THE ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Enjoy These Great Springfield Missouri Attractions and More:
- Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum
- NRA National Sporting Arms Museum
- Archery Hall of Fame Museum
- Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
- Park Central Square
- Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1: AQUARIUM AND BASS PRO SHOPSArrive mid-morning at Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, voted America’s Best Aquarium and Best New Attraction by USA Today readers. The facility includes 1.5 million gallons of water in multiple aquariums and the immersive wildlife museum experience showcases more than 35,000 live fish, animals, reptiles and birds. Visitors see the wild with state-of-the-art 4D dioramas surrounding them with the sights and sounds of wildlife habitats. Your one-of-a-kind aquatic adventure spans the world’s water taking you to oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.
DAY 2: HISTORY ALONG ROUTE 66After breakfast at the hotel, meet your step-on guide for a Route 66 Guided Driving Tour. Springfield has a full history with Route 66. There will be a stop at the all-new History Museum on the Square where the “Birthplace of Route 66 Gallery” is a must-see. Next, it’s Park Central Square in downtown Springfield. There are some cool boutiques and galleries for shopping and a historic site of the first wild west shootout where “Wild Bill” Hickok and Davis Tutt faced off.
DAY 3: SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI PAST AND PRESENTBreakfast and checkout of the hotel are followed by a short drive to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield where, on August 10, 1861, the first Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River was fought. There’s a 4.9-mile paved tour road with eight interpretive stops. Five walking trails off the tour road vary in length from ¼ to ¾ mile.
Lunch is at Leong’s Asian Diner. You cannot leave the city without some of their famous Springfield-style cashew chicken.
This afternoon you’re off to Fantastic Caverns, “America’s Ride Thru Cave.” A 55-minute guided tour follows an ancient underground riverbed filled with massive formations. The cave stays a comfortable 60° year-round. Depart for home with great Springfield memories.
OPTION: If the Springfield Cardinals are at home, a visit to Hammons Field for a game with the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals is a fun evening of entertainment and ballpark food. If you’d like more great group travel ideas in Missouri, check out the Missouri Group Tour Guide and be sure to Subscribe to Leisure Group Travel to stay up to date with our latest travel news.