4 p.m. Your patio prowl begins at the scenic The Rock Food & Friends (4108 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-986-0632) in the Galloway district. Because this is just the start of the evening, stick to drinks or small apps like the buffalo cauliflower at a patio picnic table. Or if you want to skip the noshing and just catch up with friends, huddle around a crackling firepit on the lower patio, just a few steps from the front door.
5 p.m. Get the endorphins rushing—and counteract a few calories—with a quick stroll on the Galloway Creek Greenway trail, which is just a few steps away from The Rock. You can head straight to your next destination from here, or turn right and meander through Sequiota Park to spot the swans before dinner.
5:30 p.m. Have you worked up an appetite? Luckily, Galloway Grill (4211 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield, 417-882-5300) has a vast food menu—fan favorites include The Redbird spicy chicken sandwich and the ahi tuna sandwich—and a creekside covered patio for a little ambiance.