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Springfield
Springfield is perhaps best known as the birthplace of basketball and home of the Basketball Hall of Fame. (The story goes that local physical education teacher James Naismith invented the sport to fill the gaps between football and baseball seasons.) But this historic town on the shores of the Connecticut River is famous for a few other reasons and definitely worth a quick jaunt or weekend away. Springfield was the birthplace and home of beloved children's author and illustrator, Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss. In fact, the Zoo in Forest Park, a sure hit with the kids, is said to be the inspiration for many of his wild and wacky tales. Wander through the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, at the... more Springfield is perhaps best known as the birthplace of basketball and home of the Basketball Hall of Fame. (The story goes that local physical education teacher James Naismith invented the sport to fill the gaps between football and baseball seasons.) But this historic town on the shores of the Connecticut River is famous for a few other reasons and definitely worth a quick jaunt or weekend away. Springfield was the birthplace and home of beloved children's author and illustrator, Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss. In fact, the Zoo in Forest Park, a sure hit with the kids, is said to be the inspiration for many of his wild and wacky tales. Wander through the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, at the Quadrangle, for a look at the Cat in the Hat and Yertle the Turtle cast in bronze. The city served as a major arsenal during the Revolutionary War, a role that is commemorated at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, which displays an enormous collection of small pistols. History buffs will also enjoy the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, a tribute to the ordinary people of the region who, during various periods in time, did extraordinary things. less

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Springfield Museums
Springfield Museums
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Forest Park
Forest Park
Attraction type: Parks
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Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Owner description: This Armory, which manufactured and tested firearms for the U.S. military from 1794 to 1968, houses the country's largest collection of small weapons. While the first floor is... more Owner description: This Armory, which manufactured and tested firearms for the U.S. military from 1794 to 1968, houses the country's largest collection of small weapons. While the first floor is free, there's a fee for the second floor, which displays rare weapons and the largest collection of Confederate weapons anywhere. less
Attraction type: Military Museums; Historic Sites
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The Quadrangle
The Quadrangle
Attraction type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Museums
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Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Owner description: Bring the kids to this outdoor sculpture garden where the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters are immortalized in bronze, life-size statues all... more Owner description: Bring the kids to this outdoor sculpture garden where the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters are immortalized in bronze, life-size statues all designed by Geisel's step-daughter, sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates. less
Attraction type: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Art Galleries
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Chef Wayne's Big Mamou
Chef Wayne's Big Mamou
Ranked #1 of 313 Restaurants in Springfield
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Theodore's
Theodore's
Ranked #2 of 313 Restaurants in Springfield
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Red Rose Pizzeria
Red Rose Pizzeria
Ranked #3 of 313 Restaurants in Springfield
Price:
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Panjabi Tadka
Panjabi Tadka
Ranked #4 of 313 Restaurants in Springfield
Cuisines: Indian
Hot Table
Hot Table
Ranked #5 of 313 Restaurants in Springfield
Price: $7 - $10
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch

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Comfort Inn East Windsor
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn East Windsor
$91 - $113
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Hilton Garden Inn Springfield
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Springfield
$133 - $248
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Springfield
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Naomi's Inn
3.5 of 5
Naomi's Inn
$139 - $224
Ranked #1 of 2 Springfield B&B and Inns
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield
La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield
$103 - $167
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Springfield
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