Time and time again, visitors are delightfully surprised by what Columbia has to offer.

Columbia is continuously ranked as one of the best college towns in America, with over 36,000+ college students and 118,000 residents. 

From picturesque parks and clever cuisine to extraordinary art and superb shopping, family, friends, and visitors find that Columbia is ‘more than a college town’ and ‘surprisingly sophisticated.’

Columbia is located approximately 100 miles from both Kansas City and St. Louis.

We like to think of Columbia as a cool neighborhood in a big city with a young vibe, an active buzz, and an engaged community. We’re also a friendly and welcoming community with a thriving downtown and abundant cultural opportunities.

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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.
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:

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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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