Springfield is the third largest city in the state of Missouri, with a population of more than 150,000 and metro area of more than 400,000. It is also known as the Queen City of the Ozarks, and the birthplace of Route 66. Though located on a flat plateau, the more picturesque Ozarks are just southeast of the city.
The city lies within the boundaries of the humid subtropical region as defined by the Köppen climate classification system. As such it experiences times of exceptional humidity; especially in late summer. According to Forbes magazine's list of "America's Wildest Weather Cities" and the Weather Variety Index, Springfield is the city with the most varied weather in the United States.
Springfield runs along Interstate 44 in southwest Missouri which runs from St. Louis through Springfield on to Tulsa. US Routes 60, 65, and 160 all run thru town too. Missouri Highway 13 is another main road.
Downtown -- A busy professional atmosphere by day and vibrant nightlife to follow. This area is an entertainment hub. Coffeehouses, theaters, bars, restaurants, shops, parks, fountains, and nightclubs are abundant. Stop by the Square and see the location where Wild Bill Hickok shot Dave Tutt.
Commercial Street -- This Historic District features coffee houses, thrift stores and newly renovated loft space. Many regard this area of town as the most interesting up-and-coming area of town. Stop in at Lindberg's for a beer.
MSU campus -- not the most bohemian college in the country, yet the area has a youthful energy and vitality to it.
Discovery Center - This is one of Springfield's greatest attributes. Great for kids and adults. The newest building even has a place where your can bicycle across a tightrope. This is also Springfield's first "green" building.
Moxie Cinema - Springfield's only independent movie theater. They show first-run documentaries, foreign films, and other independents that typically don't make it to smaller markets such as Springfield. They serve beer and wine as well.
1984 (1970s and 1980s vintage video arcade), 400 East Walnut Street (1984 is located across from the downtown YMCA on Jefferson Street in Downtown Springfield Missouri. From National go West on Walnut, Turn South On Jefferson (its a one way street!) and We are immediatly on the Left Hand Side Of the Road.), ☎ (417) 831-3665, . 4PM to 11PM Wednesday through Saturday. A vintage video arcade containing many classic games from the 1970s and 1980s, including Asteroids, Deluxe Asteroids, Gravitar, Tempest, BattleZone, Space Invaders, Ms. Pac Man, Centipede, Tron, Pole Position, Vindicators, P.O.W.s, Golden Axe, and even Pong. Single admission price at the door grants unlimited play for as long as the arcade is open.$5 at door for unlimited play. edit
Hollywood Theaters, 415 W. College St. Springfield MO. Located in downtown Springfield. Offers most of the latest movies released.edit
Campbell 16 Cine, 4005 South Ave Springfield MO 65807. Has most of the latest movie releases.edit
Springfield 8. With all the latest movies it is located near Battlefield and hwy. 65.edit
The Palace Movie Theater, 2220 West Chesterfield Boulevard. The Palace is your last chance to see the movies on the big screen! For a lot less!edit
There are many shopping centers located throughout the city with everything from Best Buy to Shoe Carnival to Marshall's.
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, 1935 S. Campbell, 417-887-7334, . Can be a pleasant place to stroll around and look at the different wildlife exhibits. Occasionally has very good deals on closeout items.
Battlefield Mall, . JCPenney, Macy's, Dillards, Sears, and many more.
In 2009 plans became public of a new upscale shopping area to be built near the intersection of highway 65 and 60. The area when completed would have more than 500 acres of shopping, restaurants, lodging, and office complexes. If the plans follow through construction would not begin until 2012.
Redeemed Music and Books (RMB), 4140 South National (Northeast corner of National and Repbulic Road), ☎ 4178779294, . M-Sat 10-7, Wed 10-6, closed Sunday. Great used book store if you are looking to buy, sell, or trade Christian-themed material. Largest selection of used homeschool products in the area. For those not looking for Christian-themed books or music, they also offer one of the best collections of classic literature and philosophy of the second-hand shops in town. Books are priced half of retail (exception for collectibles or antiques), and they offer 50% of their price for trade or 25% for cash. They also have a 40% off sale in February and August.edit
Book Castle, 2252 South Campbell, . M-F 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 1-5. Great store with a wide selection of used books in many categories. Excellent science fiction, mystery, and classic literature section, as well a well-stocked section for post-modern lit. Well organized and friendly staff. The carry a limited selection of new books.edit
A popular local dish is "cashew chicken", a pseudo-Chinese dish found at all Chinese restaurants in Springfield. The dish is fried chicken pieces served on fried rice and covered with an oyster sauce. The dish is then garnished with green onions and cashews. Chinese restaurants are quite plentiful in Springfield because of the popularity of the dish. (However, it should be noted that most southwest Missouri Chinese restaurants' cuisine has been adapted to the Ozarkian palate, featuring sweeter, thicker sauces than west coast Chinese restaurants. Natives of the west coast, or of China itself, may be in for a rude awakening.) If you want local food there are several restaurants.
Mexican Villa, some believe it is the best Mexican food in town (others thinks its the worst). The burrito enchilada style(the house specialty), tortillas, and hot sauce are all highly recommended. They have a very popular sweet salsa that is oddly good. Tastes a lot like a thinned out chinese duck sauce. 
Anton's coffee shop, great omelets and good pancakes (417) 869-7681 937 S Glenstone Ave
Tea Bar & Bites Cafe, one of the most unique restaurants, serving fresh food with a Mediterranean twist. Great outdoor patio, too. 
Gailey's Breakfast Cafe, good specials and great fruit-yogurt-granola bowl (417) 866-5500 220 E Walnut St
Marias, little pseudo Mexican cafe downtown... preppy drunk college atmosphere, but ok food 
Wellspring cafe, (open from 11-3 M-F) great vegetarian food; try the veggie Ruben and a cashew butter-carob chip cookie (maybe two). (417) 865-1818 424 W Page St
Caspers, has great chili but is only open from Labor day through Memorial day. (417) 866-9750 601 W Walnut St
Crosstown BBQ, been here for 25 years+ and taste great with nice people.
J.Parrino's, the one on Battlefield, try the Mediterranean Pasta or the Pork! 
Cielito Lindo's, the closest thing to "real" Mexican food in Springfield
Amigo's, authentic Mexican food - family owned and operated.
South Ave. Pizza Company, try the spinach-artichoke dip
Buckinghams, the loaded smoked sweet potato may change your life multiple locations
If you are looking for good cup of coffee, the Mudhouse would make a great choice. It has a great selection of both hot and frozen drinks and has monthly art exhibits. It is downtown on South street one block south of the square. You will find that a lot of college kids hang out there (many of them with laptops due to the free wifi access), but it has a quiet atmosphere nonetheless. A good place to get a cup of coffee, read a book, or find an interesting person to talk to.
There is also a few chain smoothie stores around town.
Dive Bars: the downtown area still has some funky dive bars despite the ongoing gentrification of the area. Expect cheap beers and girls of dubious repute.
The Springfield Brewing Co. The Springfield Brewing Company (or BrewCo for short) is a pretty good local microbrewery located downtown. In addition to various ales and lagers they have decent pub food. Hosts bands oftentimes at night.edit
Dancing Mule, 1945 South Glenstone, ☎ 4178835114, . Coffee shop a few blocks north of Battlefield Mall on Glenstone. Features a wide variety of hot and cold drinks as well as smoothies and pasties. They have a drive-thru for those in a hurry. They also sell coffee by the pound. Only negative is that the shop is small so seating is limited.edit
Bijans, 209 E Walnut St (downtown on walnut), ☎ (417) 831-1480. Great sea bass, steak and tuna. Great wine list and one of the coolest places to eat with great ambiance and decor. Great bar as well Under $30. edit
Pappy's Place, 943 N. Main St. (two blocks north of Chestnut Expressway), ☎ (417) 866-8744. lunch. Pappy's Place is bbq bar and grill that oozes local flavor. It's been in business since 1971. Look for the Welsh rugby jerseys on the walls along with other historic memorabilia, but it is a dark shotgun bar. Good food and low prices.$. edit
TossAcross, Pershing St, ☎ (417) 865-8677. A downtown eatery specializing in fresh chopped salads, and west coast style fruit smoothies.edit
-most of the city's more affordable motels and hotels are located near the intersection of Glenstone and Kearney not far from the I44 exit. There is also many chain hotels and motels throughout the city
University Plaza Hotel,. 333 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy., 1 417 864-7333, Accommodations, conference center, fitness center, sauna, indoor and outdoor pools.
Walnut Street Inn - 900 E. Walnut - Tel: (417) 864-6346
DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield, 2431 N. Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, Missouri, 65803, ☎ 417-831-3131, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. Located in Springfield's business corridor. Features an on-site restaurant, fitness center, indoor-outdoor pool, complimentary shuttle to Springfield–Branson National Airport and complimentary parking edit
Hilton Garden Inn Springfield, 4155 South Nature Center Way, Springfield, Missouri, 65804, ☎ 417-875-8800, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. Located off Republic Road near shopping, trendy restaurant venues and local attractions. Features on-site restaurant, complimentary WiFi, fitness center, 24 hr business center and indoor swimming pool.edit
Hampton Inn & Suites Springfield, 2750 N. Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, Missouri, 65803, ☎ 417-869-5548, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. Near the historic downtown district, offering restaurants and shops. Features free hot breakfast daily, free high-speed internet, indoor pool and fitness center.edit
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