Root, root, root for the home team at Hammons Field
Summer baseball season draws to a close this month, but don’t let that stop you from cheering on Springfield’s redbirds. Hammons Field is our very own Minor League baseball stadium, looming tall over East Trafficway Street, and it’s home to the Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Don a Cardinals cap, catch a fly ball, hamfist a hot dog, practice your curveball—you get the drill. Recreate your best baseball game experience and show the Cards your redbird pride, even if the bats aren’t swinging that day.
Rev your engine at the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park
Hamburgers, baseball, cowboys and Route 66—all are quintessential symbols of American culture, but only one was born here. In 1926, the highway that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles was given the designation of Route 66 in Springfield, and thus America’s “Mother Road” was born. The Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park (1200 W. College St.) celebrates the cultural cornerstone with tidbits of the era, including a replica of the Red’s Hamburg sign. Head to the park to get your kicks, and rev your engine or show off whatever wheels you’re cruising on that day.