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Lincoln Memorial Garden

2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL
62707
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Ranked #8 of 31 attractions in Springfield
Type: Gardens, Parks
Activities: Walking
Traveler Description: The Garden was designed by Jens Jensen to honor Abraham Lincoln.  It was established when the city built Lake Springfield. Although some, may come... more »
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Situated just a few minutes south of Springfield's bustling downtown, this garden offers a peaceful retreat with lovely wooded trails and a nature center. The only visible tie to Lincoln are quotations inscribed on the various benches. The network of pathways through the garden travel through stone circles, intended by the garden's architect to be gathering places in the park.... More

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Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is really a woods with trails running through it, not really a garden. Nice trails however with no bugs along the lakeshore.

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Columbia, MO
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

really nice wooded trails. nature center was closed when we were there but well marked trails. take a photo of the map at the trail head when you start and then the posts mark all the cutoffs really nicely.

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Springfield, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It's free! This is the best of both worlds for a hiker. Beautiful natural woods, flowers and lush greenery along with the wooden walkways to allow you to walk through the natural setting, but not interact with the less attractive side to nature. No poison ivy, no brambles to walk through. It's not busy all day, every day. It's relatively... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

You have to complete the story, that is brilliantly told by the town and the state park department. Not just a monument, for the story did not end with his death. Ask the narrator on location (or others at the other attractions) and you will continue to be amazed as to the impact this GREAT President made upon people at... More

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illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This garden was a nice way to start our trip in Springfield. Hence the name, there are benches on the walking trails that have Lincoln quotes. There is a gift shop there, also. It is close to the lake so it has a nice view.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This wooded area is on the shore of lake Springfield. Some of the trails go along the shore. Most wind through the woods. Low difficulty trails of varying lengths. No significant hills. Small nature center that does have indoor restrooms. Many special events on-site through the year.

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Hartford, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We started our two day vacation in Springfield with a walk through the Memorial Garden. After a five hour drive it felt good to stretch our legs. Reading the Lincoln quotes on all the benches was a good introduction to our Lincoln tour. It's a beautiful spot and well maintained.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Nice little drive around SPRINGFIELD LAKE to get to the garden. There's a ton of trails that go along the lake. All kinds of wildflowers. Hike and enjoy nature. There's a gift shop too.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Very peaceful! Great walking trails. Right on Lake Springfield. Highly recommend for hiking and photo ops!!

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