Places to visit in Springfield

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Places to Visit in Springfield

Top Attractions in Springfield


What travellers are saying

  • Joe L
    166 contributions
    The live show is a must see. The entire library is amazing in itself but when you add all the extra things there, it was amazing.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Joe L
    166 contributions
    The rangers will take you on an excellent tour but you need timed tickets at the visitor center first in order to tour.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Joe L
    166 contributions
    Just to stand there, you will be in awe. The exterior is wondrous but the inside is so solemn when you just stand at the headstone.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Carl S
    Garland, TX2,093 contributions
    One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most spectacular designs built in 1902. Beautifully decorated with many of Wright's classic elements.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Brigg Malans
    1 contribution
    Beautiful building and a very nice tour guide. He answered all of our questions to the best of his ability and the rest of the staff were so friendly. One of the best tours I've been on in any state capital
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • Joe L
    166 contributions
    although construction is going on, this is a must visit place. Just to see where Lincoln gave his speech is moving.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    The Illinois State Museum features the life, land, people and art of Illinois. Located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield, at Spring and Edwards Streets, one block southwest of the Illinois State Capitol, it also focuses on natural history exhibits, Illinois' cultural and artistic heritage, local fossils and mining, household displays from different historic periods, dioramas of Native American life, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts and a collection of glass paperweights. Founded in 1877, as a showcase within the sixth Illinois State Capitol, the museum collection was moved from the Capitol Building to the newly constructed Centennial Building, now known as the Michael Howlett Building, in 1923. With continued growth of its collections and the need to have a dedicated location in Springfield for tourists and school groups, the museum was moved to a newly constructed, first purpose-built state site in 1962. The museum's mission is "to collect and preserve objects of scientific and artistic value, representing past and present fauna and flora, the life and work of man, geological history, natural resources and the manufacturing and fine arts, and to interpret for and educate the public." The Illinois State Museum also operates the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, which depicts Illinois' Native American history from the Ice Age to the 19th century. The 230-acre site includes the Eveland Village, the excavated remains of three early Native American buildings.
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • mehtas2018
    Nanuet, NY36 contributions
    This is one if the nicest park in Springfield. You can go for a walk or picnic. There are multiple activities organized during the year like fire works, Carillon festival.

    The Washington Park Botanical Garden includes a nice conservatory and botanical garden. It is open daily during the afternoons; admission is free.

    International Carillon Festival is held every year in summer sometime in the month of June. This is a very nice experience.
    The International Carillon Festival was first held in 1962.

    Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular festival is nice experience in fall. You can experience hundreds of illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns displayed around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden.
    Written 28 September 2021
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  • Dina D
    Chillicothe, IL4 contributions
    Interesting. Not long enough, time-wise, in my opinion. No photography allowed inside. New rule since we visited, must make reservations 48 hours in advance.
    Written 1 September 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    In our travels from coast to coast, my wife and I love to visit old homes and cemeteries and battlefields and other historic sites. Edwards Place isn't a popular go-to destination in Springfield, Illinois, not like Abraham Lincoln's home. But it is one of the oldest homes in Springfield and it has some curious ties to Lincoln. Located at 700 North 4th Street, the house was built in 1833 in the Greek Revival style. Additions in 1836 and 1843 and a major renovation/expansion in 1857 created the Italianate house that is preserved today. It includes bracketed cornices and a cupola with a skylight. The house, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, once was a center of social activity in Springfield. Lawyer Benjamin S. Edwards, son of Illinois governor Ninian Edwards, owned the house and prominent citizens and politicians such as Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, David Davis and numerous governors, judges, lawyers and politicians were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. The house hosted guests who came to Springfield for Lincoln's funeral in 1865. Several of the Lincoln family's possessions are on display in the Edwards house. Edwards was brother-in-law of Mary Todd Lincoln's sister Elizabeth. Although the Lincolns didn't court or marry here, the house is currently home to the "courting couch" on which Lincoln and his future wife sat during the early days of their romance. It was originally the property of Ninian Edwards. A full-scale renovation in 2014-2015 restored the first floor to its 1857 appearance. Today, the museum interprets the social and domestic life of the Springfield that Lincoln knew.
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • Ken-Linda C
    7 contributions
    We loved walking the grounds. Saw some deer. Very relaxing afternoon. Not crowded. Got there too late for the visitors' center.
    Written 23 August 2021
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  • Rod K
    Nokomis, FL552 contributions
    Movies, videos, displays germane to Lincoln's time plus a nice give shop to supplement your Lincoln tour in Springfield.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • Julie F
    New Lenox, IL147 contributions
    Small zoo, easy to walk with young kids. Some of the enclosures looked like they could use a good cleaning, but the animals looked healthy. Inexpensive admission, good way to enjoy a few hours outdoors on a nice day.
    Written 4 June 2022
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  • RandS_TX
    houston271 contributions
    This is a small but very interesting museum, especially if you like military museums. It is free and has limited hours. It depicts the Illinois citizen soldier from the War of 1812 to present day. Lots of genuine artifacts. I especially liked the gatlin gun.
    Written 28 October 2021
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  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, NJ729 contributions
    While touring the country, my wife and I make a point to pay respects at National Military cemeteries. Camp Butler is simply outstanding, as its well manicured rolling grounds and design gives full tribute to the fallen. The lawns were so green and manicured that it almost seemed that it was freshly laid sod! The cemetery has a rich civil war history, as it was originally started for soldiers of both sides, but at one junction held confederate soldiers as prisoners. The need for a cemetery was expedited when many of the prisoners died due to illness, including smallpox. Just a lovely cemetery - well done!
    Written 11 January 2022
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