Ranked (over and over again) as one of the best college towns in America, Columbia, Missouri, is home to 36,000+ college students and 118,000 residents. Columbia — conveniently located approximately 100 miles from both Kansas City and St. Louis — has it all: big-time college sports, film, music and arts festivals, a high-energy arts community, amazing recreation and a great downtown with lots of places to eat, shop, snack and check out the latest bands. 


The District (Downtown and Right Next Door)

Downtown Columbia is called The District. Here, you’ll find 20 square blocks of shopping, dining, dancing and people-watching. There’s something for every interest and lifestyle. And it’s all just steps from campus.

  • Discover the District: Check out our downtown.
25 Best Things to do in Columbia

Cultural activities flourish in the town, with professional ballet companies, live local theater, a symphony, an orchestra, and a score of well-curated museums are ready to satisfy any cultural cravings. Here are the best things to do in Columbia, MO on your weekend getaway or day trip.


Convention and Visitors Bureau

Check out our local Visitor’s Guide for lots of easy-to-sort guides so you can find exactly what interests you.


Culinary Tours of Columbia

Columbia Culinary Tours is a food and social tour experience in Columbia, Missouri. It is a destination for anyone seeking education, culture, and athletic competition. With the influence of students and visitors from around the country and the world, Columbia is quickly emerging as a foodie’s paradise.

Columbia Culinary Tours wants to introduce you to the diverse flavors of our downtown area restaurants and food specialty shops. Although food is our focus, a culinary tour is so much more! Let us lead the way to a fun and memorable experience that indulges your taste buds while incorporating some of the historical events that have put CoMO on the map! 

Check out the different tours by following the link.

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