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Take a “Break” in Always Legendary Springfield, Illinois
Have we got the perfect break plan for you! Springfield, IL knows a thing or two about fun, family travel. Generations of kids have visited us on class field trips, and we’ve long been a top choice for fun and educational vacations that bring grandparents, moms, dads and kids together.
With spring break right around the corner; plan to spend some family time experiencing the “Legendary” life of Abraham Lincoln. Walk the same historic streets Abraham Lincoln walked and visit the only house Lincoln ever owned. You’ll get to know Lincoln as a husband, father and neighbor, as well as a politician, by visiting Lincoln’s New Salem, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Old State Capitol. The award-winning, one of a kind Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings the entire Lincoln story to life with high-tech exhibits, theater performances and rare artifacts.
There is so much more to Springfield after you experience all things Lincoln. With Tale of Two Capitols, you can take in the history of both the “old” and the “new” in each unique and impressive buildings, Old State Capitol and Illinois State Capitol.
After visiting the Capitols, you don’t want to miss the Illinois State Museum, where you can explore 500 million years of Illinois' natural and cultural heritage.
If you like to eat as much as we like to eat, have we got a treat for you! Eating local is a fun way to experience a city, and Springfield is known for some unique hometown dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Start with our famous “Horseshoe” sandwich, which is bread, meat and French fries, drenched with delectable cheese sauce. You’ll find that many restaurants here have their own version. We’re also home to the Route 66 Cozy Dog, the original hot-dog-on-a stick. If you’re up for some extreme eating, take the “Firebrand Chili Challenge” at the Chili Parlor, or polish off a plate of giant pancakes at Charlie Parker’s Diner.
Looking for some “retail therapy” after a day of sightseeing? Stop by SCHEELS, a 220,000 sq. ft. sports and outdoor retail destination. Boasting a 65’ high, 16-car indoor Ferris Wheel, a 16,000 gallon salt water aquarium, simulators, games, Ginna’s Café and Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory, you can spend an hour or a day! If souvenirs or antiques shops are more your thing, visit the lovely local shops and galleries in our historic downtown district.
Explorer Passport, 20 sites, attractions & culinary experiences all in one exciting passport of fun! Pick up yours at the Springfield Visitors Center when you arrive.
Top off your stay at one of our award-winning local hotels. Looking for a swimming pool or free breakfast? We’ve got you covered. From limited service to luxury full-service hotels and boutiques too, there’s a lodging option here for everyone. To book your stay in “Legendary” Springfield, IL, click here
Your family will THANK YOU when you choose Springfield this spring break.
For a complete list of everything there is to see and do in Springfield visit www.visitspringfieldillinois.com.