Springfield Information

Come discover the best of the Midwest in Springfield, Illinois. Centrally located along the Sangamon River, Springfield has the dynamic energy of a prospering city, full of adventure, history and fun! Springfield is best known for its most famous resident, Abraham Lincoln, and the several historic sites related to him. Over one million visitors a year come to see Springfield's historic Lincoln sites, which include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, the Lincoln Home and Neighborhood, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb, Lincoln's New Salem, and more. Other attractions include the Dana-Thomas House, the Old State Capitol, the Illinois State Capitol and the Executive Mansion.

Some of the city's top choices for visitors include:

Knight's Action Park and Caribbean Water Adventure
1700 Recreation Drive, Springfield, IL 62711
217-546-8881
With two parks at one location, the water park offers its newest attraction - "The Devil Ray" (thrill ride) along with a wave pool, waterslides, and action river ride, pedal boats, activity pools and children's water-theme area (Seal Bay). The dry attractions include a golf practice range, miniature golf courses, batting cages, go karts, and their newest attraction, "The Big Wheel" (ferris wheel).

Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site
Springfield, IL 62702
217-782-2717
Lincoln's Tomb is located within Oak Ridge Cemetery, the second most visited cemetery in the United States, after Arlington National Cemetery. Within the large monument is the final resting place of Lincoln and most of his immediate family. The small receiving vault where Lincoln's casket was originally placed is also located nearby. The tomb's interior is handicap accessible, but the exterior upper deck is not.

Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site
301 East Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62703
217-782-6776
The Dana-Thomas House (built 1902-04) is an expression of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style. Built in Springfield, Illinois for patron Susan Lawrence Dana, the town house reflects the mutual affection of the patron and the architect for organic architecture, the relatively flat landscape of the State of Illinois, and the Japanese aesthetic as expressed in Japanese prints. The house was designed for display and entertainment. An arched doorway admitted guests into a series of expanding spaces, the vestibule and reception hall.

Henson Robinson Zoo
1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL 62712
217-753-6217
The Henson Robinson Zoo is home to more than 300 animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. Special events are held throughout the year and provide many hands-on experiences for children and adults alike. Also, take a Zooper Edventure with the zoo's education programs for children ages 5 to 17. Facilities include a gift shop, concessions and a petting area.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
413 South Eighth Street, Springfield, IL 62701
217-492-4241 ext. 221
A great starting point for your tour of Springfield. The Quaker-brown residence where the Abraham Lincoln family lived for seventeen years (1844-1861) is a national treasure. It's located at Eighth and Jackson Streets in the midst of a four-block historic neighborhood currently undergoing restoration. Your tour of the only home the Lincolns ever owned will be conducted by National Park Service rangers. Free tickets are required and may only be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center at 426 S. 7th Street on a daily first-come, first-served basis.