Posted by: missouriugr | June 13, 2007

Suggestions for “free time” in Columbia, MO (Summer)

• Rent a bike and go on one of the many trails Columbia has to offer.
• Check out downtown during the
Twilight Festival every Thursday night in June.
• Get a group together and go down to Lake of the Ozarks
– Amy Replogle, Summer 2004 MU Undergraduate Research Scholar

There are a lot of things to do in Columbia. There are so many great restaurants in walking distance! Some are Shakespeares and Addisons. Downtown also has many great shops, and a fun movie theater showing independent films (Rag Tag). During nice summer days though, I definately reccomend going to Rock Bridge State Park and Devils Icebox.
– Corinne Alinea, Summer 2006 MU Undergraduate Research Scholar)


The Twilight Festival
• Riding bikes on the numerous trails in Columbia…I like the Katy or the MKT
The Winery
– Crista Parker, MU Office of Undergraduate Research Graduate Assistant

Mini Golf at Perche Creek
• Visit the Anthropology Museum on campus (Open M-F, 9am-4pm)
– neat artifacts from Native Americans
• Take a picnic to any one of many parks
• Andy’s frozen custard on Nifong or Randy’s near HyVee
Columbia public library
Farmers Market to buy in-season veggies and fruit and people watch
– Dr. Linda Blockus, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research


• The movies: Forum 8 and Hollywood 14 in addition to Rag Tag (I’m available for movie reviews!
• Any coffee shop in town sitting outside (Starbucks is close to campus on 9th street, The Artisan and CC’s Coffee House on Forum Blvd. are all good!)
• Biking, and running outside or the rec center – they have a great lap pool
• Kansas City and St. Louis aren’t far if you want to visit someplace new (if you go to KC you MUST go to Gate’s Bar-b-q!!
– Angela Browder, MU Office of Undergraduate Research Graduate Assistant
What do you do in your free time in Columbia? Feel free to comment about the cool places or things you do to relax in the summer!



  1. I went to Forum 8 Theatre this weekend and found out that they have a large, plastic popcorn bucket for $10 that can be refilled on an UNLIMITED basis from now until December 2007 AND next year from July-Dec 2008. You can refill it up to two times per visit but it is HUGE. Same size as a large but plastic so you can wash out and bring it back. If you go to the movies often it is an awesome deal- free popcorn for like a year!!!

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