Monday, May 14, 2012

Bass Pro - The Original

Nowadays, there are Bass Pro shops in many locations around the United States.  I have been in several different stores, but in my opinion, none compare to the original store in Springfield, MO.  

Hubby and I made a stop in there this past weekend.  I've been many times, but I can still spend quite a bit of time just looking around at all of the neat displays.  And they are constantly adding on, changing, etc.

So for those of you who have never been there, I took just a few pictures to let you see what you're missing out on.  And I want to preface this by saying that I took the pictures with my phone, so they for sure aren't the best, and I had a hard time taking pictures at all because I was trying to keep the other people out of them!  NOT an easy thing to do!  :)

In this pic, I'm looking down on a display of bears and other animals with live fish and ducks.

Here is the bear from the back of that picture.

There's a white alligator.  Well, actually there's some discussion in my family on whether it's white or it's the lights.  I say it's white and that's all that matters!  (It really does look white and black in person.)

Hard to see, but there are some ducks floating around there.  They were napping. I didn't disturb them.  :)

Here is a pic from the front side of the tank with the ducks.

 And the water wheel that's also part of that display.

Just to the left of the water wheel, is this big ol' bear!  And it was the funniest thing.... people are allowed to bring dogs on leashes in the store.  There was this huge part bull mastiff, part something else big honkin' dog whose "mommy" showed him this bear.  Oh, you should have heard the deep voiced barking!  He would look away and just wag his tail, and then look back and give another deep woof!  So cute!

Here's a big waterfall and the see-through elevator.

 Here's a set-up they have in the camo section.  Where'd the boat go?  (lol-eye roll)

One of the many items to buy there.  I didn't get a good pic of the fish pillow because it was in someone else's buggy and I was having to hurry!

 Hemingway's restaurant inside the store.

This is really cool.  It's the ceiling in one of the rooms.  It's like we're in the bottom of a lake.  See the little boy's feet up there like they're hanging in the water.  You can also see his fishing lure and in another spot (not in this pic), it's the bottom of a boat!

In that same room, there's a tank with a alligator snapping turtle.  A plaque by the tank reads: Alligator Snapping Turtle – In 2010 this male Alligator Snapping Turtle was estimated to be over 75 yrs. of age and measured 65.7cm along the shell and weighed 185 lbs.
  He was moving around and a little camera shy!

Two alligator gar are in the tank with the turtle.  I have no idea why the color is this way and because of all of the people, I couldn't get a good look at the noses... or whatever you call them on a fish.

 The turtles are enjoying the sun!  They don't care that it's fake.  :-D

 Here's a display over the front entry doors.

 One of several massive chandeliers.

 Another second story display.  Look at the cute tongue!  :)

And that concludes my little tour!  There are so many things that I didn't get to take a picture of, plus all of the hunting, camping, and fishing equipment, and have I mentioned clothes?  And gifts?  Lots of those!  And some delicious homemade fudge plus other snacks!  Oh, you've just GOT to stop in if you're ever in the area!  You won't regret it!

Has anyone reading this been there?  I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions.  :)

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  1. You had an amazing trip. Even with the phone, the pictures are beautiful. i wish, you had an actual camera and had a lot of time to take pictures.

    1. I know! Good camera... and no hubby and I could have had a ball!! lol!

  2. I'm just sitting her with my mouth hanging open ... that store is amazing! It's Disneyland right in the middle of MO!



    (And Misti, you came through as a "no-reply" email but just wanted to say thank you so much for entering the Pinterest contest!)

    1. It is amazing! And thanks for letting me know about the "no-reply." It shouldn't be like that so now I'm going to have to investigate.....:)

  3. That is the nicest one I have ever seen! Those displays are absolutely incredible! What an awesome post!


    1. Thanks Karianne! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Wow.. that is so cool! Is all this type of scenery only in the MO location? I have a bass pro about 15/20 min from my house but never went in so I don't know what it's like. I think now I need to go check it out! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to go make a little trip out there:)

    1. The other have been nice, but none of the others have ever had anything on this scale. At least the few I've seen. This is the largest of all since it's the original. It's an awesome place and you could easily spend a whole afternoon there!

      Thanks for visiting!

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