The Lincoln Memorial Garden is a beautiful location designed with walking paths to take you through nature providing a very relaxing atmosphere to view the plants, trees, and animals in this wooded area. There are more than 6 miles of walking trails, footbridges, a pond and eight stone council rings in this 100 acres that you can travel. The trails are well marked and easy to follow. We walked along the trail that lead down to Lake Springfield. This provided a wonderful view of the water and bridge crossing over Lake Springfield. Throughout the garden are dozens of wooden benches, which are inscribed with quotes from Abraham Lincoln.
The Nature Center had children’s activities, displays to teach about native plants and animals and their habitat as well as a gift shop. They also provide educational opportunities throughout the year. At the time we stopped, this past February, they were giving a presentation on how maple syrup is made. The presenter was very knowledgeable and took the presentation beyond the building to really help people understand just how everything worked.
The Lincoln Memorial Garden is open year round sunup to sundown. I believe that regardless of time of year you visit, you will enjoy the peacefulness and natural beauty of the gardens. It is a great place to get outside, enjoy nature and spend some time alone or with your family and friends, with a peaceful stroll. There is no charge to enjoy the garden, however donations are accepted and much appreciated.
For information on this and other attractions in the Springfield area you can visit the Visitors Bureau and request a free copy of the 2012 guide as well as learn about the History Comes Alive program which begins in early June.
Thank you to the Springfield Visitors Center for working with us on these features, opinions are honest. Review by Michelle.
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