The 10 Best Things to Do in Springfield, United States

February 4, 2018 Viva Honore

Springfield is a city in Lane County, Oregon, United States. Located in the Southern Willamette Valley, it is within the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. Separated from Eugene to the west, mainly by Interstate 5, Springfield is the second-most populous city in the metropolitan area after Eugene. As of the 2010 census, the city has a total population of 59,403.
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1. Hayward Field

1580 E 15th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
Excellent
85%
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11%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 197 reviews

Hayward Field

Reviewed By Philip G - Livingston, Texas

As a former long distance runner, I made sure to visit Hayward Field on our trip to Eugene. Although the locked gates kept us from entering the venue, we were able to get a good view of the track and stadium. On the outside, there were signs explaining the history of Hayward Field and honoring two legendary Oregon track coaches as well as Steve Prefontaine.

2. The Offical Simpsons Mural

500 Main St, Emerald Arts Center, Springfield, OR 97477-5469
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

The Offical Simpsons Mural

Welcome to Springfield, Oregon, home of the official Simpsons mural! Unveiled on August 25, 2014, this is the first mural created through a partnership between The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and any city. It will always be the first – so don’t even go there other Springfields! This mural is the product of several years of work between City officials and Matt’s staff at 20th Century Fox brainstorming a number of ideas to best celebrate Matt Groening’s Oregon roots and his connection to Springfield, Oregon. In the end, the City thought public art would be the perfect venue and Matt agreed. We hope you enjoy the mural and your visit to downtown Springfield, Oregon.

Reviewed By product-of-canada - Toronto, Canada

I made a few "Simpsons" pit stops in Springfield and Eugene (or is it Shelbyville?), and this mural was one of them. The mural is impressively large, and well done.

If you're a fan of the show, check it out along with some other local Simpsons-related sites, and it makes for a fun day. You can find the locations through a Google search, which includes unofficial self-run tours. That is how I found Max's pub/tavern in Eugene, which is (in part) the basis of Moe's Tavern.....right down to the pickled eggs.

You can also eat a pink-frosted "Homer" doughnut from VooDoo Doughnuts in Eugene.

And guess what street names you can find in downtown Portland?.....Quimby St.; Kearney St., Lovejoy St., Flanders St., Burns(ide) St. and Montgomery Park, and Evergreen Terrace.

3. Autzen Stadium

2700 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Eugene, OR 97401-5929 +1 541-346-4461
Excellent
81%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 141 reviews

Autzen Stadium

Reviewed By Al154 - Phoenix, Arizona

Was in Eugene for a meeting and went to Autzen for the game. It was built in 1967 but has all the modern items a stadium needs. There are big screens above both endzones so you can replays of the action if you miss it on the field. The Duck fans are LOUD and the students are big supporters of their team with the Duck mascot doing push ups for every point scored by the home team, which can be a lot. The uniforms are always colorful to say the least and the play on the field is fast with few breaks except for the TV timeouts. Before the kickoff there are lots of tailgate parties, most by local fans, but some are sponsored as well. Since the Ducks won it was a great way to spend a Saturday at the stadium.

4. Dorris Ranch

205 Dorris St, Springfield, OR 97477-5426 +1 541-736-4544
Excellent
60%
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Dorris Ranch

Explore Oregon's oldest working filbert farm! Dorris Ranch's 258 encompass 11 hazelnut orchards (local folks call them filberts), native oak savannah, riverside habitats and secluded trails. This is the western terminus of the four-mile paved Middle Fork Path.

Reviewed By Charles S - New York City, New York

A little gem close to Eugene/Springfield. I went there for a quick hike, but it also has historical buildings, a working farm, and they run a number of programs throughout the year.

The main trail is essentially a straight shot about a mile in distance from the parking lot down to the river. There are also several loop trails, so depending on the combination taken one could get in multiple miles of hiking. The trails themselves are flat and wide, with compacted gravel, so they're especially good for people who may not be as quick or sure footed.

The area did not seem crowded, even for the first pleasant Saturday in spring. I passed a few people here and there along the way, but also had many long stretches of solitude.

The trails pass through bits of forest and old orchards. It was sad to see so many of the nut trees are impacted by a blight, but the staff seem to be doing all they can do to save the orchards.

All in all, a perfect area if you want to take a quick stroll and be out in nature without having to drive out to the wilderness.

5. Springfield Museum

590 Main St, Springfield, OR 97477-5469 +1 541-726-2300
Excellent
28%
Good
61%
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4 based on 35 reviews

Springfield Museum

Reviewed By Charles H - Eugene, Oregon

The best thing I can say about the museum is there is no admission charge. It is free but a small donation would be appropriate. It is very limited but still interesting enough to spend 30 minutes ir less.

6. Cascades Raptor Center

32275 Fox Hollow Rd, Eugene, OR 97405-9505 +1 541-485-1320
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 390 reviews

Cascades Raptor Center

Nestled on a wooded hillside in south Eugene, this nature center and wildlife hospital specializes in birds of prey. Some 50 resident birds of 30 native species are on display, including owls, falcons, hawks, to bald and golden eagles. Open Tues-Sun and some major Mon holidays.

Reviewed By travelinglobe - Fargo, North Dakota

This place does amazing work for the injured raptors that reside here. It also provides informative information about the different types of raptors and how they came to live there. Cute gift shop with friendly volunteers too!

7. Hult Center for the Performing Arts

1 Eugene Ctr, Eugene, OR 97401-2670 +1 541-682-5000
Excellent
72%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 173 reviews

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

The Hult Center, located in Eugene, Oregon, is home to 7 local Resident Companies and many other performance groups in our community. With our 2498 seat Silva Concert Hall and more intimate 458 seat Soreng Theater, we have a variety of performances throughout the year create entertaining and enriching experiences for our community.

Reviewed By batshitcrazynot - California

We've seen lots of events over the years at the Hult Center as well as other venues across the country/world.

The Hult Center has to be near the top of anyone's list.

So well designed, it has stood the test of time.

Hamilton would be so awesome here!

8. Splash! at Lively Park

6100 Thurston Rd, Springfield, OR 97478-6955 +1 541-736-4244
Excellent
33%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
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4 based on 24 reviews

Splash! at Lively Park

Romp in the wave pool, slip down the slide and wade in the kiddie pool! With play pools and lap swimming, water basketball, snacks and even an adult spa, Splash! at Lively Park is fun for the whole family.

Reviewed By Jennifer C - Meridian, ID

This is a fun place for families with kids of all ages. Pretty busy during school breaks and especially in spring when it's very wet and rainy outside.
It's reasonably priced and you are able to bring in your own food and drinks (with some limitations). They do have a concession stand, but since we brought our own snacks and water I can't speak to that. Although it did smell good.
There are men, women and family locker rooms, but you have to pay for tokens for keys to actually lock up your stuff. Plan accordingly because each time you open it you have to get a new token to get the key and lock it again.
This is a local spot that's kind of hidden in a neighborhood. Look it up on a map because it could be hard to find. But it did provide a fun day of swimming and entertainment for our group of 4 adults, 2 tweens, and 3 kids (aged 3-11). Something for all ages and we all slept really well the night of our visit from all the fun we had.

9. Hendricks Park

2198 Summit Ave, Eugene, OR 97403-2105 +1 541-682-4800
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Hendricks Park

Reviewed By iberichieg - Eugene, Oregon

My wife grew up in Eugene and never tires of going to Hendricks Park. It changes with the seasons. The tall trees and the trails and the fabulous rhododendron gardens. One of my favorite viewpoints to look out over Eugene.

10. Clearwater Park

Clearwater Lane, Springfield, OR 97478
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Clearwater Park

Reviewed By Liz L

The trails at Clearwater Park are lovely and let you wander in a variety of areas, both on asphalt and off. Mixed use path for bikes and pedestrians is plenty wide and quite pleasant. Can connect up with paths leading all the way to far parts of Eugene thanks to a recent trail expansion. Worth stopping here on a nice day and enjoying some sunshine on a brisk stroll.

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