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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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  • Americas Incredible Pizza Company

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    (95 miles) St Louis

    Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf, Bumper Cars, Go-Karts, Bowling + loads more fun

  • 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 ...

  • Six Flags St Louis

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    (104 miles) Eureka

    You'll find every kind of ride for every kind of rider at Six Flags St. Louis. So, whether you want to get some air on Tony Hawk 's Big Spin, scream your head off on The Boss, or soar among the ...

  • Blanchette Park and Aquatic Center

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    (81 miles) St Charles

    The Blanchette Aquatic Center is complete with two waterslides, an otter slide, a children's water playground, lily pad walk, diving area, lap swimming, and more. Added in 2004 is a drop slide sure ...

  • World Aquarium

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    (85 miles) St. Louis

    Over 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at the World Aquarium as well as unique land animals like sloths, alligators, two headed snakes and two-headed turtles. You can ...

  • St Louis Zoo

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    (86 miles) St Louis

    he Saint Louis Zoo has educated, entertained and earned a place in the hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, there began a long and slow process to ...

  • The Butterfly House

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    (91 miles) Chesterfield

    The mission of the Butterfly House, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, is to foster a better understanding and increased awareness of our natural world. This facility presents an ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    2,000 acre of beautiful parkland with a wildlife park home to 150 creatures over 50 species. With a fishing lake, mountain bike tracks and hiking tracks, this really is an outdoor adventure for the ...

  • 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.

  • The Magic House Museum

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    (93 miles) St Louis

    The Magic House will engage all children in hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, ...

  • City Museum

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    (85 miles) St Louis

    Treat yourselves to a trip into the multi level mind of artist Bob Cassilly, from the rooftop Ferris Wheel down through 3 jam packed floors of creative and exhilarating fun to actual caves beneath ...

  • Saint Louis Art Museum

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    (86 miles) St Louis

    The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums, containing more than 30,000 works of art.

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • Monticello Railway Museum

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    (61 miles) Monticello

    A great museum for train lovers, with rail cars on display, exhibits on the history of trains and railroading, as well as weekend trains rides May to October! Choo Choo what a fun family day out in ...

  • Orpheum Children's Science Museum

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    (78 miles) Champaign

    A fun, creative and hands-on science museum in Champaign, Illinois where kids can learn and play through interactive exhibits. A great family day out!

  • Chanute Aerospace Museum

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    (87 miles) Rantoul

    For those aerospace and aviation loving families, this Illinois museum is a great family day out option for you! With real aircraft that kids can get up close to, it's a fascinating look at the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Geology Museum

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    (71 miles) Macomb

    A museum part of the University to allow the general public to understand, learn about and be enriched by Earth Sciences. A fascinating and educational experience for the kids and the parents in ...

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