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Parks are probably best known for playgrounds, walking trails, and ball fields and courts. Next time you’re in Columbia, be sure to check out some of the more unexpected activities you can enjoy in one of the opens in a new windowcity’s beautiful parks.


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Looking for an alternative to just throwing a disc back and forth? Check out opens in a new windowAlbert-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.


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Columbia may not be anywhere near an ocean but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a great swimming beach. Head to opens in a new windowStephens Lake Park to cool off with your family – the beach has no lifeguard so stick to the Spraygrounds if you’re worried about the little ones.


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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 by the Missouri Department of Conservation.


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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.


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You might be surprised to find the bluffs and scenic overlooks of opens in a new windowCapen Park hidden right in the middle of town. Rock climbers and hikers will appreciate the rewarding views.


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Columbia has three fenced opens in a new windowdog parks and two leash-free areas – perfect for letting your fur-kids run free and make new friends. Check out  opens in a new windowTwin Lakes Recreation Area, which has three separate fenced-in dog parks – one for the winter (to keep dogs safe from falling through ice), one for small dogs only (no taller than 18 inches at the shoulder), and Lakeside Dog Park, which can be used by all dogs and has access to the lake.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, Columbia is exactly What You Unexpect. And if the beaten path is what you’re looking for, we have some of those, too. Find out more about CoMo’s trails.

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