5 Reasons Why This Family Trip Checks All the Boxes

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We could all use a little adventure right now and an escape within driving distance fits the bill! Whether it’s heading to a spot you’ve never been to or just a change of scenery and making family memories, we have just the place. Springfield, Missouri is the gateway to the great outdoors and so much more. Located in the heart of the Ozarks, Springfield is a city with a small-town feel. It’s the perfect mix of great city amenities and access to outdoor activities, excellent food and family-friendly activities, all at an affordable price (not to mention loads of free activities!). Read on for five reasons why this should be your next family getaway!

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1. Dickerson Park Zoo

Looking for a wild adventure? Dickerson Park Zoo is a local zoo with big heart and even bigger animals! Get up close and personal with creatures from around the world—there's even a train ride you can hop on and a petting zoo, too! Not only will you have so much fun discovering more about animals of all kinds, but your visit also plays a part in the zoo’s mission to protect the animals in their care and worldwide. 

Learn more here.

Book your trip to Springfield and get "one night on us!'

2. Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

Visit the largest immersive wildlife attraction in the world! Exciting exhibits include This Land Is Your Land, where you'll step into the wild with state-of-the-art 4D dioramas that surround you with the sights, sounds and smells of the planet’s most striking wildlife habitats. Meticulously recreated environments transport you to the wild! And, Make a Splash in Nature, where you'll get up close to hundreds of species in their unique habitats. Bring your family on this one-of-a-kind aquatic expedition expanding the globe's oceans, lakes and streams.

Learn more here

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3. Springfield's One Night on Us

As if all of these great activities weren't enough reason to make the trip, from April 1-June 27, Springfield, Missouri is running an ultra-special promotion! Visit three attractions, three food and drink establishments and stay at least two nights in a hotel and they'll pick up the tab for one night in the hotel.* You definitely don't want to miss out on this limited-time deal—book now and start planning your trip!

*Restrictions apply. Check their site for more details.

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4. Pythian Castle

A castle in Springfield?! That's right, and this one is not only beautiful but offers loads of activities. Go on a guided history tour of the castle, test your survival skills in one of their Escape Rooms, and for the older kids, muster up the courage to join a ghost tour of the castle—spooky fun. They even offer live murder mystery dinners and all types of special events throughout the year.

Learn more here.

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5. Route 66 Car Museum

Car lovers, unite! Located on historic Route 66, this "garage" features over 70 American and European automobiles. Take a walk through history as you check out "Brass Era" cars (i.e., some of the first!), classic cars, sports cars and celebrity rides, like the Batmobile! Even if you're not car-obsessed, your jaw will still drop and the beauty and history behind some of these unique vehicles.


Learn more here.

Book your trip to Springfield and get "one night on us!'

This is just a taste of what Springfield has to offer! From exploring caves to farms to museums and beyond, check out their site to learn more.


Book your trip to Springfield and get “one night on us!’

Restrictions apply. The terms and conditions for this promotion are listed here.



—Jamie Aderski

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