Trip Ideas: Fall Fun in Springfield
This growing city has small-town charm, a hip college-town scene and uptown amenities. Located "in the middle of everywhere," Springfield is home to scenic Ozark views and something for everyone this fall.
Morning
Head to downtown Springfield to find colorful streets and buildings that feature interesting art, sculptures and installations. The Public Art and Sculpture Tour, presented by Springfield Regional Arts Council, can help you plan your visit.
411 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield MO 65806, 417-862-2787
Hours: 24 hours
Check out where the sweet stuff is made at Askinosie Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield. Visitors can take a look inside and see exactly where the chocolate is made, as well as sample different varieties and shop for those chocolate lovers on their list. Askinosie Chocolate is a Missouri favorite and was recently named one of America’s best chocolates by Bon Appétit magazine.
514 E. Commercial St., Springfield MO 65803, 417-862-9900
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Let your imagination run wild at the Dickerson Park Zoo. With more than 340 different types of animals, you are sure to spot your favorite. Be sure to check out the special exhibits, including “A Walk on the Wild Side,” and the children’s area.
1401 W. Norton Road, Springfield MO 65803, 417-833-1570
Hours: April-September, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; October-March, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Evening
If you’re in the mood for seriously great sushi, head over to Sakura Japanese Sushi Bar and Grill. Sakura is known for delicious, authentic sushi at a very reasonable price. Be sure to check out some of their specialty rolls, such as the housemade Sakura Roll or the Blue Point Roll, full of spicy crab and cucumber and topped with seared tuna.
3230 S. National Ave., Springfield MO 65807, 417-882-8000
Hours: Tue.-Thur., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
A family owned restaurant for over more than 30 years, Nakato introduced Springfield to the traditional Japanese style of Teppan Yaki. Nakato is now renowned in Springfield for fresh-tasting, delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine prepared by expert Hibachi chefs. While you’re there, try the Lobster Roll, which features fresh sushi served in a unique arrangement.
2615 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield MO 65804, 417-881-7171
Hours: Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Afternoon
Springfield’s one and only creperie, Aviary Café and Creperie is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a conversation over a delicious, handmade treat. Aviary is open seven days a week and offers a full menu of foods and drinks.
400 E. Walnut St., Springfield MO 65806, 417-866-6378
Hours: Sun.-Thur., 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Mother’s Brewing Company is a family owned and operated brewery that’s all about delicious craft beers, made with love each and every time. Stop by Mother’s Brewing Company to sample one of their signature flavors, and be sure to try one of the many on-tap seasonal beers.
215 S. Grant Ave., Springfield MO 65806, 417-862-0423
Hours: Tours: Sat., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Tasting Room: Wed.-Fri., 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
The Moxie offers Springfield movie fans and visitors an opportunity to see first-run independent and foreign films in an intimate, unique setting. Stop in for a matinee, or make an evening of it while sipping on a glass of wine.
431 South Jefferson, No. 108, Springfield MO 65806, 417-429-0800
Hours: Box Office hours vary; Tickets available online 24 hours