Looking for something fun to do on the North side of town? Look no further, we’ve got the hook up on some of the best events, places to hang out and things to do in the Moon City District in Springfield. The Northside has really come along in the past few years, with developments springing up all over the place. Let’s take a closer look at some fun stuff to do on the Northside!
If you’re looking for a spot to get out enjoy nature, Ritter Springs is a perfect spot to take it all in. It’s a 245-acre park with a playground, picnic area, and tons room to get out and stretch your legs. We recommend visiting in the early days of fall when the leaves start to change. It’s one of the best spots in town to enjoy the fall foliage. During the summer, you can find a volleyball court, plenty of lakes and streams and some great spots for a stroll.
Wanna do some fishing? There are tons of great spots to drop a line and catch some crappie at Fellows Lake. The Fellow Lake Marina will even rent you a boat or a slip to get out on the water. There are places available to have a cookout or a fish fry. Plus, there’s a dedicated area for remote controlled plane pilots to practice their barrel rolls!
4007 N Farm Road 171
Whether you’re an avid rider or you’re looking to help someone learn how to ride, the Valley Water Mill Equine Center has you covered. They hold regular classes for beginners in a wide variety of disciplines. You can also host a party or a get together for kids here. For more experienced riders, the center has an indoor and an outdoor area, plus a 10-acre pasture to use. There’s always something cool on the calendar, too. There are often summer camps, lessons, horse shows, and more!
One of the most famous attractions in the entire city, Fantastic Caverns has been a staple of entertainment and education in Springfield since a group of 12 women discovered the caverns in the 1867.
This trail is a relatively straight 35 mile trek from north Springfield to Bolivar. It was once a railroad track that was famously ridden by then-Presidential candidate Harry S. Truman in 1948. It’s also pretty well known for its 16 bridges along the way. The Frisco Highline Trail is owned by Ozark Greenways, a local non-profit organization whose mission it is to preserve the Ozarks’ natural heritage for public use and enjoyment through the development of a comprehensive public greenway trail network.
299 E Commercial St
6 blocks of shopping, dining and places to hangout on the Northside. Historic C Street has gotten an extreme makeover during the past decade or so. There are so many awesome places to visit. If you like a nice glass of wine and a good conversation, try Q Enoteca. If you’re in the mood for a gourmet coffee, pop by Eurasia. If you want some amazing food, you’ve got great options like Cafe Cusco, That Lebanese Place and Lindberg’s
The Watershed Center is much more than just a place where folks keep an eye on the quality of the water in our area. It’s also a really cool place to hang out. One of the two primary focuses of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO) is education (the other is projects). WCO does fin stuff like scavenger hunts, nature tours and interactive models like the Stream Table which shows the physical functions of a river and watershed interactions very clearly!
3001 N Grant Ave
There’s always something fun on the schedule at the Fairgrounds. Every year, the Ozark Empire Fair takes the city by storm with rides, street food and plenty of games. The amphitheater always has a big act coming through too! You can also find some awesome book sales, the annual Street Machine Nationals, monster truck shows and more!