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The South Congregational Church is a place that welcomes all and does not discriminate. Included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this religious landmark has been serving the region since 1875.
The Springfield Science Museum and Seymour Planetarium is dedicated to the natural sciences and artifacts found throughout New England. Children can explore and learn about the habitats of the Amazon rainforest, African savanna, a coral reef or the New England coastal areas. If a trip through time is more their thing, the Dinosaur Hall has replicas of Tyrannosaurus Rex as well as some dinosaurs native to the Connecticut River Valley. Tickets to the Seymour Planetarium (the nation's oldest) can be purchased separately, so sit back and check out over 7000 stars from our solar system.
One of the most unique public spaces in the country, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden has five different statues and sculptures of some of Dr Seuss' most beloved characters. A ten-foot tall Horton, plus the Lorax, Yertle the Turtle and the Cat in the Hat are some of the cartoon creatures that come to life in this playful garden. The largest sculpture is an enormous replica of Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and there is also a statue of Dr. Seuss sitting at his writing desk. Free and open daily, the garden is a great stop for anyone and everyone who loves Dr. Seuss.
The Walker Building is a historic structure built in 1898. Located in downtown Springfield, it is constructed in the Romanesque style of architecture. It became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 owing to its rich history.
Learn about the history of Springfield during the 19th and 20th Centuries at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. This 40,000 square-foot (.9 acres) museum shows how the city developed during the Industrial Revolution as well as the city's place in American history. You can walk through interesting exhibits, like the Smith & Wesson Gallery of Firearms History, the John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Exhibit, and the Automobile Gallery. The museum also hosts fun events.
Downtown Springfield is a bustling neighborhood which offers the best of everything that this city has to offer. From happening bars and live performance venues to popular hotels and restaurants, you will find everything dotted across this beautiful neighborhood. Situated on the banks of the Connecticut River, Downtown Springfield is a melting pot of culture welcoming tourists from across the globe throughout the year.