History TRULY Comes Alive in Springfield, Illinois!

This Summer, June 7th – September 1st, Springfield is brimming with many FREE live performances and fun activities that will completely transport you back in time to the hometown Abraham Lincoln knew and loved. Mr. Lincoln’s day comes to life as period re-enactors and performers recreate the lie and times of Lincoln and his contemporaries. Check out the events and up-to-date schedules for all the History Comes Alive fun!

Experiences available nowhere else on earth will thrill and delight you… from a chance encounter with Mr. Lincoln and an authentic Civil War Medical Encampment Reenactment to an unexpected treat as you find yourself lunching next to a couple of nineteenth century ladies at their favorite bistro in the afternoon. And to top off the perfect day, let a refreshing scoop of ice cream melt on your tongue as the sun sets over Downtown Springfield. Come walk through, talk to, and immerse yourself in the living, breathing history that’s alive and well in Springfield, Illinois everyday!

There is so much to see and do in Springfield, Illinois you should plan on staying with us for at least three days. We can help you plan an exciting and affordable vacation filled with adventure, history and most of all, fun!

After you're through browsing, be sure to call 800-545-7300 or go to visit-springfieldillinois.com for a comprehensive visitors guide to Springfield, Illinois.

In his footsteps, through his eyes
It’s no secret that Illinois is the land of Lincoln, and you could call Springfield the City of Lincoln. From his boyhood town, first home, law office, and final resting place to an entire museum dedicated to Abe and only Abe, Springfield immerses you in Lincoln’s world. Special events throughout the year—such as live reenactments of his speeches at the Old State Capitol and the Great Western Railroad Depot, period musical performances, and civil war demonstrations—bring Lincoln and his times to life before your eyes.

The legends of Abe’s era … and beyond.
Not only does the city boast the best sites from the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, but Springfield also possesses other curiosities, mysteries and historical landmarks of yesteryear. Lurking around every corner, you’ll encounter legends from a multitude of eras past.

Route 66, having plenty of curves and turns itself, once rambled through Springfield and its surrounding areas. And that’s just the start of the 50’s nostalgia—each year, classic and vintage cars line downtown streets during the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival.

History buffs of the military persuasion find fascinations aplenty at our many memorials and themed museums.

From historic and nostalgic to arts and culture, Springfield has a multitude of events taking place throughout the year. Whether you’ve got the soul of an artist, an athlete, a party animal, or just a wanderer, Springfield has what you’re looking for.

The only limit is your imagination
Springfield is one of the nation’s top cities for affordable accommodations—and with more than 4,000 guest rooms, you’re sure to find the right fit for your budget and your needs.

-Indulge in the opulence of a high-thread-count luxury hotel suite with an in-room Jacuzzi.
-Keep the entire family happy at a hotel with indoor swimming, fitness room and a free hot breakfast.
-Opt for a simple and pleasant place to crash—throw the suitcase on the bed and then take off all day for a grand adventure.
-Cozy and cuddle up with your honey in a romantic bed and breakfast.
-Rough it old school in a plumbed or primitive style cabin—or get in touch with your inner wild child and camp out among the stars.

Overwhelmed by our bevy of choices? Let the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau help you find the perfect accommodations. For great getaway packages, call at 800-545-7300 or go to visit-springfieldillinois.com.

From Mid-western fare, burgers, pizza, steak and seafood to Thai, Jamaican, Mexican, Greek, Italian and everything in between. For the quick cheap bite or the hautest of the haute, Springfield's got a great selection of restaurants sure to hit your taste buds in just the right way.

From one-of-a-kind antiques and gifts to the latest in fashion trends, Springfield offers something for everyone. That special treasure you've been searching for is just waiting to be discovered in one of the hundreds of shops and stores scattered and clustered throughout the city.