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In the summer, you can’t go wrong cooling down at Knights Action Park and ending the day with a movie at Route 66 Drive-In.

If you’re planning a trip with your family to Springfield, Illinois, to see the Lincoln attractions, you may want to add some kid-centered attractions into the mix. We love history, but we also like to mix in some “kid-centered” fun. One of those attractions was the Kidzeum of Health and Science.  But we also spent time at Knights Action Park and Route 66 Drive-In, two attractions that are the perfect ways to spend an afternoon and an evening.

We’d like to thank Visit Springfield for hosting our visit! As always, all opinions are honest and our own.

Knights Action Park: The Waterpark

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

The waterpark was the perfect place to cool off on a hot July afternoon. Our daughter isn’t into thrill rides, including big slides at waterparks, but she loved the wave pool and the lazy river. This is a well-maintained park with attentive staff. We had a great time!

Here is a view of the lazy river.

Lazy River Knights Adventure Park

It’s a pretty big one that takes some time to make the complete route. We did the complete river about three times.

Lazy River Knights Adventure Park

Kristin also loved the areas designed for children. There are several areas, and one is set aside for the smallest kids. She enjoyed the other two.

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

You have to have a play area for splashing!

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

This submarine feature is near the wave pool. This can be helpful if you’re trying to wrangle two age groups.

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

The park is really pretty, too. I enjoyed exploring the park even if we didn’t ride all the big slides.

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

There are plenty of thrills, though, if you’re looking for them.

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

This is just a fun waterpark!

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

Knights Action Park: Dry Land Amusements

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

If you’re not up for swimming, Knights Action Park had plenty of fun out of the water.

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

Maybe you’d like to take a few swings in the batting cages.

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

Or how about mini-golf?

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

You can even take some go-carts for a spin.

Knights Action Park Springfield, Illinois

Route 66 Drive-In Theater

After we’d thoroughly cooled off in the waterpark, we left for a while to change and have dinner. We ate at Tacology 101 in downtown Springfield. Click here to read more about our dining in Springfield!

As the sun went down, we drove back to Route 66 Drive-In Theater, a twin-screen theater with a playground and a comcession stand.

Route 66 Drive-In Theater Springfield, Illinois

We had some time before the movie, so we checked out the playground.

Route 66 Drive-In Theater Springfield, Illinois

It was relaxing to spend some time swinging as we waited for it to get dark.

Route 66 Drive-In Theater Springfield, Illinois

We also grabbed some popcorn from the concession stand.

Route 66 Drive-In Theater Springfield, Illinois

Before long, it was movie time. This is the stuff of summer memories!

Route 66 Drive-In Theater Springfield, Illinois

It’s the perfect ending to your day of Springfield adventures.

Route 66 Drive-In Theater Springfield, Illinois

We had an amazing time, and I’m glad we made Knights Action Park and Route 66 Drive-In Theater a part of our time in Springfield. Kristin still talks about the wave pool and watching Lion King outside. We live near a drive-in theater, but we haven’t been in a long time. We are now inspired to change that! Great times and great memories!

Knights Action Park and Route 66 Drive-In
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31 Comments

  1. I am obsessed with a great lazy river! I think they are so much fun! way more than just a pool. VERY fun!!!

  2. Looks like you had an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing your journey! I would love to visit one day!

  3. Drive in theaters! Everyone has to experience one at one time in their life. It’s sad that so many states don’t have them any more. Glad you guys got to experience one looks like fun.

  4. I love drive-ins. We have two here in Maine. That water park looks great! What a fun trip you had!

  5. What a cute place! Looks so much fun. If we ever pass through on any of our road trips we’ll be sure to check out this area.

  6. I wish we had a drive-in here. We went to a couple when I was a kid, but I would love to go to one and appreciate it as an adult.

  7. Charlotte Boehms Reply

    This all looks like so much fun!! Something for every age.

  8. This is making me crave summertime! I’m definitely wanting to visit those batting cages now! 🙂

  9. Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life Reply

    so fun! i used to love drive-in movies. sadly there are no more local ones available any longer.

  10. I love lazy rivers – more than waterslides! It is also refreshing to see there are still Drive-ins around.

  11. Wow! A drive-in, how cool. This looks like a great place to vaction for a few days, so I’ll keep i’ll keep it in mind.

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