When you visit Springfield, Missouri, you don’t have to spend much money. If you’re looking for something to do this afternoon, here are 10 activities to do around Springfield, Missouri that are under $10 a person.
Adults can golf the 18-hole course at Fun Acres for $3 or $1.75 for kids. Mini golf at Swing Right costs $6 or $4 for kids. If you want to hit some balls at the Swing Right driving range, you can get a bucket of balls ranging from $5, $7 and $10.
Address: 214 W. Glenwood St., Springfield
Address: 444 E. Farm Rd. 192, Springfield
Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens is a serene 7.5-acre traditional Japanese garden. The garden was established in 1986 through a partnership with the Springfield Sister Cities Association and Springfield’s sister city, Isesaki, Japan. Beautiful features include winding paths, three small lakes, a ceremonial teahouse, moon bridge and meditation garden. A visit to the garden will set you back $4.
Address: 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield
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A summertime tradition in Springfield, you can find the Pineapple Whip carts at several different locations in Springfield. Each location offers its famous Pineapple flavor and a second rotating flavor that changes weekly. Additional flavors include Mango-Peach, Strawberry-Kiwi, Grape, Orange and Banana-Pomegranate. A cup will cost around $3 or take home a pint of your favorite for $6.
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If you love to rollerskate, head to Springfield Skateland just south of Springfield. Depending on the night, skating prices range between $5-$7 and includes regular quad skates. If you wish to upgrade to speed or inline skates, it's an additional $3.
Address: 5163 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield
Ice Skating At Jordan Valley Ice Park
Jordan Valley Ice Park in downtown Springfield and features two indoor NHL-size ice rinks for public skating. Ice skating is $7 with a $3 skate rental. Use this coupon, and you can get your skate rental for free.
Address: 635 E. Trafficway St., Springfield
Missouri Sports Hall Of Fame
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is a fun, family-friendly environment. The museum includes more than 4,000 pieces of sports memorabilia. The two-story, 32,000-square-foot building also features several interactive exhibits allowing you to experience the excitement for yourself. You can race your friends in the NASCAR simulator, step into the batter’s box against a Major League Baseball pitcher, throw football passes and much more. Admission is $5 a person.
Address: 3861 E. Stan Musial Dr., Springfield
Air & Military Museum of the Ozarks
The Air & Military Museum of the Ozarks is a hands-on museum that preserves military history and honors America’s veterans. Take an imaginary flight in a real Cobra helicopter, see restored vintage military equipment and even have a personalized dog tag made. Admission is $5 a person.
Address: 2305 E. Kearney St., Springfield
Test your luck at 1984, the vintage arcade in downtown Springfield. Get unlimited access to 80 games in the building such as Donkey Kong, Galaga, Asteroids, Smash Tv, more than a dozen variations of pinball and more for $10.
Address: 400 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield
Enterprise Park Lanes
If you love bowing, Enterprise Park Lanes offers great specials nearly every night.
Mondays: From 7 p.m.-close, $3 games per person with a $2 shoe rental.
Tuesdays: 7-11 p.m., ladies bowl free with a $3.50 shoe rental.
Wednesdays: 9 p.m.-close, college students and active military $1.50 per game per person with $2 shoe rental.
Sundays: 9 p.m.-midnight, games are $7 person starting, then 25-cent games and 25-cent shoe rentals the rest of the night.
Address: 1625 S. Enterprise Ave., Springfield
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is one of six national parks in Missouri and a perfect stop for an entertaining and educational experience.
Fought on August 10, 1861, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek was pivotal in Missouri and the second major battle of the Civil War. The National Park Service, recognizing the battle’s significance, designated Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in 1960. The 1,750-acre park, just southwest of Springfield, remains significantly unchanged and stands as one of the most pristine battle sites in the country. Recent updates include the newly renovated $3.5 million Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitors Center, complete with 1,800 additional square feet of exhibit space, a large weapons display and many new artifacts.
The individual entrance fee is $10 and covers any adult walking or bicycling into the park. After 5 p.m., when the tour road gate is open but the Visitor Center is closed, no entrance fee is required.
Address: 6424 W. Farm Rd. 182, Republic
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Bonus: Springfield Cardinals
While not precisely under $10, a ticket to a Springfield Cardinals game is pretty close. General admission tickets to the game can range around $10.17. Check out the promotions before you visit, as there can be additional discounts and food and beverage deals included.
Address: 955 E. Trafficway St., Springfield