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Want to win 417 Magazine’s Great 417-Land Scavenger Hunt? You’ve got to come downtown!

September 05, 2019

Our friends at 417 Magazine know how to have a great time.

They throw incredible parties, honor fantastic people and spotlight the restaurants, retailers and attractions that make the Ozarks a Midwestern treasure. Now they’ve created their first-ever Great 417-Land Scavenger Hunt and Downtown Springfield is part of the fun!

The basics

The 417 Magazine crew has identified 38 adventures to get you out of the house and discovering 417 Land’s quirky offerings. They’ve also put together some great prizes. As you check off tasks — and Level Up with harder bonus challenges — snap a pic and share it with them online. You’ll be in the running to win weekly prizes as well as the grand prize at the end of September. 

Sign up at You may enter daily. You can also post your photos to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #417scavengerhunt to earn additional entries and be entered to win weekly prizes.

You may enter daily (hopefully showing off new stops you’ve visited!). You can also post your photos to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #417scavengerhunt to gain additional entries and be entered to win weekly prizes.

It’s all Downtown

Eight of the Great 417-Land Scavenger Hunt spots are in Downtown Springfield. That includes Level Up challenge. Here’s where you need to go to.

1.) Casper’s

Springfield’s oldest cafe operates in a Quonset hut in the Brewery District. Find your way to Casper’s to check out their famous chili and unique decor.

2.) Hammons Field

Baseball season, sadly, has drawn to a close for 2019. But Hammons Field — home to the Springfield Cardinals and Missouri State Bears — is on the Scavenger Hunt list. Don’t worry about getting inside the gates. Take advantage of the spacious plaza out front and snap a photo of yourself doing something baseball-related.

3.) Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park

The Mother Road got its numerical designation right here in the Queen City. We couldn’t be more proud. Go visit the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park at 1200 West College St. There you’ll find a replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign, which is perfect for a selfie.

4.) History Museum on the Square

Springfield’s latest greatest museum is on the northeast side of Park Central Square. The History Museum on the Square has interactive exhibits galore, including a Wild Bill Hickok shootout, trolley car time machine and a train that features a video game. While you’re there, do a little locomotion dance for your Scavenger Hunt entry.

5.) Mother’s Brewing Company Backyard

Downtown is the epicenter of the Springfield craft beer scene. Mother’s Brewing Company, one of the city’s oldest breweries, also has a backyard perfect for relaxing with the whole family. Get a pic doing beer yoga, chilling at a picnic table or playing a little cornhole while you enjoy the fall-like weather.

6.) Jordan Valley Park

Maybe you call him Kinetic Man, or K-Man. Maybe you didn’t even know it had a name. But surely you’ve seen the towering silver sculpture created by Russ RuBert in Jordan Valley Park. Spin the wheel to make him come to life. This stop is perfect for a Boomerang!

7.) Sculpture Walk Springfield

Downtown has more public art than ever thanks to Sculpture Walk Springfield. There are now 31 installations from artists nationwide. That includes the barrel of monkeys. They’ve moved from their spot outside The Coffee Ethic to just north of Park Central Square on Boonville. Trust us, you can’t miss it.

8.) Missouri State University

Speaking of sculptures, there are several decorating the Missouri State University campus. Level Up by finding the biggest bear on campus. Here’s a hint: this bear has its own Twitter account and sometimes dresses up for special occasions.

Grand Prize Game

All entries must be submitted or posted by 5 p.m. Sept. 30. The grand prize winner gets a Mother’s Swag Bag from our neighbors at Mother’s Brewing Company and a Behind the Scenes Tour at National Tiger Sanctuary. The winner will be chosen and contacted Oct. 1. Will it be you?