Top 14 Outdoor Activities In Springfield MO For Families

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As a Springfield MO family photographer and mom of 4, I know there are so many family-friendly outdoor activities in Springfield MO, that your whole family can enjoy.  Your family can enjoy the beautiful Ozarks while having fun together!  

Our family LOVES being outside. We always do something new to explore, learn, run and play.  We have gathered a list of all of our favorite things to do and where to go so you can have your adventure doing new outdoor activities in Springfield MO.

Top 14 Outdoor Activities in Springfield MO Your Whole Family Will Enjoy

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1. Dickerson Park Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo is a great place to take kids.  They can see 100s of different animals while getting exercise walking through the park.  They have opportunities to feed some of the animals, a train ride, a playset, a splash pad (available seasonally), and a café for lunch or snacks during your visit.

2. Springfield Conservation Nature Center

We love to walk through the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  We recently discovered you could check out a kid’s Discovery bag at the front desk of the nature center. It has activities for kids to do along the way. Our bag had bird calls, binoculars, crayons to discover leaf prints, and so much more! My kids thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread. It doubled great as a homeschool field trip for us! They also have kids’ events throughout the year to teach them different things about nature throughout the seasons.

3. Fantastic Caverns

Fantastic Caverns is a ride-thru cave where families can ride Jeep-drawn trams while experiencing the magnitude, the stillness, and the beauty of all of the natural features in the Caverns.

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4. Rutledge Wilson Farm Park

Rutledge Wilson Park is a unique park that not only has a playset but a petting zoo as well!  This is my daughter’s favorite park, and begs to go at least 3x a week. She loves seeing all the animals and petting them too! All of the animals are so gentle and great for kids of any age.

5. Visit One of The Best Parks In Springfield MO

We love to visit all of the local parks.  It is a great place for the kids to run around, play on the playsets, make friends, go on walks, play frisbee, kick around a ball, practice sports and explore each of their unique natural features.  Here is a list of the Top 7 Best Parks In Springfield MO

6. Walking Trails In Springfield MO

Did you know Springfield MO has over 140 MILES of walking trails?  I was shocked to find we have so many amazing trails!  Our family loves to go on walks, runs, biking, take our scooters and explore the trails as we get some fresh air. Here is a list of the 6 Best Walking Trails in Springfield, MO.

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7. Jordan Valley Park

Jordan Valley Park is so fun because they not only has a splash fountain for families to enjoy, but they also have a playground and wide grass spots that are perfect for picnics, and it attaches a walking trail that attaches to Springfield’s walking trail system.

8. Japanese Stroll Garden

Japanese Stroll Gardens is the oldest attraction at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.  It is a 7.5-acre garden that includes a large koi lake, moon bridge, meditation garden, tea house, and traditional Japanese garden landscaping. 

9. Kayaking

Kayaking can be a fun way to enjoy the outdoors while in Springfield.  Go floating, throw a line out to fish, or just hang out with your family. Here is a list of places to Float in the Ozarks 

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10. Caving

Growing up, my friends and family always went caving often.  Our version of caving is walking through caves, occasionally swimming through them, and exploring the unique adventure that comes through investigating the views of natural caves.  Ritter Springs and Sequiota Park both offer caves that are available to the public.

11. Visit One of The Top Dog Park In Springfield MO

Bring your family and fur babies to enjoy a leash-free park together.  You can find more information on The Top Dog Park in Springfield MO HERE.

12. Go Fishing

Living in a farming country, you have probably had your fair share of fishing, but it can be such a fun family activity!  A few of our favorite public places to go are Fellows Lake, Valley Watermill, and McDaniel Lake.

13. Visit One of The Swimming Holes In Springfield MO

There are so many swimming holes in Springfield MO! Here is a list of the Top 5 BEST swimming holes in Springfield MO (in our opinion!)

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14. Outdoor Photography Adventure!

As a photographer, I had to save the best for last. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to create a photography adventure.  The best part is you can find someone else to do the planning for you! 

Families often come to me looking for an outdoor adventure with their family but don’t want the stress. I find the most beautiful locations, help find the BEST outfits that you are comfortable in and love and capture your family playing, exploring, and spending time together in a candid way.  You not only get a fun time together, but you will also receive a beautiful gallery of photos you will cherish forever.  You can find more information on what I offer HERE

Overall, there are so many fun, family-friendly outdoor activities in Springfield MO! We are so blessed to live in such a gorgeous place that offers lots of adventure. I hope your family has the BEST time!

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