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The great outdoors is open for business. Springfield is home to dozens of outdoor trails, parks, and attractions that will surely satisfy your desire for adventure.

We’ve compiled a list of some of Springfield’s most popular outdoor attractions that will get you out and about and social distanced. If you find yourself headed indoors, Springfield has a city-wide masking mandate in effect to keep you and others safe.  

Day 1 

Breakfast at Tea Bar & Bites 

Start the morning with breakfast on the Tea Bar & Bites patio. A customer favorite breakfast item on the menu is the quiche of the morning that can change daily.  

Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park 

Walk through the various botanical gardens of Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park 

Bass Pro Shops 

Outdoor lovers have to visit The “Grandaddy” of All Outdoor Stores. The 500,000-square-foot store is home to the National Sporting Arms Museum, the National Archery Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Museum, and is adjacent to Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.  

Lunch at Red’s Giant Hamburg 

Inspired by the first original drive-thru restaurant in the United States, Red’s Giant Hamburg is a great stop for your favorite fast food classics.  

Sculpture Walk/Mural Hunting 

The Springfield Sculpture Walk has sculptures scattered all over downtown, making it the only museum without walls in the Ozarks.  

For more outdoor art, check out the murals in Springfield to see over 40 works of art by local artists.  

Dinner at The Order and Drinks at Vantage 

To finish off the night, stay downtown and head to The Order at Hotel Vandivort for burgers, seafood and lamb chops. For the best view in Springfield, check out Vantage Rooftop Lounge & Conservatory for drinks on the outdoor patio. 


Day 2 

Breakfast at Aviary by Lavender Falls 

For delicious crepes and mimosas, start your morning off at Aviary by Lavender Falls near Farmers Park. If you’re deciding on a side dish,  the pommes frites are a must.  

Farmers’ Market 

For close by markets, head to the Farmers’ Market of the Ozarks for local honey, fruits, veggies, homegrown flowers, smoked meats, sauces and spices.  

Fantastic Caverns and Smallin' Civil War Cave 

No need to bring your walking shoes here; just north of Springfield, Fantastic Caverns is North America’s only completely ride-through cave. To protect the cave’s fragile beauty, the 55-minute tours are conducted in trams that follow the course of an ancient underground river. 

Farther south sits Smallin Civil War Cave. Discovered in 1818, Smallin Civil War Cave features a breathtaking 10-story arch that leads you into rich human history and rare cave life that begins all the way back with the Native Americans.  

Lunch at Lambert’s Cafe 

Home of “Throwed Rolls” Lambert’s Cafe is a great stop for southern comfort food.  

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield 

For a walk through history, your next outdoor stop should be Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. The battlefield southwest of Springfield near Republic preserves the site of the Battle of Wilson's Creek fought on August 10, 1861.  

Dinner at Route 66 Food Truck Park 

Dinner is best enjoyed outside. The Route 66 Food Truck Park is home to eight food trucks that each have a little something for everyone to enjoy from street tacos and Mediterranean cuisine to vegan options and London pasties. 

Day 3 

Dogwood Canyon 

About an hour from Springfield sits Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000-acre paradise full of adventures. Guests can walk or bike the four-mile trail or take a variety of tours such as Segway and tram tours.  

Lunch at Mill & Canyon Grill Restaurant 

Stay at the Mill & Canyon Grill Restaurant at Dogwood Canyon for lunch by an exquisite waterfall view. To take lunch on the go, guests can also order ahead to purchase a picnic lunch to bring on their hike. 

Kayak at Lake Springfield Boathouse 

Head back to Springfield to relax and float in Lake Springfield. Rent a few kayaks for you and the whole family to paddle around the lake.  

Dinner at Bambino’s 

Finally, end your adventure at Bambino’s Cafe for a plate full of italian food. 

Other Outdoor Attractions 

Here are a few other outdoor attractions you can explore:


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