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Springfield (Missouri)

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Springfield [18] 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.


Meyer Library with fountains on the MSU campus

The Springfield Missouri Convention & Visitors Bureau is your official information source. [19]


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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) [20] is served by Allegiant Air, American, Delta, and United.

By car[edit]

  • 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.

By Bus[edit]

  • Greyhound has regular service running up and down I44. Buses typically transfer in Tulsa for onward service to Dallas & Austin.

By Taxi[edit]

  • Yellow Taxi is the primary taxi service in Springfield though others do exist.

Get around[edit]

Just about everyone drives, but because Springfield is so flat bicycling is another good option.


  • 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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Fantastic Caverns [21] Springfield's most popular attraction is the only cave in which you ride in a tour vehicle, rather than walk.
  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame [22]
  • Springfield Nature Center has well maintained hiking trails through the bluffs and along the shore of Lake Springfield (no bicycles or pets allowed).
  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, [1]. The first and largest Bass Pro store in America  edit
  • The Dickerson Park Zoo is home to 450 animals representing 160 species. It is located northeast of the intersection of I-44 and Missouri Hwy. 13. [23]

Do[edit][add listing]

A fountain in downtown Springfield
  • Discovery Center [24] - 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.
  • Springfield Cardinals Baseball [25]
  • 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, [2]. 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
  • Mediacom Ice Park.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

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, [26]. 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, [27]. 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, [3]. 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, [4]. 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

Eat[edit][add listing]

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. [28]
  • 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. [29]
  • 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 [30]
  • 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! [31]
  • 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
  • Thai Peppers, incredible Tom Yum Goon Soup [32]
  • Gem of India, their tomato soup is great! that and its the ONLY taste of indian cuisine for 100 miles. [33]
  • W.F. Cody, try to eat it all
  • Gilardi's, good wine list, great eggplant pasta
  • Silk Road, Chinese food and buffet they haven't been voted Springfield's best for nothing! (417) 888-0003 310 W Battlefield St, Springfield, MO 65807
  • Harruno, sushi and other Japanese food [34]
  • Ocean Zen, seafood and they also have good steaks. [35]
  • Avanzare, higher-end Italian food! [36]
  • Nakato, the best hibachi in town [37]
  • After dinner go to Andy's Frozen Custard for a treat and sit on the curb and relax. Some of the best frozen treats you will ever eat. [38]
  • Incredible Pizza Company, [5]. Full service buffet, movies, and games  edit
  • Hebrews Coffee, Republic Rd. Quiet coffee shop and cafe. Great place for lunch and everything is home made. Nice portions and great coffee and latte's.  edit
  • Tower Club. Fine dining overlooking Springfield on the 20th and 21st floor of the Hammons Tower  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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
  • Mudhouse. Downtown coffee shop  edit
  • The Coffee Ethic. Downtown coffee shop.  edit
  • Dancing Mule, 1945 South Glenstone, 4178835114, [6]. 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

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget -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,[39]. 333 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy., 1 417 864-7333, Accommodations, conference center, fitness center, sauna, indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Walnut Street Inn[40] - 900 E. Walnut - Tel: (417) 864-6346
  • Hilton Garden Inn Springfield, 4155 South Nature Center Way, Springfield, Missouri, 65804, 417-875-8800, [7]. 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, [8]. 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
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Springfield, 2431 N. Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO, 417-831-3131, [9]. The DoubleTree Springfield is located just off I-44 in north Springfield's business corridor, near corporate offices and less than 5 miles to Drury and Missouri State Universities. Features two on-site restaurants, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, complimentary airport shuttle, fitness center, over 10k sq ft of meeting space and more.  edit
  • Microtel Inn by Wyndham Springfield, 3125 North Kentwood Avenue, 417-833-1500, [10]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11pm. Close to Springfield-Branson National Airport and Missouri State University  edit
  • Baymont Inn and Suites Springfield South, 3776 South Glenstone, 417-889-8188, [11]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm.  edit
  • Days Inn Battlefield Rd/Hwy 65, 3260 E Montclair Street, 417-882-9484, [12]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Close To Springfield Attractions With Free Continental Breakfast And Outdoor Pool  edit
  • Days Inn Springfield South, 621 W Sunshine St, 417-862-0153, [13]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11pm.  edit
  • Days Inn and Suites Springfield on I-44, 3114 N Kentwood Ave, 417-833-4292, [14]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. Close To Springfield Underground, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Dickerson Park Zoo  edit
  • Ramada Plaza Springfield Hotel and Oasis Convention Center, 2550 N Glenstone Ave, 417-866-5253, [15]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Award Winning Property Offering Free Airport Shuttle Service  edit
  • Super 8 Springfield North I-44, 3022 North Kentwood Avenue, 417-833-9218, [16]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. Our Super 8 Springfield North I-44 hotel is set in the southern Missouri Ozark Mountains, less than a minute from Interstate 44.  edit
  • Super 8 Springfield/Battlefield, 3034 S Moulder Ave, [17]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 11am. Close to Highway 65, Shopping and Restaurants with Free High Speed Internet  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Branson A family-friendly Las Vegas with lots of live stage shows, two amusement parks, and more.
  • Buffalo National River in Arkansas is an untarnished, free-flowing river that is perfect for boating and fishing.
  • Joplin A quirky Ozark town west on I-44.
  • Lebanon and Rolla are both east on I-44.
  • Monett Best small town west of Springfield on I-44 or HWY 60

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