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“Great Park”

Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
Ranked #1 of 79 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The 112-acre Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park contains a number of garden attractions including the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and Dr. Roston Native Butterfly House; the historic Gray-Campbell Farmstead; picnic pavilions; access to the South Creek Greenway. The park is open sunrise to sunset. The Botanical Center/ welcome center is open Monday-Saturday 8 am - 8 pm and Sunday 11 am - 6pm April - October. The building closes at 5 pm November - March. The majority of the park is free.
Springfield, Missouri
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is a beautiful park. Walk around the lake with the kids or run/bike on the Greenway trails that connect. It's a great place to spend a few hours.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Yonni B
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Springfield, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“My favorite park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

I have watched this park go from a little to a lot. The gardens are amazing! I go often and always see something new. It's a great place to stroll and see the many beautiful plants. I take my granddaughter and she lives it there.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Teenamee
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56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Best park in Springfield!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

We love, love, love this park! Its very large and lots of variety of areas/activities to meet the needs of anyone at any age. Very nice garden areas, flowers and other plants. Ducks & geese around the pond area. Horses can be seen near the back side of the park area, along the Greenway trails. Great exercise/play areas for the kids around the pond and at the main park area. Plenty of parking.

Visited November 2013
Thank Crathy21
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Springfield, Missouri
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“An awesome place for walking or biking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Nathanael Greene Park is my favorite park in the city of Springfield. It's gardens are terrific. Walking around the small lake is a pleasure. If you're wanting to picnic they have some tables but not a lot.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank kevin_stanfill
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Katie S, Manager at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Thank you for your response. The park is large with several locations for picnic tables. No doubt we could probably use more. For a quick reference, here's where you can find picnic tables: 5 on the Botanical Center Roof Plaza. 8 under the Nathanael Greene Pavilion with 9 more scattered in the lawn nearby. 6 at the Japanese Stroll Garden Pavilion. 1 by the Butterfly House. 3 near the Dwarf Conifer Garden. 5 near the Hosta Garden. 3 in the old "hog barn" covered shed across from the NatureGrounds Playground. There's also community rooms available for rent inside the Botanical Center.
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Nixa, Missouri
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76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very beautiful and peaceful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

This was a very impressive park. we enjoyed walking here and spending time as family. It was a lot bigger than I thought originally.

Visited September 2013
Thank Jeff J
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