Springfield Art Museum
Located near the always-adorable Phelps Grove Park, this museum is the city’s oldest cultural institution. Outside you’ll find the “Sun Target II” sculpture by John Henry, an abstract bright yellow epitome of a stellar social media backdrop. Inside, hunt down the museum’s first purchase in 1928: a landscape painting by Philadelphia artist Mary Butler. The best part? It’s free admission.
Route 66 Car Museum
U.S. Route 66, also known as the Main Street of America, is what brings a lot of people to Springfield. It was one of the original highways in the U.S. highway system and the route makes for the perfect road trip. So, it’s only fitting that there is a classic car museum dedicated to the Mother Road. Some of the most notable cars on display are the 2007 “Resident Evil” Zombie Protection Truck and the 1979 Gotham Cruiser, aka the batmobile.
Wonders of Wildlife
Bass Pro Shops Owner Johnny Morris doesn’t mess around when he builds an attraction, and his newest creation, Wonders of Wildlife, is no exception. This must-see aquarium opened in September 2017 and it has already been voted America’s Best New Attraction. And rightfully so, considering it is the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world. It has just about everything you could imagine from jellyfish to chinchillas.