Recently we took a quick road trip to Springfield MO. We were only there for a day, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t make the best out of it! We stopped at a lot of cool places and had a great time even though we didn’t get to stay long. Check out how to spend a quick day in Springfield Missouri
The drive to Missouri from Nashville was gorgeous. We got off of the interstate in Kentucky and took Highway 60 the rest of the way. We drove though miles of farm land and wildlife refuge, crossed the Mississippi on a bridge that seemed way too narrow, and watched an amazing sunset as we headed toward Springfield.
After a 7 hour drive, it was pretty late when we rolled into Springfield. We grabbed dinner and headed on to the hotel to settle in for the evening.
The World Biggest Fork!
The next morning, we got up, grabbed some breakfast and headed out. The primary goal for the day was to lay eyes on the World’s Largest Fork! I mean how can you pass up an opportunity to see that? I got a little turned around looking for it, (you would think it would be really easy to find) but eventually we located it and got our touristy pictures. The fork is as described, really big (35 ft tall). If you want to see it for yourself, it is located in front of Noble and Associates at 2215 W Chesterfield St, Springfield, MO 65807.
Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
After seeing the Giant Fork, we headed to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. Part of the Springfield Botanical Garden, the 7.5 acre, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll garden includes a large koi pond, a meditation garden, a tea house and traditional Japanese landscaping. We spent a lot of time exploring this park. I would love to go back and visit the rest of the botanical gardens and see what they have to offer. Admission is $3 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Koi food is available to purchase for $1. The gardens are located at 2400 S Scenic Ave, Springfield, MO 65802. If you are spending a day in Springfield Missouri, don’t miss this.
Bass Pro Shops and NRA Sporting Arms Museum
After walking around the Gardens and eating a quick lunch, we headed to the Granddaddy of all Bass Pro Shops. The store in Springfield is the original location for Bass Pro Shops, and this place was huge (Like 500,000 sq ft huge). They had every kind of outdoor equipment you can possibly imagine, an in-store swamp with native animals, and so much more. I wasn’t really there to shop though, I wanted to visit the Sporting Arms Museum.
This museum features an impressive collection of over a thousand historically significant firearms. It chronicles the history of firearms from pre-colonial America all the way though modern guns. Some of the most amazing weapons on display were: a flintlock Fowler that was presented to the Marquis Faulte de Vanteaux of Limoges by Napoleon Bonaparte, an Adolph Double Rifle owned by Theodore Roosevelt, and Hollywood Guns used by John Wayne and Charlton Heston.
Visiting the store and museum are both free and a great way to spend a few hours. The Museum is open daily (except for Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m and is located in the Bass Pro Shops at 1935 S. Campbell Springfield, MO 65807.
On the Road again
We had an incredible time spending a day in Springfield Missouri, but we had to start heading back to Tennessee. 7 hours is a long drive and the sun was already getting low. We made good time home, ate at the most bizarre Waffle House I have ever been in (a story for another day), and got to enjoy some incredible scenery.
A Quick Day in Springfield Missouri
Have you ever spent a day in Springfield Missouri? What was your favorite thing there? Let us know in the comments. We really want to go back and spend some more time in the area!