Springfield Travel Guide

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Springfield Highlights

  • Pro
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     Stuffed full of history, and not a little legend 

  • Con
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     Stuffed with all the eyesores attendant on college campuses 

  • In a nutshell
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     The weather is....you get the picture. 

Springfield Things to Do

  • Bsss Pro Shop Outdoor World

    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...

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  • Review on Original Show

    Here are two great reviews on JEERK, the only 100% original show in Branson. They're only there for the summer (and then go back on...

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  • Abou Ben Adhem Temple

    Dedicated in 1923 at a cost of over $600,000, this huge auditorium in the Saracenic architectural style has received a number of prominent entertainers and personalities since its creation. Harry S Truman, General John Pershing, Glenn Miller, JFK and others have all been associated with this venue over the years.

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Springfield Restaurants

  • Diner Food for Good Tummy FeeelingThe...

    The food was all good and the specialties of Italian Beef sandwiches and fried chicken stand out as best I liked the Italian Beef

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  • Not so Impressed

    I went here awhile back and was not impressed and have not met anyone who has been. The decor is wonderful inside, more old french style. The place seems very upscale and believe me the price of the food matches. I was very excited when i first walked in the door and then even more excited when i found out they had snails. the food had way too much...

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  • the art of contemporary cuisine

    An eclectic mix of Asian, French, English, Spanish and Down-home. The bistro has fresh fish flown in weekly and handcut steaks. They are another restaraunt that prides themselves with fresh ingredients. They have a great reputation for good service and atmosphere. try the steak it is wonderful.

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Springfield Nightlife

  • Enjoy tapas and a cocktail

    The Bodega Bar upstairs from the Patton Alley Pub is beautiful with oversized couches and the tapas menu is great. It's not a meat market at all, more a place to go for drinks after work. The drink menu is quite retro bringing back some drinks from the past. The bartendar was very friendly and accomodating. We were in business casual from leaving...

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  • Downtown Springfield

    The bouncers at the door are dressed in suits which is upscale for Springfield. haha. They play really good dance music. At 11 and 12 they have a "drum show" on the hour. It is loud and very cool. There is a VIP area upstairs. Dress to impress. Dont dress plain.

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  • Karaoke

    In Wednesday and Sunday nights we have some great karoke! Come out to either sing or be a spectator, as many are. Sing Karaoke With Ross! State of the art sound system, videos on big screens and also good dance music. Sunday there is a $2 cover, but the Ladies get all they can drink for only $5!! From 8 until closing. None, however you want to...

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Springfield Transportation

  • Get on the Bus

    Springfield has a very capable and efficient fleet of buses to serve the city and intercity routes. Buses run from 6 am until midnight 365 days a year, with fares no higher than 50 cents for general passenger traffic. The service includes special curb-to-curb transit for disabled passengers (called the "paratransit" service), but this must be...

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  • Traffic is a mess

    Around the city many streets get backed up with local traffic. A main artery being Hwy 65 leads to Branson and can get quite busy in summer. There seems to be constant road work also that impedes the flow of traffic. One example is Hwy 13 at US 44. This intersection has been under various constructions for at least three years that I am aware of.

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  • DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME IN SPRINGFIELD

    For the size of town it's is, there's nothing to do there! Very boring place. It reminds me of a suburb of a big city where you have to drive miles and miles for something to do. The people are okay but only entertainment mainly is for drinkers. If you don't fish or hunt you have nothing to do there. I have always wonder how it grown to the size it...

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Springfield Shopping

  • Really Good Deals

    You must have time to spend in this store. They have racks of clothing that have been returned from major department stores. Some things have tears and stains but if you look really well and go on the right days you can find great deals.It is free to get on their VIP mailing list and you will get flyers telling you when the sales are going to be....

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  • Pretty Good Deals

    This is another shop that has prices lower than department stores. They have some really great stylish clothing for a good price. I mean some of the stuff is still a little high but much cheaper than if you bought it at the original store. The have all the name brands like Express, Ralph Lauren, Coach, Rampage, etc. They have everything clothing,...

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Springfield Local Customs

  • Bible Belt III

    As proof of the theological influence in this town, the local silo (at National and Chestnut) has been painted by students from Evangel University depicting the birth at Bethlehem.

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  • Bible Belt II

    There are nearly 200 churches in Springfield, and you are as apt to run into a house of worship as you are to run into a fast-food franchise or a cheap motel. Institutes of higher learning tied to a religious base are equally common.

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  • Bible Belt I

    Of Springfield's five universities and colleges (as we said in the introduction), most are affiliated with a religious association. Pictured here is one of the five, Evangel University, which up until a few years ago conducted their high-priced lectures within army barracks from WWII. Of late there has been a rash of construction, mingling the...

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Springfield Warnings and Dangers

  • cops galore

    Springfield has tons of cops just waiting to give you a dwi (driving while impaired) or mip (minor in posession.) Never even consider drinking and driving in this town because they are very harsh and it is just safer for everyone if you just take a taxi! yellow cab's number is 417-862-5511 and metropolitan cab is 417-865-7700. Metropolitan cab...

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  • DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME IN SPRINGFIELD

    For the size of town it's is, there's nothing to do there! Very boring place. It reminds me of a suburb of a big city where you have to drive miles and miles for something to do. The people are okay but only entertainment seems to be is for drinkers. If you don't fish or hunt you have nothing to do there. I have always wonder how it grown to the...

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  • Beware the Forsaken

    The historic area on Commercial Street (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) is now struggling with both the forward-thinking rejuvenation of its historic fronts and buildings and the present-day deterioration of its inner city. Alongside historic facades bearing dates as early as 1883, the casual visitor will encounter soup kitchens...

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Springfield Tourist Traps

  • Be A Kid Again. . .Like Millions of...

    At the Bass Pro Shops (again, few can pass through Springfield without falling under its spell), there are countless places where you can step into the situation or setting and have your portrait taken. Displays are numerous enough to prevent the accumulation of anxious visitors. Just take the shot, shake off the shame and go about your business....

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  • The biggest tourist trap in...

    The biggest tourist trap in the area is undoubtably Branson. This town is the ultimate in TACKY. Oh well.Other tourist traps: Lamberts 'Home of the throwed rolls' (I guess if you like being hit in the head with hot bread, this restaurant would be fun, but I think it is just over-priced kitch. Plus, the food isn't even all that good. The best stuff...

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Springfield What to Pack

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    by turabiangirl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in southwest Missouri is known to be erratic, especially in winter, spring, and fall. (In the summer, it is just uniformly hot & humid.) Be sure to pack a variety of clothes. Yesterday (May 1) it was hot enough to swim and today it is quite chilly (low 50's).

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Springfield Off The Beaten Path

  • Osceola Small Town Environment

    This small town is about 50 miles north of Springfield and off Hwy 13, a main highway toward Kansas City area. It has a part of Truman Lake running right through the middle of town, and that creates a quite and serene feeling of peace in the old time setting. Town square is from mid 1800's which has many old buildings. The town was formed around...

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  • Civil War Missouri

    Just miles south of Springfield in nearby Republic, Missouri, you can take the 4.9-mile auto tour of the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Some structures from this Civil War engagement still stand, but like Vicksburg, Valley Forge and others the park is primarily used as a retreat for joggers and walkers. The park itself is quite rural, having...

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  • Dickerson Park Highlights

    Finally (yes, finally), the zoo has a number of bird species that are almost free to flee their pens. Bald eagles (which are native to Missouri) are free to come and go as they choose (three eagles were present during my visit). The zoo also has a few peahens and a couple of peacocks, whose plumage is as likely to be seen outside their accustomed...

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Springfield Sports & Outdoors

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    louie and the girls

    by Moustique Updated Aug 5, 2005

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    Well Springfield finally got a sports team. i have been to about 4 games now and each one of them have been a really good time. Last night we were lucky enough to get VIP box seats. This picture was taken with louie the mascot. Tickets are reasonably priced. General Admission lawn seats are only $5, regular seats are only $10 i think the most expensive ticket they have is only $25. Really good time, but make sure to order your beer before the end of the 7th inning because that is when they quit serving.

    If anyone ever has an extra ticket(s) just let me know i am sure i could take them off your hand :)

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  • DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME IN SPRINGFIELD

    For the size of town it's is, there's nothing to do there! Very boring place. It reminds me of a suburb of a big city where you have to drive miles and miles for something to do. The people are okay but only entertainment seems to be is for drinkers. If you don't fish or hunt you have nothing to do there. I have always wonder how it grown to the...

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  • Little Town, Big Theater

    The original Landers Theater (now the Springfield Little Theater) has sat on Walnut Street since 1909, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since its founding it has served as either a true dramatic stage or a motion picture theater. Fanny Brice and John Phillip Sousa have appeared on its stage, and Kathleen Turner and Tess...

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  • The Mansions of Yesteryear

    Along Walnut Street there are many different styles of architecture in private homes that were prevalent at the beginning of the 20th century. While many of these homes have fallen into disrepair, others are in excellent conditions, and quite a handful have been turned into restaurants and B&B's. On the other hand, many of these ancient mansions...

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