Springfield Missouri Flights:
Flights to Springfield Missouri
Known as Queen City of the Ozarks, Springfield is the third largest city in the US state of Missouri and is located close to its nickname’s sake, the Ozarks. With great scenery and recreation on its doorstep, Springfield makes an excellent holiday destination.
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The Tourist Attractions in Springfield Missouri:
The airport in Springfield is 8 kilometres (5 miles) away from the city’s downtown area, and is called the Springfield-Branson National Airport (airport code: SGF). There is no public transit between the airport and the city, save for taxis or private hotel shuttles. Flights to Springfield are available with British Midland and Virgin Atlantic, both having a 2-stop route with connections in London and Atlanta. TAM Linhas Aereas also has a flight to Springfield, but takes a route through Sao Paulo and Chicago instead.
Springfield Tourist Attractions
One of Springfield’s top tourist attractions is Fantastic Caverns. These caves were first discovered in 1862 and have been used for a variety of things including a speak-easy during the prohibition, and a concert venue during the 1960’s and 70’s. Ozark country music is actually said to have started here! For visitors nowadays there’s a length tour of the caves, taken entirely on a tram, so no walking required! The Fantastic Caverns is actually the only cave in North America to offer an entirely ride-through tour.
Dickerson Park Zoo
Open year round the Dickerson Park Zoo is situated in Springfield and is another of the city’s top attractions, featuring 450 animals from 160 different species. The zoo has a number of themed areas that represent five different geographic regions from around the world where you’ll find birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium
If you enjoy a visit to the zoo, you may also like to visit Springfield’s aquarium and wildlife museum. This is currently undergoing a major renovation and expansion though and is not scheduled to re-open until towards the end of 2010.
Those visitors interested in culture and history will find that Springfield has a good selection of museums to discover, from the arts of the Springfield Art Museum to the history of the History Museum of Springfield-Greene County. The city also has an assortment of historical sites, trails, historic places and buildings, such as the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, built in 1923; Springfield National Cemetery which was established for the interment of Civil War soldiers, many of whom died at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, another historic site that you can visit close to Springfield.
When Should You Visit?:
With four distinct seasons, Springfield is a city that can be enjoyed at any time of year depending on your own preferences. Summers provide warm weather with July and August having average high temperatures of around 32C. Both spring and autumn can be very nice too with their warm temperatures, and if you like snow then snowfall usually occurs during the winter. Precipitation is fairly consistent throughout the year, but July and August are a little lower than other months.