Family having a picnic in Phelps Grove Park, southwest MO
Photo by Chuck Travers

Phelps Grove Park, Springfield

With playground equipment, lighted tennis courts, blooming gardens and plenty of grassy picnic areas, Springfield’s Phelps Grove Park is always buzzing with activity. The park also boasts a prime location situated not far from the Springfield Art Museum near National Avenue and within walking distance of several of Springfield’s picturesque centrally-located neighborhoods. Unlike many area parks, Phelps Grove is home to several majestic trees, which is a definite bonus, and it’s lined with a 7/10-mile walking trail that’s a great place to fit in some exercise any time of the year.

Cunningham Park, Joplin

Complete with basketball courts, a playground, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, a pond and a walking trail, Joplin’s Cunningham Park is the perfect spot for families to enjoy some fun in the sun. There are also grills, picnic tables and a pavilion here, so guests can bring their food and spend the day. It’s located at 26th and Maiden Lane and welcomes both residents who live nearby and plenty of guests.

Finley River Park, Ozark

Situated in a scenic grassy plot along the Finley River, Ozark’s Finley River Park is the perfect picturesque park to enjoy a sunny afternoon. The park is easily walkable for residents who live in Stone Ridge, Apple Creek and other surrounding neighborhoods, and it’s just a quick drive away for all other Ozark residents. With baseball fields, walking trails and three pavilions available for reservation, the riverside park is one of the city’s most happening hangouts.