Day after day, I’m constantly reminded of how different Springfield is today compared to the first day that I flew in.
Not only are there more things to do in Springfield but the quality of things to do in Springfield has increased exponentially. Springfield is continually diversifying its entertainment portfolio while building upon some of its natural strengths.
Springfield has a great offering of parks, trails, and outdoor events seemingly every week. One of the areas that I can’t help but keep going back to is the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Green/Close Memorial Park. It’s such a relaxing experience to walk around and take in the sights that the Gardens have to offer.
Later this week, Springfield will be having its annual Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival. It’ll be a great time to hang out and relax and see all the creative kites take the sky.
Let me blow your mind real quick.
Did you know that Springfield has the oldest and largest community theatre in the state of Missouri?
Yeah. I didn’t know that either.
The theatre scene is quietly booming here in southwest Missouri. And it shows! They’ve been able to put on more shows and up the quality each one. On average, they put on 10 shows a season. Another thing that’s worth checking out is the theatre itself! It sits right next to the Hotel Vandivort and it stands out in the heart of downtown.
It makes me happy that Springfield loves movies too. Springfield is debuting the Rated SGF Film Festival in the Historic Fox Theatre. This is going to be a great event featuring some awesome films, filmmaker panels, and Q&A sessions with actors and directors of the film.
Another thing worth pointing out is the Alamo Drafthouse.
Springfield has the largest Alamo in the country, with fourteen auditoriums ranging in size from 42 to 110 fully reclining seats. Each seat has a table for moviegoers to enjoy a wide variety of drinks and food available to them.
The Alamo is unique because it’s completely dedicated to the moviegoing experience. The entire facility is decorated to a specific theme, the theater will host “Movie Party” presentations to bring back a sense of nostalgia, and more. Attached to the Alamo is The Backlot: a full-service bar and restaurant. It’s a great place to hang out before or after the movie is over!