Nov 26

4 Things To Do in Springfield, MO that Won’t Break Your Budget

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There’s no doubt that many tourists find themselves in Springfield, MO to tour the caves and waterways of the Ozarks. But, there are many other noteworthy Springfield, MO attractions to visit. Here are four family friendly and affordable outings you should squeeze into your itinerary. 

See the Stars at the Baker Observatory

Stare in wonder at the night sky like you’ve never seen it before at the Baker Observatory. While often used as a laboratory by students and Missouri State University faculty, this observatory offers free admission to the public. Make use of one of two large telescopes during open house events in the spring and fall. Alternatively, travelers can join the Ozarks Amateur Astronomers Club during their visits to the observatory.

The observatory is found just north of downtown Springfield.

Walk or Bike the Frisco Highline Trail

Frisco Pedestrian Footbridge Springfield Missouri

Active travelers should carve some time into their schedule to explore the Frisco Highline Trail. This trail system, designated as a National Recreation Trail, features 35 miles of gravel and paved pathways that stretch from Springfield to Bolivar. This cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly trail route includes several bridge crossings, including the picturesque Frisco Pedestrian Bridge.

The trailhead is easily accessible on foot from downtown Springfield and the Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Airport is just a half mile away.

See a Concert or Game for Cheap

The JQH Arena, on the Missouri State University campus, hosts various college athletic events, music performances, and conferences. Home to the Missouri State Bears, this arena boasts some of the best match-ups in U.S. college basketball. This popular entertainment venue frequently sells out, so book your tickets early. If you’re looking to save even more money, check-out websites offering ticket exchanges or discounted event tickets.

For performing arts entertainment, the Springfield Little Theatre features an annual line-up of musicals, plays, and ballet productions. Formally the Landers Theatre, this historic Springfield landmark has retained its 1909 construction and charm. Additionally, be on watch for the supernatural entities that are known to wander and cry throughout the theatre. Tickets for most ballet and musical performances cost just $25 each.

Tour Downtown Art and Sculptures

World s Biggest Fork Springfield Missouri

Publically accessible art, murals, mosaics, and sculptures abound in downtown Springfield. Tour around the city on your own or download a map from the Springfield Regional Arts Council. On the first Friday of every month, local businesses host an Art Walk. Maps for this self-guided tour are available at Stay at any of the downtown Springfield hotels and you’ll be within walking distance of art walk sites.

While conducting your own art and sculpture tour, stop by advertising agency Noble & Associates to see the city’s famous 35-foot tall fork sculpture. Weighing 11 tons, the ad agency boasts that the sculpture is the “World’s Largest Fork”. 

What are your favorite attractions and sites in Springfield, MO? We invite you to leave your Missouri travel tips in the comments section below. 

Author Bio: A former journalist, Tammy Banfield is a freelance travel writer who loves scouring the web for the best travel experiences. Tammy has written about more than 2,000 hotels, throughout Canada and the United States, for sites like Hipmunk.

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