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History Comes Alive in Springfield, Illinois,
Always Legendary Springfield, Illinois
Brought to you by: Springfield (ILL) Convention and Visitors Bureau
Always Legendary Springfield, Illinois.
Always Legendary Springfield is a charming and historic Midwestern city filled with world-class sites and attractions combined with a friendly small-town atmosphere. It’s a place where travelers get a glimpse of “real” America and the city that Lincoln loved.
History Comes Alive
Join us this summer for History Comes Alive, a series of living history performances and special activities at the city’s museums, Lincoln sites and historic homes. You’ll be transported back in time through period music, demonstrations and may even encounter Abraham Lincoln himself. Your trip to the past can start as soon as you’re ready! For more information about History Comes Alive visit www.visitspringfieldillinois.com
Abraham Lincoln called Springfield home for 30 years. In fact, Springfield is the site of the only home Lincoln ever owned, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The home is restored to its appearance when Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States and is set in a neighborhood that will transport you to the heart of the city that Lincoln knew as a father, husband, neighbor and politician.
The city has numerous sites and attractions that provide a picture of Lincoln’s life and legacy. These include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln gave his famous “House Divided” speech, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office and the Lincoln Tomb, among many others.
Old Route 66 runs through the center of town. Travelers along the “Mother Road” often stop for an original “Cozy Dog” at the Cozy Dog Drive In, still operated by the same family that founded the business in the 1940s. A visit to the Route 66 Drive In Movie Theatre recalls nostalgic summer nights eating popcorn and watching a double feature on the big –screen. South of town you’ll find “Brick 66,” a section of original brick road from 1931 nestled between two corn fields.
Lots to See and Do
Springfield abounds with other interesting and unique things to do, including the Dana Thomas House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces of the early Prairie Style, and featuring the most complete collection of original Wright furnishings and art glass. The Illinois State Museum tells the story of the state’s cultural and natural history with interactive displays, life-size dioramas and a gift shop full of the work of Illinois artists. The State Capitol building gives visitors an insider’s look at state politics in the beautiful Renaissance Revival/Second Empire style building topped with a 405 foot dome.
Visitors have a wide range of lodging options, from luxury full-service hotels to economy chains to quaint bed and breakfasts and the city abounds with unique local dining, interesting shops and plenty of cultural and recreational options. To plan your trip to Springfield visit www.visitspringfieldillinois.com