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

2016 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 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.

 

 

Lincoln's Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore - This tour is very popular with travel and student 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.

We are used to large groups on this tour 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.

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 8 blocks, all flat ground w/c and scooter accessible, and there ae a few places to sit along the way. Coaches can pick up at the end of the tour at the Lincoln Depot (Noll Law Offices) on Monroe St. between 9th and 10th St.

Please instruct your driver to not pull up directly in front of the group and to shut down once parked. The guide's voice can't be heard over the motor coach.

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 turn cell phones off or on silent and to not text while on the tour.
Coaches can pick up at the end of the tour at the Lincoln Depot (Noll Law Offices) on Monroe St. between 9th and 10th St. Please instruct your driver to not pull up directly in front of the group and to shut down once parked. The guide's voice can't be heard over the motor coach.


 

The following tours are also offered to tour groups by arrangement.
We can do these tours most anytime just give us a call or email to make the arrangements.

 

Bootleggin Pub Crawl - Out on this 3 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. 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 per person. You must be 21 to participate.

We'll be the entertainment and you buy your own drinks, sorry Illinois law

 

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 - $12 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 brimming with Victorian mourning symbolism and anecdotal tales of people woven into the Lincoln story who have passed. There's also an amazing Civil War history to be told including seven generals, other soldiers and notables, and there's plenty of other sensational stories including one very naughty Bishop! We'll talk about Lincoln's funeral and burial here. $12 pp for groups of 15 or more.

 

 

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