Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield

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#1 of 37 in Nature in Illinois
See Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the house where Abraham Lincoln and his family lived before moving to the White House. You can take a guided tour to learn what their life was like and see treasures like Lincoln's small corner desk. To get a better sense of his life and work, watch the site's film. Stroll down the street to see exhibits such as "If These Walls Could Talk" and "What a Pleasant Home Abe Lincoln Has." With our international travel planner, Springfield attractions like Lincoln Home National Historic Site can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Go back in time with a tour of the Lincoln homestead. The guide was excellent and there was so much to learn. The entire street has been restored and the free tour of the Lincoln house should not be m...  more »
  • Restored to look as it did in the 1860s, the home is part of a four block historic district. Free tickets to tour the house are available in the visitor center and tours are led by rangers of the Nati...  more »
  • My husband and I visited the home where the Lincolns lived for 17 years. We got there about 9 am to get our first come first served tickets. The timing worked out great. There were buses that came in ...  more »
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  • Most buildings are preserved to retain historical accuracy. Gift-shop is well maintained and organized. Streets are made of gravel, so wear good walking shoes. They offer free tours every 5 minutes during open hours. Make sure to reserve a free ticket inside the Visitor Center. Air conditioning is a nice touch, even though they didn't have central air back then.
  • Entrance is Free but parking is paid for. When you 1st arrive go to the welcome center for a free tour ticket. The ranger will tell you about the next available time. You will get a little history on your tour. You will be told multiple times not to touch anything in the house. Not even the walls. Then you are free to roam around the neighborhood. They have a few of his neighbors house that you can walk into. The ranger was so open to take any questions we had. Great to bring kids that are learning about him in school.
  • The park rangers did a great job of conveying information and guiding the tour, answering questions. Lincoln's home is fully furnished to provide a clear idea of what it was like for the family when they lived there. The entire street is a historic district that shows what it was like to live there during Lincoln's time. We visited here and then the Oakridge Cemetery — it was a great history lesson on our 16th President and his family.
  • Love this! Great educational stop. Love being able to walk on the board side walks and the brick streets. LOVE NPS!
  • Absolutely wonderful! Don't forget to reserve your free tickets online so you don't have to wait once you get there. You can just show up 10 before your tour time. Take time to see the 20 minute video in the larger theater about Lincoln's life in Springfield.

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In Springfield, you have two primary options: downtown and the commercial district in the southeast part of town near the highway. Downtown offers a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, plus a few locally owned hotels in a neighborhood of historical buildings that contains numerous Lincoln-related sites. The national chain hotels to the southeast near the highway cater to travelers; they offer clean and comfortable rooms at competitive prices.
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