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Desserts of Intrigue

The dining scene in the Springfield area offers plenty of options for people with a sweet tooth. The three-layer, fresh-cut strawberry cake is the number one seller at Ms. Gilmore’s Tea Room and Vintage Suitcase on Springfield’s historic Commercial Street. Ms. Gilmore’s is also known for six-inch…

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Wonders of Wildlife: Take a Journey Around the World

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris’ vision of a national institution dedicated to the conservation of the outdoors has come to fruition at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield. “We built this facility with a lot of passion,” said Morris. “And one thing that separates it…

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Floating the Ozarks

Early morning fog floats gently above the surface of the James River, just south of Springfield, as paddlers begin sliding boats into the water. The sun cuts through trees bowing over from the banks of the river, providing the perfect backdrop for a day of floating and fun on an Ozarks river. As…

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At the Crossroads of History

Since it’s founding in 1835, the Springfield area has been the backdrop for many historic moments. It’s known as the site of the first major battle of the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War, the first “Wild West” quick-draw showdown and the birthplace of Route 66. The newly-opened…

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Remembering the Battle of Wilson’s Creek

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, one of six national parks in the state of Missouri, is a perfect stop for an entertaining and educational experience. Fought on August 10, 1861, the Battle of Wilson's Creek was a pivotal battle in Missouri and the second major battle of the Civil War. When the…

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Animal Attractions in the Ozarks

The Springfield area offers an array of opportunities to get up close with animals from around the world thanks to attractions that educate while they entertain. Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium was voted America’s Best Aquarium and Best New Attraction in “USA Today” reader polls. Featuring an…

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Cruise Through the Birthplace of Route 66

Springfield’s emergence as the Birthplace of Route 66 began in the 1920s when the federal government first mandated the construction of a national highway system. A placard on the east side of Park Central Square commemorates Springfield’s subsequent 1992 designation as the official birthplace of…

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A Feast for the Eyes

Whether you explore a stroll through the climate-controlled Springfield Art Museum or the outdoors experience of Sculpture Walk Springfield, your artsy side will be satisfied during your visit to the city. The Springfield Art Museum is the city’s oldest cultural institution intent on continuing a…

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