Hey, travel fam! ✨ Just got back from an incredible few days in the heart of the Midwest, and I am so excited to spill all the deets about my amazing Mommy – And – Me adventure in Springfield, Missouri. From farm-to-table delights to jaw-dropping natural wonders, this city truly has it all! Mia, Gigi, and I had so much fun and can’t wait to be back! Now let’s dive in…🌳🍔

Hotel Vandivort: Chic Retreat in the Heart of Springfield 

Let’s kick things off with my stay at the ultra-chic Hotel Vandivort. This boutique hotel is a dream come true for any traveler seeking a perfect blend of luxury and local charm. The modern design, attentive staff, and cozy rooms made our stay absolutely unforgettable. Pro tip: Be sure to check out Vantage, the hotel’s rooftop bar, for breathtaking vibes and views of downtown Springfield.

Ozark Mill: A Journey Through Time

Just steps away from Finley Farms Ozarks Restaurant lies the historic Ozark Mill, a beautifully restored piece of Ozarks history. The mill, originally built in 1833, has been lovingly preserved and transformed into a multi-functional space that seamlessly blends the past with the present.

Take a stroll through the mill, and you’ll discover a unique shopping experience, with local artisans showcasing their craftsmanship. From handmade goods to unique Ozark-inspired souvenirs, the Ozark Mill Market is a treasure trove for those looking to take a piece of the Ozarks home with them.

For those interested in the history of the area, guided tours of the mill are available, offering fascinating insights into the role the mill played in the community over the centuries. The tour is 100% worth it and so cool! The scenic surroundings, including the iconic Finley River Bridge, make the Ozark Mill a picturesque spot for both history enthusiasts and Instagram aficionados alike!

A visit to Finley Farms Ozarks Restaurant and the Ozark Mill is not just a meal—it’s a journey. A journey through the flavors of the Ozarks, a journey through time in a beautifully preserved historic setting, and a journey into the heart of a community that takes pride in its rich culinary and cultural heritage.

Wonders of Wildlife: Dive into Nature’s Marvels 🐠🦒

Next stop: Wonders of Wildlife, a world-class aquarium and wildlife museum. The immersive exhibits took the girls and I on a journey through the world’s oceans and jungles. From adorable otters to majestic sharks, every corner was a visual feast. Not to mention the life size exhibits were INCREDIBLE! Tip: must do the penguin encounter!

Heirloom Candle Bar: Craft Your Own Memories 🕯️

Looking for a unique and personalized souvenir? Heirloom Candle Bar was an absolute delight! I got to channel my inner artist and create a custom-scented candle that gave me Anthropologie vibes. The cozy atmosphere and helpful staff made this experience not only fun but also a perfect way to remember my trip to Springfield. Plus, the girls were able to follow the guide easily so I would say it’s great for ages 7 and up!

Black Sheep Burgers: A Culinary Adventure 🍔🌈

No influencer adventure is complete without diving into the local food scene, right? Black Sheep Burgers totally stole the show with its innovative and mouthwatering burger creations. The atmosphere was lively, the service was top-notch, and the flavors were out of this world. Trust me; you don’t want to miss out on the truffle fries!

Top of the Rock: Sunset Serenity 🌅

For an unforgettable sunset experience, I headed to Top of the Rock. The panoramic views of Table Rock Lake and the Ozark Mountains were absolutely breathtaking. Whether you’re sipping cocktails at the Top of the Rock Bar or exploring the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail, this place is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.The Nature at Night was so fun and who doesn’t love driving a golf cart around Christmas lights?!

Dickerson Zoo: Wild Encounters 🦓🦁

Animal lovers, rejoice! Dickerson Zoo was a highlight of my trip, offering an up-close and personal experience with a diverse array of wildlife. The well-maintained exhibits and educational programs showcased the zoo’s commitment to conservation and animal welfare. Plus, they do have the best selfie in Springfield, with their beautiful giraffe feeding experience!

Fantastic Caverns: Nature’s Underground Marvels 🌌

Last but definitely not least, I explored the Fantastic Caverns, an underground wonder that left us in awe. The guided jeep tour took us through breathtaking limestone formations, and the history behind this natural marvel added an extra layer of excitement. Plus it was so dark, we couldn’t believe people explored them without light bulbs once before!

Springfield, you stole my heart! From the vibrant local scene to the awe-inspiring natural wonders, this city has it all. Whether you’re a foodie, nature enthusiast, or just looking for a weekend escape, Springfield, Missouri, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.