With more than 420,000 people in the metro area and millions of tourists each year, Springfield is rich with interesting and entertaining attractions, more than 6,300 hotel rooms, more than 800 dining options and a variety of shopping and cultural activities.
The one thing you need to know about Missouri weather is that there’s plenty of it. Cold in the winter, hot in the summer, rain, snow – you name it. A little bit of everything. Here are the ballpark averages.
Spring: 44-67°F Summer: 65-88°F
Fall: 46-69°F Winter: 24-45°F
You could call Springfield a college town, but the truth is education is the cornerstone of the community at all levels. Nearly 24,000 students attend the Springfield R-12 School District. Collegiately, Missouri State University and its 21,000 students call Springfield home, as do the students of Drury University, Ozarks Technical Community College and Evangel University.
Among Springfield's finest assets are its beautiful scenery and clean environment, something community leaders are striving to maintain through a variety of programs and sustainable building projects. Those projects include the Discovery Center, a hands-on science museum housed in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building. The Discovery Center, certified at the Gold level, was the first building in southwest Missouri to attain the certification.
Springfield is the proud home to Missouri's first hotel designed to LEED Gold Standards. The hotel Hilton Garden Inn has a modern interior and exterior with unique design elements for sustainable operations.
Springfield also is home to the Green Circle Shopping Center, an environmentally friendly building home to several retailers including Dynamic Earth, an outdoor sporting goods store. The new shopping center received its Platinum Certification in early 2009.