Home to a University of Missouri campus, Columbia features a host of amenities that serve the student body as well as visitors and residents of this North Missouri city.
A number of restaurants, specialty shops and galleries give Columbia a sophisticated air amid the various recreational activities. Biking on the pathways and enjoying picnics in local parks is a popular way to spend time in Columbia. For events in Columbia, the annual Blind Boone Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival commemorates John William “Blind” Boone, one-time resident and renowned jazz musician. Historical attractions are prominent in the area, including several sites dedicated to explorers Lewis and Clark as well as Thomas Jefferson's original grave marker at the University campus.
For you who enjoys a day at the park or zoo Columbia is the right place to visit. Albert-Oakland Park is a beautiful 75 acre park featuring a municipal swimming pool, five tennis courts, two softball fields, three volleyball courts, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and a fishing lake. There is also the Devil's Icebox Cave, natural rock bridge and numerous sinkholes in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park are part of large limestone-cave system dating back thousands of years. Picnic sites and trails. Don't miss a public work of art with Dr. King's writings, landscaped gardens, gathering place next to MKT Trail at the only Martin Luther King Memorial Garden. Another amiazing garden is the Shelter Gardens with it's Award-winning five acre garden, featuring over 300 varieties of trees and shrubs plus over 15,000 annuals and perennials.
County of Boone Historical Society Museum features a history of the area through various exhibits and displays, as well as a genealogical library.