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Some of the animal sculptures in town are more acceptable as child's renditions than works by renowned sculptures (take the work outside the lion's pit at the Dickerson Park Zoo for instance). If you're unwilling to cough up the $11.25 to gain admittance into the American National Fish & Wildlife Museum, or you don't have much time to explore the free Bass Pro Shops, you'll find fewer wildlife sculptures as grandiose as the gigantic, springing ungulate outside the Fish and Wildlife Museum.
Written Apr 20, 2003
Phone: 417/ 890-WILD
Here's an oddity: barn swinging. We Missourians don't have either the money or the climate for most traditional 'sports' so we make up our own. Hence, the barn swings. Basically all you do is get in this sort of slingshot-like swing, jump off a platform & hope you swing around in circles. It's actually kind of fun (or funny), and it's a heck of a work-out. I could hardly get out of bed the next day, I was so sore.
A good place to visit: Doennig Sports Swings, Hayrides Bonfires Rock Climbing & Paintball (the name says it all, don't you think?)
671 Jackson Spring Rd., Ozark 65721
Written Aug 26, 2002
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is a very nice place. It is close to things and offers hiking and bird watching in a natural setting on 80 acres of land. The visitor center is quite nice and modern with much there for children. I got gifts at the shop in the visitor center for my nieces and nephews. It is not too hard to reach once you know how. The Nature Center is on a frontage road near the junction of highways 60 and 65. We missed the turn first time we were going there so we called them from a pay phone and they told us what we did wrong. Number to call is 417-882-4237. Nature Center address is 4600 S. Chrisman, Springfield, MO 65804. I have not been there in 5 years now but on my last visit they were not open on Mondays.
Written Aug 25, 2002
Most people who go southwestern Missouri visit Branson to the south of Springfield. They miss some of the other sights of the area. To the west of Springfield is Wilson's Creek Civil War Battlefield. Farther west is Carthage and the Precious Moments chapel. To the north is the scenic Stockton lake. Photo here is visitor center for Wilson's Creek Battlefield.
Updated Aug 25, 2002
We got to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield just as they were feeding the otters. We had fun watching these guys scramble for their fish. The zoo is on north side of town near the fairgrounds. Can see it from I-44 but will have to take one of the exits and go back to the zoo on a frontage road I can't remember the name of.
Written Aug 25, 2002
Must see the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA) World Celebration. Is a week-long show of the best of the breed, held each year starting Labor Day weekend in Ava, MO. Call 1-417-683-2468, FAX 1-417-683-6144, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: http://www.MFTHBA.com
Written Aug 24, 2002
The zoo has a hippo but no rhinos. This large specimen is by no means a part of the petting zoo (near the kangaroo and wallaby pens).
Written Apr 21, 2003
Phone: 417/ 864-1800
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