Sandra's Guidebook

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Sandra's Guidebook

Sightseeing

Awesome museum exhibits, and great place to learn some history!
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
112 North 6th Street
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Awesome museum exhibits, and great place to learn some history!
Great history here! This is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons. This also has the public receiving vault, where final funeral services were held for President Lincoln on May 4, 1865.
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Lincoln Monument Association
1500 Monument Avenue
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Great history here! This is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons. This also has the public receiving vault, where final funeral services were held for President Lincoln on May 4, 1865.
Lots to see and do here! See how things were like when Abraham Lincoln was a young adult 150 years ago...from authentic blacksmiths and rail-splitters to purchasing handmade items at the shop. You can eat at the restaurant and stay at the campgrounds!
Lincolns New Salem Road
Lots to see and do here! See how things were like when Abraham Lincoln was a young adult 150 years ago...from authentic blacksmiths and rail-splitters to purchasing handmade items at the shop. You can eat at the restaurant and stay at the campgrounds!
Enjoy a peaceful walk in the beautiful gardens. There is a giftshop and nature center with educational display and a recently installed “super microscope” that children are encouraged to use to get a close up look at nature.
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center
2301 East Lake Shore Drive
Enjoy a peaceful walk in the beautiful gardens. There is a giftshop and nature center with educational display and a recently installed “super microscope” that children are encouraged to use to get a close up look at nature.
Over 80 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. A fun and educational environment for people of all ages.
Henson Robinson Zoo
1100 E Lake Shore Dr
Over 80 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. A fun and educational environment for people of all ages.
See 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. Great historic site for all ages!
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site
413 South 8th Street
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See 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. Great historic site for all ages!
150 acres of rolling terrain, large trees and wooded areas, some deep ravines, two man-made lagoons, playground, tennis courts, and more! Visit the beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and Rees Memorial Carillon Bells. Take a walk, run, bicycle, etc and enjoy the wooded and pavement paths around the park. For all ages!
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Washington Park
1501 S Grand Ave W
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150 acres of rolling terrain, large trees and wooded areas, some deep ravines, two man-made lagoons, playground, tennis courts, and more! Visit the beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and Rees Memorial Carillon Bells. Take a walk, run, bicycle, etc and enjoy the wooded and pavement paths around the park. For all ages!
A one of a kind bar, restaurant, and motor museum! They offer a delicious breakfast and Pub style menus, as well as many tasty drinks! This historic Route 66 stop is home to a variety of motorcycle rallies, car shows, and much more throughout the year. Whether you're looking for a delicious meal, cold drink, or a nostalgic walk through the past, visit the coolest bar and grill in the Springfield, IL area!
Route 66 Motorheads Bar, Grill & Museum
600 Toronto Road
A one of a kind bar, restaurant, and motor museum! They offer a delicious breakfast and Pub style menus, as well as many tasty drinks! This historic Route 66 stop is home to a variety of motorcycle rallies, car shows, and much more throughout the year. Whether you're looking for a delicious meal, cold drink, or a nostalgic walk through the past, visit the coolest bar and grill in the Springfield, IL area!

Fun & Entertainment

Places to enjoy and hang out.
Have a great time with some swimming and water rides, Putt Putt Golf and Driving Range, GoKarts, batting cages, and more.
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Knight's Action Park
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Have a great time with some swimming and water rides, Putt Putt Golf and Driving Range, GoKarts, batting cages, and more.
Great play time for kids age 12 and younger.
Ergadoozy
1320 South State Street
Great play time for kids age 12 and younger.
Stay entertained with SkyClimb, Freestyle Jumping, Parkour Blox, and more! For all ages.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
3454 Liberty Dr
Stay entertained with SkyClimb, Freestyle Jumping, Parkour Blox, and more! For all ages.
Have a great time with friends and family with Laser Tag, bounce houses, Arcades and Video Games, and a play park. This place has something for everyone to enjoy!
BounceTag
3720 Hollis Drive
Have a great time with friends and family with Laser Tag, bounce houses, Arcades and Video Games, and a play park. This place has something for everyone to enjoy!
Fun time for everyone! Bowling, arcades, casual food & drinks, pitchers and slots for those who are 21 and older. Karaoke Night on Tuesdays.
AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes
2660 West Lawrence Avenue
Fun time for everyone! Bowling, arcades, casual food & drinks, pitchers and slots for those who are 21 and older. Karaoke Night on Tuesdays.
This is an beautiful accessible 80-acre park. Go bike riding or have a relaxing time to walk the path to the different gardens (flower, butterfly, sundial, etc). There is a playground for the kiddos, private and public weekend events at Erin’s Pavillion, picnics on the Great Lawn, fishing piers (fishing license required), and more! During winter months with snow, there are spots for sledding.
Southwind Park
4965 South 2nd Street
This is an beautiful accessible 80-acre park. Go bike riding or have a relaxing time to walk the path to the different gardens (flower, butterfly, sundial, etc). There is a playground for the kiddos, private and public weekend events at Erin’s Pavillion, picnics on the Great Lawn, fishing piers (fishing license required), and more! During winter months with snow, there are spots for sledding.
See what’s playing at this theatre complex...Awesome performances done by our local artists!
Hoogland Center For The Arts
420 South 6th Street
See what’s playing at this theatre complex...Awesome performances done by our local artists!
Local bowling alley with good eats!
King Pin Lanes
3115 East Sangamon Avenue
Local bowling alley with good eats!
Watch plays performed by our local talented artists during the warm summer months. There is reserved seats, or general admission lawn seating available, both ADA accessible. BYOB and snacks, or there is a dining area with casual food, snacks, and drinks available for purchase.
Springfield Muni Opera
815 E Lake Shore Dr
Watch plays performed by our local talented artists during the warm summer months. There is reserved seats, or general admission lawn seating available, both ADA accessible. BYOB and snacks, or there is a dining area with casual food, snacks, and drinks available for purchase.
A nice bar & lounge with outdoor live entertainment, cornhole, darts, cheap well drinks, gaming, food, and great service.
Crows Mill Pub
1220 Toronto Rd
A nice bar & lounge with outdoor live entertainment, cornhole, darts, cheap well drinks, gaming, food, and great service.
Nostalgic drive-in movie theatre with 2 screens, offering double feature movies in the summer months. A family-friendly atmosphere with kosher food options!
Route 66 Drive In Theater
1700 Recreation Drive
Nostalgic drive-in movie theatre with 2 screens, offering double feature movies in the summer months. A family-friendly atmosphere with kosher food options!
The Illinois State Fairgrounds is located in Springfield, Illinois. It hosts the annual Illinois State Fair in August as well as other private and public events throughout the year. During the fair, you can enjoy performances by popular artists in the Grandstand, car and horse races, carnival rides and games, Conservation World, and so much more!! For people of all ages! Contact me for discounted entrance tickets.
Illinois State Fair
801 East Sangamon Avenue
The Illinois State Fairgrounds is located in Springfield, Illinois. It hosts the annual Illinois State Fair in August as well as other private and public events throughout the year. During the fair, you can enjoy performances by popular artists in the Grandstand, car and horse races, carnival rides and games, Conservation World, and so much more!! For people of all ages! Contact me for discounted entrance tickets.

Food scene

Casual, family-friendly brewpub with craft beer, whiskey & modern pub fare, plus bocce ball courts. This is a local favorite for delicious food and adult beverages!
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Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery
500 South 6th Street
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Casual, family-friendly brewpub with craft beer, whiskey & modern pub fare, plus bocce ball courts. This is a local favorite for delicious food and adult beverages!
Simple bar with Irish & American pub fare, including the famous local horseshoe sandwiches, plus a beer garden.
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D'Arcy's Pint
661 West Stanford Avenue
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Simple bar with Irish & American pub fare, including the famous local horseshoe sandwiches, plus a beer garden.
Close by family owned restaraunt with delicious Greek and American food at a great price! Popular entrees include the Double Cheeseburger Meal, Gyros Special, Greek Salad, and Gyros Horseshoe, and more!
Gyros Stop
2907 South MacArthur Boulevard
Close by family owned restaraunt with delicious Greek and American food at a great price! Popular entrees include the Double Cheeseburger Meal, Gyros Special, Greek Salad, and Gyros Horseshoe, and more!
This Tavern is close by with an on-site microbrewery, doling out craft beers & farm-to-table American dishes. Engrained Brewery & Restaurant is a locally owned micro-brewery and farm to table restaurant. Their seasonal menu features fresh and affordable food from local family farms. Order online for curbside carry out or delivery!
Engrained Brewery & Restaurant
1120 Lincolnshire Blvd
This Tavern is close by with an on-site microbrewery, doling out craft beers & farm-to-table American dishes. Engrained Brewery & Restaurant is a locally owned micro-brewery and farm to table restaurant. Their seasonal menu features fresh and affordable food from local family farms. Order online for curbside carry out or delivery!
Gabatoni’s neighborhood restaurant and lounge has been providing patrons with some of Springfield’s most delicious, authentic Italian-American cuisine. Try the delicious pizza, fresh soup and salad bowls, apps, or their beautifully handcrafted Italian sandwiches.
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Gabatoni's Restaurant
300 East Laurel Street
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Gabatoni’s neighborhood restaurant and lounge has been providing patrons with some of Springfield’s most delicious, authentic Italian-American cuisine. Try the delicious pizza, fresh soup and salad bowls, apps, or their beautifully handcrafted Italian sandwiches.
Handcrafted wines with modern casual dining. American, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan And Gluten Free Options available, plus a Napa-style tasting room. Great for special occasions and romantic dinners, and large groups.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
2501 Wabash Ave
Handcrafted wines with modern casual dining. American, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan And Gluten Free Options available, plus a Napa-style tasting room. Great for special occasions and romantic dinners, and large groups.
Featured on tv show, “Diners, Driveins and Dives”. They have awesome breakfast food for a great price! Nostalgic feel for the old diner atmosphere. Limited seating so I recommend calling ahead for larger groups.
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Charlie Parker's Diner
700 W North St
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Featured on tv show, “Diners, Driveins and Dives”. They have awesome breakfast food for a great price! Nostalgic feel for the old diner atmosphere. Limited seating so I recommend calling ahead for larger groups.
Cafe Moxo is a locally owned cafe who specializes in breakfast, soups, sandwiches, salads, cookies and baked goods prepared fresh daily. Yummy food at a decent price. They are also vegetarian friendly, and offer vegan and gluten free options.
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Cafe Moxo
411 East Adams Street
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Cafe Moxo is a locally owned cafe who specializes in breakfast, soups, sandwiches, salads, cookies and baked goods prepared fresh daily. Yummy food at a decent price. They are also vegetarian friendly, and offer vegan and gluten free options.
Serving Springfield's Favorite Chili Since 1945, the Chili Parlor offers chili, chili burgers, chili dogs and tamales are so GOOD you'll be COMING BACK for more!
The Chili Parlor
820 South 9th Street
Serving Springfield's Favorite Chili Since 1945, the Chili Parlor offers chili, chili burgers, chili dogs and tamales are so GOOD you'll be COMING BACK for more!