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Let's face it, indoor events are so 2019!
So let us help customize your new environment by offering some of Springfield's hidden outdoor gems!

Nurture your attendees with our natural outdoor settings!

New Salem

Lincoln's New Salem

Take a short, beautiful, scenic 30 minute drive from Springfield and be transported back in time when your attendees take a self-guided tour through this one-of-a-kind village! Lincon's New Salem State Historic Site is a reconstruction of the former village of New Salem in Menard County, where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 - 1837. See authentic craftsman as you walk through the village, purchase souvenirs from the country store and browse the handmade items.

Washington Park Bonatical Garden

An enchanted way to spend the day outdoors, offering a unique way of making you feel link you've left the city behind! The garden provides a scene of tranquility & beauty, an oasis of nature, within an urban environment. Enjoy the colorful flower beds, the fragrance of the 5,000 plant Rose Garden, the refreshing shades of evergreen and deciduous trees with over 1,200 species of plants that can be found. End the day with a nice leisurely walk through the paved pathways all while taking in this serene setting.

Washington Park Botanical Garden
Lincoln Memorial Gardens

Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center

Seek refuge in this hidden gem. Designed by internationally known landscape architect Jens Jensen, this 100-acre site features six miles of trails, footbridges, a pond, eight stone council rings, and dozens of wooden benches inscribed with Lincoln quotes. The woodland and prairie garden beckons to thousands of visitors year round. One of the most popular events is Maple Syrup Time Demonstrations (Late Feb - Mid March). Experience the old fashioned process of maple sugaring with one of the Garden's naturalists. You will see firsthand the maple trees being tapped and sap collected.

Southwind Park

Treat your attendees to a one-of-a-kind experiece. Springfield's most inclusive attraction sets a new national standard not just for accessibility, but also for environmental excellence. Every area and feature of the 80-acre park exceeds ADA accessibility requirements. One of the most compelling features is its complete accessibility for all ages and abilities with special emphasis and attention given to those with physical and cognitive disabilities. It provides a new dimension of inclusion for all people "without boundaries" in full compliance with the ADA. Stroll the 2.5 mile urban trail or enjoy the sensory gardens, including the Enabling Garden, the Tranquility Garden, the Fragrant Garden, the Butterfly Garden and of course the Children's Garden. Take advantage of one of the five picnic shelters equipped with ceiling fans and electric outlets. A large picnic shelter is located near the great lawn and sports courts. In addition to being a Platinum LEED certified, other eco-friendly features include wetlands, a wind turbine, solar panels and a geothermal system.

Southwind Park

Three great ways to enjoy outdoor space with a local flair!

Knight's Action Park &
Route 66 Twin Drive-In

Come on, its where the action is! What began as a driving range has developed into a must see experience for the young and young at heart! Enjoy a family style event under the pavilion while Knight's staff personally grills their specialty foods or cater it from Trade Winds Pub & Eatery located on the property! Challenge your attendees with a putt-putt golf contest, a go-cart race or take a ride on the Ferris wheel and view the entire city! After you're done, stay late and enjoy a personalized cruise-in at the Route 66 Twin Drive-In , the only remaining drive-in theatre in Springfield! Screenings can be personalized to your event theme and package options are available.

Knight's Action Park
Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery & Eatery

Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery & Eatery

Don't let the name fool you! There's more than brew at this local spot! A spacious, casual outdoor beer garden with plenty of seating is a great place to mingle during a welcome reception or a farewell toast! Whether you order one of their signature flat bread pizzas, pub burgers, or famous horseshoes, your attendee's taste buds will be happy! Sip on an always rotating, one of a kind craft beer, brewed on-site, or choose from an extensive menu full of creative cocktails while you are perfecting your bocce ball or giant Jenga skills. A nice alternative is to enjoy an amazing crafted coffee from on-site Wm. Van's Coffee House!

Route 66 Motorheads Bar, Grill & Museum

We couldn't leave you hangin' without mentioning the Mother Road! Motorheads is the coolest place to host your off-site event! Every aspect of the bar, restaurant, and museum was designed with car and racing enthusiasts in mind and a touch of love for the Mother Road. Enjoy a full-service bar and fabulous food options while viewing collectibles and memorabilia from the rich history of Springfield and historic Route 66. Take the selfie of all selfies with the World's Largest Outdoor Route 66 Shield! Indoors or outdoors there's plenty to offer when you take THIS "route!"

Route 66 Motorheads Bar Grill & Museum

Imagine a breathtaking birds eye view of Springfield for your event!

Crowne Plaza

Enjoy an intimate event at the Crowne Plaza City View Patio, with panoramic city views on the 14th floor outdoor City View patio. Perfect for receptions, a small breakfast meeting or a unique event with additional meeting space just steps away.

You've picked the perfect place, now what?

Let us help bring your ideas to life with our complimentary, customized services!
Our team is here to work with you to help create a safe, memorable, and unique event!

Caitlin Justice

Caitlin Justice
Convention Sales - National Associations, Medical, Agricultural & Corporate
(217) 789-2360 ext. 5527
caitlin.justice@springfield.il.us
Melissa Bowers

Melissa Bowers
Convention Sales - Hobby, Military, Faith & Auto
(217) 789-2360 ext. 5538
melissa.bowers@springfield.il.us
Terry Truman

Terry Truman
Convention Sales - Sports, Motorcoach & Fraternal
(217) 789-2360 ext. 5525
terry.truman@springfield.il.us
Paula Antonacci

Paula Antonacci
Client Service Specialist
(217) 789-2360 ext. 5529
paula.antonacci@springfield.il.us