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Lincoln Memorial Garden

Address: 2301 East Lake Drive, Springfield, IL
Phone Number: 62707
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Ranked #9 of 66 things to do in Springfield
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Composed of plants indigenous to Illinois, this memorial garden park includes five miles of wooded...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Composed of plants indigenous to Illinois, this memorial garden park includes five miles of wooded trails along Lake Springfield.

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Chatham, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

When my children were young I used to bring them to this amazing garden to explore and learn about a woodland environment. The paths are well marked and sprinkled with bridges over shallow creeks. There are surprises around every corner including beautiful views of Lake Springfield, story circles, small animals and butterflies. The nature center has clean bathrooms, nature displays... More 

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Peru, Illinois
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114 reviews 114 reviews
70 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It is on the east end of Lake Springfield kind of a ways away from the city. Though that makes it a nice quiet place to escape from the tourist areas. The walk along Lake Springfield is pretty especially on a clear cold day in January with the lake frozen. Lots of trails to have a good hike with some... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

I was expecting this to be a garden with well kept flowers bit it really is a wooded area with many hiking trails. If you have limited time, go for the walk along lake springfield. Beautiful and tranquil. Benches throughout are carved with quotes from Abe. Fall leaves were beautiful.

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Stoughton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

A moving experience within the Memorial, Seeing where Mr. Lincoln and most of family is resting. The guide whom have the short presentation on the history of the tomb seemed to be knowledgeable and entertaining. A must see

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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

I would consider this more of a hiking forest then a garden. None the less a great place of nature! There are many paths to take and maps can be found at the visitors center (open till 4, closed in Monday). If they are closed there are maps available on the outside of the center. There are bridges, paths that... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Lincoln Memorial Gardens are one of Springfield's best kept secrets. While they are kind of hard to find on East a Lake Drive ( only some small national-park wooden type signs on the side of the road ), it Is worth the drive & time to seek them out. More of a park & forest than gardens, they offer the... More 

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Presque Isle, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

After driving several hours we needed to stretch our legs. Lincoln Memorial Gardens is a lovely wooded area with well marked trails, wooden bridges, and the gentle sounds of birds & water lapping along the shore of Lake Springfield. There is a gift shop near the entrance with a map of the trails available ( free ). They have some... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Really more of a nature preserve than a garden but nice trails, great views of the lake. Quiet and lots of places to stop and admire the view. Benches all along the trails with Lincoln quotes to ponder. Saw mama deer and baby, lots of birds. Nice drive to get there too.

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Springfield, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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