Springfield, Missouri offers something to suit everyone's taste. Our selection of chain restaurants is excellent while our locally owned restaurants offer a wide selection of food and atmospheres. Our running trails, Nature and Conservation Center and Lake Springfield Park offer outdoor lovers plenty of opportunity to enjoy fitness experiences and fantastic adventures here in the beauty of the Ozarks. Our performing arts centers, colleges, art walks and concerts appeal to families and those wanting to experience something locally extrordinary. For a more detailed idea of what is available for your time in Springfield, see below and visit the Springfield Convention and Visitor Bureau website.
Wonders of Wildlife
Spanning 350,000 square feet and more than 1.5 miles of trails, Wonders of Wildlife takes you on a journey through immersive habitats that entertain and educate while sharing the story of America's most significant conservationists throughout history and today. Dive in to a world-class aquarium adventure featuring 1.5 million gallons of freshwater and saltwater habitats teeming with 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Then fully immerse yourself in the wildlife galleries that transport you to the wildest places on earth in an exciting and educational trip showcasing the history of the conservation movement. Visit Wonders of Wildlife.
Bass Pro Shops Store
Welcome to Springfield and the Granddaddy of all Outdoor Stores. We are the original Bass Pro Shops. Walking in you will find yourself immersed in a natural looking environment complete with waterfalls, springs and as many live fish as you can count. Here in the store we have 7 large fish tanks including a tank holding 2 of the largest Alligator Gar in the world. Our waterfall tank in store is home to all native fish including some large sturgeon! In Bass Pro, you never know what you will find!
Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch, award winning chocolate factory located in Springfield, MO, sourcing 100% of their beans directly from farmers. Shawn travels to regions of Ecuador, the Philippines and Tanzania to source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled authentic single origin. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with farmers. Visit Askinosie Chocolate.
Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries in the Ozarks
Within the last decade, Springfield's brewery district has flourished, creating craft beers, as well as signature events to go along with them. Local distilleries and wineries have also appeared on the scene, making Springfield the go-to destination in the Ozarks for breweries, wineries and distilleries. Go check them out!
Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is a special place in the heartland of America where your family can gather together in fun, where traditions are created, memories are shared and time stops for you to celebrate each other. Our 1880s theme park will turn an ordinary day into a best-ever day with fun that awaits you from a spring-time getaway to a Christmas celebration. What are you waiting for? Come explore new adventures. Experience record-breaking thrills. Discover a world of surprises. And create memories you will remember forever. Visit Silver Dollar City.
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Explore 79 acres of habitat including forest, glade, woodland, prairie plantings, creeks, and frontage on Lake Springfield. Eat a sack lunch in the covered pavilion. Hike nearly three miles of trails; there are six of them varying in length from 0.2 miles to two miles. Some trails are paved and stroller-friendly. View wildlife including deer, turkey, foxes, mink, muskrat, turtles, frogs, insects, and more than 170 species of birds. Visit the Springfield Nature Center.
Wilson's Creek Battlefield
Wilson's Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, and the site of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in action. The costly Southern victory on August 10, 1861, focused national attention on the war in Missouri. Wilson’s Creek NB commemorates and interprets the battle within the context of the war in the Trans-Mississippi West. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is home to one of the finest publicly held museum collections representing the American Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West Theater. Visit Wilson's Creek Battlefield.