9 New Walk, Hike and Bike History Tours | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

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Springfield has an awesome new & free way to explore Illinois' capital city in 2022! 

Enjoy IDNR’s State Historic Sites “Walk, Hike and Bike History,” a series of inspiring outdoor experiences that will connect you to our must see museums & monuments throughout Springfield.
 Guided tours range from 1 - 2 hours, at a variety of locations throughout the city.  The program runs from June 3-November 13, 2022

Now let talk about the 9, yes 9 experiences that are waiting for you!

Friends of Lincoln Hike: This 90-minute hike through the beautiful hills of Oak Ridge Cemetery will pass by the graves of a number of Abraham Lincoln’s friends, neighbors, and political associates. At each stop, we will talk about the person’s life and highlight their interactions with the 16th president. Comfortable shoes and water recommended.

Military History Hike: This 90-minute hike around Oak Ridge Cemetery will visit the final resting places of numerous veterans. This will include a mixture of both notable figures who served in prominent positions as well as soldiers who are little known today. Comfortable shoes and water recommended.

History Bike Tours 5-mile & 8-mile: Ride your own bicycle following a guide on a casual and easy-paced bicycle tour of historic sites in the capital city. This neighborhood-style ride will go past historic sites, including the Black Fire House, Dana-Thomas House, Lincoln Home, Old State Capitol, Lincoln Tomb, and others. Information will be provided at nine stops along the route. The eight-mile round trip ride will take about 2 hours. Helmets are required and a water bottle is recommended.

Black History Walk: This 90-minute walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery focuses on the history of Springfield’s African-American community, discussing great tragedies, as well as stories of success in the face of severe adversity and prejudice. Water and good hiking shoes recommended. We collaborate with the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum to also offer this tour virtually in conjunction with their online programming.

1908 Race Riot Walking Tour: 43 years after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and just 6 months before his 100th birthday, many of his hometown African American friends and their descendant’s lives were turned upside down by racial hate and economic jealousy during the Springfield 1908 Race Riot. This 60-minute tour will discuss a portion of the devastating 1908 Race Riot that destroyed and affected the lives of many of Abraham Lincoln’s African American friends and their descendants. Comfortable walking shoes and water recommended.

Underground Rail Road Walking Tour: This 45-minute, 1-mile walking tour explores several locations throughout Springfield which hold a special significance to the Underground Railroad.  Tour includes visits to the Old State Capitol and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

The Houses They Build: A Walking Tour of Architects and Builders: This 45-minute tour takes visitors around the suburban areas of Springfield with stops at the Dana-Thomas Home, the Executive Mansion, and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site neighborhood.  

Design Like Frank Lloyd Wright Drawing Tour: This 1-hour, one-mile tour using hands-on activities is a walk into the Aristocracy Hill neighborhood to explore the development of Wright's iconic architectural style.  Please note, this tour only explores the exterior of sites.

Designing for Change Women's History Walk: Walk the path of suffragists and learn how Susan Lawrence Dana collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home in which she advanced her ideas about democracy.  This is a 1-hour, 1.5 mile walking tour.  Please note, the tour only explores the exterior of sites.

All experiences are free, donations accepted and require registration.  Please visit the IDNR website here for a link to Eventbrite registrations and to learn more. 

What else is new in 2022 you ask, check out our New Things in 2022 blog post to find out more fun stuff!

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