Tours

You’ll find plenty of tours in Springfield, IL. Experience living history guided by a knowledgeable tour guide or take it at your own pace with one of our self-guided tours. From spooky and entertaining ghost walks to a self-guided tour of the 1908 Race Riots, an event that sparked the creation of the NAACP, you’ll find plenty of ways to explore Springfield!
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1908 Race Riot Walking Tour

This is a self-guided walking tour that remembers one of Springfield's darker moments, the Race Riot of 1908.

A Journey Through Lincoln's Life

Journey from the beginning of Lincoln's life in central Illinois through his tragic return to the city he called home. Points of interest include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Musuem, New Salem, Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, Old State Capitol, Lincoln Ledger, Lincoln Home and neighborhood, Lincoln Pew, Lincoln Depot and the Lincoln Tomb.

Downtown Architectural Walking Tour

Join Anthony Rubano, architectural historian, for a walking tour of historic downtown Springfield. Anthony discusses the architectural styles, materials and treatments that make of the heart of this historic area. Tours begin in front of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, corner of the Old State Capitol Plaza, (6th & Adams Streets).

Here I Have Lived Exhibits

Life-sized bronze statues bring to life the daily happenings of the town in which Lincoln lived. A collection of more than 30 outdoor exhibits allow visitors to approach, touch and even take rubbings of the medallions that symbolize each story.

History Link Cell Phone Audio Tour

Cell phone tour for Springfield-area Lincoln sites. Use your cell phone to get info and site hours for 9 Lincoln sites.

Oak Ridge Cemetery Walk by Springfield Walks

Enjoy a 90 min walk through the 2nd most visited cemetery in the nation. Oak Ridge is brimming with Victorian morning symbolism and anecdotal tales of people woven into Lincoln history. There's an amazing Civil War history including generals and notable soldiers. You'll hear stories of sensational people including Mary's sisters, Lincoln's law partners, his barber, race riot victims and one very naughty bishop!

Prairie's Edge Farm

Hello Springtime! Momma cows super pregnant! Calves coming soon! Just 20 minutes from Lincoln sites! We offer a fun, hands-on farm tour. Feed the chickens, Quarter horses, Angus cattle and pigs. Gather and take home eggs and free produce (free eggs). By reservation only, call 217 498 8251. Fee: $10 per visitor, yes we offer group rates!

Springfield Walks and Guide Service

Springfield's original and premiere walking tours and guide service that provides visitors all the history and mystery Springfield has to offer! Historical tours, ghost tours, storytelling, site tours, personal guides and step on guides. Tour line up changes from season to season. Tours operate March through November. Check web site, visitors guide, or call for tour information. Guide services available all year around.

Springfield Walks Step-On Guide Service

Local Guide & Step-On Guide Services Available year-round

Get a more in-depth tour, a more complete story of Lincoln, and overall better historical interpretation well beyond the constraints of site interpreters that enhances your visit.

Most state site interpreters are hired seasonally and have limited knowledge of Lincoln.

Guides are familiar with site policies, procedures, and the nuances of visiting the sites.

Save time trying to figure out maps, the streets, and the location of the sites, maximize your time. Get the most useful information about where the locals eat, drink, and shop.

All of our guides are local and have a working knowledge of all there is to do and see while in town, including the "off the tourist path" things.


The Lincoln Experience

On this 9 am - 1 pm day tour, I'm going to take you to the Lincoln sites and present historical details well beyond the constraints of site interpreters. You'll hear the human stories of Lincoln: the father, husband and the lawyer. I'll even tell you the story of Lincoln's Springfield funeral, his final farewell. First, I'm going to find out what intrigues you about Lincoln. I want your visit to Lincoln's Springfield to be meaningful and memorable. I want us to part ways with you having connected to Lincoln in your own way, having your very own Lincoln Experience to last a lifetime. This personalized tour may not be for everyone, it can be intensive Lincoln but we'll go at your pace. This tour covers the Lincoln home, the Old State Capitol, the Lincoln Tomb and Oak Ridge Cemetery, additional sites possible based on time and your interests. Cost: $150 flat fee up to 5 people. Offered daily based on availability. This tour is led by Garret. Make your reservation today!

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