5 Under $5: Summer Fun in the Ozarks

Posted on May 19, 2016

5 Under $5: Summer Fun in the Ozarks
School is out for the summer, and that means it is time to have some fun! With kids out of school, it's time to get creative to keep them busy.  Even if you don't have kids, these activities make for a fun date night or great night out with friends. Here in Southwest Missouri, we are fortunate to have so many great options. Check out a few of our local favorites for summer vacation.

Fun Acre: The perfect spot to visit when the weather is nice & you want to get out and have some fun without breaking the bank. Whether you want to challenge your friend to a round of mini golf, or battle it out in the batting cages, Fun Acre is a blast for all ages. Mini-golf will cost you $2.50 for adults and $1.75 for kids, with batting cages starting at $0.25. Bring cash (no cards accepted) and arrive early if possible.

Pineapple Whip: This famous Springfield favorite is the perfect place for a sweet treat. Pineapple Whip has three locations in Springfield, so be sure to visit their website to find out where your favorite Whip flavor is being served. A cup or cone will run you $2.50, or you can take a pint home for just $4.50. This is another cash-only favorite, so be sure to stop by an ATM on your way.

Rutledge-Wilson Farm: This family-friendly park is open to the community from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7-days a week throughout the summer. The park includes 207 acres of fun-filled amenities, including: an animal barn, demonstration crops and gardens, farm-themed playground, and more! Admission is free; fees only apply to special events and educational programs.

Springfield Art Museum: A perfect place to visit on a rainy day. Enjoy exploring all the museum has to offer, with collections spanning from many time periods and cultures. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
 
Springfield-Green County Library District: With locations all across Southwest Missouri, this is the perfect place to visit on those extremely hot or rainy days. Stop by and grab a book or DVD. Don’t forget to participate in any of the free programs that are offered.