Looking for an affordable destination for your next vacation? Springfield has plenty of free and low-cost attractions you’ll love. Here are the must-see spots to add to your itinerary for a budget-friendly trip to Springfield.
Explore the Springfield Botanical Gardens
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Make nature the main attraction for a day with a visit to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. View themed gardens to see gorgeous collections of lilies, peonies, roses, and more, then head to the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House and become surrounded by fluttering creatures. Take the solar tram for a complete tour of the park, and stop at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead to see the oldest cabin in Springfield for a glimpse into life in the 1860s.
Admission is free, and you can easily spend hours exploring the well-manicured grounds of this lovely attraction. Consider staying at one of the affordable Springfield hotels nearby.
Learn About Downtown’s History
Springfield’s downtown area is positively bursting with fascinating history. Exploring some of the most interesting historical sites downtown is a fun and budget-friendly educational endeavor. Start by taking the free Battle of Springfield Tour, which features 12 markers that commemorate significant spots on the 1863 battleground. Since it’s a self-guided tour, you can tackle it at a pace that works for you.
You’ll also want to check out the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, which was built in 1923 and is one of the most stunning architectural sites in the city. Explore the gorgeous event spaces and take a peek at the building’s museum. Stay at one of the many affordable hotels near the Shrine Mosque to enjoy being close to Springfield’s rich history.
Watch Baseball at Hammons Field
When you visit Hammons Field, it’s like getting to go to a Major League Baseball game on the cheap. This field is home to the Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Opt for lawn seating and you can snag tickets for under $10 each.
Many games feature fun promotions as well, like fireworks displays, souvenir giveaways, or the chance for kids to run the bases after the game. Parking does add to the expense, but you can avoid that by staying at one of the Springfield hotels near Hammons Field and walking to the game instead.
Play in Phelps Grove Park
For an afternoon of fun that’s completely free, check out Phelps Grove Park. This gorgeous green space was built in 1914 and features acres of towering trees and open grassy areas. There are plenty of features to help keep everyone entertained, including a 7/10-mile walking trail, gardens, tennis courts, horseshoes, and playgrounds. Save money by bringing along food you can prepare on the park’s grills and enjoy at a nearby picnic table.
Phelps Grove Park also contains the popular Springfield Art Museum, which features free admission (though donations are appreciated). Stay at one of the Springfield hotels located near the museum to be within walking distance of this great family-friendly attraction.
Use these tips to plan a budget-friendly getaway to Springfield for the whole family.