Attractions Educate, Entertain Visitors

If you haven’t experienced Springfield’s attractions, National Travel & Tourism Week May 3-9 should give you a reason to think about doing that. You are truly missing out on some incredible experiences. Around every corner, there are fun things to do from swimming with sharks at Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium to feeding

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Opening for Recreational Use

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to

Proceeds from Tourism Auction to Benefit Displaced Hospitality Workers

Stay-at-home orders put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic have had a terrible impact on those working in the hospitality industry. Hotels, restaurants, retailers, attractions and the businesses that serve them have seen revenue grind to a halt. More than 22,000 people work in Springfield’s hospitality industry and many of them have experienced reduced

Hosta Garden

Park Board Begins Reopening Facilities

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board is making plans to begin reopening facilities May 4, following the City of Springfield’s and Greene County’s updated civil emergency orders. All Park Board facilities and activities have been closed since March to help prevent spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The updated city and county orders, in effect May 4-31, allow

CVB Starts Coloring Page Contest to Alleviate Boredom, Promote Attractions During Pandemic

The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau is conducting a coloring page contest to give people something to do while they’re staying home during the pandemic and to continue promoting local attractions. To participate, people of all ages can print a picture from this page, color the picture and share it on Facebook at this page

Bass Pro Founder Honored by National Professional Anglers Association

The National Professional Anglers Association awarded top honors to several members of the professional angling community at its 2020 conference in January. Among them was a special category reserved for visionaries who have shaped the sportfishing industry’s past, present, and future. This year’s honoree is an exceptional leader in the outdoors and conservation, as well

Welcome Our New Partners!

A variety of businesses advertise in Convention & Visitors Bureau publications, on the website and at the tourist information center and Expo Center. It’s a great way to reach out to visitors who are in the city for events, vacations and business. Businesses that recently partnered with the CVB include: Prehistoric Brewing Co. King’s Castle

National Park Superintendent Retires

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield announced the retirement of longtime superintendent Theodore “Ted” Hillmer effective January 3. Hillmer, who retired after a 44-year career with the federal government, came to WICR as superintendent in 2003 and served in that position for 16 years. Hillmer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Environmental Science/Civil Engineering from the University