Things to Do in Springfield, Missouri (Travel Guide)

Dubbed the “Queen City of the Ozarks” Springfield, Missouri is Missouri’s 3rd largest city. I was traveling through the city while on a road trip so I thought I would share some of my favorites from passing through Springfield.

Downtown Springfield, MO

Let’s not waste any time and hop into my favorite things to do in Springfield Missouri:

Places to Eat and Drink in Springfield, MO

Here are some of my favorite places I found to eat and drink while in Springfield.

The Golden Girl Rum Club

If you’re looking for a place to have a fun cocktail the The Golden Girl Rum Club is a must-try.

My Picks: The Son of Banana Man off of the greatest hits menu was delicious. The Korean BBQ Nachos were delicious but the Spicy Daddy pizza stole my heart for favorite menu item.

The Golden Girl Rum Club on Google Maps

Corner 21 Chinese Cuisine

By far one of the best Chinese meals I have ever had was at Corner 21 Chinese Cuisine. This unsuspecting building was recently featured in Feast Magazine and packs a punch when it comes to flavor. Don’t expect the usual Chinese-American dishes but authentic northeast region Chinese dishes.

My Picks: Some of my favorites on the menu were the Traditional Sweet & Sour Pork if you want something sweet. If you’re looking for something spicy the Szechuan Spicy Chicken has the perfect level of heat.

Corner 21 Chinese Cuisine on Google Maps

The Sandwich Scene on McDaniel

If you’re looking for a casual spot to grab a sandwich stop by The Sandwich Scene on McDaniel. The Sandwich Scene features a window to order from and a hefty sandwich menu.

My Picks: All of the sandwiches sound great but the Cubano was my favorite when visiting.

The Sandwich Scene on McDaniel on Google Maps


Rise is a cute coffee shop located in the heart of Springfield. Sadly on my visit I had already eaten but the breakfast menu looked delicious.

Rise on Google Maps

Things to See in Springfield, MO

In addition to the food scene there are plenty of other fun places to see in Springfield. Springfield is probably most known for the Wonder of Wildlife National Museum.

Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium (Photo by @k_derty)

One of the most well known places in Springfield is the Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium. The 350,000 square foot facility has plenty to see and can easily fill your whole day.

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden Visitor Center by Granger Meador

Located inside the Springfield Botanical Gardens is the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. This 7.5 acre Japanese garden features a large koi lake, moon bridge, Japanese landscaping and much more. There is a small admission fee to enter and they are closed periodically thought out the year. For more information about hours and pricing check out their website.

Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden on Google Maps

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Just a 15 minute drive outside of Springfield is Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. This historic battlefield is managed by the National Park Service and well worth the visit. Of course since it’s run by the National Park Service you can use your America the Beautiful pass to get in or just pay for daily entrance.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield on Google Maps

I hope you enjoyed my list of things to do in Springfield, MO. Sadly I couldn’t visit all of the places I listed but I tried to include my favorites from my research.

Aerial view of the Springfield, MO skyline
Aerial view of the Springfield, MO skyline

Obviously I couldn’t see all of the city during my visit but there is plenty more to discover. Do you have any favorite things to do in Springfield, Missouri? Let us know in the comments below!

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