Springfield is the capital city in Illinois, and is a wonderful place to spend a solid 24 hours. Whether you’re looking for a weekend day trip or you’re just passing through, check out our helpful guide to make the most of your time in this unique spot.
After the museum, head to Washington Park for a rest and a stroll in nature. This is a historic park that has been in public use since 1901. There are benches, trails, fountains, gardens and a gazebo, but the center of the park consists of several tennis courts that are available for a match. Smell the flowers, take a seat or get athletic with a tennis match.
A wonderful choice for an educational afternoon in Springfield is to visit the Illinois State Museum. Illinois is a huge state with a history rooted in Native American tribal ancestry, French exploration, Civil War strategy, the Great Migration and so much more. Illinois has seen it all, and this museum is here to tell its stories. This family-friendly museum has plenty of activities and exhibits for children, including Native American and dinosaur history.
There are so many delicious dining options in Springfield, but we’re in love with Indigo. This restaurant is budget-friendly considering its fine dining options. Begin a meal with an appetizer of hot dates stuffed with blue cheese and pecans wrapped in bacon and served in a balsamic reduction. For dinner there are several seafood entrees from seared tuna to sea bass, but we especially recommend the lobster mac and cheese. Save room for dessert, or at least for a chocolate martini!