The city of Springfield, Missouri, and the surrounding Ozarks provide numerous services and activities to meet the needs of its citizens. Missouri's third largest city is within a 500-mile radius of nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population.
Among the entertainment perks, Springfield supports a symphony, ballet, art museum, theater and even an opera. The Juanita K. Hammons Hall for Performing Arts brings Broadway plays and internationally known entertainers to campus. Less than a mile from campus, downtown is the scene for live music. On any given weekend, there may be 30 or more bands playing around town.
If you are a shopping enthusiast, Battlefield Mall is the place for you. It’s one of the largest indoor shopping centers in the state, with more than 190 stores. Around town, there are nearly 1,500 retail outlets to match your shopping interests, including trendy boutiques and art galleries downtown and the environmentally friendly Green Circle Shopping Center. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, one of Missouri’s largest tourist attractions, is the place to get your gear for outdoor fun.
Mediacom Ice Park Springfield’s indoor ice-skating rink, has brought a new dimension of indoor entertainment to the area. You can enjoy recreational skating or cheer on the Missouri State Ice Bears, a club team within the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Hammons Field is home to Springfield’s professional baseball team, the Springfield Cardinals, as well as the Missouri State Baseball Bears. The Cardinals team is the St. Louis Cardinals AA affiliate and a member of the Texas League of professional baseball clubs.
Springfield has a ton of parks, each with a different personality. There's a Japanese stroll garden, bike paths, a dog park and more. If you want to hike a trail, try the Springfield Conservation Nature Center or Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Serious outdoor types can find campgrounds, state parks and a national forest within easy driving distances.