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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Library
“Interactive walk-thru museum highlighting our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Engaging movies with special effects and holographic images are mesmerizing. Immerse yourself in history. A truly magnificent museum in every way - definitely a fan favorite!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Casual, family-friendly brewpub with craft beer, whiskey & modern pub fare, plus bocce ball courts.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Visiting Lincoln's tomb is a lot of fun! This can be done in a half hour to an hour.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Lincoln Home National Historic Site preserves the Springfield, Illinois home and a historic district where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1861, before becoming the 16th President of the United States. The presidential memorial includes the four blocks surrounding the home and a visitor center. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“... because of Abe. His house, the old state capitol where he legislated, his law office, the presidential library, and all the downtown shops are within a short walking distance (and I work at the museum as an actor and musician).”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great pastries! Open for breakfast and lunch, Mondays 7:30am - 4pm, Tues - Fri 7:30am - 5pm, Sat 7:30am - 3pm, Closed Sundays”
  • 6 locals recommend
Premise
“The scene of many Lincoln speeches in the years leading up to the Civil War, the Old State Capitol, was the center of Illinois political life in the 1800's. Visitors can take a guided tour or view the historic building on their own.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“The Dana–Thomas House is a home in Prairie School style designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built 1902–04 for patron Susan Lawrence Dana, it is located along East Lawrence Avenue in Springfield, Illinois.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“It’s a National Historic Landmark – if you own the National Parks Passport book – take your book and get your stamp. The tour is free – the grounds are nice to walk. It takes you back to a time long gone; the show inside is a nice historical piece. Open 8:30-5pm daily – Parking in the lot is $2 an hour – there is street parking, but at times it’s hard to find – 413 S 8th St, Springfield”
  • 7 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Live performance Theater with shows most weekends. Musicals, plays, concerts, mostly locally produced. Very affordable.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Garden
“The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden, commonly known and referred to as the Lincoln Memorial Garden, is a self-governing 100-acre woodland and prairie garden owned by the city of Springfield, Illinois and managed by the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I think this is the Oldest Restaurant in town, very nice place with a lot of History! Very close to the building!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“Western–themed haunt featuring burgers, beers & spirits, plus breakfast in a relaxed atmosphere. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“This is a great park for taking walks, especially during the summer time. There's a lot to see including a botanical garden.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Water Park
“This water park is a great summer destination. It has paddle boats, bumper boats, go carts, mini-golf, and a wide variety of water rides. If you are too grown up for those things there is always the lazy river and the driving range.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“Known world wide for famous horseshoe sandwich that was invented in Springfield IL. ”
  • 5 locals recommend