Bass Pro Shops store are 50% gear, 50% taxidermy, 50% atmosphere. They are much more than your average store!
This location in particular is like an amusement park for outdoorsmen and women. We stopped here twice in May, once on our way to Oklahoma, and again on our way home. Even if you're not much of an outdoorsman, this store has enough live (& stuffed) wildlife to make it as much fun as the zoo, without the admission charge!
I crack up every time I read the sign over the front door! It's SO true :)
(Arlene was upset with me wanting to take a picture, she just wanted to get inside!)
Their turtles come in all sizes, there is even a little bitty one... he was off swimming during this shot!
Some parts of the store evoke 'being there.' Kurt would never let me decorate like this at home ... but I still like it! Maybe in our next house...
When you wander around, you gather inspiration.
(Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forests and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person. -Fred Bear)
This place is HUGE! Here Emily and Arlene are standing on one side of the alligator pond...
Across the pond photo
(See how tiny they look, and this is just one wing of the store!)
I just could't resist taking Arlene's picture next to the
"Redhead" shooting range guidelines!!!
Photo Ops? You bet!
Even if you can't visit this location in Springfield, MO, consider one of the other locations. There are about 75 Bass Pro Shops in the US, and five locations in Canada.
Take a road trip, or at least a field trip, to one sometime soon. I think you'll be glad you did!