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Undoubtedly, Springfield attracts tourists because it is not only the state capital, but also Abraham Lincoln's hometown. Stories of long ago pour from the historic buildings and museums. The city, however, is not stuck in the past, as tourists come and stay at Springfield hotels to experience contemporary attractions at state of the art entertainment venues, unique shops, and a large selection of restaurants.
Check out the Prairie Capital Convention Center for concerts, including the annual rock show Carnival of Madness. The venue also hosts banquets, tradeshows, sporting events, and rodeos. Sangamon Auditorium is another entertainment venue near Springfield hotels that hosts concerts and musicals.
Head to Sebastian's Hide-Out for unique French, Californian, and Asian fusion food, or eat buffet-style at Maldaner's. Drop in to Monte Caffino or Grab A Java for a cup of coffee to energize yourself for a full day of sight-seeing.
Springfield visitors can experience the rich history of the city at one of its nearly 70 historic homes and buildings. The Lincoln Home and Old State Capitol are open for tours.
Springfield museums provide tourists with a wealth of culture and education. Springfield is home to the Air Combat Museum, Korean War Museum, Shea's Gas Station Museum, and the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
A shopper's goldmine awaits close to hotels in Springfield. Go antiquing at Memory Lane or Barrel Antique Mall. Meander through the large shopping centers or search for something unique at specialty stores like The Blue Door, Knit Wits, and ergAdoo.