Many people know Springfield, Missouri, as the home of Missouri State University. But the city offers more than coffee houses and college football games. Take the time to explore the romantic side of Springfield.
Lovely Historic Inns
Start your romantic outing by booking a room at one of Springfield’s historic inns. The Walnut Street Inn offers a beautiful veranda, period antiques, plus a specially prepared breakfast in the morning. Hotel Vandivort, located downtown, began as a Masonic Temple in the early 1900s. Today, the hotel features all the modern amenities while keeping the charm of long ago.
The unique Culture Boutique Hotel custom built all the furniture with reclaimed materials from the original building. This hotel has only six suites, so plan ahead and book early. The Victorian-era Mansion at Elfindale takes you back to the turn of the century, with claw-foot bathtubs adorning each suite.
Everyone likes a massage, so try a couple’s massage at Zen 3 Spa and Bodyworks. The Cabana Night Dinner Package includes a 60-minute massage for you and your date. When weather permits, get the massage in a private outdoor cabana, or enjoy the spa’s indoor tropical couple’s room. This treat includes a romantic dinner for two, catered by Simply Delicious, and alcohol-free mimosas. Or you can bring your favorite bottle of wine or beer.
Learn to Dance
Schedule dance lessons at Step by Step Dance. Class offerings include swing, country, ballroom, and salsa lessons. There is no charge for first-timers. Afterward, eat a delicious Italian dinner under candlelight at Nicola’s Ristorante. Then, show off your new moves at a dance club like Zan The Club, Midnight Rodeo, or the Vintage Lounge.
Start a fun afternoon shopping downtown, and don’t miss the Alchemist Attic, a funky shop full of local art and gifts with a metaphysical twist. Get a reading and find out what your future holds. Next, take a step back in time at 1984. This retro arcade features the popular video games and pinball machines of the 1980s. Cap off the date by eating at one of the many nearby pizza parlors.
Romantic Gardens and Mysteries
What’s more romantic than strolling through the Japanese Garden in Nathaniel Greene Park? Take your time admiring the beauty of the 7-acre garden, which features a lovely lake filled with brightly colored koi fish. Stop by the authentic teahouse, too. Add a thrill to the day with a stop at the Clue Pursuit Escape Rooms. You and your date work together to solve the mystery inside one of the themed rooms. Afterward, eat dinner and enjoy drinks at Springfield Brewing Co., a fully operating brewery and restaurant.
For the adventurous couple, how about a hot air balloon ride at Balloon Sport USA? Journey into the air and enjoy the view of the city from up high. Or eat dinner around a campfire at the Civil War Dinner Tour. After dinner, listen to old stories as the campfire dwindles.
For your next date night, explore Springfield, Missouri, and all it offers. You’ll find there’s plenty to do for a romantic stay.