Lincoln Home National Historic Site

When Is the Best Time

While open year-round, there is heavy visitation in the summer months. Thus, the best time to visit Lincoln Home (Lincoln House – National Historic Site) is in the spring or fall. The autumn is exceptionally special, as you can walk the four-block area with its wooden sidewalks, and the attractions along the way, while the leaves are falling.


Is the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Tour Free

The tour inside Lincoln Home is free and always will be. However, you have to pick up tickets in the visitor center. Tours start at 9:00 AM. The last tour is at 4:30 PM (winter) or 5:30 PM (summer). Check the official page for updates: Lincoln National Historic Site – Operating Hours & Tours.

How Long Is the Lincoln Home Tour

The tours at Lincoln Home usually take less than 30 minutes. Sometimes a little longer when visitors ask more questions. Most visitors spend about 2-3 hours in total at the site, including viewing the entire historic block.

Is the Lincoln Home Tour Worth It

The Lincoln Home tour, including the whole visit to the site, is absolutely worth it. It’s educational and also intriguing, to walk through the downstairs and upstairs of the house Lincoln lived in for 17 years before his presidency. You can take photos as well.

How to Avoid the Crowds at Lincoln Home

Particularly on weekends, arrive early to get a spot for the first tour. Around 10 AM the reservations are already filling up for the afternoon tours. Otherwise visit outside peak season in spring, fall, or winter.

Is Parking Free at Lincoln Home

Parking is not free at Lincoln Home. They charge a fee of 2 USD per hour. You have to pay the fee at the front desk of the visitor center (where you get the tour tickets). You can also park downtown for free on weekends and walk a few minutes to the house.

Review and More Tips

Around the world, Abraham Lincoln is a symbol of liberty. His journey through life began in humble surroundings in a log cabin in Kentucky and ended as President of the United States in the White House. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site preserves the Springfield, Illinois home and a historic district where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1861, before becoming the 16th President of the United States.

Because the entire neighborhood has been maintained to represent the mid-1800’s, Lincoln’s home is placed in better context. This site is appropriate for all ages. Rangers are knowledgeable and engage even the youngest of visitors. Open daily from 8:30 am – 5 pm, except holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Free Tour Ticket: The only entry to the Lincoln Home is by a ranger guided tour. Obtain a free tour ticket at the Visitor Center Information Desk.

Special Tip: If you spend the day touring Springfield, consider grabbing a meal from the birthplace of the great American corn dog at Cozy Dogs off historic Route 66.

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