From captivating galleries to colorful street art, discover the vibrant artistic soul of Springfield, Missouri with our curated artsy itinerary.

Day One: 

Artistic Exploration

Springfield Art Museum

Springfield Art Museum

Breakfast: Travel to France through a latte and pastry from European Café. The pastries here are crafted entirely from scratch, and the bakery takes pride in sourcing many of its ingredients from local farmers. 

Morning Activity: Begin your day at the Springfield Art Museum, the city’s oldest cultural institution. Explore more than 10,000 permanent works and rotating exhibits that showcase the wonder of art in various forms.

Lunch: Take a lunch break at Civil Kitchen downtown. Treat yourself to truffle fries, savory seafood beignets and a refreshing cocktail for a midday break.

Midday Activity: Immerse yourself in Springfield’s rich history at the History Museum on the Square. Engage with interactive exhibits that transport you back in time. 

Evening Activity: Dive into the vibrant arts scene with the First Friday Art Walk. Admire creations by local artists, enjoy live music and savor alfresco dining in the Downtown Arts District.

Day Two: 

Culinary and Cultural Delights

Sculpture Walk Springfield

Sculpture Walk Springfield

Breakfast: Indulge in a taste of The Netherlands at Van Gogh’s Eeterie. Delight in pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes) and other traditional Dutch delicacies in a colorful setting inspired by international adventure.

Morning Activity: Pause to contemplate gigantic art on the Sculpture Walk Springfield. Snap a selfie with the giant foot in Jordan Valley Park and explore other larger-than-life sculptures throughout town. Access the map of the walk at

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Vineyard Market. Choose from dozens of wine options or try a thoughtfully curated wine flight. You can’t go wrong with a soup and salad combo, and their artisan pizzas are delicious. 

Afternoon Activity: Take a class at Pickwick & Cherry Fine Foods & Gourmet Gifts—this spot offers seasonal baking classes, cookie decorating classes and more. 

Dinner: Enjoy lavish Italian cuisine at Gilardi’s. The atmosphere is intimate and romantic, and the low lighting and great service are suitable for a date night or special celebration. 

Day Three: 

Evening Arts and History



Afternoon Activity: Immerse yourself in the works of renowned composers at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Explore their monthly concerts, and don’t miss out on the two free family-friendly seasonal concerts. Plan your visit when Springfield Ballet performs with the ensemble.

Dinner: Enjoy Japanese staples at Haruno. The sushi bar and grill offers a full dinner and sushi menu, a martini list and late-night specials. Don’t miss out on their tiramisu martini or the Oh My God! roll, served on fire. 

Nighttime: Experience an enchanting performance by the Ozarks Lyric Opera at the Gillioz Theatre. Enjoy a series of special opera performaces that captivate the audience.

Late Night: End the night at Ernie Biggs, a dueling piano bar. Listen to live music and sip on your go-to drinks while surrounded by a lively atmosphere.

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