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Top Choice Museum in Springfield

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Though the emphasis at the basketball hall of fame seems to be more hoopla than hoops – there's an abundance of multiscreened TVs and disembodied cheering – true devotees of the game will be thrilled to shoot basket…
Top Choice 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…
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 music from Tuesday to Saturday: Wednesday is open-…
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…
Top Choice Museum in Springfield

Springfield Museums

The Springfield Museums surround Museum Quadrangle, two blocks northeast of Court Sq. Out front, look for the Augustus Saint-Gaudens statue The Puritan. One ticket grants entrance to all five museums, giving a surpr…
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…
Park in Springfield

Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

Your kids will insist on stopping at the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, dedicated to Springfield's favorite native son. Life-size bronze sculptures of the Cat in the Hat and other wonky characters look…
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…
Historic Site in Springfield

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

This national historic site preserves what remains of the USA's greatest federal armory, built under the command of General George Washington during the American Revolution. Nowadays, it holds one of the world's lar…