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Springfield Art Museum

1111 E. Brookside Dr. | Southeast

The museum is the permanent home for some 10,000 art objects representing thousands of years of culture. Special collections include 19th, 20th and 21st century American paintings, watercolor, sculpture and prints.

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Springfield Ballet

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411 N. Sherman Pkwy. | Downtown

Founded in 1976, Springfield Ballet, a not-for-profit organization, offers premier dance training, rooted in classical ballet, for ages 3 - adult. All classes are held at the Creamery Arts Center; classes are offered in ballet, pointe, Irish, jazz/musical theater, modern, Pilates mat and creative movement. Additionally, Springfield Ballet brings pre-professional ballet productions to the Landers Theatre each year, including "The Nutcracker," enhanced by professional guest artists. Through outreach programming, thousands of children in the Ozarks are exposed to quality dance education every season.

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Springfield Botanical Gardens

2400 S. Scenic Ave. | Southwest

113 acres includes 26 themed gardens, Butterfly House (seasonal), Gray/Campbell Farmstead (oldest cabin in Springfield) and connects to South Creek Greenway.

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Springfield Conservation Nature Center

4601 S. Nature Center Way | Southeast

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center provides free conservation educational activities for all ages. Indoors, enjoy nature exhibits, attend programs, purchase hunting and fishing permits, browse through a nature-related gift shop and pick up free conservation brochures. Outdoors, enjoy three miles of hiking trails through a variety of natural communities. Call for events information.

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Springfield Skatepark

945 W. Meadowmere St. | Southwest

"Best Skatepark in Midwest!". This indoor skate park is 13,500 square feet with Finland-birch ramps; 25,000-square-foot outdoor concrete park with rippin' bowl, flow course and street plaza. Safe environment for young kids and great spectator seating.

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Springfield Softball Hall of Fame Museum

2141 E. Pythian St. | Northeast

Features the Springfield and Missouri ASA Hall of Fame with displays dating from the 1920s, including state, regional and national tournaments; Sister City Isesaki, Japan, uniforms; trophies; photos; and much more!

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Stained GlassTheatre

1996 W. Evangel St. | Outside Springfield

A Christian theatre serving Christ through the arts for over 30 years. Performances are Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30pm with 2:30pm Saturday matinees. A calendar and synopsis of each production is available at or by phone at 417-581-9192.

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Talking Rocks Cavern

423 Fairy Cave Ln. | Outside Springfield

Missouri's Most Beautiful Cave, gift shop, nature trails, gemstone mining, lookout tower, picnic areas, cave Country Mini-Golf and more!

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The Bretts Morning Show

Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater | Outside Springfield

Having appeared on worldwide television and in more than 3000 live performances around the globe, The Bretts deliver high energy, high-caliber professional entertainment to audiences of all ages.

The SIX Show

3455 West Hwy 76 | Outside Springfield

Dubbed "An Orchestra of Human Voices", SIX combines the musical showmanship and boundless energy of six remarkable brothers. Their intense high energy, electrifying stage presence, and powerhouse vocals combine to create a truly amazing entertainment experience.

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Titanic Museum Attraction

3235 W. Hwy. 76 | Outside Springfield

NEW in 2014! WORLD EXCLUSIVE Exhibit! For the first time anywhere, the RMS Titanic’s eight heroic musicians will be the focus of an exhibit that explores their lives, loves and legacies.