Springfield Walks - Premier Tour & Guide Service Company - Springfield, IL

Walking Tours - 2019 Tour Line-ups

Please read details carefully, most of your questions can be answered here
Tickets for tours can be purchased upon arrival for all tours, unless specified
Exact cash change is preferred, but company check, or cc is ok too
Reservations for tours are not needed unless specified

Disclaimer: Springfield Walks has a solid reputation and we're known for being the best in town. That's because we work very hard to manage the logistics of several different tours and provide knowledgeable and professional tour guides. However, despite our best planning and training, circumstances change during the year and can create unforeseen problems operating and guiding tours. And because of this issue operating a tour business we do our best to overcome and adapt when these unexpected problems come about. Weather can create difficulties and tour guides can get sick, streets can be closed for example. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding when we are unable to overcome an issue and abruptly cancel a tour. We try very hard to anticipate these events and overcome logistics, so tours can operate - it is not always possible. We do not like to disappoint customers and we're more than happy to hear constructive feedback or find an amicable solution. We love to hear compliments as well.

Tours cannot operate unless 6 adult minimums are met. Please do not beg the tour guide to give the tour anyway if there’s not enough. It puts the guide in an uncomfortable position. Without 6 adults tour expenses cannot be made.

Tour Etiquette for all Tours

  • VIDEO RECORDING IS NOT ALLOWED ON ANY OF OUR TOURS.
  • ANY POSTING OF VIDEO ON LINE WILL BE SUBEJECT TO ENTERTAINMENT COPYRIGHT INFRINGMENT LAWS.
  • Take all the pictures you like.
  • Use of cell phones/texting is discouraged on tours, step away from group please.
  • Smoking/vaping is also discouraged during tours, feel free to step away from the group.
  • Tours are family friendly but ask that children stay by parents especially crossing streets.
  • Tipping guides is never expected, but always appreciated.
  • Arrive early, we do not wait for late arrivals.
  • Tours operate unless dangerous weather.
  • BE PREPARED, DRESS FOR THE WEATHER.



   

The Lincoln Experience - Garret Moffett guides this 4-hour half day tour that moves at your pace. I'll be taking you to three main sites; the Lincoln home, the old state capitol, and the Lincoln Tomb where I'll guide you through the Lincoln history and tell you stories well beyond the constraints of site interpreters. You'll hear the human stories of Lincoln; the lawyer, the father, and a husband. I'll even tell you about Lincoln's funeral in Springfield, his “final farewell.” But I'm also going to found out what intrigues you about Lincoln. I want you to connect with Lincoln so that your visit to Lincoln's Springfield is memorable and meaningful. I want us to part ways with you connecting to his story in your own way and having your very own memorable Lincoln Experience to last a lifetime. This tour may not be for everyone, it is intensive Lincoln, not an average site tour. (Lincoln’s law office is still closed for renovation)

Cost: $150 set price for your group up to 5-6 people; not per person. This is not a tour you join in with other people, this is a tour that you hire me for…and well worth it!

This tour is offered daily year around as I'm available and the historical sites are open.


Text, call or email to first check for availability and discuss details - Make your reservation today! This tour is in high demand and fills quickly during peak tour season.

garret@springfieldwalks.com
     217-502-8687

Details: We typically meet at the Lincoln home visitor center at 9 or 10am on your tour date. We’ll tour the Lincoln home, walk the park, and tour through another house. We then drive 4 blocks to the old state capitol and tour through there. This is where he served in the legislature and the site of his funeral. Then we’ll drive out to Lincoln’s tomb and pay our respects. This all takes 4 hours to do the sites justice. As time allows we can drive past other sites, we but we’ll move at your pace. If you need to break for a snack or lunch we can do that without costing your time, or we can tour straight through the 4 hours. ADA

Tour Reviews
“This tour was more than we expected, we love Lincoln more than ever before.” Bob & Nancy, Omaha

“Mr. Moffett, you truly had an impact on our visit, we couldn’t believe the kids were so engaged with you.” Art, Helen, Liam, Lisa

“…you really put a whole new perspective in my mind regarding what he endured and his profound sense of humanity.” Sam


 

 

 

   

The Lincoln's Ghost WalkLegends & Lore - This 90-minute 5 block lantern lit walking tour uses the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for strange & bizarre stories surrounding Lincoln’s life and his death; Lincoln’s bizarre dreams of death, Spiritualism, Mary’s seances in the White House, and skullduggery at the tomb site. This is a factual history tour that includes some of the ghostly lore surrounding the Lincolns. Suitable for all ages, not a scary tour. ADA

Dates: Tuesday through Saturday, March 5th through October 31st. Groups are free to join this tour, just call us so that we know you’re coming

Starts: Tour begins at #1 Old State Capitol Plaza, corner of 6th and Adams St. 7:30pm, arrive early please

Cost: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, $8 Kids 7-17, ca or cc, exact change is appreciated

This tour has been rated the 3rd best activity to do in Springfield by the New York Times and has become a “must do” while in town.

 

 


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Oak Ridge Cemetery History Walk - Enjoy a 90-minute walk through one of the most visited historic cemeteries in America. Oak Ridge is a large 465-acre cemetery brimming with Victorian mourning symbolism and obelisks of varying styles is a reoccurring theme here. It was designed by William Saunders who also designed the Gettysburg National Military Cemetery. During the saunter, you’ll hear all the anecdotal tales of people woven into the Lincoln story; Mary’s sisters, Lincoln’s law partners, his friends and neighbors. There's also an amazing Civil War history to be told including seven generals, soldiers and notables, governors and statesmen, and there's plenty of other sensational and historical stories including Mr. Accordion, the Corn Dog King, and one very naughty bishop! ADA

Dates: 
To Be Announced

Tour Begins: At the GAR Mound

  • Drive in main gate of the cemetery
  • Take middle road at the fork, drive past tomb parking
  • Turn right at the stop sign towards old receiving vault
  • Come to next stop sign turn right
  • Look for the circular burial mound on your left
  • Park here on the road

Cost: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, $8 Kids 7-17
Cash or cc, exact change is appreciated.