The road to fun and adventure in Springfield only begins with Lincoln. Whether your schedule allows an hour, a day or a week, your SCVB can help you create tour itineraries that appeal to the interests of your group. Our professional staff would be happy to assist and advise you on every aspect of tour arrangements, logistics and scheduling. Consider the following sample tour options as a starting point. For more ideas, get in touch with the SCVB. In Springfield, there is always something new to explore.
Mr. Lincoln’s Springfield
Follow the footsteps of Lincoln from his days as a young shopkeeper, through the foundations of his greatness to his acceptance of our nation’s presidency.
Lincoln’s New Salem
Lincoln Home & Neighborhood
Lincoln-Herndon Law Office
Old State Capitol
Historic Home Open House
Fans of historic architecture and home design will enjoy a sampling of Springfield’s fascinating selection of historic homes. A meal or reception can even be arranged in several of these well-preserved residences.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House
Lincoln Home & Neighborhood
Elijah Iles House
Route 66 Cruise-In
Get your kicks on America’s Main Street: Route 66! Savor the mid-20th century kitsch as you travel back to a time when bobby socks and rock n’ roll were the main issues of the day.
Shea’s Gas Station Museum
Cozy Dog Drive In
Route 66 Twin Drive In Theater
The Railsplitter Restaurant (home of the “World’s Largest Covered Wagon”)
Die Cast Auto Sales
Let them stretch their legs, stop to smell the roses or play an Illinois version of “Survival.” From climbing the third tallest bell tower in the world to strolling five miles of wooded trails at Washington Park, they’ll find the greener side of Springfield is a breath of fresh air.
Washington Park Botanical Garden
Lincoln Memorial Garden
Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon
Henson Robinson Zoo
Illinois State Museum
Adrenaline Rush Hour
Stoke the demands of fitness fanatics and thrill seekers alike with these heart-pounding options.
Knight’s Action Water Park/Caribbean Water Adventure
Boating on Lake Springfield
Adventure Village Thrill Rides
Boulder Creek Fun Park
Customized races and tournaments
Antiques and Uniques
Browse local antique shops or attend a local auction followed by lunch at a quaint tea room.
Farms In Focus
Springfield is in the heart of one of the nation’s richest agricultural regions. Meet local producers at area farms to learn the inside story of agriculture today. Or, take a gander at some of our quirkier agricultural treasures.
Get the chills with the spookier side of Springfield. Creep through Oak Ridge Cemetery, home of Lincoln’s Tomb, to meet a cadre of costumed “ghosts” of historic residents. Unveil the more ghostly details of Lincoln’s life with a guided tour entitled, “Lincoln’s Ghost Life: Legends and Lore.” Or, take “Springfield’s Haunted Dead Walk” to locations actually believed to be haunted!
Taste of Springfield
Tempt their taste buds with a sampling of Springfield’s savory delights.
Carve into a legendary Horseshoe Sandwich
Treat their sweet tooth to Pease’s Candies
Try a progressive party to several top restaurants
Stir up a cooking demonstration with an area chef
Cool your jets at a Route 66 diner
Fire up a barbecue along the shores of Lake Springfield
Settle back with the classic comfort of Midwestern homestyle cooking
Linger over a wine and cheese tasting based on Illinois or world-wide varieties
Have a meeting theme you are working with? Looking for something truly original? Talk to the SCVB. Describe the effect or experience you would like to achieve and we can help you fill the bill.