You’ve got one day to take in all the city has to offer. Do it right with these fantastic Springfield, Missouri secret (and not so secret) spots!
Whether you know it as The Queen City, The Cultural Center of the Ozarks, Moon City, The Birthday Place of Route 66, The 417, or plain old Springfield, Missouri has an abundance of things to experience. As the third largest city is Missouri you won’t struggle to find ways to spend your day, but just in case here are some ideas from a local.
The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium
You can’t talk about Springfield and not mention our largest attraction, The Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium. This popular destination opened in September of 2017 and has quickly become a tourist and local favorite. Take a tour and admire aquatic life from every region of the world with some additional animals including penguins and bears! For all you locals that haven’t visited yet, keep in mind they offer a Just for Neighbors discounted price.
Local Farmer’s Markets
If you enjoy outdoor shopping while buying some the freshest fruit around you’re sure to enjoy one of our local farmer’s markets. The Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is held at Farmers Park year-round. You won’t just find fruit here, try some of local favorites from the food trucks. (London Calling is one of my personal favorites.) We can’t forget to mention the Sweetest Little Market on C-Street. As the original Springfield farmers market, the C-Street City Market offers artisans of all styles in addition to more common market items. Here you’ll find hand-crafted soaps, candles, jewelry, textiles and so much more.
Tour One of Our Many Local Breweries
Springfield is in no shortage of breweries. Lost Signal Brewing , Springfield Brewing Company, and Mother’s Brewing Company are a few popular options. Not only do these place offer a varieties of beer, they each have outstanding menus. You would surely be missing out if you didn’t make it to at least one!
Visit One of The Public Parks
Springfield has countless breathtaking public parks. There is no shortage of spectacular views. Nathaniel Greene is one of my personal favorites. Some of the featured attractions are a scenic lake, botanical garden, and butterfly house. Also located here is the seven and half acre Japanese garden named The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. The garden was established in 1986 through a partnership with the Springfield Sister Cities Association and Springfield’s sister city, Isesaki, Japan. It includes mature landscaping, winding paths, three small lakes, koi, ceremonial tea-house, moon bridge, and a meditation garden. Although the stroll garden has a small admission fee of four dollars per adult (Children twelve and under are free) this garden is well worth the price. Check out this County Parks link for a list of more beloved parks.
Enjoy Dinner On One of The Rooftop Lounge
Vantage Rooftop Lounge and Conservatory has a view unmatched by any other in the city. The atmosphere is very relaxed, which makes it an excellent venue for great conversation with exquisite food and drinks. Reverie Rooftop Bar is a moderately new rooftop option in Springfield. Located in Farmer’s park, it has a rustic comforting feel that makes it perfect for winding down with friends.