Top things to do in Springfield

Top Choice Museum in Springfield

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

It was Springfield where, in 1891, a young physical education instructor called James Naismith first invented basketball. The game is celebrated at this state-of-the art museum. Though the emphasis at the basketball…
Top Choice Museum in Springfield

Amazing World of Dr Seuss

This innovative museum is dedicated to the life and work of Springfield native Theodore Geisel, aka Dr Seuss. On the first floor, interactive exhibits use the stories of Dr Seuss to engage children with rhyming game…
Top Choice Blues in Springfield

Theodore's

Offering 'booze, blues and BBQ,' this joint is a gem. Truly great blues and jazz acts get booked in the lively bar, and the barbecue is finger-lickin' good. There's usually music from Tuesday to Saturday: Wednesday …
Top Choice Cajun in Springfield

Chef Wayne's Big Mamou

Don't be fooled by its meager appearance – this hole in the wall serves up fabulous home-style Cajun fare. Highlights include the barbecued pulled pork, crayfish quesadillas and blackened catfish. One caveat: you'll…
Museum in Springfield

Museum of Fine Arts

The 20 galleries of this art deco–style building are filled with lesser paintings of the great European masters and better works of lesser masters. The impressionist collection includes works by Pissarro and Renoir,…
Park in Springfield

Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

Life-size bronze sculptures of the Cat in the Hat and other wonky characters look beseechingly at passers-by at the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, dedicated to Springfield's favorite native son. The mo…
Fair in Springfield

Big E

In mid-September, sleepy West Springfield explodes into activity with the annual Eastern States Exposition, better known as the Big E. It's 17 days of farm exhibits and horse shows, carnival rides and parades, conce…
Museum in Springfield

Museum of Springfield History

Showcasing the city's distant heyday, this museum is home to the Esta Mantos Indian Motocycle collection (the world's largest). There's also a huge assortment of firearms, including more Smith & Wesson guns than…
Museum in Springfield

Smith Art Museum

This museum has exterior windows designed by Tiffany Studios and a fine collection of 19th-century American and European paintings, textiles, ceramics and more. The samurai armor collection is among the finest outsi…
Middle Eastern in Springfield

Nadim's Mediterranean Grill

The upscale setting and Mediterranean menu attract a business crowd at this downtown restaurant. Lebanese standards are done well, including fattoush, kafta and kebabs. Fan favorites include hummachos (hummus dip wi…