Activities

There are many types of recreation available in Springfield IL., from golfing to swimming, bowling, biking, fishing, and boating. Springfield also has 15 miles of paved bike trails and several accessible campgrounds including one on the State Fairgrounds. There is even a center for therapeutic riding at nearby Pawnee!

    Cadigan Park

    Patrick J. Cadigan Park, formerly known as Colony West Park, consists of 4.3 acres. It was added to the park system in 1968. The park is within the Colony West subdivision, east of White Oaks Mall and west of the Colony West Swim Club (private). The park is sandwiched within residential development and has no crossing streets. Park facilities include 1 ball field, a playground with both new and older equipment, and 2 horseshoe courts. Within a small open area a field is periodically delineated for soccer practice. A paved sidewalk borders the park's north and south sides. Another sidewalk crosses the park in line with Clifton Drive. Some trees are located around the perimeter of the park.

    www.springfieldparks.org/parks/cadigan/

    Carpenter Park

    Acquired in 1921, this lovely park has 434 acres, lined on one side by the shores of the Sangamon River, and a golf course and residential neighborhood on the other. It is located in the north side of town, west of Business Route 55 (Peoria Road). Carpenter Park is largely a wooded area near the Sangamon River. Vehicular access is from Peoria Road. A winding park road leads to a clearing with a parking lot, historic stone shelter, a picnic area and a map. This area serves visitors to the park and it provides basic trail head facilities for the trail system within the park. The park is primarily used for hiking and nature observation. Friends of Sangamon Valley, the Sierra Club and other groups conduct work days at the park to plant native species and control invasive plants. Part of the park is an Illinois Nature Preserve with management guidelines established by the IL Nature Preserves Commission.

    www.springfieldparks.org/parks/carpenter/

    Southwind Park

    S. Second St. and Southwind Rd.
    Springfield, IL
    (217) 544-1751 (Springfield Park District)
    www.southwindpark.org

    Springfield's newest and most inclusive attraction, opening Summer 2010, sets a new national standard not just for accessibility but also environmental excellence. Every area and feature of the 80-acre park exceeds ADA accessibility requirements, creating a uniquely welcoming park for individuals with all types of disabilities. Erin's Pavilion, which houses the Visitor Center and year-round programs, is a Platinum LEED certified building, one of only 80 worldwide. Other eco-friendly features include wetlands, pervious concrete, a wind turbine, solar panels and a geothermal system.

    Boulder Creek Fun Park

    2400 Hilton Head Dr. (Cross St.: Northfield Dr.)
    Springfield, IL
    (217) 525-2400

    This small amusement park is adjacent to the Northfield Inn & Suites and the Ramada Limited. The two 18-hole miniature golf courses are not accessible but the driving range does accommodate wheelchairs. Other activities include bankshot basketball and batting cages for baseball and softball. Boulder Creek has a specialty ice cream shop with accessible entry, tables and restroom facilities. There are also patio chairs and tables and a standard picnic table on the shaded porch. Braille/tactile signage for the restrooms is the only accommodation for persons with sensory loss.

    Additional parks in Springfield Il., click here

    Bike & Hike

    Stay active and try one of our Springfield, IL bike trails or hiking trails. The Springfield Interurban offers 7 miles of asphalt paved trails for biking, jogging, or skating. Hike with family or friends through local wildlife sanctuaries or explore the woods at Lincoln's New Salem. We have what you need to stay active and explore nature during your next trip to Springfield. Area Sort by
    Adams Wildlife Sanctuary Home of the Illinois Audubon Society headquarters, the 40 acres of woods and prairie are open to visitors during daylight hours.
    Bunn to Lost Bridge Trail This 1.5 mile trail is an extension of the Lost Bridge Trail from Rochester. Street Crossings on Dirksen Pkwy and Taylor Ave. Trailheads at IDOT...
    Interurban Trail The Springfield Park District's Interurban Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail is a 7-mile recreational trail beginning at the corner of Wabash Avenue...
    Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center Designed by famed landscape architect, Jens Jensen, as a living memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the Garden features 6 miles of wooded trails on the...
    Lincoln's New Salem Step back in time nearly 200 years as you walk the streets of this reconstructed pioneer village where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked as a young...
    Lost Bridge Trail The Lost Bridge Trail, stretching nearly 5 miles from Springfield's eastside to its sister community,Rochester, is built on the old Baltimore...
    Riverside Stables Scenic trail rides along the beautiful Sangamon River. Kayak Canoe rentals, 7 days a week. Call for availability. Relax, enjoy Mother Nature. Travel...
    Sangamon Valley Bike Trail The first 5.5 mil segment of the 38-mile Sangamon Valley Trail opened in summer of 2011 runs between Cenennial Park Stuart Park in Springfield. When...
    Wabash Trail Also connects to the 7-mile Interurban Trail via a connecting sidewalk. The paved Wabash Trail extends 2.2 miles along Springfield's southwest...

    Water Activities

    Eisenhower Aquatic Center The Eisenhower Pool is the only year-round public pool in the community. It is used by school swim teams for practices and meets as well as by the...

    Eisenhower Park Eisenhower Park has two contiguous sections. The park itself is 20.1 acres and contains 3 ball fields, a playground, and a park district maintenance...

    Lake Springfield Lake Springfield is a major central Illinois recreation center offering boating, fishing, and water sports. The 57 miles of shoreline includes over...

    Lake Springfield Club Activities During the summer months, many of the clubs along the shores of Lake Springfield hold special events open to the public.

    Lake Springfield Marina Located on the shores of this 4,234-acre lake, the Marina is a full service facility including pontoon, personal watercraft, canoe, kayak and...

    New Salem Canoe Paddle the waters that Abe Lincoln paddled. Discover the natural settings of Lincoln's New Salem, historic Petersburg and surrounding Menard...

    Riverside Stables Scenic trail rides along the beautiful Sangamon River. Kayak Canoe rentals, 7 days a week. Call for availability. Relax, enjoy Mother Nature. Travel...

    Veterans Pool Veterans Memorial pool is a seasonal outdoor aquatic facility that is open during the summer months between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day...

     

     

     

 

 

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