Wondering what to do in Springfield IL? Then know about Springfield which is famous as Abraham Lincoln’s hometown or capital of Illinois state in the Midwest USA. It is much admired by history buffs and therefore read more about exciting things to do in Springfield IL this weekend or check out some worth visiting places to visit in Springfield IL. In this city for a few hours, you can walk into the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln – a legendary man in American politics and know some facts about the shaping of American constitutions and its great history.
So explore a place where history comes alive with the very humble lifestyle of Lincoln which cannot be found anywhere else in the whole nation. Located centrally in the state, it lies in a valley near to Sangamon River, and therefore this city is wonderful and has many stunning parks, lakes, and natural scenic drives.
Things To Do In Springfield IL This Weekend | What To Do In Springfield?
LINCOLN’S HOME NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Abraham Lincoln’s Greek revival-style house with 12 rooms where he and his family lived for 17 years before his Presidential status is now a historic site and many travelers around the world come here to see the lifestyle of this legendary man. This house has free access to visitors and opens daily but can be visited by ranger group tours. Inside the house you can have a look at Lincoln’s simple lifestyle, free short movie on him, and artifacts from the Lincoln era neighborhood.
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
The beautiful and historic church next to the Lincoln Home National Monument. It has many beautiful Stained glass windows. Located near the Lincoln Home Site and this was built in 1841.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM
The famous quote on Democracy – “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” was given by legendary man Abraham Lincoln who abolished slavery, preserved the Union of states, and modernized the US economy. Many people also refer to him as America’s greatest President as ever.
Springfield is his hometown, so a unique museum depicting Abraham Lincoln’s life and political career has been constructed here. Here you can view Lincoln’s early years, his family letters, his relationships overview, and his assassination letters. Many short rotating movies, visuals, and hologram acts are played here to depict the life of Lincoln. This museum is one of the best things to do in Springfield Il this weekend.
It opens from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
This museum is indoor style and is a historic place.
ENTRANCE TICKET COST – Adults – 12 USD
Children(5-15) – 6 USD
ILLINOIS OLD STATE CAPITOL
Not a present state Capitol which was previously seat to the State Government and center of political life from 1839 to 1876. It has witnessed many heated political debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A Douglas. Lincoln’s famous speech in 1858 – “House Divided” was given from here.
ENTRANCE is free for all but donations are always appreciated.
ILLINOIS STATE CAPITOL
If you are visiting a state capital city then to visit a Statehouse is always a great way to of knowing the capital city. Illinois state has magnificent State Capitol with huge gardens all around its grand building. Not only its exteriors are beautiful but its interiors are also enchanting. Admire the interiors of a huge central dome with beautiful and colorful stained glass patterns.
ENTRANCE is free and opens daily. You can also take guided free tours for upper levels to see House, Senate, and Supreme Court Chambers.
DANA THOMAS HOUSE
Built-in 1902 by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This Prairies style of the finest creation was this architect’s first creation of this style. This house is built in area of 12,000 sq.ft. with 35 rooms and 250 glass doors and windows. This house was designed for Springfield’s progressive socialite Susan Lawrence Dana.
GREAT WESTERN RAIL-ROAD DEPOT
This historic depot is famous for Abraham Lincoln’s farewell speech given in 1861 before moving to Washington DC by train after being elected as President. The building of railway station is still as it is and it is historic for this famous farewell and speech. This station also houses many historical artifacts in which the most famous is the Great western Railroad safe.
UNION SQUARE PARK – ACTS OF INTOLERANCE
Small beautiful park with green grassy areas and with many statues and sculptures. You can find statues of Abraham Lincoln.
Here you can also spot Acts of Intolerance sculpture to commemorate the Centennial of the 1908 Springfield Race Riots. This sculpture was built in 2008.
Located just opposite to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum beside the famous historic Railroad depot.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – LINCOLN’S CHURCH
Founded in 1828, this church was regularly attended by Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln for church services. Therefore attend the prayers where President Lincoln used to attend his services here and therefore it is also known as Lincoln’s Church too.
CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. PAUL
Located on Washington Street between 3rd and 4th street this church also has historic significance.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S STATUES
Spot Abraham Lincoln’s statues all over the city squares, parks, streets in many various forms.
You can find them in the street which is front of Old State capitol. There is huge statue in front of museum. Also you can find them in Union Park. Not only Lincoln’s statue but there are many statues of Stephen A Douglas who lost 1860’s Presidential election to Lincoln and many war memorial statues.
MURALS – STREET ART IN SPRINGFIELD
You can spot many colorful walls across the museum when you walk toward the Old State Capitol.
WASHINGTON PARK BOTANICAL GARDEN
This beautiful garden consists of approximately 1800 species of plants and truly an oasis of nature in between the city. It has 5000 plants of rose and many other flowers that always emit floral scents throughout. So while strolling in this garden, smell your favorite flower.
LOOK FOR LINCOLN SIGN BOARDS
This historic downtown area of Springfield can be done by walking tours. While walking you would spot many Lincoln signboards where you would find his famous sayings or life story which is very inspiring and interesting thing to know.
HOW TO REACH SPRINGFIELD IL – Best Places to visit in Springfield Il
- By Car – From I-55, US-36, I-72 National Highway. Downtown has metered parking and a huge Public Parking Building.
- By Air – Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is the national airport that is connected to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
- By Train – Amtrak trains runs daily from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Springfield is located between Chicago and St. Louis, and therefore many trains from these two cities stop here.
- By Bus – Greyhound Bus connects this city with nearby cities. Book online tickets.
WHERE TO EAT IN SPRINGFIELD – RESTAURANTS IN DOWNTOWN
- La Piazza Cucina Italiana
- Coldstone Creamery
- Pitman’s Popcorn
- Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop
FAMOUS SHOPPING SPOTS IN SPRINGFIELD
- Downtown Shopping
- Southwest Plaza
- The Gabbles
- White Oaks Mall.
NIGHTLIFE IN SPRINGFIELD
Check some famous Nightlife options by genre
- Blues at Third Base Sports Bar
- Jazz at Robie’s
- Comedy Acts at Donnie B’s Comedy Club
- Karaoke at Blue Grouch Pub
- Open Mics at Craft Beer Bar
- Acoustic Performances at Pease’s Bunn Gourmet
Check timings of the performance or nightlife as many of them are performed on certain weekdays or weekends only.
SOME OF THE GREAT FESTIVAL – EVENTS OF SPRINGFIELD
- Holiday Walks
- Holiday Light Parade
- Fall Festival
- Family Fun Fest
- Blue Grass Concerts
- Sangamom Valley Wood Carvers & Annual Shows
- Art & Craft Fairs
- Illinois State Fair
- Music, Beer & Art Festival
- Springfield Farmers’ Festival
WHEN TO VISIT SPRINGFIELD – Springfield This Weekend
April to June for warm and vibrant weather. July & August are the hottest months but I loved the more sunshine hours and hot sunny days. Winters are icy and chilly. Snowfall peaks from mid-January to March. November is the least visited by tourists, and therefore you will find inexpensive hotel deals.
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- CHICAGO CITY TOUR.
- CHICAGO FOOD TOUR.
- CHAMPAIGN – URBANA CITY TOUR.
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- EAST COAST ROAD TRIP.
- NYC TOUR WITH BEST PLACES TO STAY IN NYC.
- NIAGARA FALLS TOUR.
- PHILLY CITY TOUR.
- WASHINGTON DC TOUR.
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