It’s 90 degrees and your weekends consist of sitting in the recliner watching sports on TV, cold drink in hand, for hours at a time. You’re stir-crazy and you’re pretty sure you’ve left a permanent indention in that recliner this summer.
If you’re ready to leave the house and get some much-needed vitamin D this weekend, Springfield has a day filled with cold drinks, sports and outdoor fun ready for your guys-only weekend.
Start off your day with something you love all year round – beer. Mother’s Brewing Company is a locally owned brewery making craft beers since 2010; the location is pretty sweet, it’s a circa 1926 bread bakery. The tasting room is open Wednesday-Saturday (hours vary), with free tours at 2, p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays. This place is great for drinks after work or catching up with friends in Mother’s Backyard. Try the year-rounder’s, Towhead, Three Blind Mice or Lil’ Helper, or one of their many of seasonal brews.
After a good brew, Farmer’s Gastropub is the perfect mix between English-pub cuisine and local charm. This pub takes bar food to another level by getting its ingredients from local farmers. Knowing where your meat comes from makes your dining experience that much better. Expand your horizons and try the hot and crispy fish and chips or a Scotch egg.
Now that you’re sufficiently stuffed, head over to the first official headquarters of Bass Pro Shops. If you think this is like any other Bass Pro, be prepared to have your socks knocked off. “The Granddaddy of all Outdoor Stores” takes hunting, camping and fishing to a whole other level. In 500,000 square feet, this mansion of manliness holds seven fish tanks filled with freshwater fish, an alligator pit, an indoor archery range, the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum, Archery Hall of Fame and many more things I couldn’t even begin to describe. It’s definitely worth an hour (or six) of your time.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is a must-see on your weekend trip. The museum has more than 4,000 sports memorabilia items and many interactive exhibits, such as the NASCAR simulator and Major League Batter’s Box, that allow you to show off your skills. The museum is open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., noon-4 p.m. Admission is $5 a person, so indulge your sports fandom for the afternoon.
Finish the evening with a Springfield Cardinals game. The Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals plays at Hammons Field in the heart of town. See the team that hosted the legend, Stan “the Man” Musial before he started his Major League career. Buy dugout or field tickets to get a great view of the action or purchase diamond tickets behind home plate, which makes it easy for you to call balls and strikes – no umpire needed.
Take a break from the monotony this summer and bring your brew-happy, sports-loving buddies for a fun, guys-only weekend in Springfield.
Written by Abbey Theban, intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.