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Happy Family Weekend, Tigers!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off this Saturday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in  opens in a new windowThe District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.

  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Sausage and Cream Cheese Biscuit Bites a try this weekend!

Our  opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY

Friday Happy Hour at Rose Park @ 5 p.m.

Greg Warren at The Blue Note @ 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Goose Island Reggae Beach Party at Rose Park @ 7:30 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

100% That Tiger: Lizzo Dance Party at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

Son Little at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

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Shyrocks Farm Corn Maze September 13 – 15 at Shyrocks Callaway Farms, 2927 County Road 253. The 2019 Corn Maze is a tribute and celebration of the beautiful landmarks across the United States. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy the life-size corn maze, Fun Barn playground, group hayrides, roaring campfires, pumpkins and the famous gumball coaster. This corn maze will be open weekends from September 13 – November 3.

Columbia Farmers Market September 14 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. As a producer-only market, everything sold here is offered by farmers and artisans who help sustain our region. SNAP (food stamps) are accepted at all markets. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market! Join us in rain or shine!

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Football is coming back to Columbia, Tiger fans!

The Mizzou Tigers kick off their first home game of the season this Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

PRE-GAME INFORMATION

Looking for a hotel room? If you’re having a hard time finding a room, call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489) and ask for hotel availability.

Transportation:

  • Park downtown (parking garages are free on Saturdays) and walk to the stadium
  • Park downtown and catch a shuttle to the stadium
  • Check to see if your hotel is on a shuttle route

Shuttle information and routes can be found at GoCOMOTransit.com.

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, exact change is needed}

Find new game day gear here:

Grab a bite to eat: Look through our list of restaurants located in  opens in a new windowThe District for lunch or dinner options.

Be prepared: Follow the bag policy; the following options are allowed into the stadium:

  • Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and not exceeding 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″
  • An institutionally approved logo no larger than 4.5″ x 3.4″ on one side of permissible clear bag

TAILGATE

Tailgating Notes

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 a.m.
  • Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off – this year Tiger Walk will begin at the corner of Mick Deaver and Champions Dr.

  • The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Keep any pets on a leash
  • Drones are not allowed to be flown on campus
  • If you don’t have your own, ask a parking attendant for a free blue recycling bag
  • Make sure you have designated drivers if you serve alcohol at your tailgate
  • Just follow the rules and have fun!

Food for Thought

Give these Ham & Cheese Tailgate Sliders a try this weekend!

Our  opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has more ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips, games and more.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

We hope you’ll take some extra time to explore Columbia while you’re here for the game! Here’s what is going on around town this weekend:

On Stage

RumorsSeptember 5 – 8 from 8 – 11 p.m. at Maplewood Barn. Rumors is a fast paced farcical comedy by Neil Simon. In the story the Deputy Mayor of New York has shot himself and lies bleeding in the next room. The Deputy Mayor’s lawyer Ken and his wife Chris are left to get their story straight before guests soon arrive for a party.

Live Music:

FRIDAY

Alec Davis at The Blue Note @ 8 p.m.

Listen Like Thieves: A Tribute to INXS at Rose Music Hall @ 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

MO Jazz Music Festival 2019 at Rose Park @ 3 p.m.

Grateful Dead Tribute with Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players at The Blue Note @ 9 p.m.

Other Events:

Columbia Farmers MarketSeptember 7 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the MU Health Care Pavilion. Fresh vegetables and fruit, meat, farm-fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, cut flowers, plants, artisan items & more. Live music, gardening workshops and children’s activities are featured at every market.

Fall Bridal ShowcaseSeptember 8 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The Fall Bridal Showcase is a bridal tradition in Mid-Missouri, perfect for brides-to-be, grooms-to-be, and anyone else seeking wedding inspiration! Attendees will have opportunities to meet face to face with wedding professionals who are located right here in mid-Missouri. These professionals will be on hand to provide information, answer any questions, and offer their advice for your dream wedding day.

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Call 573.874.CITY (2489)

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Welcome to town, basketball players, coaches, and fans! We hope you enjoy your time in Columbia. You can find helpful information below, on our website, or by calling us at 573-875-1231.

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Everything you need to know about schedule, admission/tickets, and more can be found on the opens in a new windowMSHSAA website.

Wondering what else is going on while you’re here? Head over to our opens in a new windowcalendar of events.

Hungry? Here is our list of opens in a new windowgroup-friendly restaurants.

Have an hour?

Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a  opens in a new windowbotanic garden and the architecture of buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state.

If the weather is nice, take a quick drive down to  opens in a new windowBethel Park. With play areas, walking paths, shelters, a fishing pond and plenty of open space, Bethel is a nice retreat from all the basketball action.

Have a little longer?

Explore  opens in a new windowThe District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area. Art galleries, boutiques, local restaurants, coffee shops and more all welcome you in to get a distinct taste of Columbia.

Take in a movie. We have three theaters: the  opens in a new windowForum 8, the opens in a new windowRegal Stadium 14, and  opens in a new windowRagtag Cinema, all of which have movies running all day.

The  opens in a new windowColumbia Mall is located on the west side of town just off Interstate 70. The mall is anchored by Target, JC Penney, Sears and Dillards with dozens of other stores throughout the wings. There’s also a Kidz Court and Carousel in the Cafe Court wing for little ones to play.

opens in a new windowLazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility.


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The Mizzou opens in a new windowTigers kick off this Saturday, 3:00 PM at Memorial Stadium against the Delaware State opens in a new windowHornets.

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[Photo from Mizzou Football Facebook page]

PRE-GAME

Looking for a hotel room? It’s family weekend so our rooms are selling out fast. Call us at 573-875-1231 and ask for hotel availability.

How to get to the stadium:

{Shuttles cost $1.50 each way, and beverages/coolers are not allowed so be mindful of that before boarding}

Throw on your black and gold! If you want/need new black and gold gear, check out:

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Grab a bite to eat: look through our list of restaurants located in opens in a new windowThe District for lunch before the game or dinner afterward.

Weather: As of today (Tuesday), the opens in a new windowforecast is calling for a high of 87 – with the game at 3 PM, it’s going to be a hot day tailgating and even hotter in the stadium.

Where to watch: Not planning on watching the game in person? Here’s our list of  opens in a new windowsports bars.

TAILGATE

A few tailgating notes:

  • Tailgating sites open at 8 AM
  • (12:30 PM) Tiger Walk occurs 2 hours and 30 minutes before kick off at the pedestrian bridge over Providence
  • (1:30 PM) The stadium opens 90 minutes before kick off
  • Remember to keep any pets on a leash
  • Just opens in a new windowfollow the rules and have fun!

Our opens in a new windowTiger Tailgating Pinterest board has ideas for game day recipes, tailgating tips and games, and more.

Have some football water bottles on hand at your tailgate with these opens in a new windowfree printable labels.

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WHILE YOU’RE HERE

Below is a list of some other great activities going on this weekend. Check out our calendar of events to see more.

SPECIAL EVENTS

opens in a new windowBest of the Year Student Films 7 PM Friday
Charters Lecture Hall, Stephens College

opens in a new windowFamily Weekend Comedian: Justin Willman 7 PM Friday
Jesse Auditorium, MU

opens in a new window“An American Daughter” 7:30 PM Friday-Saturday and 2 PM Sunday
Macklanburg Playhouse

opens in a new windowPoltergeist (1982) on 35 MM 9:15 PM Friday and 9:30 PM Saturday
Ragtag Cinema

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Cooper’s Landing

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Walton Stadium

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Hearnes Center

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Stephens Lake Park

LIVE MUSIC

Killing in the Name: A Rage Against the Machine Tribute 9:30 PM Friday
The Blue Note

The Kay Brothers, Dave and Dyno with the Roadkill Orchestra 9:30 PM Friday
Rose Music Hall

Monchichi, The Yotes, Fullbloods 9 PM Friday
The Social Room

The Mowgli’s, Colony House, Dreamers 9 PM Saturday
The Blue Note

Titus Andronicus, A Giant Dog 9 PM Saturday
Rose Music Hall

Adia Victoria, Sleepy Kitty, Sissy Paycheck 8 PM Saturday
Café Berlin


Contact us if you have any questions:

Stop by 300 S. Providence Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Call us at 573-875-1231
Tweet us @ColumbiaMOCVB

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You may associate 5Ks with getting up way too early and digging out that active-wear you use, well, not as often as you should. No more. The growing popularity of themed runs such as The Color Run, Diva Dash, Superhero 5K, FroYo Run, and many more are changing the face of fun runs.

These production style events are drawing crowds in the thousands. Runners are, in some cases, traveling across the country and signing up sometimes 10 months in advance to participate. Almost all of the races give back to local charities but the events are becoming big business. The Color Run, in it’s 4th year coming to Columbia is continuing to attract participants, add more cities to their tours, and increase the size of their courses each year.

If you are coming out to join in the madness at the Columbia Color Run, here’s what to expect on race day.

Color Run

The Vibe

Each of these themed 5K races puts fun first and fitness second by offering plenty of distractions and attractions throughout the race course and hosting elaborate pre and post-race parties. The atmosphere at these events is electric and fast-paced but you don’t necessarily need to bring your Nike’s to keep up.

For example, The Color Run, coming to Cosmo Park in Columbia on August 27th, does not post race times. Its focus is on happiness, health, and individuality. The theme must be resonating with runners and fun runners alike because, according to its website, The Color Run is now the single largest event series in the world, offering races in over 35 countries in 2015 and growing in 2016.

Normal races encourage a basic level of runners’ etiquette but at The Color Run, participants come armed with colored powder and navigate a course filled with volunteers who are out to get them. The course has different color “zones” and introduces a new color of powder at each 1K checkpoint. Runners start the race shiny white and end looking like an art project gone awry. It’s all in good fun, though and has marketed itself as the “5K Vacay” or “The Happiest 5K on Earth.”

Happiest 5K on Earth may be a bold claim but The Color Run backs it up on their website with this fun fact: “Color runners have found love! TCR has witnessed 87,410 love at first sightings, 9,607 first dates, 654 proposals, and 35 weddings!”

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The Gear

Part of the fun that comes with the new wave of fun runs, like The Color Run and The Blacklight Run, is the opportunity for participants to rally around a theme or create their own for their team or group. The Color Run gets you started by equipping each participant with a Tropicolor themed kit. There are 3 tiers of registration for The Color Run: Classic, Classic Plus, and Deluxe. The main difference besides price is the amount of swag that comes in your registration kit and whether or not you want your kit mailed to you.

Classic registration is $34.99 and you’ll need to come to packet pickup either the day before or the day of the race. Classic Plus is $42.99 and ships your packet to your door. Deluxe registration is $54.99. It’s shipped to your door and includes extra goodies like wayfarer style sunglasses and trucker hats.

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If you really want to stand out, take your outfit to the next level by choosing a specific neon color for your team or creating a character. Coordinating funky costumes with your teammates is not required but it certainly adds to the fun. You are sure to see people skipping around in tutus, capes, glowing bodysuits and more. While technically the powders being hurled around during the race are washable, expect to leave the race with more than a few colorful souvenirs on your official Color Run t-­shirt.

The Big Day

Because The Color Run is focused more on the overall experience rather than on speed, the race is a good fit for every age and ability. Avid runners can enjoy themselves alongside families and park walkers. Children and strollers are allowed to run the race with a paying adult participant – pets are not. Small lockers will be available on site at Cosmo Park for $5 and large lockers for $10.

Pre-race packet pickup is from 10:00am to 6:00pm Friday the 26th at Kohl’s on Green Meadow Drive. Check in starts at 8:00am on Saturday the 27th at Cosmo Park. If you chose to have your packet mailed to you, you do not have to check in. Just put on your race bib and head to the starting line. All registered participants receive a t­-shirt, headband, tattoos, and race bib. Medals and additional color packs for the after-party are handed out at the finish line.

Pre-­race festivities start at 9:00 am with waves going every few minutes, and the skipping, dancing, and smiling continues throughout the brightly colored race course, ending with the finish festival at the brand new Rainbow Beach. Fair warning that there is actual sand at this beach, so if you are bringing kids, be prepared to hose them down when you get home.

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The Cause

Each Color Run event contributes to a local charity partner as well as cancer research and encourages race participants to share their stories about using this event as a platform to find hope, health, and happiness in the fight against cancer. This year the Color Run is partnered with The Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the Sigma Chi International Fraternity to be the generation to end cancer.

A themed 5K may not be a serious runner’s cup of tea, but that is kind of the point. It’s a race for people who may not love running, but they love fun. If that’s you, get yourself to Columbia next month, and see what they hype is all about. You may not leave with an engagement ring, but you are sure to leave with a smile, a messy t-­shirt, and some great memories.


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Greetings to athletes, friends, family and fans who will be visiting Columbia during the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) championships over the next few months!

We know you’ll be spending a lot of time over at Mizzou Sports Park, but we want to be sure your entire visit to our city is a success. Columbia has so much to offer both during championship weekends and throughout the year!

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First up on the MSHSAA slate is Wrestling, with matches heating up on February 20th and concluding on the 22nd at Mizzou Arena. Team and individual competitions will make for nonstop excitement over three days. We’re looking so forward to having you here.

Grab a Bite

Wrestling weekend can often be a rush, with meals a blur of quickly procured drive-thru burgers and concession stand hot dogs. Not that those things aren’t delicious, but if you have a just a little extra time maybe give one of these Columbia favorites a try!

opens in a new windowShakespeare’s Pizza:

Shakespeare’s has three locations, but the original is downtown on 9th Street. Just a few minutes from Mizzou Arena, Shakespeare’s is a local legend when it comes to pizza. With the perfect hand-tossed crust, fresh toppings and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this is a great spot to get a true taste of Columbia.

opens in a new windowLutz’s BBQ:

A favorite for years in Jefferson City, Lutz’s BBQ now has a Columbia location! Pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, fantastic sides and homemade chips are all popular choices on their extensive menu.

opens in a new windowThe Heidelberg:

Popular with students and citizens alike, ‘The Berg’ has your traditional bar and grill fare with a few fun twists. Try Marty’s Wings, which are deep fried and coated in spices, or the pork tenderloin sandwich, which is always a popular choice. You can also catch the game on one of the many televisions throughout the dining and bar area.

opens in a new windowSub Shop:

One of Columbia’s favorite sandwich stops, the Sub Shop has four locations and serves up hot, delicious sandwiches. Want our advice? Get the vegetarian on wheat…with bacon. Hint: they also deliver!

In Your Spare Time

We know your wrestling weekend is full of competition, cheering and (hopefully) some rest. But if you do manage to find some spare time, exploring Columbia for just a short while can open you up to a whole new set of possibilities.

Have an hour?

Take a walk through the Mizzou campus. The entire campus is designated a  opens in a new windowbotanic garden and the architecture of buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state. If you have time, stop into the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Pickard Hall on the Quad.

If the weather is nice, take a quick drive down to  opens in a new windowBethel Park. With play areas, walking paths, shelters, a fishing pond and plenty of open space, Bethel is a nice retreat from all the wrestling action.

Have a little longer?

Explore  opens in a new windowThe District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area. Art galleries, boutiques, local restaurants, coffee shops and more all welcome you in to get a distinct taste of Columbia.

Take in a movie. We have three theaters: the  opens in a new windowForum 8, the  opens in a new windowStadium 14 and  opens in a new windowRagtag Cinemacafe, all of which have movies running all day.

The  opens in a new windowColumbia Mall is located on the west side of town just off Interstate 70. The mall is anchored by Target, JC Penney, Sears and Dillards with dozens of other stores throughout the wings. There’s also a Kidz Court and Carousel in the Cafe Court wing for little ones to play.

opens in a new windowLazer Lanes in south Columbia has it all! Bowling, lazer tag and arcade are all housed in this huge facility. No matter how long you stay, you won’t run out of things to do!

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Looking for an afternoon of outdoor family entertainment? Check out Perche Creek Golf Club!

Not just your traditional golf facility, Perche Creek is also home to mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages and more!

The entire family can go a few rounds in the batting cages, take some laps around the go-kart track and putt-putt their way through the Perche Creek before hitting up the snack bar and relaxing outside.

Not only are there fun and games, but Perche Creek also has a driving range, par three course and a fantastic pro shop.

Golfers can also have a club fitting done, get lessons or have their existing clubs repaired. The entire family can enjoy an afternoon or evening at the beautiful Perche Creek facility. Just west of Columbia off Interstate 70, Perche Creek is easy to get to, reasonably priced and has something for everyone in your family!

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A very excited welcome to all of the Show-Me State Games athletes, families, friends and fans who will be in Columbia over the next two weekends!

The Show-Me State Games brings competition in over 40 sports and athletes from across the state to our city. This year’s Opening Ceremonies on Friday the 19th will even feature Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber! We’re so thrilled to have you in Columbia and hope you have a safe and fun time at the Show-Me State Games!

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Columbia is full of sporting activity during the summer! Whether you’re in Columbia for a baseball tournament, a swim meet or the Show-Me State Games, here are a few tips to make your summer visit a success.

Keep Cool! Indoor Activities

A few spots to cool down and have fun in between games.

Columbia Mall: I-70 and Stadium Blvd., 573.445.9458

Going Bonkers: 3812 Buttonwood Drive, 573.499.0366

Goodrich Forum 8 Theaters: 1209 Forum Katy Pkwy., 573.445.7469

Hollywood Theaters: 2800 Goodwin Pointe Dr., 573.817.0770

Columbia Public Library: 100 West Broadway, 573.443.6027

Lazer Lanes: 3412 Grindstone Parkway, 573.447.6021

The ARC: 1701 West Ash, 573.874.7700

Retail Locations

Need to stock up on sports drinks, bandages and other necessities? Here you go!

Wal-Mart:

1201 Grindstone Parkway, 573.449.0815

3001 W. Broadway, 573.445.9506

415 Conley Road, 573.499.4935

Kohls: 1010 East Green Meadows, 573.256.1188

Hy-Vee Supermarkets:

3100 West Broadway, 573.447.0133

25 Conley Road, 573.442.7703

405 East Nifong, 573.442.8616

Schnucks Supermarket: 1400 Forum Blvd., 573.446.2800

Gerbes Supermarkets:

1729 West Broadway, 573.445.9518

205 East Nifong, 573.874.2939

2900 Paris Road, 573.474.9418

Family Friendly Dining

Round up the whole team and have a celebratory meal!

Bengal’s Bar & Grill: 227 S. 6th Street, 573.875.2337

La Siesta: 27 N. 9th Street, 573.449.8788

The Rome: 38 N. 8th Street, 573.876.2703

Shakespeare’s Pizza: 225 S. 9th Street, 573.449.2454

Shiloh Bar & Grill: 402 E. Broadway, 573.875.1800

Buckingham Bar-B-Q: 3804 Buttonwood Dr., 573.499.1490

G&D Pizza-Steak: 2101 West Broadway, 573.445.8336

McAlister’s Deli: 1205 Grindstone Parkway, 573.256.7783

Houlihan’s: 2641 Broadway Bluff Drive, 573.815.7210

Steak ‘n Shake: 3004 Clark Lane & 1912 West Worley

Gumby’s: 1201 East Broadway, 573.874.8629

A Few Last Tips

Easy reminders for anytime you travel!

  • Always lock your vehicle. Even if you are “just going inside for a minute”. It only takes a thief a few seconds to grab your stuff!
  • Make your vehicle as unattractive of a target as possible by taking all valuables inside or locking them in a trunk/out of sight. Don’t forget that things like phone chargers and computer cords are clues to a thief of what might be inside.
  • Park in a well lit area if possible.
  • Record the serial numbers to electronic items, firearms etc. and keep the list in a secure location such as a safety deposit box or in an email to yourself.
  • Consider marking personal items of value such as iPods and cameras with a distinct marking only you know about.
  • Don’t hide spare keys outside your vehicle.

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Parks are probably best known for playgrounds, walking trails and opportunities to frolic. Next time you’re in Columbia, be sure to check out some of the more unexpected activities you can enjoy in one of the city’s beautiful parks.

Toss a Disc

Beautiful Disc Golf course in Albert-Oakland Park

Looking for an alternative to just throwing a disc back and forth? Check out Albert-Oakland Park and try your hand at one of two disc golf courses! Set among beautiful ponds, trees and creek beds, these challenging courses are not your average walk in the park. Try your hand at this growing sport and you may leave Columbia with a new favorite hobby!

Catch a Fish

Fishing is one of the many activities for the whole family at Stephens Lake Park.

Nine spots in Columbia are perfect for taking your fishing pole and spending a quiet afternoon trying to reel in a big one. Check out the full list of opens in a new windowpark fishing lakes and pick your perfect spot. Many lakes are stocked to make your fishing time even more exciting! There’s nothing like a relaxing few hours enjoying your time in Columbia with family.

Get on a Roll

Catch some air at Cosmo.

Have a daredevil or two in your family? Check out the opens in a new windowColumbia Skate Park in Cosmo Park. Completed in 1999, the park has an elaborate street course designed to entertain and challenge skaters, whether they are beginners or experienced. The Skate Park is free to use and is open 6:00 a.m. until dusk each day, attracting skaters from across the country, even hosting a demonstration from world famous Tony Hawk.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Columbia is exactly What You Unexpect. We’ll see you at the park!

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