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Vacation in Springfield Area - Ozarks - Missouri

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Area Overview

Whether you might be interested in outdoor adventures, historical places or the perfect balance of metropolitan conveniences with the charm of the small town, Springfield, Missouri offers an extraordinary mix of experiences sure to create lasting memories.
Enjoy the extensive multi-purpose Greenway Trails system that winds in and around the Queen City or head toward one of our many nearby bodies of water to relax and recreate. Drive Route 66 and relive the Americana of “the Mother Road;” taking in the scenery at the simple and relaxed pace of yesteryear. Enjoy the unique and mainly local downtown shopping experience. Visit the Grand-daddy of outdoor stores, explore museums & historic sites, and experience the unique culture of Springfield.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Enjoy a chocolate factory and breweries offering tours and tastings, numerous beautiful parks, unique shopping, abundant food choices when dining and activities suited to every individual. Journey to caverns, wineries, historic sites and natural landmarks or watch a game of the Springfield Cardinals as well as the Springfield Lasers. Set your own pace and create your own activities at a park, on a trail, or just exploring all the avenues of the city.

Cultural Activities

When it comes to cultural activities and happenings in the Queen City, the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) connects people and the arts. The art council provides support for some of the most prominent visual, performing, literary and film/media arts organizations within 27 counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri.
Springfield artists like to take their painting to the streets. Each year, 10 artists are selected by the James River Basin Partnership and the city of Springfield to paint their original designs on storm drains around Springfield. The fun and unique storm drain murals are definitely worth checking out.
Theatre troupes that call the Queen City home include Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Springfield Little Theatre, The Springfield Improv and A Class Act Productions. Beside theatre companies, many of the colleges and universities offer performances and productions.
If you want to see art in action check out Springfield Hot Glass where visitors can enjoy glass blowing demonstrations, Springfield Pottery which is a fine craft gallery and community clay center as well as Fresh Art Gallery which is home to 20 area artists who have been juried in as members of the collective gallery which they all share in operating.
Area artistic and cultural events include First Friday Art Walk, Arts Fest on Walnut Street, Sounds on the Square, Summer Movies at Founders Park, and Taste of Springfield just to name a few.


Venture to Springfield’s Historic Commercial Street, and view trains pass beneath you on the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge; peruse the street’s local shops and eateries and stop by Askinosie Chocolate Factory for a tour and tasting. Walk, cycle or cruise on Route 66 in Downtown Springfield, just two miles south of Commercial Street and enjoy the exhibits at the History Museum on the Square and the Discovery Center. Head to Bass Pro Shops and experience the intrigue of nature… indoors. The Outdoor World will captivate almost any audience, all the while beckoning you to get out in the Ozarks and explore.


Missouri State University offers a free campus shuttle that transports students and residents to and from various facilities on campus and around downtown. To explore the rest of town, City Utilities of Springfield offers a hub and spoke bus transit system that serves the Springfield area with a centralized downtown transfer station. Springfield is extremely bike-friendly and bicycles can be rented to see the city from a different perspective.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  22.0  32.5  43.0  2.5 "
 February  26.0  37.0  48.0  2.6 "
 March  35.0  46.5  58.0  3.6 "
 April  44.0  55.5  67.0  4.3 "
 May  54.0  64.5  75.0  5.1 "
 June  63.0  73.5  84.0  4.8 "
 July  68.0  78.5  89.0  3.7 "
 August  67.0  78.0  89.0  3.5 "
 September  58.0  69.0  80.0  4.6 "
 October  47.0  58.0  69.0  3.6 "
 November  35.0  46.0  57.0  4.2 "
 December  25.0  35.0  45.0  3.0 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the mid 60's. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 30's and highs in the mid 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 20's.


Springfield has many lodging options ranging from upscale boutique hotels to cozy B&Bs. So whether you are wanting to rough it or bask in opulence, Springfield can accommodate your overnight needs.


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