Time for a Study Break? Downtown Springfield’s Got You Covered!

Time for a Study Break? Downtown Springfield’s Got You Covered!

Summer is winding down and class is back in full swing for students of Missouri State, Drury, Evangel, OTC and other local colleges.

And when it’s time to unwind after class, Downtown Springfield offers a wide array of fun, affordable flavors, and memorable activities for residents and guests alike!

Here are some of our favorite dining options and things to do in Downtown Springfield, courtesy of our friends at Missouri State.

Downtown Springfield Restaurants


Facebook: @casperschili

Satisfy your appetite with some tasty chili and hearty burgers in a quaint and quirky setting. Find out why the locals keep coming back to this cash-only Springfield landmark.



Website: https://www.gaileysbreakfast.com/

Facebook: @gaileysbreakfastcafe

Instagram: @gaileysbreakfast

It’s always time to rise and shine at Gailey’s Breakfast Cafe. Enjoy eggs, bacon, pancakes and other morning favorites for breakfast or lunch!


Chicago Cheesesteak

Website: https://www.chicagocheesesteak.com/

Facebook: @chicagocheesesteak

Twitter: @CheeseSteaky

Your taste buds will thank you for visiting this family owned and operated hoagie shop. The Downtown location is open until 2 a.m. or later on Friday and Saturday nights!


Sliders’ Hamburgers

Facebook: @SlidersHamburgers

Come in for old fashioned hamburgers in a friendly atmosphere at this family-owned establishment in Downtown Springfield.

Other Things to Do in Downtown Springfield


Regal College Station Stadium 14

Website: https://www.regmovies.com/theaters/regal-college-station-stadium-14/C00719995500

Facebook: @RegalCollegeStation14

Check out the latest hit movies just a few blocks from the Downtown Square! Enjoy fun concessions and relax in comfortable stadium seats while you watch the show!


1984 Arcade

Website: http://www.1984arcade.com/

Facebook: @1984arcade

Twitter: @1984arcade

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and fun of classic 80s video games, while you sing along to the best music from the Decade of Decadence!


First Friday Artwalk

Website: http://www.ffaw.org/

Facebook: @artwalksgf

Twitter: @ArtWalkNews

Downtown Springfield comes to life on the first Friday of each month, as local art galleries open their doors to visitors of all ages. Enjoy unique exhibits, live music and more from 6 to 10 p.m.


Moxie Cinema

Website: http://www.moxiecinema.com/

Facebook: @MoxieCinema

Instagram: @moxiecinema

Twitter: @moxie_cinema

New movies. Classic movies. Movies you won’t find anywhere else in Springfield. Visit the Moxie to see a unique lineup of films to entertain, inspire and enlighten.


Springfield Little Theatre at the Historic Landers Theatre

Website: http://www.springfieldlittletheatre.org/

Facebook: @SpfldTheatre

Instagram: @spfldtheatre

Twitter: @SpfldTheatre

Take in an exciting lineup of shows with something to delight audiences of all ages. Visit SLT online to purchase tickets, learn about upcoming shows and find out how to audition.


The Discovery Center

Website: https://www.discoverycenter.org/

Facebook: @DiscoveryCenterSpringfield

Instagram: @discoverycenterspringfield

Twitter: @DiscoveryCenter

Get your science on with exhibits and classes for all ages at Springfield’s own hands-on, interactive science museum. Who knew learning could be this much fun?


History Museum on the Square

Website: https://historymuseumonthesquare.org/

Facebook: @historymuseumonthesquare

Instagram: @historymuseumonthesquare

Twitter: @historymuseum2

Journey through the story of Springfield at the History Museum on the Square. From Wild Bill Hickock to the Birthplace of Route 66, meet the people and experience the events that have made Springfield the vibrant city it is today.


Jordan Valley Park

Website: http://parkboard.org/524/Jordan-Valley-Park

Facebook: @JordanValleyPark

Take a break and go for a stroll through this urban meadow in the heart of Downtown Springfield. The Park features playgrounds, plazas and the iconic Ozarks Fountain.


Mediacom Ice Park

Website: http://www.parkboard.org/icepark

Facebook: @MediacomIcePark

Cheer on the Missouri State Hockey Bears and the Springfield Express Junior-A Hockey team. Join a hockey team, or just have a little fun with your friends during open ice skating hours!


Park Central Library

Website: http://thelibrary.org/branches/prk.cfm

Facebook: @thelibrary.org

Twitter: @springfieldlib

Unwind with a good book. Delve into local history. Discover stimulating programs for all ages. Your Park Central Library is here to serve all of your information needs.


Springfield Improv

Website: http://springfieldimprov.com/

Facebook: @springfieldimprov

Twitter: @sgfimprov

The community that laughs together laughs at Springfield Improv. Kick back and enjoy improvisational comedy at its best right here in the heart of Downtown!


Cardinals Baseball

Website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t440

Facebook: @SpringfieldCardinalsBaseball

Instagram: @springfield_cardinals

Twitter: @Sgf_Cardinals

When springtime rolls back around, it’s time to head on over to Hammons Field for a fun-filled day at the ballpark!

With such close proximity to so many outstanding colleges, and easy access to affordable dining and fun, it’s no wonder Downtown Springfield is a great place to live while pursuing your academic goals!