Having a Great Time in Columbia
Having a great time in Columbia is easy because of the multitude of activities. Columbia enjoys big city entertainment and has a great appreciation for all the arts ranging from international opera and ballet companies to modern music superstars. With an abundance of arts, mid-Missouri interest points, community events, museums and galleries, restaurants and shopping, night-life, sports and recreation, there is always an opportunity to have fun in Columbia!
For the sports-minded person, Columbia offers many fun activities and ways to keep in shape no matter what your age. Recreational opportunities abound at area parks, golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, bowling alleys, roller rinks and athletic clubs to name a few. Columbians enjoy spectator sports such as Big 12 Conference MU Tiger basketball and football as well as NCAA Division I baseball, wrestling, volleyball, softball, gymnastics, and track and field. Columbia is also home to the largest state game competition in the nation, the Show-Me STATE GAMES, an annual, statewide, amateur, olympic-style sporting event for the whole family. Joggers, walkers and bikers enjoy the many hiking trails in Columbia such as the MKT Nature & Fitness Trail, a 4.7-mile urban walkway through Columbia's beautiful greenbelt. The trail also connects with the Katy Trail State Park, the largest rails-to-trails conversion in the nation, stretching 185 miles across Missouri.