see much of any type of owner or management staff present, just some younger employees that did not appear to have a vested interest in this campground.
I would stay here again since it had our hook up needs for the motorhome and was close to everything Galena has to offer. With a little updating and some friendly staff this campground could be the palace it was named for.

by David Ford

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If you appreciate campgrounds with large spacious sites, this is not your campground. The sites are squeezed in like sardines. no place to safely make a fire without being so close to you or your neighbors vehicles that it puts them at at risk of catching fire. The highway noise at night made it difficult to sleep. Additionally, the bathroom facilities need updating. The mold in the middle shower stall is overwhelming and the showerhead barely worked.Fortunately, the first stahl was much better and had a new showerhead that functioned just fine. Of the two toilets, only one worked and the other leaked water on the floor making it unpleasant to use the bathroom. It would have been appreciated if they would have notified us that the water was not on so we could have been prepared to dry-camp. I will note that the sites were level and had no difficulty setting up to utilities which were conveniently located, as you would expect with sites so close together. Tthere are a limited amount of sites that provide more space but no sewer hook-up. If you want the convenience of being close to Galena, stay here, but, if you don't need to be close to Galena, I would recommend googling campgrounds around the area and choose another.

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