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Springfield is not just home to universities like Missouri State University, Drury University, and Evangel University. Here you can also soak up nature, arts, dining, and become one with nature. Walnut Street, a restored Victorian neighborhood, and a storybook setting, is a beautiful area for a laid-back, afternoon stroll.
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Marvel at the many brightly painted Queen Anne-style (aka Painted Lady) homes. Pass through colorful paint jobs, spindle work, gingerbread, and stain glass decorated houses.
Stop at some of the small galleries, shops, and cute eateries. Come May, check out Artsfest and Cider Days in September.
Head to Springfield to check out the original Bass Pro Shop. Bring the whole family here to enjoy animal exhibits – both live and stuffed animals showing their natural habitat amongst the many products offered in this outdoorsman’s store. Pick up items and gear for camping, hiking, biking, and boating for your next adventure.
Explore the Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield. Wildlife are displayed to explain the many conservation projects underway to protect the unique inhabitants of Planet Earth.
Expect to see underwater habitats for thousands of animals including sharks, rays, jellyfish, eels, and other sport fish. There is also a 300,000 - gallon exhibit with an ‘open ocean’ habitat room of 360 degrees.
Little House on the Prairie fans can visit the adult home of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her writing room still sits exactly as she left it with the ink pen in the ink well. Mrs. Wilder and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, are buried in the local cemetery.