We tried the Springfield Trolley Bike so you don’t have to.
Go do it. Reserve your spot right now! We had the best time and are searching for open spots on our calendars to ride this orange bike all over Springfield again.
The bike comfortably seats 14 with 6 bike seats on each side and a bench in the back that seats one or two. The coolest thing about the Trolley Bike is that even though there are pedals, it’s controlled by the driver and runs on gas so you don’t have to pedal unless you want to. We’ll admit, we gave up on the pedaling part pretty quickly! But our friends kept the pedaling action going without paying much attention, just because it’s there.
The Trolley Bike starts its journey at Springfield Brewing Company on the corner of Market and Walnut in downtown Springfield. You can’t miss this thing. It’s big, it’s bright orange, and it’s blasting music. We have to admit, we were skeptical. We’d seen the bike cruising around full of beer-drinking, party people and even though it looked like a great time, we weren’t quite sure it was for us.
After getting settled in (and a few beers), we were pretty into the whole thing. The bike is BYOB but you can buy beer from the Brew Co. in Crowlers for the trip. We opted to bring our own and went with our favorites from Founders Brewing Company and Boulevard. You can also bring wine as long as nothing is in a glass container! Make sure to bring your ID’s so the conductor can check your age and have all bikers sign a safety form.
The conductor will take you anywhere around downtown Springfield, and play whatever music your group wants to jam out to! Two hours goes by pretty fast so keep that in mind as you stop! We found it the perfect amount of time to see sights and stop for photo opportunities like this one on the Park Central Square fountain by Springfield’s History Museum.
If your group is a “stop and drink” crowd, the conductor will stop at local bars where you can hop off to take a shot with your fellow Trolley Bikers. We stopped off at Ebbets Field on historic Walnut Street so a few of our party people could partake in the local libations.
The Trolley Bike stops at popular downtown spots like The Blue Bull, Finnegan’s Wake, Big Whiskey’s, and Mother’s Brewing Company. The conductor will also take you to popular pizza place, The Brick Slice, or Hurts Donut if your trip leaves you wishing for something to munch on.
Our conductor took us to the Missouri State University campus to climb on their recently added rock wall outside the Foster Recreation Center and pose with the famous MSU Bear. It was definitely a hot day but the bike stayed breezy and we had plenty of cold beer to keep us happy!
Just remember, no open containers can be brought on or taken off of the Trolley Bike! If you do need to stop for a group photo or you just want to play for a little bit, leave the booze on the bike.
Climb at your own risk!
The Trolley Bike is a cool way to get together with 12-14 of your favorites for two hours around downtown SGF. We went in with an open mind and left with some great photos and an awesome experience. This would be a great idea for a bachelorette party or a small family reunion! We brought along a few fun accessories and you’re definitely not going to want to forget sunscreen. The Trolley Bike is now taking reservations, so call and grab your spot before they fill up!
Gather a group and reserve your spot, you won’t regret it!