Attractions

There are so many things to see and do in Springfield, IL. You will find more Abraham Lincoln sites and history here than anywhere else. Tour Lincoln's own home as well as other beautiful historic homes like the Dana-Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The fun doesn't stop there. Visit one of Springfield's many museums, memorials or Route 66 sites. Looking for family attractions? Try Knight's Action Park, a local amusement and water park. There's something for everyone in Illinois' capital city.

Historic Sites and Attractions

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library The Library contains a treasury of carefully preserved Lincoln documents and artifacts, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library – an amazing resource of information for families, historians and scholars alike.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum More than 40,000 square feet of galleries, theaters, and historic displays that combine scholarship with showmanship – culminating in the world's best collection of Lincoln lore and legend.
Adams Wildlife Sanctuary Forty acres of woods and restored Illinois prairie with a one-mile trail for hiking or strolling sunrise to sunset every day.
Air Combat Museum The museum showcases the role of military aviation and features a collection of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia – including a Beechcraft AT-11, used to train WWII bombardiers.
Becky's Barn Antiques collectibles. Route 66 information center. Located on the last brick Route 66 in Illinois.
Camp Butler National Cemetery Once the site of a Union Army training camp and a Confederate prison, the cemetery is now the final resting place for over 25,000 veterans and their families, including over 1,600 Union and Confederate soldiers.
Capitol Complex Visitors Center If you're interested in information and exhibits about the Capitol Complex, including the State Capitol, the State Archives, State Library, and state office buildings, be sure to visit the Capitol Complex Visitors Center.
Clayville Historic Site Constructed by the Broadwell family as a stagecoach stop between Springfield and Beardstown in 1824, the Broadwell Inn at Clayville is the oldest brick building in Sangamon County.
Cozy Dog Drive In This classic Route 66 drive in diner is named for the famous hot dog on a stick that calls it home. While you enjoy this delectable treat, browse through an amusing selection of Route 66 memorabilia and souvenirs.
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design Reputed to be one of Frank Lloyd Wright's largest and most elaborate Prairie-style designs, the house has 35 rooms with more than 100 pieces of original furniture and 250 art glass windows.
Danenberger Family Vineyards In Central Illinois, just minutes from the state capital, you will find Danenberger Family Vineyards in New Berlin, IL. We are a modern, artisanal winery.
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum The war that helped shape a country is remembered here in War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.
Edwards Place Built in 1833, this Italianate mansion was part of the social center of Springfield in its day. Nearly all of Illinois' most prominent citizens and politicians, including the Lincolns, were entertained at lavish dinner parties, summer picnics and political rallies. Please note: Edwards Place closed on April 28, 2014 for renovations. Site will reopen to the public on April 11, 2015.
Elijah Iles House: Museum of Springfield History The Iles House is the oldest surviving house in Springfield – and was home to Springfield's first merchant and a friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln – and one of Springfield's founding fathers.
Executive Mansion This red brick Italianate mansion has been the official residence of Illinois' governors since 1855 and includes priceless works of art and one-of-a-kind antiques.
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum Paying tribute to the Civil War veterans in the Grand Army, the museum is full of historically significant military items, including tintypes by famed Civil War photographer Matthew Brady.
Henson Robinson Zoo Nestled in a wooded area near Lake Springfield, the Zoo is home to over 90 species of native and exotic animals from Australia, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.
Illinois Fire Museum Explore the history of Illinois' firefighters through the ages in this historic museum, including a horse-drawn, hand-pumped water wagon from 1857.
Illinois Firefighters Memorial This memorial stands in honor of the fire-fighters of Illinois who have given their lives in the line of duty and to those who heroically serve with courage and pride.
Illinois Korean War Memorial Surrounded by 300 Rose of Sharon bushes, this stunning memorial honors the 1,752 Illinois veterans killed in action, and the thousands of other Illinois citizens who served.
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Dedicated on October 29, 1990, this memorial stands in memory of the Illinois police officers killed in the line of duty.
Illinois State Capitol Watch Illinois politics in action, in this beautiful Renaissance Revival/Second Empire style building topped with a stunning 405-foot dome. All tours are free.
Illinois State Library The Illinois State Library is the principal information resource for state government. The library has a collection of more than 5 million items and subscribes to numerous electronic databases and services that allow patrons access to thousands of additional resources.
Illinois State Military Museum Rare artifacts, including the artificial leg of Mexican General Santa Anna, preserve and showcase the diverse military history of Illinois from its earliest citizen soldiers to the armed forces of today.
Illinois State Museum Discover Illinois' diverse cultural heritage, experience exhibits showcasing the best of Illinois art, or create and learn in the children's Play Museum – a hands-on children's area where kids learn through play what it's like to work in a museum.
Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum This museum features a collection of uniforms, badges, photos and vintage squad cars dating back to the beginning of the Illinois State Police force in 1922.
Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial This striking granite monument and eternal flame pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 Illinois citizens who died or are missing from service in the Vietnam War.
Knight's Action Park With a dry park, water park and endless outdoor entertainment- including a twin drive in theater – Knight's Action Park is the Illinois leading destination for local family fun!
Korean War National Museum The Museum is a juxtaposition of storyboards and artifacts, which allows visitors to step back in time from before the War broke out until after the ceasefire.
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 paddleboat rentals
Lawrence Memorial Library/Mata Simpson Resource Center Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a tribute to client Susan Lawrence Dana's father, Rheuna Lawrence, a former Springfield School Board President.
Lincoln Depot Restored 1852 train depot, from which President-Elect Abraham Lincoln departed for Washington D.C. on February 11, 1861. Lincoln gave one of his most memorable speeches from the back of a train at this location. Self-guided exhibit.
Lincoln Family Pew Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, like many of their neighbors, maintained a family pew in their place of worship. You may view it, and seven beautiful Tiffany windows, in the First Presbyterian Chruch, which is downtown Springfield.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site The national historic site, run by the National Park Service, includes the only home Abraham Lincoln ever owned, as well as a four-block neighborhood that reveals an intimate look at Lincoln as a husband, a father, a neighbor and a politician.
Lincoln Ledger The original Lincoln family account ledger showing Lincoln family banking from the $310 to open the account in 1853 until his death in April 1865.
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 shores of Lake Springfield, as well as a gift shop and Nature Center.
Lincoln Tomb Within this breathtaking monument lie the remains of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons – located in the country's second most visited cemetery behind only Arlington National Cemetery.
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 man.
Lincoln-Herndon Law Office You'll feel the presence of Lincoln the Lawyer in this sparse, sometimes disordered chambers, where Lincoln practiced law for about 9 years – in the only original Lincoln law office still remaining today. ***Closed for historic renovation. Plans are to reopen in late 2015 with a restored dry good store, Lincoln's law office and federal court exhibits.
Museum of Springfield History The Iles House is the oldest surviving house in Springfield – and was home to Springfield's first merchant and a friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln – and one of Springfield's founding fathers.
Old State Capitol Within these walls a great man rose to prominence to become the 16th president of the United States. It was here Lincoln spoke the immortal words “A house divided against itself cannot stand…” – as the threat of a Civil War loomed.
Prairie's Edge Farm Prairie's Edge offers a fun, hands-on Midwestern farm tour. Help feed the chickens, horses and pigs. Pick seasonal produce. Truly experience what it means to be down on the farm.
Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum Through exhibits, gatherings and interpretation, the history and culture of African Americans living in Springfield and Central Illinois during the 19th and 20th centuries is displayed.
The Farm A short 15-minute drive northwest of Springfield. Stroll through the 20 themed gardens or step inside the rustic shop filled to the rafters with dried flowers, herbs, potpourri, wreaths and garden gifts. The old glass green house is filled with plants in the Spring, while Fall is pumpkin and hayrack time. A great stop on the way to or from Lincoln's New Salem pioneer village in nearby Petersburg.
Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Surrounded by gardens and a reflecting pool, this magnificent bell tower is one of the few in the world open to the public and offers exquisite views of Washington Park and the city of Springfield.
Trutter Museum From the late 1950s to the mid-70s, the Trutters, a local Springfield couple, traveled around the globe. From the many places they visited throughout the years, they collected a vast array of art, artifacts, and other cultural items. Upon Mr. Trutter's death in 2000, the family bequeathed much of their extensive collection to Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. Today the museum regularly features special exhibits, workshops and lectures promoting cultural awareness and bring outher parts of the world to Lincoln Land and the Springfield community.
Union Square Park A regal bronze statue of President Lincoln, surrounded by fragrant flowers and elegant trees, stands as the centerpiece of this 86,000 square foot interurban park located just across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum.
Union Station - Lincoln: From History to Hollywood
Vachel Lindsay Home Internationally known for his unique poetry, illustrative artwork, and animated performances, famed American poet, Vachel Lindsay – also known as the Prairie Troubadour – called this his home for his entire life.
Walnut Street Winery The Walnut Street Winery plus Saunas is unlike many other wineries. We make fine wines in small batches using the best raw materials available from some of the best vineyards all over the world.
Washington Park Botanical Garden More than 1,800 species of beautiful plants and other horticultural charms, including a cactus garden, shade garden and Roman Culture garden are on display.
World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Honoring the 987,000 men and women from Illinois who served our country during WWII, the 22-ton cast white concrete globe is a stunning tribute to our veterans.

Arts & Culture

Does your love of art mean a beautifully performed ballet? A local theatre production of an American classic? An exotic handcrafted necklace? Or, a painting by an artist of long ago? Whatever your taste, you'll love our local arts scene.

Michael Victor II Art Library This specialized library is open to the public. The collection consists of over 4,500 volumes on the visual arts, including a large selection of current art periodicals, videotapes and children's books. Located at the Springfield Art Association.
Museum Art Gallery The changing exhibition galleries at the Illinois State Museum host a variety of exhibitions each year which often include an educational resource room offering indepth information and activities for families related to the exhibition on view.
Prairie Art Alliance Featuring the fine art of over 120 of our talented juried artist members. Featured artists are exhibited nine times a year at the H. D. Smith Gallery in the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Special exhibits are held at the Gallery II location. Artists work in a wide variety of media including ceramics, photography, drawing, watercolor, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, pastel, mixed-media, painting and woodworking. The Prairie Art Alliance is committed to fostering community awareness and participation in the visual arts. Its mission is to serve the public through exhibits, classes and community outreach programming, and to encourage the development of member artists.
Spice of Life Unique downtown shop with a wide array of gifts, fine arts and crafts and more.
Springfield Art Association The Springfield Art Association began in 1913, making it the city's oldest visual arts club. The SAA campus hosts the School of Art, the Michael Victor II Art Library, the SAA Gallery of Art, and the Edwards Place Historic Home. The SAA mission is to promote and support the advancement of the arts, provide educational opportunities for the greater Springfield area and also preserve the historic Edwards Place House and the collections of the Association. The SAA also organizes community programs such as Art Outreach in local schools and community events such as the annual Fine Art Fair in September.
Springfield Ballet Company The Springfield Ballet Company (SBC) is a civic, not-for-profit ballet company that has been entertaining educating area audiences since 1975. Offering three major productions at the University of Illinois-Springfield Sangamon Auditorium each year.
Springfield Theatre Centre Local theater at its best with a variety of entertainment each Fall, Winter and Spring with Summer performing arts camps for children.
Studio on 6th Art made fresh daily by 60 local artsts can be found under one roof at Studio on 6th where acrylics, oil pastes, watercolors, and more adorn the walls, along with reclaimed, repurposed and vintage wall hangings.
The Legacy Theatre The oldest theatre in town...is also the newest! Built in 1951, and reopened in 2011 after the dark days of dormancy, the Legacy Theatre is Springfield's new home for entertainment. Broadway musicals and plays, live musical events and concerts, comedy, film, lectures and even events for children - all find a home at The Legacy Theatre.
The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space The mission of the Pharmacy Gallery Art Space is to cultivate and celebrate expressions of multidimensional artists. We strive to be a catalyst and forum for advancing, discovering, and connecting through contemporary art. We enrich and educate the community through innovative cultural events.
The Springfield Muni Opera Some of America's best-loved musicals performed by a host of talented actors and entertainers at this outdoor theater located on the shores of Lake Springfield.
Theatre in the Park at New Salem Discover the nationally acclaimed repertory theater nestled within Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. Surrounded by wilderness, the outdoor amphitheater offers a unique environment for a variety of entertaining summer performances for the entire family.
Visual Arts Gallery The Gallery holds regular exhibits by visiting artists, faculty artists, and art students. Gallery events are free and open to public.

 

 

 

 

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