Strapped for cash and looking for something interesting to do? Just an hour or so away, in Springfield, there are 18 places to visit with the family that won’t cost a dime.

Some of these places are well-known, while others are quirky and off the beaten path, but they're all worth exploring.

1. Archery Hall of Fame

This 3,500-square-foot facility has a collection of some of the most unique memorabilia depicting archery history available anywhere in the world. The collection includes a bow made by Geronimo, an Apache leader and medicine man.

Inside Bass Pro Shops® Outdoor World®, 1935 S. Campbell Ave.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

www.archeryhalloffame.com

2. Battle of Springfield Tour

A self-guided tour in downtown Springfield explores the January 1863 Battle of Springfield. Twelve markers placed throughout the battleground commemorate where defenses were organized, troops gathered supplies, injured soldiers were hospitalized and homes burned.

Downtown Springfield

http://bit.ly/BattleOfSGF

3. The Calaboose

The Calaboose is a fascinating glimpse into Springfield’s history. Built in 1891 as a jail, this federally recognized historical restoration returns the structure to use as a police substation with a police museum on the first floor.

409 W. McDaniel St.

www.springfieldmo.gov/591/The-Calaboose

Tours are available by appointment most weekdays. Call 417-864-1810 to schedule.

Typically open 6-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk the first Friday of each month through the summer and fall. The public is welcome to visit then with no appointment.

4. Creamery Arts Center

A variety of rotating exhibits of fine art are on display throughout the year. You’ll also want to check out the adjacent Jordan Valley Park where permanent sculptures are on display.

411 N. Sherman Parkway

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

www.springfieldarts.org/exhibitions

5. Dr. Michael J. Clarke History Museum of Ozarks Scouting

Check out uniforms and other scouting memorabilia in displays that are rotated quarterly at the only Boy Scout Museum in Missouri. There is also a nice walking trail to enjoy.

Inside the Clarence and Edna Wheeler Scout Service Center, 1616 S. Eastgate Ave.

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

https://ozarktrailsbsa.org/about/museum-of-scouting

6. Founders Park

Explore Springfield’s first 100 years of history in photos on display at Founders Park, located downtown near where the city got its start.

330 E. Water St.

7 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

www.parkboard.org/254/Founders-Park

7. History of Hearing Museum

Marvel at the hearing assistance devices from yesteryear and enjoy full displays with an expert curator on staff for an informative experience.

Inside Midwest Hearing Aid, 628 E. Commercial St.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday

http://bit.ly/HearingHistory

8. Lew's Ozark Fishing Museum

See the historic beginnings of rod and reel entrepreneur Lew Childre and legendary Ozarks White River fishing guide J. D. Fletcher who established the Devil’s Dive Resort on Table Rock Lake.

Inside Sportsmans Factory Outlet, 3031 N. Martin Ave.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

www.lews.com/museum

9. Missouri Institute of Natural Science - Riverbluff Cave

The museum has a plethora of fossils and minerals from around the world along with fossils from Riverbluff Cave. It’s a fascinating look into the history of the Ozarks and prehistoric life.

2327 W. Farm Road 190

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

www.monatsci.org

10. NRA® National Sporting Arms Museum

Nearly 1,000 firearms that trace the history of hunting, conservation and freedom are on display. The collection includes firearms owned by Theodore Roosevelt, Presidents Grover Cleveland and Dwight D. Eisenhower, King James, Napoleon Bonaparte, Annie Oakley and others. Upper floor exhibits include guns used in movies and TV shows by actors such as Tom Selleck, John Wayne and Charlton Heston.

Inside Bass Pro Shops® Outdoor World®, 1935 S. Campbell Ave.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

http://bit.ly/NRAMuseum

11. Railroad Historical Museum, Inc.

Kids can ring the bell and explore the cab of the Frisco 4524 locomotive, the Burlington Baggage Car, the Chicago Northwestern Commuter Car and the Burlington Northern Caboose.

In Grant Beach Park, 1300 N. Grant St.

2-4 p.m. Saturday May-October

www.rrhistoricalmuseum.zoomshare.com

12. Sculpture Walk Springfield

An art museum without walls with access to all is what you’ll find in this display of quality sculptures in public places in Springfield on an annually rotating schedule. Explore on your own or schedule a guided tour, including groups on The Trolley Bike.

Downtown Springfield

Each collection is in place from April-February

www.sculpturewalkspringfield.org

13. Springfield Art Museum

The permanent home for nearly 11,000 art objects representing thousands of years of culture, the museum features changing exhibits and special collections such as19th-, 20th- and 21st-century American paintings, watercolor, sculpture and prints.

1111 E. Brookside Dr.

1-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

www.sgfmuseum.org

14. Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Enjoy nature exhibits, attend programs, browse through a nature-related gift shop and pick up free conservation brochures. Outdoors, enjoy three miles of hiking trails through a variety of natural communities where you’ll see a variety of wildlife native to Missouri.

4601 S. Nature Center Way

Building: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday March-October; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday November-February

Trails: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. March-October, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. November-February

http://bit.ly/Nature_Center

15. Springfield Fire Department Museum

Check out the history and heritage of the Springfield Fire Department from 1867 to present.  Explore art, tools and equipment, uniforms, badges and fire alarm boxes used by the department and learn about fire safety and prevention. An extensive photographic and document archive is available.

Inside Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville Ave.

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

www.springfieldmo.gov/2401/SFD-History

16. Springfield Softball Hall of Fame Museum

Operated by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, this museum features the Springfield and Missouri Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame with displays dating from the 1920s, including state, regional and national tournaments; Sister City Isesaki, Japan, uniforms; trophies; photos and much more.

Inside the Roger G. Killian Sports Complex, 2141 E. Pythian St.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

www.parkboard.org/359/Softball-Museum

17. Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center and Civil War Library

With about 6,000 volumes, the library at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield has one of the largest collections of bound volumes on the Civil War in the National Parks Service. The Visitor Center features a film and educational displays about the Civil War.

6424 W. Farm Road 182

8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

www.nps.gov/wicr/index.htm