5 Must Do Things In Springfield Missouri

Dated: February 6 2020

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Take a bathroom selfie at Hotel Vandivort


Hotel Vandivort is a boutique hotel in downtown Springfield, breathing with slick style and urban charm. Built in 1906 as a masonic temple, it offers more than 40,000 square feet. In the 80s it turned into office spaces until Springfield natives John and Billy McQueary bought it and restored it to its original beauty. Every brick has a story, the history surrounds you.

When it comes to the lobby, elevators, restaurant and lounge area, you’ll go into an Instagram “Step aside people, I need to take some photos!” trance.

As cool as all these elements are, the #HotelVandivortBathroomSelfie craze is where it’s at. Here’s the deal: The bathrooms are located downstairs, and in each room sits a huge mirror that is framed in bars of the most magical, glowing lights you’ve ever experienced.


Order a cocktail at the Golden Girl Rum Club


Cocktails or not, a visit to The Golden Girl Rum Club needs to be on your list. It’s founded and owned by Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess, her husband, Trey Scott, and another business partner, Joshua Widner. The place is as sweet as a pineapple-garnished rum punch and radiates Havana-inspired vibes. Much like Hotel Vandivort, there are many photo opportunities within the walls, from the neon sign to the jungle-y wallpaper to the artfully arranged dishes. The retro tropical tunes will make you shimmy. But the real stars are the cocktails. They are concocted inside a variety of kitschy ceramic planters and vases.


Pig out on Hurts Donuts


Nestled within the notable buildings of downtown Springfield sits a sugary castle of confectionary heaven: Hurts Donuts. Open “25 hours a day, 8 days a week” – this is your one-stop shop for gooey, chewy, sticky, guilty pleasure delights. These donuts are as thrilling to admire as they are to scarf. 

Check out Wonders of Wildlife 

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Johnny Morris's Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquariam is the largest immersive wildlife attraction in the world. Explore a 1.5 million gallon aquarium adventure showcasing 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds and a wildlife museum offering a tour of the wildest places on earth. The 350,000 square foot experience features more than 1.5 miles of immersive trails and exhibits. 

Eat Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken  

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Almost 50 years before, David Leong created Springfield-style cashew chicken. Ladled onto plates, Springfield-style cashew chicken almost looks like chicken-fried steak – except instead of a thick slab of breaded beef that’s been doused with peppery white gravy, bite-sized morsels of juicy chicken are fried and smothered in a rich brown sauce. The breading is crispy, and the meat inside is tender. But the real standout is that sauce – the salty, savory brown gravy that coats each bite. Topped with a sprinkling of chopped green onions and crushed cashews, David’s cashew chicken has become one of Springfield’s most well-known dishes.


The Crafty Chica. (2020). 5 Must-Do Things in Springfield, MO - The Crafty Chica. [online] Available at: https://craftychica.com/2016/06/springfield-mo/ [Accessed 6 Feb. 2020]

Anon, (2020). [online] Available at: https://www.feastmagazine.com/features/springfield/article_f2f49324-d3d3-11e4-b597-0b6d0fbc1b83.html [Accessed 6 Feb. 2020].

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Michelle Cantrell

Michelle is a native of Southwest Missouri and has twenty-eight years of experience in selling real estate in the greater Springfield area! Michelle specializes in all price points, including new cons....

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