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“Wonderful park”

Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park
Ranked #1 of 85 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.
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is a great park. It has plenty of the normal attractions with play areas for the kids and pavilions for gatherings. There's a pond with a walkway and lots of ducks. Near the rear of the park is the Japanese stroll garden and it is just beautiful. they have festivals here every year and they are well worth visiting. In addition to that, there is a museum of sorts on the property that has a 19th century farmstead. There is just so much to do at this park it would be tough to do it all in one day!

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Lots to see and do and mostly free. Trails, beautiful park and lake, waterfall, butterfly house and a lot more. Best park in Springfield.

1  Thank joeyr599
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We decided to check this place out after searching for a good park to go to in Springfield. This place is pretty neat as it has something for everyone. We really enjoyed looking through the master gardeners gardens. It's nice that the plants are all labeled...I didn't know chives had beautiful purple flowers. The gardens aren't all in one section but scattered around the huge park. The park has plenty of walking trails and plenty of open grassy areas to play or relax in the sun or in the shade. There are also several different play areas for kids. Picnic tables and benches are scattered about...some in the shade of the trees, some under pavilions, some in the sun. There is a small homestead area with historic buildings, and near that is the entrance to the Japanese garden. It's $3 per person to go into the Japanese gardens, but it was 100% worth it to me. When I first walked in the gate, I didn't know if I was going to be very impressed, but as we kept walking, it led to some gorgeous pond areas with typical Japanese landscaping and a couple small buildings in the Japanese style. There are some areas with flowing water and a waterfall. The ponds have koi fish and plenty of turtles. We saw several turtles swimming and some sunbathing on rocks. We also saw a few geese. One thing I liked is that there are rocks and benches to sit on and enjoy the scenery and some are in the shade. There were a lot of people in the park overall but hardly anyone was in the Japanese garden, so it was very quiet and serene. Definitely take your camera. Another section of the park has a butterfly house, which is open on the weekends but check for the hours. It is not very big but good for a walk thru and kids will like it. There's also a walking trail along another stream of water, but I'm not sure what it is called. We were tired from walking around all the other parts of the park and didn't walk all along it. There were lots of people in the park, but it didn't seem crowded because the park is so huge and there are several different areas you can park. We parked at the very entrance as we weren't sure where to go, but there's also parking near the Japanese garden and the butterfly house and other places. If you need a place to cool off or refill your water bottle or use the restroom, there is a building that has the park offices, a small giftshop, some local artist displays, and brochures/maps regarding the park and local places/events/clubs that visitors might be interested in. This isn't the only restroom place. There are several buildings with restrooms located around the park. This place is kind of off the beaten path but definitely a good place to hang out with family or friends. I'm sure we will be back sometime in the future.

4  Thank iheartdm
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

I love this place. I try to get there spring summer and fall because its always different. They are always adding specimans and it's so beautiful. Its fun for kids becuase there are places to play all through the park. It's great for old and young alike because they have a tram on weekends with a narrated tour so everone can enjoy if they are not up to walking. The only thing missing they really should add is a coffee shop or a place to buy sandwiches.

Thank Christina C
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We went to the kite festival here where there was ample room for vendors, activity tables, and kite-flying. A beautiful open field area with lots of room for the kids to run and launch their kites. The building houses a gift shop, clean restrooms, and has an open roof where the activity tables were located. There were beautiful displays of art inside the building. A tram took us from this area down to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

1  Thank Happy2Rove
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