Springfield, Oregon is believed to be the famous "typical American town" behind the acclaimed Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporations' "The Simpsons."
Take a self-guided and unofficial Simpsons tour around the city. Snap a photo with a life-sized Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie at the Springfield Museum. And see the new Simpsons mural on 5th and Main St.
With easy RV access right off Interstate 5, affordable hotels and campgrounds, historic districts with boutique shopping, vibrant performing arts and many parks; Springfield is a dynamic destination.
Embraced by the scenic Willamette and McKenzie Rivers, Springfield has always been a natural gateway to the region's outdoor adventures. The Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center and Cabela's Outfitters chose Springfield as the best location to cater to the large number of outdoor enthusiasts that pass through the community each year.
Turns out that Springfield may also have a rival claim with Eugene as birthplace of Nike. Track star Nick Symmonds certainly claims Springfield as his neighborhood, and has established the first ever straight 800 meter road race right here.
Learn more about the city's colorful past at the Historic Springfield Interpretive Center and immerse yourself in the Dorris Ranch Living History Farm, the nation's oldest commercial filbert (hazelnut) farm in continuous operation.
With a pioneer history reaching back to 1848, Springfield was a booming industrial town during timber's heyday. Author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest) lived here, and his family has many ties to the community.
A walking tour of the historic downtown core highlights the town's current transformation into an arts and antiques haven, with extensive murals and public art, plentiful antique and resale shops, a monthly art walk, the Emerald Art Center and the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater. Craft breweries round out the scene and on Fridays there is a bustling farmers' market at Sprout!
Now, surrounded by lavender farms, fishing lodges and artist enclaves, Springfield's economy is bolstered by its neighborhood restaurants, meetings and conventions, and family-friendly vendors like bowling, roller-skating, a wave pool, miniature golf and pizza parlors. Family events are another thing Springfield does well. Island Park is a great place to watch fireworks, partake in a fishing tournament or enjoy music and food during a community celebration.
Springfield shares easy access to many of Eugene's amenities, from the UO's Autzen Stadium and Matthew Knight Arena to Alton Baker Park and Oakway Shopping Center. Likewise, Springfield offers Eugene residents proximity to Springfield's bustling Gateway shopping district, two of the region's top hospitals and its extensive community sports and swimming center, Willamalane Park and Recreation District.
Connected by the public bus system and the efficient EmX line, traveling between the two communities is a seamless experience.