The Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park is known for housing the Springfield Botanical Gardens. The park features themed gardens, an arboretum, a butterfly house, a solar tram, play areas for kids and a lake. It is also linked to the South Creek Greenway which has 8-mile (12.8 kilometers) long trails for activities like hiking and biking. They also conduct demonstrations and various activities to educate visitors about the lifecycle of plants.
The Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium is a stunning site that features above 225 species of animals, aquariums both fresh and saltwater, attractive displays, interactive sessions, and also educational programs. The visitors get to watch the natural native habitat and wildlife species of Missouri, the pond life from beneath, a 'Out to Sea' exhibit that features a 21 feet deep and 225,000 gallon aquarium which is a home of the sharks and several tropical fishes. The museum also hosts several receptions that can accommodate large crowds. However, the one thing to remember while visiting the aquarium cum zoo is that opening times vary.
If the kids are bored with the video games and are yearning for something far from the ordinary, Pay a visit to Fantastic Caverns, a spectacular underground chamber. Discovered in 1862 by John Knox's hunting dog, these huge caverns are filled with stalactites and stalagmites. All tours take place on a guided jeep-pulled tram in order to preserve the natural features and each tour lasts about an hour. The underground temperature remains at or near 60 degrees, so dress appropriately. Another thing to remember before visiting the cave is that hours of operation vary as per season.
Created in 1985, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is one of Springfield Botanical Gardens' popular attractions. This Japanese-style landscape garden features the Zig-Zag Bridge, the Moon Bridge, the Gazebo, the Tea House and stepping stones. They help arrange weddings and other parties. Pay a visit to this park if you seek to spend a day amidst nature.
The Springfield Conservation Nature Center is an Ozark forest with over 170 species of wildlife. The center offers educational workshops and activities for adults and children. It features indoor nature exhibits, trails for hiking and biking and guided tours. You can sit in their indoor viewing areas and get a close look at birds and other wildlife animals.
The Dickerson Park Zoo is located in Springfield and was established in 1922. It has been privileged and proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It went through various developments to retain itself and has been functional ever since its birth. A wide range of animals are kept at the zoo and several educational programs are conducted for the visitors.
Gillioz Theatre is the place to see nationally touring acts in Springfield. Productions include concerts, musicals and film screenings of classic movies. There are also facilities available for rental.
Popularly known as the oldest and the second largest theater that is yet in operation is the Landers Theater. The theater was not only renowned for the entertainment it offered to the people living in that area but was best known for it's architectural beauty that was designed in the Neo Classical style of architecture. The theater offered it's visitors live performances and still continues to entertain the people.
Opened in 1998, Discovery Center of Springfield is for all the curious minds irrespective of their age. This interactive repository is all for fun and learning. Spread across seven floors and two buildings, there is a lot to see and do. Experiments, hands-on displays and more give insight to various fields in science. The museum also has a gaming activity floor, where kids can ride the wire bike and play science related games. The museum helps young learners to understand logical things in a fun way.
Considered as one of the finest venues of the city, the JQH Arena is a grandiose events center located within the complex of the Missouri State University. The arena is furnished with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology, making it an ideal venue for grand sporting events, concerts, and gigs. The arena has witnessed performances by famous artists/bands like Eagles, Alan Jackson, and Carrie Underwood, to name a few.
Commercial Street is Springfield's first Federal Register Historic District. This street is lines with unique boutiques and locally owned businesses, making it a very close-knit community experience.