The following article was originally published on awesometravelling.com on 4/6/18.
Springfield, Missouri, is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to Midwest destinations. Though cities like St. Louis and Chicago get more buzz, there’s plenty to keep you entertained during a visit to Springfield. As an added bonus, it’s a more affordable city as well — so you can easily find attractions, accommodations, and restaurants that are within your budget. Be sure to check out these can’t-miss attractions during your first visit to Springfield.
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One of the most unique things about Springfield is that it’s home to huge underground caverns. Discovered in 1862, the caverns connect to create a underground network that’s a must-see for first-time visitors. Be sure to sign up for the Fantastic Caverns tour, where Jeep-drawn trams take you on an awe-inspiring ride through the caverns along the path of an ancient underground river. Stay in one of the many affordable hotels in Springfield and you’ll be just a short drive from the caverns.
Discovery Center of Springfield
Keeping the kids entertained is a snap when you head to the Discovery Center of Springfield. This science museum is packed with interactive exhibits that let kids get a hands-on experience with everything from digging for fossils to exploring anatomic models to learning about the human body.
The high-wire bike exhibit is another feature that shouldn’t be missed. Kids will have a blast while learning about the laws regarding the center of gravity as they strap in for a bike ride 20 feet in the air. For affordable accommodations nearby, stay in one of the many hotels near the Springfield Expo Center.
Springfield Art Museum
For a dose of culture, head to the Springfield Art Museum, which houses over 10,000 pieces of art that cover thousands of years throughout history. In addition to a large collection covering American paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries, the museum features a sculpture garden with large-scale works that make quite an impact. A number of affordable hotels near the Springfield Art Museum even have views of the beautiful sculpture garden. Be sure to check out “Sun Target II,” a large outdoor sculpture considered one of the most iconic landmarks in Springfield.
Don’t miss the chance to take in a ballgame during your visit to Springfield. Hammons Field is the home of the Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team. That means you can see some of the hottest up-and-coming players for a budget price when you attend a Springfield Cardinals game. Hammons Field is also one of the most impressive minor league stadiums in the country, so going to one of these games feels like you’re seeing the big leagues up close and personal.
Parking adds another expense, but if you stay at one of the Springfield hotels near the ABA Shrine Mosque, you can travel on foot to Hammons Field and be there in less than 10 minutes.
Make your way to one of the most underrated Midwest cities to explore all that Springfield has to offer.