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Fun things to do in springfield

The great Springfield, Illinois - full of history, adventure, animals, and yes, that thing we all love called “KIDS FUN!”.

Springfield plays an incredible part of American history. In fact - kids can even go and visit the home of Abraham Lincoln! (You can even visit his final resting place too). Even the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library lets you walk through the life of this amazing president!

If you want to experience another side of Springfield history - you can take on Springfield Walks - which include a haunted walking tour!  (ooooooh..BOO!)

Can’t decide between water fun, go-karts, and other activities for those active kids? You don’t need to worry because places like Knights Action Park has them all! (Springfield is great for giving kids everything they could want for fun!)

Animals more your thing? Sure! Why not head to Henson Robinson Zoo with more than 300 animals from all across the world! 

This fun and vibrant capital has plenty of fun things to do with kids…and parents, we know you love when they learn as they have fun!

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  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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    (1 miles)Springfield

    A historic attraction for kids where they can explore the home where Abraham Lincoln lived before becoming president. A trip back in time!

  • Springfield Walks

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    (1 miles)Springfield

    Fun and fascinating walking tours around the wonderful city of Springfield, Illinois. Includes a full haunted history tour! Great for kids aged 5 and up.

  • Illinois State Museum

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    (1 miles)Springfield

    The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois' natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum's extensive collections and research activities provide ...

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

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    (2 miles)Springfield

    A fascinating, historical and educational day with the whole family as you walk through the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Knights Action Park

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    (3 miles)Springfield

    Slides, Rides, Games, & Fun! Illinois Favorite Family Fun Park Is "...Where The Action Is!" Feel like practicing your batting swing? Come to where the action is. Ready to cool down from the summer ...

  • Henson Robinson Zoo

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    (5 miles)Springfield

    The zoo is now home to more than 300 animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. ...

  • Scovill Zoo

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    (40 miles)Decatur

    Animal lovers of all ages can visit South African cheetahs, an Australian wallaby, and golden lion tamarins from Brazil, to name just a few.

  • Childrens Museum of Illinois

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    (40 miles)Decatur

    The Childrens Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum for children ages three to twelve! Its exhibits and activities complement and enhance childrens educational opportunities, ...

  • Dickson Mounds State Museum

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    (46 miles)Lewistown

    The Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity ...

  • Kentukiana Kampground

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    (49 miles)Mackinaw

    Camping fun for families in the heart of Illinois! With fun activities, beautiful nature and LOTS of kids fun!

  • Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climb

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    (59 miles) Bloomington

    We have many different rooms and areas for a total of more than 20,000 square feet of variable climbing surface making us one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Plus massive multi-level ...

  • Gradys Family Fun Park

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    (59 miles)Bloomington

    Grady's Family Fun Park consists of 12 Batting Cages, 18 Go Karts, 16 Bumper Boats, 16 Bumper Cars, an 18 hole Deluxe Miniature Golf Course, a Video Arcade, and various carnival rides including, Red ...

  • Miller Park Zoo

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    (59 miles)Bloomington

    Offers an extensive collection of well cared for animals, reptiles and birds from around the word, with a daily animal feeding schedule, plus keeper talks and interaction opportunities.

  • Monticello Railway Museum

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    (61 miles)Monticello

    Monticello Railway Museum, an all-volunteer organization in central Illinois with an operational railroad yard open to the public. We offer train rides on weekends from May through October, ...

  • Childrens Discovery Museum

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    (61 miles)Normal

    3 vast floors full of interactive experiment and hands on learning experiences designed to reinforce love of thought and exploration in all ages. Serious fun.

  • Peoria Riverfront Museum

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    (63 miles)Peoria

    An interdisciplinary extravaganza blanding art, history, science and achievement to an educative thrill that will get everyone seriously thinking. Plus 3D Giant Screen Cinema and Dome Planetarium.

  • Caterpillar Visitors Center

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    (63 miles)Peoria

    Self guided experience exploring the history of the brand's development which includes a motion simulator ride, heritage gallery, vintage vehicles and future concepts.

  • Glen Oak Zoo

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    (65 miles)Peoria

    The zoo aims enhance the greater Peoria area and its appeal by providing environments for people to discover, explore, preserve and enjoy the wonders of our natural world.

  • Wildlife Prairie State Park

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    (66 miles)Hanna City

    Comprising a wildlife park, railway, fishing lakes and extensive hike and bike trails with stunning scenery.

  • Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences

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    (66 miles)Peoria

    The museum features exhibition galleries, Planetarium, Illinois Folk Art Gallery, Discovery Center, valuable collections of fine arts, folk arts and natural history, and educational programming for ...

  • Bicycle Safety Town

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    (68 miles)Peoria

    4,000 feet of simulated street-life for kids to practice the rules of the road on, plus toddler playground. You bring your own equipment.

  • National Great Rivers Museum

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    (68 miles)East Alton

    This 12,000-square-foot facility is the result of a collaboration of the Corps and the nonprofit Meeting of the Great Rivers Foundation and tells the story of the Mississippi River. The Museum ...

  • Geology Museum

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    (71 miles)Macomb

    Founded in 1975, the Museum of Geology is an arm of Western Illinois University\'s Department of Geology. Originally conceived as a learning resource center for students enrolled in the natural ...

  • Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum

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    (72 miles)Arcola

    The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum opened to the public in May of 1999, in Arcola, Illinois. We are the only officially licensed Raggedy Ann & Andy museum in the world!

  • Rocksome Gardens

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    (72 miles)Arcola

    Rockome Gardens are well known in central Illinois as a family tourist attraction and Amish theme park. The park entertainments are low-key, such as a horse-drawn carriage ride down to the river, or ...