Couple walking through The Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Summertime Water Activities To Do Around The Ozarks

If you’re looking for ways to cool off this summer, check out these water activities in and around Springfield and the Ozarks area. Kayaking At Lake Springfield Boathouse You don’t need to buy a kayak to go kayaking. You can rent kayaks, canoes, and tandem kayaks for a few bucks an hour at Lake…

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6 Must-Visit State Parks A Short Drive From Springfield

Every state is unique and has different characteristics, from the giant peaks of Colorado to the beautiful forests of Washington. Wherever you are in the United States, you are probably just a short distance from one of the thousands of state parks. According to America’s State Parks, “State parks…

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Farms To Visit In The Springfield Area

When I first visited Springfield, I didn’t expect to find a city embedded with such a rich farming culture full of farm stands and pastures. According to the Missouri Dept. of Agriculture, the Show-Me State is home to about 95,000 farms, covering two-thirds of the state’s total land acreage. On…

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Historic Springfield Then & Now

Since becoming a city in 1838, Springfield has seen a lot of changes. From a Civil War battle and a quick-draw shootout downtown to the naming of Route 66 and a VJ Day celebration that filled the square. Here is a quick summary of Springfield’s history and a few photos of how the city has changed…

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Exploring Rountree Neighborhood

When I was a college student, I would sometimes drive around Springfield’s Rountree neighborhood and daydream about living there. Near downtown and Missouri State University’s campus, this historic neighborhood is filled with charming bungalows and tree-lined sidewalks perfect for strolling. Now…

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Things To Do With Grandkids In Springfield, MO

If your grandkids are spending spring break with you, head for Springfield, where you’ll find all kinds of inexpensive things they’ll enjoy doing. Along with creating lasting memories, you’ll like knowing your house is staying clean while you enjoy the amenities of a hotel. You’ll find hotel rooms…

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Exploring Galloway

Galloway is quiet on Sundays, typically, as church hours keep this stretch of Lone Pine Avenue untouched by traffic. It’s a simple delight to take time to wander from Sequiota Park down to the Galloway Creek Greenway, the first trail in Missouri to become a National Recreation Trail in 2003 by the…

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The Magic of C-Street

There’s a kind of magic on Historic Commercial Street (affectionately known as C-Street) that you just can’t find anywhere else in Springfield. Maybe it’s the variety of beautiful architecture from bygone eras, the bevy of dining options or the vintage and artisanal shopping. Perhaps it’s the live…

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Where To See Christmas Lights Around The Ozarks

Looking for something to do in the evenings in December? Grab a cup of hot cocoa, hop in the car with the kids or your friends and check out these Christmas light displays around the Ozarks. Did we miss any? Email myohn@springfieldmo.org and we may add it to the list. Gardens Aglow at Mizumoto…

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Walk, Ride, Or Float Your Way Through The Ozarks

When it comes to exploring the outdoors, stay on the beaten path or take a walk on the wild side with trails for all skill levels and abilities in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Ozark Greenways Galloway Creek Greenway Ozark Greenways offers a diversity of trails including…

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