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Springfield and Branson Neighborhoods

Commercial Street Historic District

Not far from downtown, Commercial Street's roots date back to the 1870s. But in the past decade this street has become a lively and colorful fixture on Springfield's north side. The district is home to the Historic C-Street Market, where visitors can find fresh farmers' produce, and several flea markets offer plenty of opportunities to go treasure-hunting. Visitors can find some of Springfield locals' favorite restaurants: rich Peruvian flavors at Cafe Cusco, Dutch delights at Van Gogh's Eeterie, and spicy Lebanese meals from the aptly-named That Lebanese Place.

Downtown Branson

Much of Branson's appeal comes from its nostalgic atmosphere, which visitors can find in the historic downtown district. The free trolley makes it easy to get to stores that sell freshly-ground spices, flea market gems, and Native American jewelry. Hungry tourists can find home cooked meals from Clocker's Cafe or old-timey treats at Mr. B's Ice Cream Parlor. The neighborhood hosts community events throughout the year, like the Branson Marble and Glass Festival in early summer and the Autumn Dayz Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival in the fall. Visitors can also hop aboard the Branson Scenic Railway, which starts downtown and takes passengers on a 40-mile ride through the countryside and quaint Ozarks towns. 

Downtown Springfield

The heart of Springfield, downtown is the place for boutique shopping, restaurants with global cuisine, and nightlife. There's something for everyone: Families can watch movies at Moxie, Springfield's independent cinema, or they can spend an entire day at the Discovery Center, a science museum for children. Theater lovers can watch plays or musicals at the Gillioz or Springfield Little Theatre. History buffs can drive along historic Route 66, which cuts across the district. Foodies can dig into the Aviary's famous crepes or delicious Italian cuisine at Bruno's. On the first Friday of every month downtown Springfield is home to Art Walk, when independent artists display their work at local businesses and galleries.

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