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.
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.
A giant metallic fork entering the ground is an unusual sight in an otherwise normal setting of a brick-walled office building. Rising for a height of 35 feet and weighing approximately 11 tons, the fork reaches up to the top-most floor of the three-storeyed building. Installed in 1998, the plaque here claims that this fork is the world's tallest one, something that draws people to this place.
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.
Attend a match at the Hammons Field while touring the city. It was built by the well-known personality John Q Hammons, who was a businessman and hotel mogul. Established in the year 2004 under the architect Pellham-Philips-Hagerman. The stadium has hosted the popular regional sports event called the Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament in the years 2004, 2007 and 2012. It is the home ground of the teams called Springfield Cardinals and Missouri State Bears.