What to do and see in Springfield, Illinois: The Best Places and Tips

The spirit of the "Land of Lincoln" is nowhere else so alive as it is in Springfield, one time home to old Honest Abe himself and present home of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site. The NAACP also holds Springfield at its roots, having formed after a particularly bloody race riot here in 1908.

1. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

212 N 6th St, Northeast corner of 6th and Jefferson, Springfield, IL 62701-1004 Traveler Resources, Museums, Libraries, History Museums More
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

In a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum immerses you in Lincoln's world and time. Journey from a rustic Indiana cabin to the Executive Mansion in the nation's capitol; follow the fate of America's 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of a family - and a nation. (Please be advised, while the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is open 7 days a week, the Presidential Library is only open on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.)

Reviewed By FifiBojangles - Bolingbrook, IllinoisBolingbrook, Illinois

Worth The Visit

We had a great time at the Lincoln library. Lots to see and do. Highly recommend if you are in the area. Only problem was there were a lot of school kids there and they were loud and running around. Also I thought there would be more actual artifacts of L

2. Lincoln Home National Historic Site

413 S 8th St, Springfield, IL 62701-1905 Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas, History Museums, National Parks, Historic Sites More
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

The only house Abraham Lincoln ever owned is the centerpiece of this four-block historic neighborhood. Lincoln and his family lived in the two-story house from 1844 until 1861, when their address changed to the White House.

Reviewed By Nearlyretired61 - Kansas City, KansasKansas City, Kansas

A great day visit

This is a very good way to spend a day. The tour of the house is free but small tour groups and fill up fast. Get there early to get your tour tickets. Interesting that the Historic site includes a 4 block area with restored original houses. Very informat

3. Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials

1500 Monument Ave, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL 62702-2500 Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials

Reviewed By sandra n - Lemont, IllinoisLemont, Illinois

Paying respects to our past Presidents

After our visit to the Lincoln Presidential Library, this was a fitting closure to a proud American experience. It was not busy, which did feel a little strange compared with other American sites around the country similar that are usually very crowded. I

4. Dana-Thomas House

300 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703-2233 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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5 based on 1056 reviews

Dana-Thomas House

Reviewed By RetiredTravelerTN - Nashville, TennesseeNashville, Tennessee

Outstanding Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed House, Free Parking

The introductory video presented the history of the Dana-Thomas House, and the guide gave an informative tour of the beautiful FLW house which has been wonderfully preserved with original furnishings. We appreciated the attention to details that were high

5. Illinois State Capitol

401 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62701-1727 Sights & Landmarks, Government Buildings
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Illinois State Capitol

Historic Greek Revival building that serves as Illinois' State Capitol and was the site of many cases tried by Abraham Lincoln.

Reviewed By K I - Chicago, IllinoisChicago, Illinois

The tallest dome and beautiful throughout the building

The dome is 74 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol. I could spend all day here looking at all the ornate architecture. A stunning capital building. Tours offered every half hour and we had the please to tour the capital with a knowledgeable docent. Meter st

6. Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701 Sights & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall.

Reviewed By melissarG6252TI

Quick Lincoln Stop

Family vacation stop on the way to Hot Springs, to see some Lincoln history. This is a beautiful stop. Docents are knowledgeable and friendly. Structure is interesting. Displays have a lot of information. We enjoyed the self guided time to learn about his

7. Washington Park

1501 S Grand Ave W, Springfield, IL 62704 Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Fun & Games, Playgrounds, Hiking Trails More
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Washington Park

Reviewed By RevJan - Springfield, IllinoisSpringfield, Illinois

A Must See

My children's favorite playground is here. It is a place of peace and solitude (except maybe during the 1812 Overture at the Carillon Festival). Prom pictures, engagement pictures, graduation pictures, wedding pictures are all taken here. It is a great pl

8. Illinois State Museum

502 S Spring St, Springfield, IL 62706-5000 Museums, Specialty Museums
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Illinois State Museum

The Illinois State Museum focuses on the art, natural history, history and anthropology of the State of Illinois. Admission is $5 for adults ages 19-64. Children under 19, seniors over 64, veterans, and active duty military personnel are free.

Reviewed By Donnagay A - Kaysville, UtahKaysville, Utah

Great museum-no parking

The museum had you travel through natural history to present days. The choices gallery had excellent interaction. It was enjoyable to hear the stories of the people who helped settle Illinois. The only drawback was the only parking was on the street with

9. Lincoln Memorial Garden

2301 E Lake Shore Dr, Springfield, IL 62712-8908 Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites More
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Lincoln Memorial Garden

A native woodland garden designed by Jens Jensen located on the south side of Lake Springfield. This 100 acre site has 6 miles of wood-chipped hiking trails as well as a wonderful nature center.

Reviewed By KatSuess - Granite City, IllinoisGranite City, Illinois

Beautiful gardens

Another must activity while visiting Springfield. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, clothes and bring a camera to photograph the beautiful flowers and trees.The redbud, dogwood, and crabapple trees were beautiful. We saw bluebells, trillium, violets, and

10. Edwards Place Historic Home

700 N 4th St, Springfield, IL 62702-5232 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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Edwards Place Historic Home

Reviewed By Kelli0023 - Broken Arrow, OklahomaBroken Arrow, Oklahoma

Beautiful

This house was absolutely beautiful. The tour was well worth the $5. The curator was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the house and time period. Despite what we had read this house was not a place that Lincoln frequented but it did have items th

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