Best of 417 2010—Places

Where to go, locations to visit, and places to take out-of-towners in 417-land.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

EP = Editors' Pick   RP = Readers' Pick


Best Place to Go For a Belly Laugh

The Skinny Improv (RP) >>>
Ernie Biggs Chicago Style
Dueling Piano Bar
Yakov Smirnoff

Still fresh after all these years? Heck yeah. The Skinny Improv is still hosting its regular family-friendly and very hilarious interactive improv shows at its theater in downtown Springfield. But there’s even more going on than you might know. The first Friday of every month, Jeff Houghton hosts The Mystery Hour at the theatre. And the Improvadors bring their special brand of funny to various locales around Springfield.

Best Place to Blow a Rainy Afternoon

Places Awards

All Readers' Picks

Best Place to Take A

A Springfield Cardinals Game
Bass Pro Shops

Best Branson Show or Attraction:
Silver Dollar City
Titanic Branson
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
Dinner Attraction

Best Place to Dance:
Icon Nightclub
Zan Nightclub
Midnight Rodeo

Best Weekend Getaway:
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Big Cedar Lodge
Chateau on the Lake

Best Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party:
Jump Mania
Girlfriends & Giggles
Discovery Center of
Chain Winner:
Incredible Pizza

Best High Brow Charity Event:
Junior League Charity Ball
Ball of the Wild
Cattle Baron’s Ball

Best Low Brow Charity Event:
Sertoma Chili Cook-Off
Rock’n Ribs
Relay for Life

Best Place to Get in Touch With Nature:
Springfield Conservation
Nature Center
Nathanael Greene Park
Ozarks Greenways

Charley’s Place (EP)
Unlike some flea markets that have the same unappealing and overpriced items month after month (collecting dust and not getting any more collectible), Charley’s is always a sure bet for a good find. (1315 E. Trafficway St., Springfield)

Best Free WiFi Spot

Rendezvous Coffee Lounge (EP)
It’s not the best WiFi spot just because the signal is strong. You can get that at McDonald’s these days. We love Rendezvous (320 Park Central West, Springfield, 417-868-0110) for WiFi because the upper level has electrical outlets at just about every seat. When you need to work away from your office, this is the place that will most likely have an open outlet when you show up (so you don’t order a drink and then realize that there’s no place you can sit and plug in).

Best-Smelling Bowling Alley

Battlefield Lanes in Springfield (EP)
This big (and newer-than-most) bowling alley is smoke-free on Saturdays. And the older we get, the more we like to smell like ourselves when we leave the bowling alley (instead of like an ashtray).

Best Place to See Future Sports Heroes

<<< Springfield Cardinals Game (EP)
417-landers love their Springfield Cardinals. And they love their St. Louis Cardinals. And they love to see their Springfield Cardinals get called up to play in the big leagues. So if you’re a regular at our minor-league baseball games, you might just witness the skills of the next big name.  (So pay attention.)

Best Part of Fair Grove Heritage Reunion Festival

Navajo Taco Booths (EP)
One booth that seems to appear at practically every small town festival is the one serving Navajo Tacos. Those giant tasty treats are made with a big piece of warm flatbread that’s topped with taco fixings. Messy and great!

Best Place to Get Rid of a Loaf of Bread

Feed the Ducks at a Local Park (EP)
Just about every park with a pond is a good place to feed your feathered friends. (We like Dunnegan Memorial Park in Bolivar.) If you’ve never let a 5-year-old loose with a loaf of a bread and a crowd of Canada geese, then you’ve never seen a happy 5-year-old.

Best Nook

<<< Reading Cubes (EP)
These cube-shaped seats at the Park Central branch of the Springfield–Greene County Library are a great place to sit back and read a book or flip through a magazine. You’ll feel like you’re in the future (not a library), and they are private enough that you can forget the chilly air outside and fall all the way into the world inside whatever book you’re reading.

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