Historic charm, trendy shopping, unique art galleries and a wealth of dining and nightlife choices await in downtown Springfield. After 15 years of steady reinvestment, today the city is experiencing an accelerated Renaissance.


Downtown Springfield is a historic center city that holds claim to icons of America’s Past, including the birthplace of Route 66 and the famous Wild Bill Hickok gun duel on the square. As a “big, small town,” Springfield offers a fun mix of local attractions, historical treasures, sports action, and cultural and leisure activities in a laid-back environment.


Downtown Springfield’s vibrant art scene includes historic theatres — like Lander’s Theater, home to the thriving Springfield Little Theater — an indie cinema, live music, and major events on the historic city square all within steps of our hotel. Traveling over the weekend? Stop by First Friday, which attracts thousands each month to art galleries in the district.


Need a gift? Downtown Springfield has numerous shops filled with unexpected treasures. Trendy clothing and accessories, home decor, vintage clothing, antiques, books and jewelry, there’s something for every person on your list.


There’s no shortage of leisure activities for the whole family in downtown Springfield. The Discovery Center is a hands-on learning destination for kids, while Founder’s Park, Jordan Valley Park, the Mediacom ice skating arena and Hammon’s Field, home of the Springfield Cardinals, all welcome visitors.

Things to Do & See Downtown