Top 10 reasons to love Columbia, Mo.


Top 10 reasons to love Columbia, Mo.
Top 10 reasons to love
Columbia, Mo.
Shakespeare’s Pizza – “America’s Best
College Hangout” according to Good
Morning America!
True/False Film Festival – Columbia
becomes the center of the film world
for this four-day celebration that brings
documentary filmmakers from across the
globe to screen their films to enthusiastic
Columbia audiences.
Earth Day – A free community festival and
celebration of all things green, this event
has live music and a range of activities
designed to promote environmental
Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival – A
true feast for the senses in downtown
Columbia with the sights, sounds and
smells of live blues music and delicious
Missouri barbecue.
Art in the Park – The oldest and largest
fine arts festival in Mid-Missouri, this event
features artists from all over the country
displaying their work in Stephens Lake Park.
Shopping! – From the large shopping mall
to a whole range of smaller independent
stores, Columbia is a great place to shop.
Columbia Entertainment Company –
Always a fun way to spend an evening,
this group has been providing quality live
theater to the local community for more
than 28 years.
Live music – The thriving music scene in
Columbia brings a wide variety of artists
to venues like the Blue Note and Mojos
throughout the year.
MKT Trail – A great way to enjoy the
outdoors and stay in shape, this trail is
perfect for cycling, jogging or walking.
Sports – Columbia has a number of
nationally ranked collegiate sports teams
and plenty of opportunities to attend
games throughout the year. In particular,
Columbia College’s softball, basketball,
soccer and volleyball home games are not
to be missed. Go Cougars!
Quality of life
Natural beauty
Columbia is consistently
ranked as one of the
“Best Places to Live in
the Nation” by Money
Magazine. With great
places to eat and shop,
thriving music, art and film
scenes, nationally ranked
sports teams, plus theater,
festivals and comedy, it’s
easy to see why. You’ll also
find the great outdoors in
abundance in this ecofriendly community with
parks, bike trails, walks
and golf courses on your
doorstep. With so much to
do, it’s not surprising that
many students choose to
stay here after graduating
from college!
If you enjoy the outdoors, Columbia offers an unusually large
number of parks and trails for walking, jogging and biking.
Nature lovers enjoy the popular Bear Creek and MKT Nature and
Fitness trails; public swimming pools; and hiking in nearby Rock
Bridge and Finger Lakes state parks, the Mark Twain National
Forest and more. Spring, summer and autumn are especially
vibrant in Missouri with an abundance of beautiful trees and
flowers. The magnificent Missouri River and charming 19th
century towns such as Rocheport also are within easy driving

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