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Springfield, Missouri

A- Overview:
It’s no wonder so many visitors come to visit Springfield by car, as it is recognized as the point of origin of the famous Route 66. In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely paved transcontinental highway in America, a highway that finally stretched from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast. The red booths and gleaming chrome of the mom-and-pop diners, the stone cottages of tourist courts and the now-silent “all service” gas stations stood by to assist as America fall in love with the automobile.

Today, the city is conveniently located in the southwestern section of Missouri along Interstate 44 just a short drive from the world-renowned tourist destination of Branson. Springfield is Missouri’s third largest city and is within a 500-mile radius of nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population. Located in one of the country’s most scenic regions, Springfield and the Ozarks offer fabulous entertainment, great attractions, and wonderful shopping.

Visitors to Springfield, Missouri, enjoy a world of great attractions, comfortable lodging and an array of delectable dining. The area offers spectacular entertainment, events and cultural endeavors. As a well-rounded city, Springfield supports a thriving arts community that features a symphony and ballet, opera, art museum and more.

Summer in Springfield bustles with activities. With average temperatures in the mid-70’s F it’s the time of year when Springfieldians flock to the annual Firefall Independence Day celebration featuring a glorious fireworks display choreographed to the music of the Springfield Symphony.

Other traditions include the Ozark Empire Fair and Cider Days on historic Walnut Street. These enormously popular events capture the community’s big-hearted, old-fashioned sense of friendliness and fun. Springfield’s hometown hospitality also shines at the holiday season with the Festival of Lights and First Night, the city’s New Year’s Eve party. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Visitors can enjoy a brat and baseball game at Hammons Field or explore Wonders of Wildlife Zooquarium.

With a wide array of things to see and do, Springfield attractions offer a window to the world. A unique attraction is the Library Station. It’s a public library like no other in the country. Walk into the spacious lobby of the Library Station, the “planes, trains & automobiles” theme of the 36,000-sq-ft facility will become immediately apparent. Look down and see Rt. 66 traced on the floor, from Chicago to Los Angeles, California, with Springfield, MO, the city where the decision was made to use the number “66,”highlighted. There are antique bicycles on the walls, transportation memorabilia & great old pictures of local folk standing near vintage buses, trains & other forms of transportation. Enter the children’s department through a replica of a covered bridge. It’s an entire day for the family.

For a touch of sightseeing during a leisurely stroll, be sure to visit the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. At 562 feet end-to-end, the 100 year old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is one of few still used by pedestrians. Recently restored, train watching continues 24-7 on 13 sets of tracks just below. Double decker buses glide by dramatically, just inches below. The bridge is spectacular under its lights at night. Locals refer to it as Springfield’s largest public art sculpture.

Of course, world-famous Branson is close by with some of the finest entertainment available. When traveling with children, visitors often enjoy spending a day at nearby White Water or Silver Dollar City. There are so many sights to see and things to do that it is difficult to fit everything into one trip. It’s one of the many reasons visitors come back time and again to this welcoming Missouri city.

B- City Information:
Population: 151,580

Elevation: 1300 feet above sea level

Land Area: 73.2 square miles

Location: Located on Interstate 44 in the southwestern section of Missouri, approximately 40 miles from Branson, Missouri

Time Zone: Central time zone (when it’s noon in Springfield, it’s 1pm in New York City and 10am in Los Angeles). Springfield observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
31.3
36.7
45.9
55.3
64.4
73.1
78.2
77.2
69.0
58.0
45.5
35.3

High temperature (°F)
41.3
47.5
57.5
67.4
75.6
84.2
89.6
89.2
80.9
70.3
56.1
45.2

Low temperature (°F)
21.3
25.9
34.5
43.2
53.1
61.9
66.8
65.2
57.1
45.7
34.8
25.4

Precipitation (in)
2.0
2.2
3.8
4.2
4.6
4.8
3.6
3.3
4.7
3.5
4.5
3.1

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
8
8
10
11
11
10
8
8
8
8
9
9

Wind speed (mph)
11.4
11.5
12.5
12.0
10.2
9.3
8.4
8.4
9.1
10.1
11.0
11.2

Morning humidity (%)
78
78
77
79
85
87
87
87
87
82
80
80

Afternoon humidity (%)
65
63
59
59
63
64
62
60
63
59
63
66

Sunshine (%)
50
52
56
59
60
65
71
71
67
64
52
48

Local Seasons:

Summer tends to be the busiest time of year when families come to visit the area’s many attractions and the weather is perfect for any type of activity. Holidays tend to become quite busy as visitors enjoy the fine array of special decorations and activities both in the city itself as well as in nearby Branson. The slowest time of year is the month of January. If you are looking for a less crowded environment, peaceful surroundings, and low cost, this is the time to visit. Each season has something to offer. In the spring, the weather is exquisite for any type of activity. With temperatures during the day reaching the high 70’s F and lows at night in the 50’s, it’s the perfect time for visiting many of the great attractions and outdoor activities the city has to offer. The fall brings with it Nature’s finest in an array of colors, changing each day and bringing new breathtaking sights. There is snow in winter, and the temperatures are seasonally cold. Summer bustles with activities but with average temperatures in the mid-70’s F, there is no reason not to enjoy as many of the numerous attractions and events taking place. Regardless of the time for a visit, Springfield has a special season waiting.

How to Get There:

By Air

Springfield – Branson Airport

2801 N. General Aviation Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803

417-869-0300

The airport is conveniently located and is served by some of the nationally recognized airlines as well as their commuter affiliates. In addition, certain regional and local airlines serve the airport as well.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus services are available at the airport as well as at select locations throughout the city.

By Car:

Springfield is conveniently located on Interstate 44 which runs from the northeast to the southwest. In addition, from the north and south, U.S Highway 65 is very convenient.

By Bus

Greyhound

2425 E Kearney Street
Springfield, MO 65803

417-862-6777

How to Get Around:

With so many things to do and sites to see, both in Springfield itself as well as throughout the entire area, visitors find the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

Lincoln’s Birthday: February 12.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Truman Day: May 8

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Columbus Day: 2nd Monday in October

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Air and Military Museum
2305 E. Kearney St.
Springfield, MO 65803
417- 864-7997
Hours: Tue. – Sat. 12pm – 4pm Other times by appointment
Admission Charged, free under 6

A “Hands-On” museum of military history. Take an imaginary flight in a real Cobra helicopter, type a message on a teletype writer.

BalloonSport USA
4059 S Hooper Ave
Springfield, MO 65804
417-865-0800
Hours: Call for reservations, open by appointment only, 7 days a week
Admission Charged

Hot air balloon flights over Springfield and the scenic Ozarks.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
1935 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield , MO 65807
417-887-7334
Hours: Mon – Sat 7am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 6pm
Admission Free
Cascading waterfalls, giant aquariums, and an enormous selection of outdoor gear are just a sample of what is waiting for you at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the “Granddaddy of all Outdoor Stores”. Also featured is Hemingway’s, a unique restaurant with its own 30,000-gallon-saltwater aquarium. Explore the 300,000 sq. ft. showroom loaded with unique features including an art gallery, barber shop, firing range, Tracker boat showroom and much more.

Commercial Street Historical District
Commercial Street, between Washington & Lyon
Springfield, Missouri 65803
417-864-7015
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Admission Free

A turn-of-the century railroad boom town. This 6-block local & federal historic district is being reborn with “Shabby Chic” shopping and lots of lofts and new streetscape. Great for strolling, window shopping, and train watching from the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge.

Dickerson Park Zoo
3043 N. Fort Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-1800
Hours: April – September 9am – 5pm, October – March 10am – 4pm
Admission Charged

Up-close natural adventure with hundreds of animals. “Missouri Habitats” features native species; gray wolf and mountain lions, river otters and more! Also popular, reptiles and amphibians in the Ambler Diversity of Life building.

Fantastic Caverns
4872 N. Farm Rd. 125
I-44 and Hwy 13 North
Springfield, MO 65803
417-833-2010
Hours: Open year-round, call for additional information
Admission Charged

One of America’s Ride-Through Caves. A 50-min. guided tour follows an ancient underground riverbed filled with massive formations. The cave stays a comfortable 60°F year-round. Because you ride and never walk, Fantastic Caverns is especially convenient for parents with small children, seniors and physically challenged visitors.

Founders Park
330 E. Water Street
Springfield, Missouri 65806
417-864-1049
Hours: Open year-round, 5:30am – 11pm
Admission Free

Historical timeline murals and displays depict Springfield events over the last 100 years. The amphitheater serves as seating for the outdoor movie series & live performances.

Gray/Campbell Farmstead
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Nathanael Greene Park
Springfield, MO 65807
417-724-0880
Hours: Open April – September, weekends 1pm – 4:30pm.
Admission Free

The home of John Polk Campbell, nephew and namesake of the founder of Springfield, MO. The farmstead includes the 1856 house, detached log kitchen, log granary, two-crib barns and family cemetery. Costumed guides present the history of the farmstead.

History Museum for Springfield-Greene County
830 Boonville Ave.
Historic City Hall, Third Floor
Springfield , MO 65806
417-864-1976
Hours: Tue – Sat 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission Free, donations suggested
Located in Springfield’s stately historic City Hall, the History Museum is dedicated to preserving the unique history of this region. The permanent exhibit traces local history from pre-historic times through the 1950s. Hands-on areas help younger visitors learn about the Native Americans, pioneers and soldiers who lived here. Rotating exhibits highlight various topics.

IMAX
Southwest corner of Sunshine & Campbell
Springfield, Missouri 65807
417-882-IMAX (4629)
Hours: Open year-round, 10am – 10pm
Admission Charged
Think Big! Experience the excitement only IMAX can deliver. Breathtaking crystal clear giant screen 3D images and 12,000 watt digital sound transport visitors into the ultimate film experience.

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge
Commercial at Jefferson
Springfield, Missouri 65803
417-864-7015
Hours: Open year-round
Admission Free

At 562 feet end-to-end, the 100 year old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is one of few still used by pedestrians. Recently restored, train watching continues 24-7 on 13 sets of tracks just below. Double deckers glide by dramatically just inches below. Lit at night, locals refer to it as Springfield’s largest public art sculpture.

Jordan Valley Ice Park
635 E. Trafficway St.
Springfield , MO 65806
417-866-7444
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation
Admission Charged
Springfield’s Jordan Valley Ice Park provides excellent family recreational ice sports entertainment. Whether an experienced skater or trying it for the first time, visitors enjoy the open skating, youth and adult instructional programs for all ages. ACHA and NAHL hockey teams provide fast and exciting family entertainment.

Library Center
4653 S. Campbell
Springfield, MO 65810
417-874-8120
Hours: 8:30am – 9pm daily and 1 – 5pm on Sundays
Admission Free

The 82,000-sq-ft building houses major collections of print & electronic resources, state-of-the-art reference technology, a computer lab, 11 various-sized meeting rooms, a gift shop, cafe, outdoor story garden & auditorium. Among its many charms is the children’s area which features a life-sized giraffe & turtle, & colorful end-panel paintings & mural.

Library Station
2535 N. Kansas Expwy
Springfield, MO 65803
417-874-8140
Hours: 8:30am – 9pm daily and 1 – 5pm on Sundays
Admission Free

A public library like no other in the country. Walk into the spacious lobby of the Library Station, the “planes, trains & automobiles” theme of the 36,000-sq-ft facility will become immediately apparent. Look down & you’ll see Rt. 66 traced on the floor, from Chicago to Los Angeles, California, with Springfield, MO, the city where the decision was made to use the number “66,”highlighted. There are antique bicycles on the walls, transportation memorabilia & great old pictures of local folk standing near vintage buses, trains & other forms of transportation.

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
3861 E. Stan Musial Dr.
Springfield , MO 65809
417-889-3100
Hours: Open year-round, Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 12pm – 4pm
Admission Charged
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is a 22,000-sq. ft. museum filled with sports memorabilia and interactive displays. Visitors are sure to enjoy a complete Missouri sports history experience at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame!

Petra Rock Climbing Gym
916 N. Cedarbrook
Springfield, Missouri 65802
417-866-3308
Hours: Mon – Thurs 2pm – 10pm, Fri 2pm – 1am, Sat. 10am – 1am, Sun 12 – 6pm

Admission Charged

Kids that rock program for ages 13 and under. Get certified to belay and have fun with the family all day!

Pythian Castle
1451 E. Pythian St.
Springfield, Missouri 65802
417-865-1464
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation
Admission Charged
Call for information

Originally built in 1913 as an orphanage by the Knights of Pythias and later owned by the US military for over 50 years, this unique castle structure has been renovated and is now open to the public. Swing and ballroom lessons, dances, murder mystery nights, holiday parties and other special events occur regularly.

Softball Museum
2141 E. Pythian
Springfield , Missouri 65810
417-887-5817
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11am – 5pm
Admission Charged
The Softball Museum features the Springfield and Missouri A.S.A. Hall of Fame with displays dating from the 1920s, including state, regional and national tournaments, Sister City Isesaki, Japan uniforms, trophies, photos and much more!

Springfield Art Museum
1111 E. Brookside Dr.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-837-5700
Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 9am – 5 pm, Thurs 9am – 8pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm

Admission Charged

Springfield National Cemetery
1702 E. Seminole St.
Springfield, MO 65804
417-881-9499
Hours: Open daily, 8am – dusk
Admission Free

Heroes from all wars are buried in the Springfield National Cemetery. Among them are William Freeman, a Revolutionary War soldier, and five Medal of Honor recipients, whose headstones are engraved in gold. Hundreds of Civil War soldiers killed during the Battle of Pea Ridge and Wilson’s Creek, as well as those who died in the Battle of Springfield, are buried here. Several special monuments have been erected commemorating Civil War heroes. In 1901, one of Missouri’s most distinguished sculptures was erected to honor the state’s Confederate soldiers and their leader, General Sterling Price.

Springfield Skatepark
945 W. Meadowmere
Springfield , Missouri 65807
417-868-8758
Hours: Summer 10am – midnight; Winter, Sun – Thurs 3 – 9pm, Fri & Sat 3pm – midnight, closed Monday

Admission Charged
Indoor park is 13,500 square feet with Finland-birch ramps; 25,000 square feet outdoor concrete park with rippin’ bowl, flow course and street plaza. Safe environment for young kids and great spectator seating. Pro shop, concessions, beginner lessons, birthday parties and helmet rentals.

Springfield Conservation Nature Center
4600 S. Chrisman Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804
417-888-4237
Hours: Building open 8am – 5pm daily. Area open 8am – 9pm Mar – Oct, 8am – 6pm remainder of the year. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Admission Free
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center provides free conservation educational activities for all ages. Indoors, enjoy nature exhibits, attend programs, purchase hunting and fishing permits, browse through a nature-related gift shop, and pick up free conservation brochures. Outdoors, enjoy three miles of hiking trails through a variety of natural communities.

Springfield’s Incredible Pizza Company
2850 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-887-3030
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – 9pm; Fri & Sat 11am – 10pm
Admission Charged
Springfield’s most complete family eating and entertainment experience. Pizza, pasta, dessert buffet and 80 item salad bar. Private rooms for birthday parties and group meetings. Seating for more than 600. Fairgrounds game room includes go-karts, bumper cars, mini-golf and more than 100 interactive games.

Mizumoto Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park
Nathanael Greene Park
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-1049
Hours: Thurs. – Mon. 9am – 7:30pm
Admission Charged

This beautifully landscaped 7 1/2 acre garden includes a teahouse, moon bridge, moon deck and pagoda, all connected by winding paths and bridges.

Wonders of Wildlife Zooquarium
500 W. Sunshine St.
Springfield, MO 65807
877-245-9453
Hours: 9am – 6pm daily. Closed Christmas Day
Admission Charged

Be entertained by over 225 species of live animals in natural habitats, including otters, bobcats, an American bald eagle, sharks, a stingray and more! Self-guided tour with interactive displays; there’s something for everyone!

Nearby Areas

Grand Country Square
1945 W. Highway 76
Branson, MO 65616
427-334-3919

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Located in the heart of Branson, it is a total vacation experience with four live shows daily, 36-hole indoor mini-golf, pizza, custard, homemade fudge, Grand Country Buffet, the world’s largest banjo and violin, 35,000 sq. ft. of shopping and Grand Country Inn with indoor and outdoor pools and interactive water park.

Marvel Cave – Silver Dollar City
399 Indian Point Rd.
Branson, MO 65616
417-338-2611

Hours: Open April – December, call for additional information
Admission Charged

Explore the cavern that started it all! Missouri’s deepest cave, Marvel Cave has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark by the US Department of the Interior-National Park Service. Its Cathedral Room is large enough for a 20 story building! Guided walking tours take approximately one hour.

Silver Dollar City
399 Indian Point Rd
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-7100

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Family adventures start at the 1880’s theme park – Silver Dollar City! It’s been one of Branson’s greatest attractions for over 40 years filled with thrilling rides like PowderKeg – A Blast In The Wilderness as well as entertaining shows, over 100 demonstrating craftsmen, four fabulous festivals and so much more!

White Water

3505 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
800-277-8587

Hours: Open May – September, call for additional information

Admission Charged

White Water is truly a water-wonderful family adventure! The 12-acre water park, located on Highway 76, has a large variety of water rides and attractions. The most adventurous members of the family can experience thrills such as Tropical Twister and Paradise Plunge. The little ones will be right at home on Splash Island and Raintree Island with colorful slides, shoots, nozzles and sprays. At White Water, the beach is within reach!

The Tracks Family Fun Park
4 locations on West Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-334-1612
Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Track Family Fun Park offers excitement for the entire family! Start with Missouri’s only wooden go-kart tracks, Wild Woody and The LumberJack. The Tracks’ four locations also offer ten more go-kart tracks, supersoaker bumper boats and mini golf. Kids Kountry features kiddie amusement rides for ages 2 and up.

Wild Bill Hickok Shootout
Park Central Square in Springfield
See the site where the nation’s first recorded shootout occurred and helped solidify the reputation of “Wild Bill” Hickok. A marker is on the side of a building at Boonville & Park Central; markers are also located in the street showing where each man stood during the shootout.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
1935 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield , MO 65807
417-887-7334
Hours: Mon – Sat 7am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 6pm
Admission Free
Cascading waterfalls, giant aquariums, and the most outdoor gear you’ll find anywhere is at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, the “Granddaddy of all Outdoor Stores”. Also featured is Hemingway’s, a unique restaurant with its own 30,000-gallon-saltwater aquarium. Explore the 300,000 sq. ft. showroom loaded with unique features including an art gallery, barber shop, firing range, Tracker boat showroom and much more.

Dickerson Park Zoo
3043 N. Fort Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-1800
Hours: April – September 9am – 5pm, October – March 10am – 4pm
Admission Charged

Up-close natural adventure with hundreds of animals. “Missouri Habitats” features native species; gray wolf and mountain lions, river otters and more! Also popular, reptiles and amphibians in the Ambler Diversity of Life building.

Fantastic Caverns
4872 N. Farm Rd. 125
I-44 and Hwy 13 North
Springfield, MO 65803
417-833-2010
Hours: Open year-round, call for additional information
Admission Charged

One of America’s Ride-Through Caves. A 50-min. guided tour follows an ancient underground riverbed filled with massive formations. The cave stays a comfortable 60°F year-round. Because you ride and never walk, Fantastic Caverns is especially convenient for parents with small children, seniors and physically challenged visitors.

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge
Commercial at Jefferson
Springfield, Missouri 65803
417-864-7015
Hours: Open year-round
Admission Free

At 562 feet end-to-end, the 100 year old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is one of few still used by pedestrians. Recently restored, train watching continues 24-7 on 13 sets of tracks just below. Double deckers glide by dramatically just inches below. Lit at night, locals refer to it as Springfield’s largest public art sculpture.

Jordan Valley Ice Park
635 E. Trafficway St.
Springfield , MO 65806
417-866-7444
Hours: Open daily, call for hours of operation
Admission Charged
Springfield’s Jordan Valley Ice Park provides excellent family recreational ice sports entertainment. Whether an experienced skater or trying it for the first time, visitors enjoy the open skating, youth and adult instructional programs for all ages. ACHA and NAHL hockey teams provide fast and exciting family entertainment.

Springfield Skatepark
945 W. Meadowmere
Springfield , Missouri 65807
417-868-8758
Hours: Summer 10am – midnight; Winter, Sun. – Thurs. 3 – 9pm, Fri & Sat. 3pm – midnight, closed Monday

Admission Charged
Indoor park is 13,500 square feet with Finland-birch ramps; 25,000 square feet outdoor concrete park with rippin’ bowl, flow course and street plaza. Safe environment for young kids and great spectator seating. Pro shop, concessions, beginner lessons, birthday parties and helmet rentals.

Springfield’s Incredible Pizza Company
2850 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-887-3030
Hours: Sun – Thurs 11am – 9pm; Fri & Sat 11am – 10pm
Admission Charged
Springfield’s most complete family eating and entertainment experience. Pizza, pasta, dessert buffet and 80 item salad bar. Private rooms for birthday parties and group meetings. Seating for more than 600. Fairgrounds game room includes go-karts, bumper cars, mini-golf and more than 100 interactive games.

Wonders of Wildlife Zooquarium
500 W. Sunshine St.
Springfield, MO 65807
877-245-9453
Hours: 9am – 6pm daily. Closed Christmas Day
Admission Charged

Be entertained by over 225 species of live animals in natural habitats, including otters, bobcats, an American bald eagle, sharks, a stingray and more! Self-guided tour with interactive displays; there’s something for everyone!

Wild Bill Hickok Shootout
Park Central Square in Springfield
See the site where the nation’s first recorded shootout occurred and helped solidify the reputation of “Wild Bill” Hickok. A marker is on the side of a building at Boonville & Park Central; markers are also located in the street showing where each man stood during the shootout.

Nearby Areas

Silver Dollar City
399 Indian Point Rd
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-7100

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged
Family adventures start at the 1880’s theme park – Silver Dollar City! It’s been one of Branson’s greatest attractions for over 40 years filled with thrilling rides like PowderKeg – A Blast In The Wilderness as well as entertaining shows, over 100 demonstrating craftsmen, four fabulous festivals and so much more!

White Water

3505 W. Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
800-277-8587

Hours: Open May – September, call for additional information

Admission Charged

White Water is truly a water-wonderful family adventure! The 12-acre water park, located on Highway 76, has a large variety of water rides and attractions. The most adventurous members of the family can experience thrills such as Tropical Twister and Paradise Plunge. The little ones will be right at home on Splash Island and Raintree Island with colorful slides, shoots, nozzles and sprays.

The Tracks Family Fun Park
4 locations on West Hwy 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-334-1612
Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Track Family Fun Park offers excitement for the entire family! Start with Missouri’s only wooden go-kart tracks, Wild Woody and The LumberJack. The Tracks’ four locations also offer ten more go-kart tracks, supersoaker bumper boats and mini golf. Kids Kountry features kiddie amusement rides for ages 2 and up.

Splash Country Indoors

1945 W. Highway 76

Branson, MO 65616

417-335-3535

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Missouri’s first indoor water park is now open 365 days in Branson, MO. 20,000 sq. ft. Splash Country has everything from a basketball shooting pool to a 3-story tree house with giant tube slides. Float the river or relax in one of the giant spas.

Branson Scenic Railway

206 East Main St.

Branson, MO 65616

417-334-6110

Hours: Vary by season, call for additional information

Admission Charged

Ride in the style of a bygone era in restored railcars through the Ozarks foothills. Departures from the depot in historic Downtown Branson.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events and Entertainment

February

Fat Tuesday Celebration

Held early February

Location: downtown Springfield

417-869-8558

Call for exact date and location

The fun includes street entertainment and the street team distributing tens of thousands of beads and trinkets.

Lawn and Garden Show

Held late February

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

417-833-2660

Call for details

Admission Charged

Celebrate spring from the heated comfort of more than 80,000-square-feet of exhibit space. Enjoy seminars and see equipment, supplies and plants for all your lawn and garden needs.

Cheerleaders of America Branson-Ozark Open National Championship

Held late February

Location: Shrine Mosque Arena

800-252-4337

Call for details

Admission Charged

Cheerleaders of America present the Branson-Ozark Open National Championship for cheerleaders and dancers from Missouri and surrounding states. More than 1300 competitors annually attend this event with more than 78 teams competing for the title of “Open National Champion” and cash prizes.

March

Horse Fest

Held mid March

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

417-833-2660

Call for details

Admission Charged

This showcases several breeds of horses, equine equipment and features seminars and clinics.

Missouri Dump Truckers Association Annual Convention and Tradeshow

Held early March

Location: Springfield Expo Center

573-636-2515

Call for details

Admission Free

This is a great opportunity for children to climb into the big rigs. Various companies in the dump truck industry from all over Missouri and contiguous states will exhibit and give demonstrations.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Pub Crawl

Held on St. Patrick’s Day (mid March)

Location: Downtown Springfield
417-869-8558

Call for details

April

Discovery Center of Springfield Annual Family Fun Run/Walk

Held early April

Location: Discovery Center of Springfield
Admission Charged

417-862-9910

Call for details

May

Artsfest on Walnut Street

Held early May

Location: Walnut Street, from National Avenue to west of John Q. Hammons Parkway

417-869-8558

Call for information

Admission Charged

More than 140 artists from 18 different states will display, sell and compete for cash awards. Mediums featured include: wood, glass, clay, printmaking, paper, jewelry, photography, metal, painting, drawing, fiber, and mixed medium. Typically 30,000-35,000 attend the outdoor festival each year.

July

Ozark Empire Fair

Held late July – early August

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

417-833-2660

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Admission Charged

Don’t miss this large annual event in the Ozarks and one of the top 150 fairs in the U.S. Complete with carnival, entertainment, games, livestock, exhibits, shopping, food, daily parade and tons of family fun! Enjoy the fair’s free concert series.

September

Cider Days

Held mid September

Location: Walnut Street, from National Avenue to John Q. Hammons Parkway

417-831-6200

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Admission Charged

Approximately 75 artisans from across the region will be displaying, demonstrating and selling their juried arts and crafts on historic Walnut Street. Mediums include clay, fabric, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed medium, painting, paper, photography, printmaking and wood.
Cider Days also features a wealth of other activities–Scarecrow Village, a free hands-on children’s area, pedal tractor pull, a bed race, artist demonstrations, two performance stages, vintage cars, food and more.

Greater Ozarks Blues Festival

Held mid September

Location: Downtown Springfield

417-864-6683
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Loft Walk & Art Event

Held mid September

Location: Downtown Springfield

417-864-7015

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Admission Charged

Uptown lofts feature urban lifestyle at its best. Enjoy the history district as you tour half-a-dozen “lofty abodes,” historic to contemporary.

October

Ozark Fall Farmfest

Held early October

Location: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

417-833-2660

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Admission Free

The show features livestock, equipment and rural living exhibits to meet farm and ranch needs.

Neewollah

Held October 31

417-869-8558

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Imagine the streets of downtown packed with vampires, witches, monsters and the like. You are at Neewollah – pronounced “knee-a-wall-a”, Halloween spelled backwards. But there is nothing backwards about this Springfield, Missouri event. Neewollah is straight-ahead fun and this downtown party will not only be a feast for the eyes, but also one of the largest costume contests in Missouri.

November

Festival of Trees Celebration at the Discovery Center of Springfield

Held late November

Location: Discovery Center

417-862-9910

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Admission Charged
Food, drinks and music during the silent auction from 6:30 – 7:45pm. The live auction begins at 8pm with professionally decorated Christmas trees and fun and unique items.

WinterFest 2004

Held late November

Location: Southwest Missouri State University campus

417-836-SMSU or 1-888-4-SMS-TIX

Admission Free to arts festival, Admission charged for evening theatre performances

This acclaimed visual and performing arts festival has become a holiday tradition with its unique shopping opportunities and wonderful music by local performers spreading the seasonal spirit throughout the beautiful lobbies of Hammons Hall on the campus of Southwest Missouri State University.

December

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

417-869-8558

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Fare Charged for ride
Carriages run on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30pm – 9:00pm. The Springfield Christmas Parade will take place in downtown on December 11. Carriage rides that night will begin immediately after the parade.

The Nutcracker

Held mid December

Location: Springfield Ballet, 400 South Ave

417-862-1343

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Admission Charged

The ballet begins with a tree that magically grows to majestic heights, as soldiers, mice & the Prince battle. After the Prince’s triumph, he takes Clara on a journey through a winter forest to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains.

First Night Springfield

Held December 31

Location: Jordan Valley Park

417-831-6200

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Admission Charged

A community-wide, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve family celebration featuring music, theater, storytelling, dancing, magic, comedy and much more. Evening activities run from 7-11:30pm, followed by a fireworks grand finale at midnight. The Creamery Arts Center opens early at 5:30pm, featuring make-and-take hands-on art activities–New Year’s Eve hats, noisemakers, masks and calendars. Shuttles are provided free of charge to First Night attendees.

Performing Arts

Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy.
Springfield, MO
417-836-6776 or 800-4-SMS-TIX

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Springfield Ballet

400 South Ave

Springfield, MO 65806

417-862-1343

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Springfield Little Theatre
Historic Landers Theatre
311 E. Walnut St.
Springfield, MO 65806
417-869-3869

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Season runs Jan. – Jun., Sept. – Dec.

Springfield Regional Opera
400 South Ave

Springfield, MO 65806
417-863-1960

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A professional opera company which performs two productions each season.

Springfield Symphony
1536 East Division St

Springfield, MO 65803
417-864-6683

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Vandivort Center Theatre
305 E. Walnut St
Springfield, MO 65806
417-831-8001 or 888-452-0930

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Vandivort Center Theatre is an intimate theatre with flexible seating offering a wide variety of performances including children’s theatre, puppet performances, contemporary and new plays, classical drama, musical comedy, cabaret singers, bluegrass and blues.

Nearby Area Theaters

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Stampede & Show
1525 W. 76 Country Blvd.
Branson, MO 65616
417-336-3000 or 800-520-5544

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Admission Charged
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show is “Branson’s Most Fun Place to Eat.” Featuring “Stampede of Buffalos,” 32 magnificent horses, ostrich races, and trick all set in a friendly North/South rivalry and served with a fabulous four-course feast.

Jim Stafford Theatre
3440 W. Highway 76
Branson, MO 65616
417-335-8080

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Admission Charged

Voted Branson’s Best Entertainer and Best Comedy Show! Comic-genius, Jim Stafford delivers a mind-boggling, jaw-dropping, belly-laughing, knee-slapping, foot-stomping show full of sensational special effects (including a real 3-D Virtual Thrill Ride), spectacular music, and hilarious surprises.

Shoji Tabuchi Theatre
3260 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway
Branson, MO 65616 (about 40 miles south of Springfield)
417-334-7469

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Dedicated to excellence in family entertainment, the Shoji Tabuchi family gives it all. Shoji is acclaimed one of the greatest entertainers in the world. Electrifying production numbers, created by his wife Dorothy, both show producer and director, are truly unforgettable. Daughter Christina, already a veteran show-stopper, is adored by fans of all ages.

Sports

Cardinal’s Double A Minor League Baseball
Games played at Hammons Field
417-863-2143

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Season runs April – September
Admission Charged

The Springfield Cardinals are the class Double-A baseball team for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Drury University Lady Panthers Basketball
Games played at Weiser Gym
417-873-7265

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Admission Charged

Drury University Men’s Panthers Basketball
Games played at Weiser Gym
417-873-7265

Season runs November – March
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Admission Charged

Lasers World Team Tennis (WTT)
Matches are played in July

417-837-5800

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The Springfield Lasers team is a franchise of the World Team Tennis (WTT) Professional League.

Missouri Avengers (WPFL)
Games played at Kennedy Stadium

Season runs August – October
417-890-5452
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Missouri-based Women’s Professional Football League

SMSU Bears Basketball
Games played at the Hammons Student Center
417-836-7678

Season runs year-round

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Admission Charged

SMSU Hockey Bears
Games played at Jordan Valley Ice Park

Season runs September – March
417-836-7678

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Division II level American Collegiate Hockey

SMSU Lady Bears Basketball
Games played at the Hammons Student Center

Season runs November – March
417-836-7678

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Admission Charged

Spirit Junior A Amateur Hockey (NAHL)
Jordan Valley Ice Park

Season runs January – March
417-866-7444

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Admission Charged

NAHL hockey provides fast and exciting family entertainment.

Springfield Rifles (NAFL)
Games played at Kennedy Stadium
Season runs June – August

417-831-6822

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Admission Charged