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Springfield is a city located in the center of the state of Illinois, USA. It is the capital of Illinois, not Chicago (as to avoid the Windy Cindy from having too much clout in the state) as well as the county seat of Sangamon County. Springfield is best known for its most famous resident, Abraham Lincoln, and the several historic sites related to him.

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  • Golf course Golf course
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  • Winery Winery

Points of Interest in Springfield

  • Fantastic Caverns. Springfield's most popular attraction is the only cave in which you ride in a tour vehicle, rather than walk.
  • Missouri Sports Hall of Fame [3]
  • Springfield Nature Center has well maintained biking and hiking trails through the bluffs and along the shore of Lake Springfield.
  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. The first and largest Bass Pro store in America
  • The Dickerson Park Zoo. Is home to 450 animals representing 160 species. It is located northeast of the intersection of I-44 and Missouri Hwy. 13.
  • Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Battlefield, MO. Open 8am-5pm daily except national holidays. Wilson's Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River. The bloody Southern victory on August 10, 1861, focused greater national attention on the war in Missouri. The nearly pristine landscape allows visitors to experience one of the best-preserved battlefields in the nation. A 4.9 mile paved tour road provides a self-guided auto tour. There are eight interpretive stops at significant battle-related locations. There are five walking trails off the tour road, varying in length from 1/4 to 3/4 of a mile. A seven mile trail system for horseback riding and hiking is accessible from the tour road. $5/adult or $10/car.

Drury University

Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque

Hammons Tower

Hammons Field

Landers Theater

Discovery Center of Springfield

American National Fish and Wildlife Museum

Dickerson Park Zoo

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

Fantastic Caverns

Missouri State University

Lester E. Cox Medical Center South

Crystal Cave

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About Springfield

Climate

The city lies within the boundaries of the humid subtropical region as defined by the Köppen climate classification system. As such it experiences times of exceptional humidity; especially in late summer. According to Forbes magazine's list of "America's Wildest Weather Cities" and the Weather Variety Index, Springfield is the city with the most varied weather in the United States.

Activities

  • Discovery Center. This is one of Springfield's greatest attributes. Great for kids and adults. The newest building even has a place where your can bicycle across a tightrope. This is also Springfield's first "green" building.
  • Moxie Cinema - Springfield's only independent movie theater. They show first-run documentaries, foreign films, and other independents that typically don't make it to smaller markets such as Springfield. They serve beer and wine as well.
  • Springfield Cardinals Baseball.
  • 1984 (1970s and 1980s vintage video arcade), 400 East Walnut Street (1984 is located across from the downtown YMCA on Jefferson Street in Downtown Springfield Missouri. From National go West on Walnut, Turn South On Jefferson (its a one way street!) and We are immediatly on the Left Hand Side Of the Road.),  +1 417 831-3665. 4PM to 11PM Wednesday through Saturday. A vintage video arcade containing many classic games from the 1970s and 1980s, including Asteroids, Deluxe Asteroids, Gravitar, Tempest, BattleZone, Space Invaders, Ms. Pac Man, Centipede, Tron, Pole Position, Vindicators, P.O.W.s, Golden Axe, and even Pong. Single admission price at the door grants unlimited play for as long as the arcade is open. $5 at door for unlimited play.
  • Hollywood Theaters, 415 W. College St. Springfield MO. Located in downtown Springfield. Offers most of the latest movies released.
  • Campbell 16 Cine, 4005 South Ave Springfield MO 65807. Has most of the latest movie releases.
  • Springfield 8. With all the latest movies it is located near Battlefield and hwy. 65.
  • The Palace Movie Theater, 2220 West Chesterfield Boulevard. The Palace is your last chance to see the movies on the big screen! For a lot less!
  • Mediacom Ice Park.
  • Back Rubbzz Massage Therapy, 1649 South Enterprise,  +1 4178864826. M-F 10:30-5:30, Sat 10-3, Sun closed. While not a full spa, Back Rubbzz offers relaxation and therapeutic massages at reasonable rates. Their staff is friendly and personable, and the atmosphere is relaxing. First time clients are eligible for a "Welcome Massage", 60 minutes for just $39.95.

Food

A popular local dish is "cashew chicken", a pseudo-Chinese dish found at all Chinese restaurants in Springfield. The dish is fried chicken pieces served on fried rice and covered with an oyster sauce. The dish is then garnished with green onions and cashews. Chinese restaurants are quite plentiful in Springfield because of the popularity of the dish. (However, it should be noted that most southwest Missouri Chinese restaurants' cuisine has been adapted to the Ozarkian palate, featuring sweeter, thicker sauces than west coast Chinese restaurants. Natives of the west coast, or of China itself, may be in for a rude awakening.) If you want local food there are several restaurants.

  • Mexican Villa. Some believe it is the best Mexican food in town (others thinks its the worst). The burrito enchilada style(the house specialty), tortillas, and hot sauce are all highly recommended. They have a very popular sweet salsa that is oddly good. Tastes a lot like a thinned out chinese duck sauce.
  • Anton's coffee shop, S Glenstone Ave, (417) 869-7681 937. Great omelets and good pancakes.
  • Tea Bar & Bites Cafe. One of the most unique restaurants, serving fresh food with a Mediterranean twist. Great outdoor patio, too.
  • Gailey's Breakfast Cafe, 220 E Walnut St,  +1 417 866-5500. Good specials and great fruit-yogurt-granola bowl.
  • Marias. Little pseudo Mexican cafe downtown. preppy drunk college atmosphere, but ok food.
  • Wellspring cafe, 424 W Page St,  +1 417 865-1818. (open from 11-3 M-F) great vegetarian food; try the veggie Ruben and a cashew butter-carob chip cookie (maybe two).
  • Caspers, 601 W Walnut St,  +1 417 866-9750. Has great chili but is only open from Labor day through Memorial day.
  • Crosstown BBQ, been here for 25 years+ and taste great with nice people.
  • J.Parrino's. The one on Battlefield, try the Mediterranean Pasta or the Pork!
  • Cielito Lindo's, The closest thing to "real" Mexican food in Springfield. A great variety of food including everything from fajitas brought out in the skillet to massive taco dinners and fried ice cream in homemade spiced chocolate sauce.
  • Amigo's, authentic Mexican food - family owned and operated.
  • South Ave. Pizza Company, try the spinach-artichoke dip
  • Buckinghams, the loaded smoked sweet potato may change your life multiple locations
  • Thai Peppers. Incredible Tom Yum Goon Soup
  • Gem of India. Their tomato soup is great! that and its the ONLY taste of indian cuisine for 100 miles.
  • W.F. Cody, try to eat it all
  • Gilardi's, good wine list, great eggplant pasta
  • Silk Road, 310 W Battlefield St,  +1 417 888-0003. Chinese food and buffet they haven't been voted Springfield's best for nothing!
  • Harruno. Sushi and other Japanese food
  • Ocean Zen. Seafood and they also have good steaks.
  • Avanzare. Higher-end Italian food!
  • Nakato. The best hibachi in town
  • Andy's Frozen Custard. A place to go after dinner for a treat and sit on the curb and relax. Some of the best frozen treats you will ever eat.
  • Incredible Pizza Company. Full service buffet, movies, and games
  • Hebrews Coffee, Republic Rd. Quiet coffee shop and cafe. Great place for lunch and everything is home made. Nice portions and great coffee and latte's.
  • Tower Club. Fine dining overlooking Springfield on the 20th and 21st floor of the Hammons Tower

Drinks

If you are looking for good cup of coffee, the Mudhouse would make a great choice. It has a great selection of both hot and frozen drinks and has monthly art exhibits. It is downtown on South street one block south of the square. You will find that a lot of college kids hang out there (many of them with laptops due to the free wifi access), but it has a quiet atmosphere nonetheless. A good place to get a cup of coffee, read a book, or find an interesting person to talk to.

There is also a few chain smoothie stores around town.

Dive Bars: the downtown area still has some funky dive bars despite the ongoing gentrification of the area. Expect cheap beers and girls of dubious repute.

  • The Springfield Brewing Co (BrewCo (for short)). A pretty good local microbrewery located downtown. In addition to various ales and lagers they have decent pub food. Hosts bands oftentimes at night.
  • Mudhouse. Downtown coffee shop
  • The Coffee Ethic. Downtown coffee shop.
  • Dancing Mule, 1945 South Glenstone,  +1 4178835114. Coffee shop a few blocks north of Battlefield Mall on Glenstone. Features a wide variety of hot and cold drinks as well as smoothies and pasties. They have a drive-thru for those in a hurry. They also sell coffee by the pound. Only negative is that the shop is small so seating is limited.
  • Bijans, 209 E Walnut St (downtown on walnut),  +1 417 831-1480. Great sea bass, steak and tuna. Great wine list and one of the coolest places to eat with great ambiance and decor. Great bar as well Under $30.
  • Pappy's Place, 943 N. Main St. (two blocks north of Chestnut Expressway),  +1 417 866-8744. lunch. Pappy's Place is bbq bar and grill that oozes local flavor. It's been in business since 1971. Look for the Welsh rugby jerseys on the walls along with other historic memorabilia, but it is a dark shotgun bar. Good food and low prices. $.
  • TossAcross, Pershing St,  +1 417 865-8677. A downtown eatery specializing in fresh chopped salads, and west coast style fruit smoothies.
  • The Potter's House, 724 S. National (across the street from MSU). Semester Hours: Tues-Thurs 3-12pm Fri-Sat 7-12pm. The Potter's House serves a variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, and teas. They also feature homemade cookies and brownies. In December 2011, it was voted Ultimate Coffeehouse in Springfield by MSU students. Comfortable place to meet friends, drink coffee, and play games. $-college student budget.

Shopping

There are many shopping centers located throughout the city with everything from Best Buy to Shoe Carnival to Marshall's.

  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World +1 417-887-7334. 1935 S. Campbell. Can be a pleasant place to stroll around and look at the different wildlife exhibits. Occasionally has very good deals on closeout items.
  • Battlefield Mall. JCPenney, Macy's, Dillards, Sears, and many more.
  • In 2009 plans became public of a new upscale shopping area to be built near the intersection of highway 65 and 60. The area when completed would have more than 500 acres of shopping, restaurants, lodging, and office complexes. If the plans follow through construction would not begin until 2012.
  • Redeemed Music and Books (RMB), 4140 South National (Northeast corner of National and Repbulic Road),  +1 4178779294. M-Sat 10-7, Wed 10-6, closed Sunday. Great used book store if you are looking to buy, sell, or trade Christian-themed material. Largest selection of used homeschool products in the area. For those not looking for Christian-themed books or music, they also offer one of the best collections of classic literature and philosophy of the second-hand shops in town. Books are priced half of retail (exception for collectibles or antiques), and they offer 50% of their price for trade or 25% for cash. They also have a 40% off sale in February and August.
  • Book Castle, 2252 South Campbell. M-F 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 1-5. Great store with a wide selection of used books in many categories. Excellent science fiction, mystery, and classic literature section, as well a well-stocked section for post-modern lit. Well organized and friendly staff. The carry a limited selection of new books.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Springfield (Missouri) on Wikivoyage.

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