Springfield Walks - Premier Tour & Guide Service Company - Springfield, IL

2017 Group Tour Information

Great activities for tour groups, organizations and associations!

If your group is in need of a local guide to get your group around town and into the historic sites, please visit the Guide Services Page.

Please read through this page carefully for details and information.


Tour guides/hosts always comped

 

Group Tour Etiquette

  • Don’t be late, don’t be late, and don’t be late!
  • Group dinners ALWAYS run late, so plan for this if attending a tour. Move dinner ahead.
  • Single payment from group leader is preferred, tickets can be purchased at tour time; cash, company or school check, or credit card.
  • Groups please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start.
  • Bathroom your group before arrival, nowhere to go on tour.
  • Weather decisions can be made right up to tour time; we have radar info available.
  • Please step away from the group if you need to text, smoke, or vape.

We are used to large groups on tours and your group will not have trouble hearing the guide, and we don't just say that. The guide will use a portable PA if necessary.  

 

 

Lincoln's Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore - This tour is very popular with travel groups. Tour hosts receive lots of positive compliments for this evening option. Groups are free to just show up and participate with the public. Please give us a call to let us know your group is coming and we can be better prepared for a larger group. Once tour is over coaches can pick up at the Lincoln home bus lot on 7th St. Please instruct your driver to shut down once parked.

LGW group rate applies to groups of 15
or more, $10 per adult or $6 students ages 8-17.

LGW is an award-winning walking tour and a “must do” while in Springfield!

Senior Groups: This tour is not a difficult walk only about 6 blocks, all flat ground, w/c and scooter accessible, and there ae a few places to sit along the way.

School Groups: This groups is great for student groups looking for a fun and exciting evening activity. The tour information is suitable for kids. It's mostly a factual history tour with the known and accepted ghostly lore.

We serve a lot of school groups and typically have great experiences, we do ask that kids not text while on the tour, turn cell phones on silent, or even off.  

For this tour coaches, can drop off at the Washington St. bus lane for the Old State Capitol and pick up at end of tour is at the Lincoln Home bus lot on 7th St.


 

The following tours are also offered to tour groups by arrangement.

 

Bootleggin Pub Crawl - Out on this 2.5-hour drinking caper, your guide will take you to 3-4 establishments within the Old Town District and take in Springfield's wicked Prohibition history at each location. $1 off pint draft beers or order from a secret drink menu! You'll hear amusing stories of blind pigs and raids on stills, but there's also murderous stories of sidewalk assassinations. Did Springfield have a crime boss? Yes, we did, come along, we'll tell you about it - this is the Bootleggin Pub Crawl! Do it, or else!

This tour is available for groups of 8 or more most anytime, $12 pp or $10 pp for groups over 15. You must be 21 to participate.

 

Springfield's Haunted History Tour - This old prairie town has a sensational haunted history, hear the ghostly stories, learn the history, and experience the hauntings! Depending on availability we'll enter sites believed to be actually haunted and you can do the paranormal investigation! This tour is customized to the time and budget of your group so the details can vary. Call or email us to make the arrangements.


Springfield's 1908 Race Riot Walk -
For three days ten thousand people rioted and two entire neighborhoods were burned and destroyed, thousands were injured…and men were hung in the streets of Springfield. This 90-minute tour walks the path of the second and third day of rioting and recounts the tragic history. The result of this riot was the formation of the NAACP the following year. Mature subject matter, long walk - $10 pp for groups of 15 or more.

 

  Oak Ridge Cemetery Walk - Enjoy a 90-minute walk through the second most visited historic cemetery in America. Oak Ridge is a large 465-acre cemetery brimming with Victorian mourning symbolism and obelisks of varying styles is a reoccurring theme here. It was designed by William Saunders who also designed the Gettysburg National Military Cemetery. During the saunter, you’ll hear all the anecdotal tales of people woven into the Lincoln story; Mary’s sisters, Lincoln’s law partners, his friends and neighbors. There's also an amazing Civil War history to be told including seven generals, soldiers and notables, governors and statesmen, and there's plenty of other sensational and historical stories including one very naughty bishop! $10 pp for groups of 15 or more.

This tour begins at the old receiving vault located behind the Lincoln Tomb down the steps to the bottom of the hill.
Coaches can drop off and pick up here.

 

 

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