Columbia, MO
Missouri
By Danielle Swink

Steeped in history, boasting three colleges, and a plethora of entertainment options; Columbia Missouri is just waiting to be explored! Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, this thriving city has much to offer visitors. Let WhatsCheaper.com (INSERT LINK HERE) help plan your trip to Columbia!

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Art enthusiasts will enjoy a self-guided tour of the numerous public art pieces that grace the streets of downtown Columbia. Sculptures range from memorial pieces such as the WWI Memorial and In Gratitude to more whimsical ones such as Leap In To and Harmony. Move indoors to one of the many galleries and studios to view work from local artists as well as crafts and antiques. The Museum of Art and Archeology, the third largest museum in Missouri also await and the admission is free.

History buffs may enjoy spending time at a number of museums focused on state and regional history. The Museum of Anthropology, located on the University of Missouri campus, focuses on Missouri history as well as Native American cultures. The State Historical Society of Missouri is an interesting place to visit for those wishing to delve into the states past. The Walters-Boone County Historical Society offers visitors a chance to follow the story of the pioneers who settled here.

The traveling family will find many opportunities for family-friendly entertainment in Columbia. Horse lovers can sign up for a trail ride at one of the nearby stables, a sweet-tooth can be satisfied at The Candy Factory, and budding paleontologists will enjoy the dinosaur footprints found at the University of Missouri Geology exhibits.  Numerous parks, bicycle trails, and bowling facilities are available to ensure the whole family enjoys their time in Columbia.

The Midwest nights offer comedy, dancing, and theater for visitors. Whether visitors enjoy country-western or hip-hop, the right place can be found to dance the night away.  Live entertainment is also available in the form of concerts, plays, and the ongoing “We Always Swing” jazz series.

Columbia offers a variety of festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Summer time finds locals and visitors alike enjoying the Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, the “Blind” Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, Art in the Park, Hot Summer Nights with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and the Boone County Fair. Fall brings its own set of festivities with the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival, the Heritage Festival and Craft Show, and  Citizen Jane Film Festival. Winter visitors are treated to the Living Windows Festival where stores remove all goods from their windows and replace them with live performances.

A visit to Columbia can be entertaining, educational, and enjoyable any time of the year. With such diverse opportunities for engaging in the community; visitors with many interests will enjoy this Midwest town. Plan your visit today and let WhatsCheaper.com help!

MUST SEE IN Columbia, MO LIST:

  • 1. Tiger Plaza
  • 2. Davis Art Gallery
  • 3. Wilbur Enns Entomology Museum
  • 4. Farmer's Market
  • 5. David Wax Museum
  • 6. Avenue of the Columns
  • 7. Museum of Anthropology
  • 8. Jewell Cemetery State Historic Site
  • 9. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Garden
  • 10. Columbia Mall

Columbia, MO EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Plowman Chamber Music Competition & Festival - April
  • 2. Monterey Jazz Festival - April
  • 3. Fire in the Sky - July
  • 4. Midway Music Festival - August
  • 5. Ashland Fall Festival - September
  • 6. Roots N Blues BBQ Festival - September
  • 7. Heritage Festival & Craftshow - September
  • 8. First Night Columbia - December

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