My family and I took a promotional blogger tour of Springfield, MO through the US Family Guide. All opinions are 100% my own. Be sure to check out the quick video at the bottom of this post for a recap in less than 90 seconds!
When I told friends we were going to visit Springfield, most of them said the same thing.
“Springfield? What is there to do in Springfield?”
After a long weekend visit, it turns out that there are a LOT of things to do in Springfield, MO – and I’m going to share some of my favorites.
We loved Springfield. The people were all *so* nice, and the area was so pretty – it was just a really great place for a weekend family getaway.
Here are ideas for where to stay, where to eat, and what to do when visiting Springfield.
We stayed at the Best Western Plus Coach House. The hotel was great. Clean, close to local attractions, and with a free breakfast, it was perfect for our family. It also had a playground, which meant that when we were at the hotel, we didn’t need to stay in our room – the kids loved this!
You can book a room here.
Springfield’s Incredible Pizza – Ummm, YES to Incredible Pizza! The food was really good (the gourmet veggie pizza? Amazing). Normally, I don’t expect much from the food at dinner/entertaining places geared towards kids, but this was really, really good. And the dessert – OMG. I still don’t know what it was, but it was some sort of cinnamon roll deliciousness in a pizza form.
Relics Antique Mall Tea Room – Get your antique shopping done AND enjoy an amazing lunch at the tea room! With lots of options, friendly service, and a fun location, you can’t go wrong. And trust me on this – get a scone for dessert! You can see what we ate (and what I bought from the antique mall!) here.
Grad School – We wanted to eat somewhere unique to the area, so we used Yelp to help us find Grad School. I had a great burger, and the kids were able to get Mac n’ Cheese. Also, it was fun to check out this area of Springfield.
Askinosie Chocolate – This is a chocolate shop, not a restaurant. But it’s worth visiting! This is not your drugstore chocolate bar. With responsibly sourced ingredients from around the world and several collaborative bars (dark chocolate and coconut FOR THE WIN), you will try one of these and it will change the way you taste chocolate.
AND – they have free samples. So you can try them all and then try the ones you like again just to make sure you still like it.
Bass Pro Shop – We’ve been to several Bass Pro Shops before, but let me tell you – they are not all created equal! The orginal and largest Bass Pro Shop in the United States, we could have spent hours here. They also have several dining options (and I’m told their brunch is great), so you could even eat here, too.
Fish, alligators, a giant buck statue and even a beautiful gun museum all call this place home.
Discovery Center – Discovery Center is a hands-on, interactive museum for kids. Kids and adults will love the creative exhibits, though. We didn’t want to leave! You can read all about our experience here.
Andy B’s Bowling (and Food, and Laser Tag, and Games, and a Bar!) – This was the first time we’d ever taken the kids bowling, and the first time I’d ever done Laser Tag. From what I’m told (by the Laser Tag expert in the bunch, my husband), this is not your typical Laser Tag.
Everything was brand new (Andy B’s just re-opened) and state of the art. The Laser Tag was *so* fun (Jack is still talking about it!).
The kids loved bowling (and this is not the bowling alley of my youth…this was high tech, with bumpers that came out when when it was the kids’ turns and retracted when it was time for the adults to bowl).
We shared a pizza and had some cocktails, and then let the kids play some arcade games.
A+ for fun at Andy B’s!
Smallin Civil War Cave – Missouri is full of caves, and the Smallin Civil War cave is stunning – and has a great history to go along with it (AND, you can see starfish and shark tooth fossils in the ceilings, so this is sure to be a favorite with the kids).
You can take an hour-long walking tour through the caves (don’t worry, it’s an easy walk – and stroller-friendly).
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield – Missouri is rich with history, and played an important role in the Civil War. History buffs and national park lovers will definitely want to visit Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. You can see our experience and tips for visiting here.
Fantastic Caverns – More caves! The only ride-through cave in America (it’s ginormous), Fantastic Caverns is both awe-inspiring and full of local history. TOTALLY worth taking the tour (which is an hour-long, and doesn’t require any walking). You can read all about our experience here.
Springfield Sports Hall of Fame – If you’re a sports fan, the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame needs to be on your list of places to visit when you’re in Springfield.
So there you go – lots of fun things to do in Springfield, MO! I’d LOVE to know if you have something to add to this list – please leave a comment with your must-see Springfield attractions.
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