Things to Do

The best way to Celebrate Springfield is to enjoy our city on your own time. Use the filter below to learn about the number of activities you can do in Springfield, no matter how much time you have! With so many opportunities available, you’re sure to find something you and your family will enjoy!

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Run at James River Greenway Trail

James River Greenway Trail has three one-mile segments. One segment connects the James River iron bridge north to the end of the former frontage road (Gasconade Avenue) that crosses over Highway 65 and connects to an on-street bicycle loop to and from Sequiota Park. The second segment of the trail is along the north bank of Lake Springfield Park, from the park entrance to the boathouse on the lake shore. The third segment is a one-mile trail section called the Trail of Honor, that meanders along the banks of the beautiful James River and the edge of the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery.

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Frisco Highline Trail

The Frisco Highline Trail winds 35 miles through the scenic Ozarks and it connects Springfield to Bolivar, Missouri. The trail was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and American Trails in 2004, is the Ozarks’ premier scenic rail-trail, and has a rich history.

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Run at Fassnight Creek Greenway Trail

Fassnight Creek Greenway Trail is in the heart of Springfield, south and west of downtown and Missouri State University. It currently passes through Fassnight Park, and goes under Campbell, Bennett, and Jefferson avenues, and connects by road to Phelps Grove Park. It will eventually be extended west to Jordan Creek and Wilson’s Creek greenways and east to the Springfield Art Museum.

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Run at Wilson’s Creek Greenway Trail

Wilson’s Creek Greenway Trail links to South Creek Greenway in southwest Springfield, at the popular junction called Tal’s Trailhead via an on-street connection. This trail is lovely and travels through the popular Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Another section of Wilson’s Creek Greenway trail is paved at Ewing Sports Complex – the future site for Fassnight Creek Greenway, Wilson’s Creek Greenway, & Jordan Creek Greenway trails to all connect.

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Rivercut Golf Course

Rivercut Golf Course is known as the “Crown Jewel” of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board public golf courses. The 18-hole championship course offers multiple tee locations so any skill level can enjoy!

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Horton Smith Golf Course

Horton Smith Golf Course is known for its full grass driving range, beautiful fairways and challenging greens, all with a comfortable environment. It’s a wonderful course for a golfer of any level!

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Betty Allison Junior Golf Course at Oscar Blom

Betty Allison Junior Golf Course at Oscar Blom is a 9-hole course, perfect for a fun, quick, family outing on the golf course. The Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course is their sister course, offering access to their amenities, fulfilling your needs for the day!

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Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course

Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course is known for its design that requires accurate iron play and placing a premium on good putting, this course is known for being challenging yet fun!

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Paddle Board at The James River Water Trail

The James River Water Trail is a 6-mile route from Joe Crighton Access to Springfield Lake boathouse. This water trail has a gentle pace and offers a great opportunity for the family to get outside!

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Fish at Lake Springfield

Head out to Lake Springfield, an over 300 acre reservoir, if you want to catch a variety of fish- you can find 11 species! They have largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish and rock bass! While you’re there, you may want to consider renting a kayak or canoe to enjoy the water in a different way!

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