5 Fall Activities You Can’t Miss
The smell of fall is in the air, which means the migration of college students and new Springfield residents is upon us! Fall is one of the busiest seasons in the Ozarks. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find something fun to do. If your family is headed to visit you (or if you’re just looking for something to do with your friends), we’ve got the perfect list for you.
For The Museum Buff
If you’ve been in Springfield for a while, you know there’s buzz about the History Museum. It has been under construction for what seems like an eternity, and finally opened its doors in August. If history is your thing (or, your dad’s thing), you’ll want to spend an afternoon here. With galleries celebrating all things Ozarks including the Birthplace of Route 66, Wild Bill Hickok & the American West, the Civil War in Springfield, and more, there’s something for everyone to learn and enjoy.
If you prefer a beautiful art museum, the Springfield Art Museum is your next stop. Current exhibitions include the permanent collection of American art ranging from the 18th century to present day, a site-specific installation by Anne Lindberg, an exhibition highlighting works from local artists, an outdoor installation by Shawn Bitters, and a traveling exhibition. Best of all – it’s all free to view!
Wonders of Wildlife
Home to the national headquarters of Bass Pro, it’s a no brainer that you need to make a stop at Wonders of Wildlife. This is a show-stopper activity that will surely impress your visiting family as well as long-time residents!
If an indoor adventure is up your alley, you’ll find everything from trampoline parks and ropes courses to rock climbing and more! Check out Urban Air Adventure Park, Sky Zone, and Zenith Climbing Center for your next adventure.
A crisp chill is in the air and you can smell pumpkin spice wafting from every direction. Now is the time for Springfield to really show off. You can find a festival just about every weekend around here. Here’s a few of our favorites:
- Japanese Fall Festival, Sept. 6-8, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial park
- Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street, Sept. 21-22
- Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, weekends from Sept. 28-Oct. 7
The Ozarks is known for its beautiful landscapes in the fall. A guided outdoor hike with 37 North Expeditions or a guided fishing trip with Captain B’s Fishing is a perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. You can also guide yourself through a great outdoor adventure just south of town on Lake Springfield. Rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboards or go fishing!
If we didn’t quite nail what you’re looking for, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the Springfield-Greene County Park Board offers just about everything an outdoor enthusiast could want including many different parks as well as golf.
Whether one of the many universities brings you to our humble abode or you’re a long-time resident, we know you’ll love this list!