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Lincoln Memorial Garden

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Address: 2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL 62712
Phone Number: +1 217-529-1111
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A native woodland garden designed by Jens Jensen located on the south side...

A native woodland garden designed by Jens Jensen located on the south side of Lake Springfield. This 100 acre site has 6 miles of wood-chipped hiking trails as well as a wonderful nature center.

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Went for Fall festival and explored

nicely mulched walking trails with great views. Wish there were markers to ID the plants. Nature center has nice little gift shop and rest rooms.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Springfield, Illinois
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Springfield, Illinois
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78 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

nicely mulched walking trails with great views. Wish there were markers to ID the plants. Nature center has nice little gift shop and rest rooms.

Thank happytraveler793
Hillsboro, Illinois
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

The trails run through many different landscapes, along a lake, through a meadow, wooded areas. This site is well worth the trip and doesn't cost anything. On our visit, we saw two deer leap through the tall grass and over a fence, many flowers, birds, butterflies.

Thank Jean M
Henderson, Nevada
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We drove our rental car to the gardens thinking we might also be able to see Lake Springfield. When we got to the visitor's center around 5:00 pm we found the door open so walked right in. A lady inside rudely told us they were closed and she could not help us. So we roamed around a little on our... More 

2 Thank k7acz
Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Lovely walking paths, hiking by the lake, pond with wildlife, prairie area, gift shop, restrooms, plants, and benches with Lincoln quotations grace this garden. We enjoyed it very much.

Thank LSU1976
United States
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58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Great trails, even in the humid days of summer. We liked seeing different flowers and the breeze off the water is nice. Would like to picnic here some time.

1 Thank leaH9082
Oswego, Illinois
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I enjoyed my time here. It was a little drizzly and chilly but it was still a good time to reflect on such an honorable and courageous man!

Thank PFivecoat
Chicago, Illinois
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72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

With all the rain from early spring through summer, this area struggled to grow flowers. The flowers were mostly dead or underwater. Lots of walking paths though they had spots which were muddy. I don't think this is typical of this attraction, but were the conditions in mid july 2015.

1 Thank LSM1585
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54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Lincoln Memorial Garden is more a natural preserve than a garden. The plants and trees are all native to the state of Illinois. Lovely paths meander coming in and out by the lake. Many special events and festivals to enjoy. The wild dogwoods and redbud trees are a beautiful sight. In the fall they have a maple festival where they... More 

2 Thank Junebug1953
Springfield, IL
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The hiking trails in the Gardens are all well-maintained and the gift shop/nature center is air conditioned and has bathrooms. My girls always get a maple sucker as a treat!

Thank searching_simpsons
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I was expecting flowers I guess....not much to see really. Kind of diasppointed. The paths aren't really well-marked either...never knew which direction to head.

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Thank 183monica

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