We went and we did – We love Springfield! We checked into the Holiday Inn Express – Springfield and before I could sit down, the kids were changed and headed to the pool. Indoor and heated and just the right size. My littles had the pool to themselves majority of our stay and enjoyed every second of it. They were also supper excited about the free breakfast each morning. The staff was so welcoming and accommodating when I needed to change my reservation. Lots of families staying there, it was close to all the attractions. I will definitely put Holiday Inn Express on the top of my list for our family travel. After their swim we picked up a quick dinner at Braums – one of my favorite places to eat, less than a mile from the hotel and since we don’t have it in Kansas City, we went there a couple of times while we could!
After our free breakfast the next morning, we headed to the Dickerson Park Zoo and it was amazing. Small, but in all the best ways.
The animals were close and easy to see, there weren’t huge crowds to fight and space to walk around, but not so much that you felt like you had to walk through Africa to see the animals in Africa. The trainers were around and willing to answer questions.
We timed it just right and had a chance to see Patience the elephant do a few tricks and take a bath. All of the kids at the exhibit even had a chance to give her a treat.
The peacocks were roaming free and put on quiet the show.
My favorite part, by far, was feeding the giraffes. They are such beautiful animals and being able to be that close was great experience.
We only had a few days, so after the zoo we headed straight to Fantastic Caverns. We learned a ton of history, like Missouri is the Cave State and that this is the only drive thru cave in America.
It was a much needed cool down in the 60 degree caves after walking around the zoo and a few drips of water from the formations took the kids by surprise.
The tour took about an hour and guess what?! There is Starbucks coffee before you board the tram! Oh,yeah! That totally made this tired Mom’s day. At the beginning of the tour, you take a group pic and you can purchase at the end of your tour for a souvenir (notice the coffee in my hand).
Cleaned up and headed to dinner. Lambert’s “Home of the Throwed Rolls” is not to be missed! We had a 40 minute wait (it was Memorial Day) but boy was it worth it. Honestly I can taste the butter and molasses on the rolls right now as I type. Soooo good!
Back to the hotel and of course, back in the pool they went for our last night. Before we left town, we made a quick stop by Askinosie Chocolate and it smelled amazing!!! We were a little to early to tour the factory, but we got lots of samples and it’s the best dark chocolate I’ve ever had! They have a really cool story and how they support the farmers that their cocoa beans come from. “100% traceable from bean to bar.”
Before we got on the highway to head home, we stopped by Bass Pro. It’s one of the many free activities you can do in Springfield. If you have a kid who loves fishing and hunting they will be amazed at the super store!
This trip to Springfield is what I call a 1 tank trip. From where I am in Kansas City, it took just about 2 1/2 hours to get there. It’s an easy all highway drive, with plenty of rest stops on the way, but hopefully you won’t need to stop. You could also make it a day trip and just go to one of the attractions, dinner and head home. The kids and I are already planning a trip back before they go back to school in August. If you go, you will LOVE Springfield!