BAss Pro is one of the main features in the city. It has about 500,000 square feet of retail sporting goods for fishing, hunting, and many other sports. The Springfield location was to start of the operation in 1974 by Johnny Morris. In 1984, I had involvement in helping him find financing for building this store,m while he was on the verge of financial collapse. A comeback has been made, and they now have over 50 stores across the country. Maybe they make money now, but also have found a way to get access to public funds to build the sites. BAss Pro has a museum inside and a restaurant as well as large aquarium.
The City Fish & Wildlife Museum is not open, and may not be until maybe 2011? They project had substantial cost overruns and the city closed it down until they can figure out how to pay for the completion. Cost was to be $50 million and now it is pushing $120 million plus
Almost everyone that comes here visits Bass Pro Shops. So this is my little plug for them. I have to , I work for them .... haha. It is pretty cool if you are into the outdoors. They offer fishing, hunting, boating, and camping stuff; pretty much anything related to the outdoors you can find there. They also have a Wonders of Wildlife musuem on the corner. It is a great place to take kids.
As I expected, this great emporium does include a spacious indoor showroom featuring the boating industry's most respected names, including Tracker and Nitro, billed as the "best-selling boats in the world." If you enter by the north entrance, the boats are the first things you'll encounter, but press on. . .the "host of fun things to see and do" awaits you farther inside.