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Area Overview

Columbia, MO is an outstanding destination for travelers of all ages and interests. Columbia boasts an array of local dining, a thriving downtown area, art galleries and museums, a variety of recreation options and much more.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness













Columbia is the perfect place to get outdoors. The city has 80+ parks and over 50 miles of trails for walking and biking, and there are several state parks and conservation areas just outside of town. There are four golf courses, multiple city pools, tennis courts, ball fields, and more. Would you rather watch sports than participate? The University of Missouri, Columbia College, and Stephens College offer a large selection of sporting events to attend. There is a large mall with department stores (JCPenney, Dillards, Sears), many grocery stores including three WalMarts and three HyVees, and several shopping districts home to Dicks Sporting Goods, Bass Pro, Kohl's, and more. Columbia also has a variety of pet shops and veterinarians so your furry friend will be happy, too! You can find unique, local shops downtown, along with a huge variety of restaurants. What else can you expect to find in Columbia? Three movie theaters, bowling alleys, several breweries, fitness facilities, fishing ponds and lakes, and over 10 major festivals including Roots N Blues N BBQ and the True/False Film Fest.

Cultural Activities





With two major colleges and the University of Missouri, Columbia has no shortage of live theatre, music, lectures, and art galleries. The public library houses current fiction, non-fiction, magazines, music CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and more, along with programs for adults and children. Columbia has many museums like the Stephens College Historic Costume Museum, the Museum of Art and Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology, State Historical Society of Missouri, and the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum and Galleries. Art festivals and music series' include First Fridays in the North Village Arts District, Shelter Gardens Concert Series, University Concert Series, Art in the Park, 'We Always Swing' Jazz Series, Odyssey Chamber Music Series, and Hot Summer Nights Music Festival.

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Columbia is the perfect place to get outdoors. The city has 70+ parks and over 50 miles of trails for walking and biking, and there are several state parks and conservation areas just outside of town. There are four golf courses, multiple city pools, tennis courts, ball fields, and more. Would you rather watch sports than participate? The University of Missouri, Columbia College, and Stephens College offer a large selection of sporting events to attend. There is a large mall with department stores (JCPenney, Dillards, Sears), many grocery stores including three WalMarts and three HyVees, and several shopping districts home to Macy's, Dicks Sporting Goods, Bass Pro, Kohl's, and more. Columbia also has a variety of pet shops and veterinarians so your furry friend will be happy, too! You can find unique, local shops downtown, along with a huge variety of restaurants. What else can you expect to find in Columbia? Three movie theaters, bowling alleys, several breweries, fitness facilities, fishing ponds and lakes, and over 10 major festivals including Roots N Blues N BBQ and the True/False Film Fest.

Transportation



CoMo Connect provides bus, Para-Transit and University Shuttle services to the City of Columbia, MO. OATS, Inc. provides reliable transportation for transportation-disadvantaged Missourians so they can live independently in their own communities. Columbia has a variety of rental car businesses and taxi services, and has a Greyhound Bus stop. Amtrak is located in Jefferson City, just 30 minutes away. Columbia Regional Airport is currently served by American Airlines and offers convenient non-stop flights from Columbia to Dallas/Fort-Worth and Chicago O'Hare. If you need to fly out of a larger airport, St. Louis and Kansas City are both only an hour and a half away, and MO-X provides ground transportation to the Kansas City Airport and the St Louis Airport.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  18.2  27.8  37.4  1.7 "
 February  23.4  33.6  43.9  2.2 "
 March  33.0  44.0  55.1  3.2 "
 April  42.9  54.4  65.9  4.2 "
 May  52.8  63.7  74.6  4.9 "
 June  61.8  72.7  83.6  4.0 "
 July  66.3  77.5  88.6  3.8 "
 August  64.0  75.7  87.3  3.8 "
 September  55.4  67.3  79.1  3.4 "
 October  44.1  56.0  68.0  3.2 "
 November  33.0  43.2  53.4  3.5 "
 December  22.5  32.0  41.5  2.5 "

Best Time To Go:

Fall and summer.

Spring brings rain and thunderstorms to Columbia but that also means beautiful flowers all over town. Summer is typically hot and humid - perfect for swimming. Fall brings cooler temperatures but Missouri is also known for its unpredictable weather; sometimes the warm weather extends into fall and other times winter (and snow) comes early.

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