Springfield, MO


Springfield, Mo is about an hour east of Big Red Barn down I-44.  Its a town with a lot of history, culture, retail and restaurants.  Perfect for a day trip while you vacation in our park! 

Wilson’s CreekBattle Field National Park, The Second Major Battle of the Civil War; Wilson's Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River, and the site of the death of Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union general killed in action. The costly Southern victory on August 10, 1861, focused national attention on the war in Missouri.  Wilson’s Creek NB commemorates and interprets the battle within the context of the war in the Trans-Mississippi West.  Visitor Center and Road Tour are open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New YearsDay. See website for fees, passes recognized or sold.

The Wonders of Wildlife ticket includes entry to Aquarium Adventure, where you’ll find over 350,000 square feet filled with over a mile of trail that passes by over 800 species of live fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and more; and entry to Wildlife Galleries, transporting you to the wildest places on earth with an exciting and inspirational journey around the world celebrating people who hunt, fish and act as stewards of the land and water. Average journey time is 3-4 hours. See website for ticket pricing and options.

Historic Downtown Springfield- whether its shopping, eating, or entertainment, downtown Springfield is a great place for some unique fun.  Our personal choice would be shopping for some vintage finds at A Cricket in the House , dinner at Nonna’s Italian Café where the portabella ravioli is a personal favorite, after dinner coffee at Mudhouse and then an evening of vintage arcade games at 1984. No trip to downtown is complete without a stop at Hurts Donuts for tomorrows breakfast as well! Did you know that the original Hurts Donut started in Springfield? You do now!