visit greater springfield

Visit Like a Local

By Kelsey Miller

Downtown Springfield shops, All photos by Matthew Allen unless otherwise stated

Residents know that life in Springfield is lived to its fullest, but visitors don’t have to look far to discover the same for themselves. From a lively downtown to signature events, the city is chock-full of opportunities to shop, eat, play and…maybe even put down some new roots.

Plant Roots Here

Thanks to its strong economy, high quality of life and attractive lifestyle amenities, Springfield is ranked No. 3 on the Wall Street Journal and’s list of hottest emerging housing markets in the U.S., which means there’s never been a better time to consider Springfield.

From charming historic homes to luxurious new builds, there’s no shortage of spacious yet affordable housing options. For those looking to be near the action, the centrally located Center Street Townes is just the ticket. This townhouse community in the heart of downtown Springfield offers modern three-story homes with two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, plenty of flexible living space and downtown amenities right outside your door.

Fresh, local produce is also just a short walk away at the Springfield Farmers Market. Every Saturday June through September, dozens of local vendors offer locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, baked goods and then some.

As the city grows, so do its vibrant entertainment scene and local dining options. Satisfy any craving with restaurant options ranging from pub grub to upscale American to diverse ethnic cuisine. The nightlife scene is just as varied with a number of downtown bars — many that host live music regularly including Station 1 and The Market Bar.

Springfield Farmers Market

Meet at the Market

Visitors and residents alike can take advantage of the new COhatch: The Market — a work, meet, and eat space in downtown Springfield. Located in the historic Myers Market built in 1908, The Market meets a variety of community needs including coworking and private office space, meeting rooms, restaurants, bars and common space for everyone to enjoy.

Beyond filling specific spatial needs within the city, the organization aims to keep a hyper-local focus that benefits the Springfield community. By working with local food and beverage vendors, makers and creators, and even rolling out a scholarship program to partner with local small businesses, The Market is making sure its community impact is sustainable and far-reaching.

Experience the City

Springfield is known for its flourishing public arts scene, ample space for outdoor recreation and countless ways to relax.

The streets are alive in Springfield thanks to its vibrant arts scene. In the last several years, there has been a major emphasis on the creation of public arts displays around the city, due in part to organizations like the Greater Springfield Partnership, Project Jericho and community foundations. Colorful murals, historical sculptures and art installations are just some of the original works you’ll find lining the streets of Springfield.

Get off your feet and explore the city on two wheels. The nation’s longest paved bike trail network runs through Springfield making it the perfect way to get out and explore with several notable stops along the way to make your trip more interesting.

Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. 

Take in world-class art in a variety of mediums at the Springfield Museum of Art, the only art museum in Ohio to be designated a Smithsonian affiliate. Then see Ben Hartman’s passion project, the world-renowned folk art masterpiece, Hartman Rock Garden. Learn about the history of the surrounding area at the Heritage Center Museum and see the arts in architectural form at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House. No matter where you decide to stop, there’s no shortage of opportunities to experience what Springfield has to offer.

When you’re ready to slow down, head to local favorite Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company for a pint or two of freshly brewed ale along with live, local entertainment and a rotating lineup of delicious food trucks. If you’re itching for some more exploring, ask to get your drink in a DORA cup so you can take it and stroll the streets of downtown Springfield in the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area. Browse the local business scene while you’re out, drink in hand. Be sure to stop in for a refuel at Ohio-original Winans Chocolates + Coffees with a cup of joe and box of gourmet chocolates to take home.

Mark Your Calendar

Make the most of your visit when you time it with one of Springfield’s popular annual events. Shop ‘till you drop at the Antique Extravaganza in May, and again in September, where you will find 2,500+ dealers with everything from fine furniture to flea market finds. The country’s longest running free arts festival – the Springfield Summer Arts Festival – welcomes residents and visitors alike with its blend of local and national acts spanning 5 weeks beginning in June. June is also time to sip on brews set to live, local music at IndieCraft, and browse the Springfield Farmers Market where you can purchase all kinds of fresh produce and local goods. And don’t forget MustardFEST in September – a one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest-inspired event complete with the region’s biggest wiener dog race! Check out more signature Springfield events at

Springfield Museum of Art