Educational Tours in Missouri: 5 Sensational Stops in Springfield
Located less than an hour’s drive from Branson is the history filled City of Springfield, Missouri. At one time, it was home to Civil War soldiers, Native American tribes and famous pioneers like Wild Bill Hickok. As such, student groups visiting Missouri’s Ozarks Region have several options when it comes to educational tour stops. Among them are the following five Springfield attractions:
1.) Smallin Cave (North Smallin Road)
Why not start out by letting the kids visit Smallin Cave? It is a Civil War site that offers a variety of guided cave tours and programs. Some of the tours focus on the cave’s Civil War connections. Others are geared towards budding geologists, spelunkers and naturalists.
Groups that decide to take the Civil War route, may want to consider combining the cave tour with the Battle of Springfield Driving Tour and a stop at the Springfield National Cemetery. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and the Civil War Library are also located nearby.
2.) History Museum on the Square (Park Central Square)
A stop at the History Museum on the Square could also be incorporated into a Civil War themed tour. That’s because it contains a few Civil War artifacts as well as information on early modes of transportation and the state’s famous, former residents. Off-site walking and motorcoach guided tours are offered by the museum’s staff too.
3.) Riverbluff Cave/Museum (West Farm Road)
Another fabulous, educational place to visit with students is the Missouri Institute of Natural Science. It features museum exhibits and opportunities to participate in field trips as well as fossil hunts. The institute also manages the Riverbluff Cave site. At the moment, the cave is not open to the public. However, those excavating the cave often give lectures about their finds to student groups.
4.) Springfield Art Museum (East Brookside Drive)
For the art students, a visit to the Springfield Art Museum would be in order. It is home to an array of changing exhibitions, student workshops, art classes, special events and an art library. The library is also a good place to let the children find information about their favorite artists.
5.) Dickerson Park Zoo (North Fort)
Finally, there are educational tours available at the Dickerson Park Zoo too. They offer students a chance to do such things as interact with the animals, hike
the grounds and complete zoo themed crafts. Onsite classes, workshops and R
To discuss booking an educational tour to Springfield and other student friendly destinations in Missouri, please contact us at Peak Performance Tours. We’d be happy to provide your group with a no-obligation, complimentary proposal.oots & Shoots programs are sometimes available as well.