10 Date Spots In Springfield, MO

10 Date Spots In Springfield, MO

Whether you're new to Springfield or just visiting, this is the perfect guide to fun and affordable dates for you.
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Springfield, Missouri may seem like any other ordinary college town, but when you take a closer look, it contains so many fun and interesting qualities. Aside from the rich history of Springfield and the amazing people that reside there now, there are also many enjoyable activities to do and places to visit! If you're new to Springfield, or just visiting, this is the perfect guide to fun and affordable date ideas for you.

1. Sequiota Park

Sequiota Park is right down the road from the historical Galloway Station area. This park has a small lake where several geese spend their days, paved walking and biking trails that take you about three miles each way, and a forest area behind the park that makes for a great hike! You can also bring a blanket and have a picnic, or walk down the road to have dinner at the Galloway Grill (the beer-battered fries are amazing).

2. Firehouse Pottery

This pottery joint is great for couple that love to be creative together. First, you pick out your piece of pre made pottery, then you decorate it with paint, stamps, and stencils. In about a week you can pick up your finished product! If you and your significant other love painting or making crafts, then this is the perfect date for you!

3. Tea Bar and Bites

Tea Bar and Bites is an adorable tea room located on the adorable Pickwick St. Here you can find great appetizers, refreshing meals, and amazing aesthetic, and, of course, tea! This is a fabulous place to visit if you and your significant other are wanting a light afternoon snack, or if you're going out for drinks in the evening, as they have happy hour specials as well.

4. Mudhouse Coffee

This coffee house is a staple of Springfield's downtown area. With many options for cold and hot coffee, pastries, and food, this coffee house has something for everyone. Not to mention, the atmosphere of this restaurant is always cozy and inviting. The decor features photographs and art made specifically for this coffee house, fliers and posters of things that are happening in Springfield, and gender neutral bathroom signs!

5. Alchemist Attic

The Alchemist Attic is an amazing shop near the square in Springfield. Climb the stairs to this actual attic to find metaphysical and spiritual gifts and trinkets of every kind! The vibes in this shop are friendly and enticing. This small shop is great to visit if you're feeling curious.

6. Rama Thai Cafe

For the absolute best Thai food in town, visit the Rama Thia Cafe. They offer options for anyone, and they can even dial down the spiciness of your dish (If you're a wussy like me). The decor of this restaurant is cozy and cute, and makes for a fun experience.

7. Fantastic Caverns

Take a trolley ride through caves and learn about stalagmites, stalactites, and the speak easies that were held in these caves underneath Springfield. You can also go spelunking in smaller caves, as long as you aren't claustrophobic! Afterward you can visit their gift shop and buy crystals, rocks, and informational texts.

8. Nicola's Restorante

If you're looking for a fancy atmosphere and a professionally prepared dish, then Nicola's is your place. With rich, savory Italian cuisine, dim lighting, and candles, Nicola's is the perfect anniversary or birthday date spot!

9. Kaleidoscope

What's a better date idea than getting tattoos or piercings with you significant other? Kaleidoscope not only features a tattoo shop and a piercing shop, but retail as well! You can also venture next door to Eros, the adult boutique that is attached to Kaleidoscope. The romantic vibes will always remain thanks to the couple who founded Kaleidoscope in 1972 as a record shop.

10. 1984

A date at a retro arcade is great for any couple! If you're looking for a relaxed date where you can laugh and have fun with your significant other, then 1984 is a great fit for you. You can also visit one of the many pizza or sandwich joints in the downtown area and really get your retro date on!


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I Have No Label

Labels aren't for everyone, and I'm one of them.

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There's a huge pressure from society for people to know things about themselves—what they want to do with their life, what career they want to be tethered to, where they plan on being five years from now—that we really shouldn't add more pressure by requiring people to know their sexual orientation and gender identity.

I've always been pretty comfortable with my gender, but my sexuality? I'm still figuring that one out. I grew up in a fairly conservative home, so I was never exposed to the LGBT+ community or anything similar to it. Straight was the only way to go, and I grew up completely fine with that. It's only now that I know I'm not, that I'm realizing some of the things I did, probably should have told me I wasn't sooner.

Thankfully, it was never a huge source of stress for me because I was OK with being straight. I was fine with the idea of only being into men because I mostly still am. It's just that "mostly" bit that has me thrown off.

If I'm not fully into just guys, does that make me bisexual? What's the full difference between them, anyway? What does "bi" really imply, anyway? Two? Which two? Does the "bi" aspect of the word "bisexual" even really matter?

Do people identify as "pansexual" because the distinction of "bi" is misleading since there are more than just two genders?

Speaking of genders, would I date someone whose gender identity doesn't conform to the binary? How about a transgender person? How can I really know this for a fact without dating someone like that?

All of these thoughts gave me countless headaches, and they still do if I think too hard about it. Since I'm still discovering myself, I'm not fully comfortable labeling my sexuality as anything other than "not straight."

That should be totally fine.

If anything, I think this should be encouraged. It puts way less stress on people who are already stressed beyond belief. It shouldn't be something that a person has to know immediately, and they shouldn't have to ever label themselves if they aren't comfortable with it.

Let people explore their sexuality and gender. If they find a label early, let them. They may change it later. They may not. As long as they're happy with it, what does it matter? Why tell them "no?" Even if you're their parent or caregiver, you should at least be fine with them exploring their own identity and figuring their life out.

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Ladies, Stop Waiting For Love And Learn About Yourself For A Little While

Keep growing and believing in yourself, honey.

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This one is for all of those ladies out there that are waiting.

Yes, I said waiting.

Are you waiting for that guy in your class to just ask for your number already?

Are you hoping the guy at the coffee shop you see everyday asks you out on a date?

Are you waiting and dreaming up every situation that could possibly happen when you meet your special someone?

You're waiting for that special someone to come find you. You've thought up every fantasy and cute little way you're just going to "run into" the one soon.

I am too. I'm not going to lie.

I literally sit in my car or at my desk or lay in bed and just dream about how my love life will somehow happen in the blink of an eye. Because, ya know, I've just never been the one to dream of being #foreveralone. Yeah, I know that isn't a thing anymore but oh is it ever so relevant.

I am right there with you!!

BUT I am here to tell you to STOP.

Be patient. You are still young and have so much to learn about yourself.

I do the same thing. I sit there on social media, watching couples my age get engaged or have babies or just have such a perfect relationship every single day.

I let it get under my skin. I let it tell me that I am not enough for a relationship. I let it get to me a lot more than people think.

But I have come to the realization that it will take its time and I will learn patience. I will take time for myself. I will create a whole new world and just live to grow myself physically, emotionally, mentally, faithfully and in every aspect of my life.

Once you start to spend more time with yourself, you develop a love for yourself. and after a while, being alone doesn't scare you.

God has a special plan for each and every one of us. So why rush it? God knows exactly what He's doing.

If you need it, here's the biggest reminder that I constantly am telling myself: God's plan is greater than yours or one you could ever dream of. Everything happens for a reason because it's all a part of HIS plan. NOT yours. God's love is greater. And until He leads you to your better half, keep praying and loving the Lord. He will lead you in the right direction. He has never failed you, why would He start now?!

Keep growing and believing in yourself, honey.

I promise the wait will be worth it!!

Xoxo,

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