2620 S. Dirksen Pkwy.
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 753-4000
Fax: (217) 753-4166
One mile hiking and strolling trail.
Although many people believe Chicago is the capitol of Illinois, it is actually the charming and historic city of Springfield. Besides being the capitol, Springfield is probably best known as being the city where the great American President Abraham Lincoln lived for 24 years of his life, and in fact is now home to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum & Library, along with the most Lincoln-related sites in the country including his former home and his tomb. Other notable attractions in the city include Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House, the Illinois State Capitol and the Korean War National Museum.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed the interior of this school library.
The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is the celebrated home of Lincoln, who lived here in the crucial years spanning from 1844 to 1861, prior to becoming the 16th President of the United States. The historic site preserves this Springfield, Illinois home. Unlike most lavish homes of other presidents, the Lincoln Home is inclined towards simplicity. However, it has been drawing large crowds ever since it was opened to the public. The prime reason behind this has been the fact that the ethnicity of the 19th-century home is still maintained under due observance. Accessible for tours between 8:00a to 5:00p, it offers extensive hours of visiting during the summer.
The Dana-Thomas House was designed by renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright for rich heiress, Susan Lawrence Dana. No expenses were spared in building this lovely structure and it reflects Wright's Prairie Style of designing. Now, a house museum, it was incorporated in the National Register of Historical Places in 1974.
Built in 1904 this site is full of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
Copies of original letters, baptismal certificates and more may be viewed here at this old church.
Featuring over 300 animals with over 90 species, the Henson Robinson Zoo is a beautiful zoo that serves the people of Springfield. Affiliated with the Springfield Park District, the zoo is a non profit organization and great home to the animals. Come and visit this land of of naturalistic exhibits with native and exotic animals and attend the various events conducted here.
A vast collection of historic manuscripts from Illinois and the libraries holdings also include the largest collection devoted to the pre-presidential career of Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln's law office was here. It is the only surviving structure in which he once practiced. It was once the only federal court in Illinois.
A venue of political significance through its existence, Old State Capitol State Historic Site (Illinois) was the state house between 1840 and 1876. The Greek Revival structure was completed in 1840, and coincidentally it is the same site from where both Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama made their candidacy announcement in 1858 and 2007 respectively.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum is an ode to America's greatest president ever, Abraham Lincoln. Here is a chance for history lovers to have a glimpse at the only house he ever owned. A number of restored buildings and exhibits occupy the 4 block area which is deeply evocative of the centuries gone by. Guided tours are available for those who would like an in depth explanation of all there is to see and know. Free admission for all to the museum but library entrance charges apply! Check website for timings.