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

Walking Tours - 2017 Tour Line-ups

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Tickets for all tours can be purchased upon arrival for your tour
Cash, Company Check, or CC

Disclaimer: Springfield Walks has a solid reputation and we're known for being the best in town. That's because we work very hard to manage the logistics of several different tours and provide knowledgeable and professional tour guides. However, despite our best planning and training, circumstances change during the year and can create unforeseen problems operating tours. And because of this issue operating a tour business we do our best to overcome and adapt when these unexpected problems come about. Weather can create difficulties and tour guides can get sick for example. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding when we are unable to overcome an issue and abruptly cancel a tour. We try very hard to anticipate these events and overcome logistics so tours can operate - it is not always possible. We do not like to disappoint customers and we're more than happy to hear constructive feedback or find an amicable solution. We love to hear compliments as well.

  • Tours cannot operate unless 8 adult minimums are met.
  • Tours may not operate in threatening or dangerous weather.
  • Tour guides can get sick/ family issues and a replacement may not be available.
  • Unexpected street closures or events can prevent tours from operating.

Tour Etiquette

  • VIDEO RECORDING IS NOT ALLOWED OF TOURS, ANY POSTING OF VIDEO ON LINE WILL BE SUBEJECT TO ENTERTAINMENT COPYRIGHT INFRINGMENT. Take all the pictures you like.
  •  Use of cell phones/texting is discouraged on tours, step away from group please.
  • Smoking/vaping is also discouraged during tours, feel free to step away from the group.
  • Tours are family friendly but ask that children stay by parents especially crossing streets.
  • Tipping guides is never expected, but always appreciated.


FOR ALL TOURS

 

No reservations needed, buy tickets when you arrive Cash or cc, exact change appreciated

Arrive early, we do not wait for late arrivals!
Tours operate unless dangerous weather
BE PREPARED, DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

 

 


   

The Lincoln Experience - Garret Moffett guides this tour this 4-hour half day tour. I'll be taking you to several of the Lincoln sites where I'll guide you through the Lincoln history and tell you stories well beyond the constraints of site interpreters. You'll hear the human stories of Lincoln; the lawyer, the father, and a husband. I'll even tell you the complete story of Lincoln's funeral in Springfield, his “final farewell.” But I'm also going to found out what intrigues you about Lincoln. I want you to connect with Lincoln so that your visit to Lincoln's Springfield is memorable and meaningful. I want us to part ways with you connecting to his story in your own way and having your very own memorable Lincoln Experience to last a lifetime. This tour may not be for everyone, it is intensive Lincoln, not an average site tour. Entry into Lincoln home, Old State Capitol, and the Lincoln Tomb. (law office is closed for renovation)

Cost: $150 set price per group/family up to 5 people

Daily year around as I'm available and sites are open

Call, text, or email to check for availability and discuss details - Make your reservation today!

garret@springfieldwalks.com     217-502-8687

 


 

 

   

Lincoln's Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore - This 90-minute walking tour uses the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for strange and bizarre stories surrounding Lincoln's life and death. We’ll talk about Lincoln's spiritual and Christian beliefs, and his bizarre visions and dreams of death. Mary believed in Spiritualism and had séances in the WH. We'll also talk about the opening and movements of Lincoln's coffin through the years until finding his final resting place in 1901. This is largely a factual history tour including the known ghostly lore. Suitable for all ages, strange not scary.

This tour is a "must do" while in Springfield.

Dates/Times – READ CAREFULLY
March 1st to May 31st - Tues through Sat, 7:30pm
June 1st to Oct 28th – Nightly, 7:30pm
Nov 1st to Nov 18th, Tues through Sat, 5pm

Blackout dates: July 4th, Sept 22nd, 23rd

Cost: $15 adults, $8 kids under 17, free under 7

Tour begins #1 Old State Capitol Plaza, corner of 6th and Adams St, in front of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office historic site.

Reservations not needed buy tickets on arrival
Minimum of 8 adults to operate, no max, ADA

Winter Tours – This tour is available during winter months by appointment for groups of 4 adults or more. Weather may allow the tour to be walkable some nights or we can use your car. Call or text to discuss.

 

 

   

Oak Ridge Cemetery History 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!


This tour begins at the old receiving vault located behind the Lincoln Tomb down the hill.


Dates: Dates: June 1st to September 2nd, Wednesday through Saturday at 7pm; October 7, 14, 21, 28 at 3pm

Cost: $15 adults, $8 kids 8-17

Paved roads and hills, uneven ground amongst the tombstones we walk

Reservations not needed, just show up and buy tickets on arrival

 

 

   

The Bootlegging Pub Crawl – This 2-hour caper walks you to several different establishments in Old Town Springfield with a Prohibition history. Learn about the raids on basement stills and blind pigs downtown, and hear about the crime boss and the unsolved assassinations. Hear the slang and learn to speak like a gangster. You’ll order drinks from a secret drink menu while in an old speakeasy of the day with other drink specials. You gotta take this tour…or else!

Dates: June through October, Saturday nights at 8pm

This tour is by reservation, please text 217-502-8687 by 7pm, we need 8.

This tour can be available any night a guide is available for groups of 8 or more.

Cost: $12 adults, must be 21 to take this tour

Tour begins #1 Old State Capitol Plaza, corner of 6th and Adams St, in front of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office historic site.


 

   

Special Tours – Macomb, Illinois

The Bootlegger Tour –
This 2-hour part walking and self-driving tour traces the path of Kelly Wagle, the notorious bootlegger of McDonough County. Colchester was a booming coal town, but the real money was in bootlegging, a ruthless business and Kelly was the best. We’ll visit his old house, a church where he kept his cache of booze, his murder site, the church where his funeral was held, and finally his grave site. His story is has all the makings of a Hollywood movie. Wagle was a ruthless businessman and people who crossed him went missing, but he was known for his generosity as well. Take this tour…or else!

Dates:
August 12th and 19th at 7pm

Please arrive by 6:45 so we can start on time

 


 

Oakwood Cemetery Haunted History Walk – This 90-minute lantern-lit walking tour is a step back in time. You'll hear amazing stories of people woven into the local history while recounting haunted tales within that history. There's an incredible pioneer and Civil War history to be told. We'll talk about tombstone symbolism and profound epitaphs. Part of this tour is a ghost hunt and we'll provide some divining rods and EMF meters, you bring an open mind.

Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7pm

Cost: $15 per person, cash or cc

No reservation needed, buy tickets on arrival

Take the turn into the cemetery off Randolph St. at the top of the hill, across from the water tower. Park anywhere on the side of the road, do not pull over into the grass please.

No one intoxicated will be allowed on the tour, but you may need a drink after!